Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the New Year?

Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the New Year? Take Action to Get Your Supply Chain in Gear

Your Supply Chain serves as a crucial connection to your customers. Understanding how to drive improved performance throughout your entire Supply Chain is critical to growing your profits year over year and outperforming your competition. Knowing what areas to improve, how to measure the proposed improvements and drive Supply Chain Value for maximum results in the coming year and beyond is a key consideration for all manufacturers and distributors this year. To help your company drive greater Supply Chain Value, it is necessary to take the following actions:

Identify all the Supply Chain Challenges you are currently experiencing

  • Trace these challenges to the specific root causes
  • Identify the key solution for each issue that achieves the right results for your company

Identify Your Supply Chain Challenges

How many Supply Chain Challenges do you need solved now? Go through the following Supply Chain Challenge Check List to determine your gaps and pain points: (Check all that apply)

___ Automation Gaps: Re-keying of ERP Order Data and Shipment Data (i.e. tracking number and freight amounts)

___ Automation Gaps: Manual Printing of Labels/Packing Slips

___ Compliance Issues: Invalid Barcodes, Incomplete ASN (Advance Ship Notices)

___ Preventing Late, Early & Incorrect Shipments

___ Improving Communication between the Front Office and Back Office (Warehouse)

___ Creating Added Visibility into the Status of Orders/Shipments in the Warehouse

___ Creating Reports to Evaluate Supply Chain Costs (i.e. customer freight costs or net margin per order)

___ Incorrect Labels, Packing Slips, VICS BOL, and other required reports.

___ Incorrect Freight Amounts Posted/Quoted

___ Costly Software Upgrades

___ Costly Software Customizations

___ Other. Please specify _____________________________________________

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Whether you have checked one or all of the above, direct action must be taken to maximize your Supply Chain’s performance both short term and long term. Here are 3 ways to take action to get your Supply Chain in gear for the New Year:

1. Review your current Supply Chain technology to determine whether the software you have in place is adequately supporting and in alignment with your Supply Chain’s KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)

2. Request a Supply Chain Evaluation with a Key Solutions™ Provider Supply Chain Specialist (Edisoft® offers a complimentary in-depth Supply Chain Performance Consultation for manufacturers and distributors; email sales@edisoft.com to request yours.)

3. Discuss your Supply Chain technology options with your Reseller

 

Every day you rely solely on your Supply Chain to deliver value to your customers. For a most promising start to the New Year, be sure there are no weak links by taking the necessary steps to ensure your Supply Chain is ready and able to take you successfully through another productive and prosperous year.

Read more about Supply Chain Solutions: www.keysolutionsproviders.com/emagazine/

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5 Rules for Successful Retail Suppliers

5 Rules for Successful Retail Suppliers:
Choosing the Right Technology to Drive Supply Chain Performance

Times are changing with technology and technology is changing the times. Every successful organization knows that to remain competitive it is important to adapt at its core, the necessary technology that supports the changes that impact the life blood of the company – customers and sales. The greatest impact technology has had over the last decade for Retail Suppliers is on Consumer Behavior as it relates to online purchasing patterns. So, what are successful Retail Suppliers doing to rise to the challenge to become champions of change? Here are the 5 rules guiding their positive progress:

  1. Choose Configurable “Out Of The Box” Technology Solutions
  2. Select Modular Technology Solutions
  3. Adopt Flexible Technology Solutions
  4. Implement Scalable Technology Solutions
  5. Invest in Compliant Technology Solutions

 

Being an early adaptor to changes in your business landscape has its benefits; here are just a few:

1) Configurable Software-benefit from:

  • Faster, less complex software implementation and upgrades
  • No additional coding required prior to deployment or for upgrades
  • Cost and time savings

2) Modular Software-benefit from:

  • Choosing the combination of technology solutions that your organization needs to succeed now
  • The freedom to add technology modularly as your organization grows including adding an EDI system, Warehouse Automation Systems or a Transport Management System
  • The cost and time savings of not needing to replace your entire solution as you experience expected and accelerated growth

3) Flexible Software-benefit from:

  • Software that supports a wide range of retail order types
  • Solutions that support your warehouse processes for picking, packing and printing labels
  • Technology that supports multiple. shipment types including direct to consumer

4) Scalable Software-benefit from:

  • Technology that grows with your company over the lifecycle of your ERP
  • Lower cost of ownership over the lifecycle of the ERP

5) Compliant Software-benefit from:

  • Compliance with your EDI partners’ requirements
  • Cost savings by eliminating charge backs
  • Increased staff productivity with software that is in compliance with your business practices

As technology continues to improve, more opportunities will continue to emerge and with just 5 simple rules as a guide, retail suppliers are successfully poised to forge ahead on a clear path through the exciting frontier of the new global market.

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The Global Market is Ready for You. Are You Ready for the Global Market?

The Global Market is Ready for You. Are You Ready for the Global Market?
Manage Global Supply Chain Operations with Warehouse Automation and Shipping Execution

You have a world class product that you supply locally and domestically and the rest of the world is waiting for it. With the right tools and support, your Supply Chain has the power to connect you to customers around the world. To get your goods to the global market, consider the following:

1. What Supply Chain challenges must you address to secure your place in an ever expanding global market?

2. What technology do you need to solve these challenges?

3. What solutions do you need in place to manage your global operations and drive both your Supply Chain and Omni Channel performance?

These are big questions, yet there are straightforward answers available. It is just a matter of taking clear and methodic steps to evaluate and address all your challenges and gaps in order to successfully take your products to the world. Here are 3 key steps to get you moving forward:

1. Identify Supply Chain Challenges and Automation Gaps in your Order Management and Order Fulfillment cycle.

2. Implement turnkey end-to-end ERP Integrated Solutions that do not require customization to eliminate/phase out disparate systems within your Supply Chain.

3. Unify your Warehouse Operations and Shipping Execution to ensure both are fully aligned to support your Omni Channel with fully automated, ERP Integrated picking and packing and shipping B2B, B2C and to your 3PL.

 

Identifying and Closing Automation Gaps

There are a myriad of benefits to systematically evaluating your Supply Chain and the technology necessary to support it. By identifying and closing automation gaps in your Order Management and Order Fulfillment cycle you are able to:

1. reduce costs and risks in rekeying order entry data

2. increase staff efficiency and productivity

3. improve financial visibility for reporting

4. support trading partner compliance (EDI)

5. improve your vendor scorecard

6. enhance trading partner relationships

End-to-end ERP Integrated Solutions

The ability to consistently and cost effectively deliver is at the heart of meeting the global demand for your products. Turnkey technology is the most efficient and cost effective way to ensure the productivity of your Supply Chain is not adversely affected now and well into the future by upgrades that cost both time and money. Without cumbersome customization, upgrading the technology supporting your Supply Chain will not compromise or break essentials links to other components integral to the automation you already have in place. Eliminating disparate systems within your Supply Chain by implementing end-to-end ERP Integrated Solutions that do not require customization also gives you the flexibility of adding modular functionality as your company grows to meet increasing global demand.

Unified Warehouse Operations and Shipping Execution

With ERP Order Integration and ERP Shipping Integration in one Solution you have the advantage of managing your Global Supply Chain Operations with one click. By leveraging one platform to manage multiple locations across your enterprise you will drive omni-channel performance. The correct alignment of both warehouse automation and shipping provides the benefit of improved staff productivity, freight analytics for reporting, multi-modal shipping execution implemented in multiple countries and global carrier compliance.

Unlock the Power of Your Global Supply Chain

Understanding how to unlock the power of your Supply Chain is critical to successfully supporting your global reach. Go global with confidence; take the right steps to drive Supply Chain performance today.

To unlock the power of your Supply Chain and for more insights to drive Supply Chain Performance now, go to: www.edisoft.com/KeySolutionsMagazine.

 

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CFO’s are Solving Supply Chain Challenges with Automation

Today’s savvy CFOs are solving Supply Chain Challenges with Automation that generates greater gains in Staff Productivity and Reporting Visibility. As Manufacturers and Distributors around the globe face higher demands from the retailers they supply for lower costs and precise on-time delivery of goods, CFOs are leading the charge to increase the profitability of their businesses with Integrated Supply Chain Software Solutions. These solutions serve to improve their overall margins by 1) reducing time spent on manual order/shipment data entry, 2) streamlining and automating the order fulfillment process in the warehouse to increase staff productivity, 3) reducing rework and 4) improving the timeliness of shipments. CFOs are also leveraging the order/shipment data collected to create the right reports to identify optimal growth strategies.

Here is how three CFO’s in three different industries are driving the same dynamic results with Automation, Staff Productivity and Reporting Visibility with Key Solutions™ powered by the Edisoft Merchant™ Suite of Integrated EDI and Integrated Warehouse Solutions.

 

Company I: J-B Weld, Manufacturer & International Distributor of Adhesives for Metal, Wood and Plastics to consumers and professionals in both the automotive and hardware markets.

J-B Weld is the US based manufacturer of the legendary “cold weld” two-part epoxy known as J-B Weld. Since 1969 J-B Weld has broadened their product line to meet the changing needs of customers, including expanded adhesives for metal, wood, plastic, and general purpose use.

Supply Chain Challenge: Automation: For Compliance, Staff Productivity and Reporting Visibility

Supply Chain Solutions: Edisoft Merchant™ Integrated EDI / Merchant QuikPAK™ Warehouse Automation

J-B Weld produces all of its products in America and today reaches over 50 thousand retail outlets. The J-B Weld warehouse Order Fulfillment team has less than 24 hours from when they get an order to when they ship it. They don’t have a backlog; when an order is received in the morning it has to be shipped that day. With Edisoft’s Merchant QuikPAK™ Warehouse Automation Solution, J-B Weld immediately enhanced their Supply Chain Performance in multiple ways. Originally there were 75 steps from when the Order came in to when it shipped, now they are down to less than 30 steps for each order fulfilled; Merchant QuikPAK™ is essential in streamlining their order fulfillment process in saving them 3-4 minutes on every order shipped. Edisoft’s Integrated Supply Chain Solutions, once implemented, also serve to reduce their compliance issues by 60%, which resulted in a substantial savings. Additionally, with the now seamless integration between their ERP and supply chain software, J-B Weld is able to report margins on an order-by-order basis.

 The CFO Says…

“With Edisoft, ADSS Global, and the Sage Intelligence Products, we are able to report net margins on an order-by-order basis. Now that we have a consistent cost per order, we have enhanced our accountability and fulfillment quality to our large retailers such as Walmart, AutoZone, The Home Depot, Menards, O’Reilly’s, Lowes and Ace Hardware. In today’s competitive environment, customers and end-users are asking: ‘What are you doing to innovate from a product and IT perspective’ and I’ve got to say ‘This is how we’re improving our products and fulfillment through automation to enhance our end user experience.’ Another added benefit of automation is a more robust one-day close; we’ve replaced our exception reporting, with fact-based fulfilment reporting (Box Date & Time Stamping), along with a cost per order.” – Don Burke, CFO, J-B Weld Company

 

Company II: McCall Farms, Leading Supplier of Canned Food

Being a leading supplier in the Food industry for canned foods, McCall Farms distributes and sells products under multiple name brands including Margaret Holmes.

Supply Chain Challenge: Staff Productivity

Supply Chain Solution: Edisoft Merchant™ Integrated EDI

Automation: For Staff Productivity

With the volume of trading partners, suppliers and the quantity of POs sent and received by McCall farms, it was critical to employ Automation to eliminate the re-keying of order data. McCall Farms did not need to hire more staff to process EDI orders by leveraging the Order Integration capabilities of the Edisoft Merchant™ Solution.

The CFO Says…

“The Edisoft® Integrated EDI Solution automated our order process by eliminating the re-keying of both our retail and supply side purchase orders, invoices and ASN 856 documents resulting in significant savings in time and money,” said McCall Farms, CFO, Mark Fornari. “We have two people managing orders for all our 40+ trading partners through one software solution. Edisoft’s Key Solutions for MAS 500 improved our staff productivity by enabling us to organize our order entry team more efficiently in managing the day to day volume of orders, as well as, invoicing and the creation of ASN 856s. Moreover, in streamlining the resources necessary for order management and fulfillment, we have been able to focus our efforts and resources on hiring people to drive more sales as opposed to just processing orders.

Over the last year McCall Farms has grown through acquisition. As we add new companies to the McCall Farms family, we have been able to effectively remain competitive by continuing to leverage our cost savings, time savings and the intelligent data/reports gained from our investment in the Edisoft Merchant™ Solution.” – Mark Fornari, CFO McCall, Farms

 

Company III: Protect-A-Bed®, Worldwide Distributor of Protective Bedding Products

 As a worldwide leader in mattress protection innovation with distribution in 45 countries, Protect-A-Bed® has been providing consumers with a complete line of protective bedding products for more than 33 years.

Supply Chain Challenge: Automation For ERP Integration and Compliance

Supply Chain Solutions: Edisoft Merchant™ Integrated EDI / Edisoft® ERP ASN Integration Adapter for Accellos

To keep pace with global demand, Protect-A-Bed® employed the Edisoft Merchant™ Integrated EDI Solution to achieve seamless order integration to their Sage 300 ERP. In addition to the immediate benefits of EDI compliancy and Order Accuracy, Protect-A-Bed, also applied Edisoft’s expertise in Order Integration by choosing to implement the Edisoft® adapter for Accellos to achieve full ERP integration with their Accellos Warehouse Solution.

The CFO Says…

“Both the end to end Integrated EDI and Accellos adaptor have improved our warehouse fill rates and improved our on-time delivery of shipments to our retailers. Edisoft’s Key Solutions are beneficial in 3 specific ways for Protect-A-Bed: first, it provides EDI compliancy so we can avoid costly chargebacks which have been a big concern for me; second, with automation we have seen great improvements in staff productivity; third, it is essential to work with a partner that cares about our business and is committed to delivering a value proposition that helps me establish a competitive advantage and improve our Vendor Score Card.” – Anneke Chamy, CFO, Protect-A-Bed

Read more about Supply Chain Solutions: www.keysolutionsproviders.com/emagazine/

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Don’t Miss Sage Summit’s A Conversation With Edisoft’s Own Kelvin Takhar

August 12-17, 2012 marks Sage Summit, Sage North America’s largest partner and customer event. This year Edisoft is proud to be the exclusive platinum sponsor of Sage Summit. Tomorrow we’ll be in booth 717 and look forward to seeing everyone in attendance. Until then, don’t forget to check out the Sage Summit “A Conversation With Kelvin Takhar”.

http://na.sage.com/sage-summit/Build-Your-Network/~/link.aspx?_id=1D3AA85B314E4A06B759EEF8CCB0A145&_z=z

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A Partner’s Experience: Merchant and Visual ASN Integration for Sage 300 ERP!

Over the past two months I have blogged about Edisoft’s Integrated End to End EDI and Warehouse Optimization Solutions and how Accpac Dealers have become successful in promoting our solutions! I would like to share with you insights from a successful Edisoft partner about our integrated EDI solutions for Sage 300 ERP (formerly Accpac) clients. Continue reading

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Enabling Successful Partnerships Part 2: Partners Help Clients win with Edisoft Solutions!

Hello everyone,

On my last blog I discussed the challenges of integrating 3rd party vendor offerings with Sage Accpac ERP and how Edisoft has been offering End to End integrated EDI and integrated Warehouse Optimization solutions for the last few years.  I began informing my readers of what our successful partners have been up to recently.  The list of successes is quite long so I will be forced to feature about one or two success stories per blog for now! Continue reading

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ASN Document Structures

Like a book, an ASN document is strictly a top-down hierarchy, in that each parent (a level that contains lower levels) may have many children (a level that has levels above it), but each child may have only one parent. Many levels of depth are supported, so that each child – regardless of its position in the hierarchy – may in turn be the parent of many children of its own. Also, it is possible that the same information may be repeated as many times as might be required – just as a word, sentence, paragraph, or even chapter may be repeated more than once within a book. Continue reading

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Don’t let the name fool you, we do more than EDI!

In 1995, when Edisoft was founded, while EDI was not new it was still not a “requirement” in many business circles such as it is today. EDI technology that was available to the SMB market at that time was very cumbersome, unreliable, and to put it simply, inadequate. Our goal back then was to provide a better EDI product that was directly integrated into clients ERP products to reduce a lot of the work that they were doing, increase their accuracy, and help them work smarter overall. Since that time EDI has matured, become a requirement in most business circles, and as part of this process has extended to many parts of our clients businesses other than simple orders and invoices.

The benefit of EDI extending too many parts of clients businesses is that we’ve had to find better and smarter ways to do things. We’ve accomplished some of this through the development of new products, some through the establishment of strategic relationships. While EDI has always been our core focus, many of these enhancements that we’ve made have been able to benefit our customers with their non-EDI needs, or have extended to new customers that do not have any EDI needs at all. Here are a couple of examples that I’m particularly proud of.  Continue reading

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