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11
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Sage X3 offers unprecedented insight and business data for discrete manufacturers. Worldwide, there’s growing unease about the slowdown in demand. Nationalism is rising and sales are slowing. When there’s this confluence of global factors, the emphasis shifts from expansion to improving productivity. Sage X3 can help you improve productivity and more. There are several steps you can take to improve productivity and profitability as the global demand for discrete manufacturing slows. These include: Leverage Sage X3 data and analytics: Sage X3 users know that the system provides excellent data and analytics. Condition-based monitoring, which helps discrete manufacturers monitor the condition of equipment and facilities, can be monitored and tracked. Warehouse management can be improved using data from Sage X3. Other areas of improvement include data-based marketing, sales, and operational decisions. Use all the data that you can from Sage X3 and make sound, fact-based decisions. Monitor costs and expenses carefully and make better decisions about your operations. Use pricing for competitive advantage: Sage X3 can help you improve your supply chain management, which in turn can drive down the cost of goods. You can use lower wholesale costs to provide incentive pricing for good customers or to increase market share […]

04
Oct 2017
Wednesday

Sage X3 can help you overcome many of the challenges you face using outmoded legacy systems. Sure, legacy systems are as comfortable and familiar as a pair of broken-in sneakers, but staying comfortable comes with risks. The risk of lost data, lost productivity, and worst—lost customers and profits. Instead of staying with your legacy system, moving to a new enterprise resource planning system, such as Sage X3, can boost your business into new areas of profitability and efficiency. Overcoming Team Inertia One of the big challenges facing many companies is helping their employees understand the benefits of embracing a new system. Employees may be used to using an older legacy system. They don’t see the costs of continually updating and fixing an older system, nor do they see the areas ripe for improvement. From an employee’s perspective, a legacy system may be just fine. Yet, you know that Sage X3 provides better insights, faster reports, and real-time data, all things that your team has said they want or need in an enterprises resource planning system. To overcome resistance to change and what we’ve dubbed “team inertia,” it’s important to emphasize the benefits to your employees when you’re pitching them on […]

27
Sep 2017
Wednesday

The data derived from Sage X3 can be used for many things, including improving warehouse management. You’d think that it would take a lot of effort to improve warehouse management and productivity, but sometimes little efficiencies make a big impact. It only takes a few errors to start leaking profits from your business. Case in point: even a half percent (0.05%) of mistakes in picking can lead to money lost processing returns, productivity, and dissatisfied customers. It may seem like a very small amount, but even a little bit is too much when it comes to losing money. Use the data from Sage X3 to review your current return statistics. Read through the reasons why people are returning products. If the wrong products are going out, then you need to take steps to improve picking and packing. Ways to Improve Picking and Packing Examine return information: Review all the information in Sage X3 on your returns. If the number of items returned for incorrect products or reports of incomplete orders is high, it could mean problems in your picking and packing area. Review the existing process: If you have written process and policy manuals, review them now to make sure […]

20
Sep 2017
Wednesday

ERP systems such as Sage ERP X3 have long played an important role in manufacturing operations. The capabilities of this software have helped manufacturers monitor costs, improve communications and teamwork, and enhance customer service. Now, a new study points to the many ways in which ERP systems are making an impact on supply chain management. The Study: Three Surprising Results The Delphi Group asked 23 global manufacturers about the impact of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems on their supply chain and supply chain management. The answers can be grouped into three main findings that include the following impacts on supply chain management: Integration of information across the entire supply chain between customers and suppliers Increasing “mass customization” of products Supply chains consisting of several independent entities, making the entire supply chain more complex to manage The supply chain has been shifting over the past few years from a few large suppliers to a network of smaller, independent suppliers. This flexible approach has made it easier for small to mid-sized companies to offer lower prices, faster turnaround time, and newer services such as mass customization to their clients so that they can remain competitive in the global marketplace. New Concepts in […]

13
Sep 2017
Wednesday

Perhaps you’ve just purchased your first barcode scanner or you’ve realized how barcodes can make your business more efficient. It’s time to implement a barcode system that will help you manage inventory more easily and provide you with the business insight and information that you need to keep your warehouse humming and your customers satisfied. The following steps can be used in many industries for barcode implementation after the purchase of a new barcode scanner. Step 1: Get a GS1 Prefix Every barcode begins with a series of numbers known as a GS1 Prefix. This is a unique identifying number that is coded to your company and enables you to sell your products in stores and online. It can be used worldwide so that anyone scanning your products knows their origin and source. These numbers are followed by unique product identification numbers. You can obtain a GS1 Prefix at gs1us.org. Step 2: Decide what items will carry a barcode. Next, you’ll need to organize and sort the items in your company that will carry a barcode. Most companies categorize their products as static or dynamic barcodes. Static barcodes are used to consistently identify products. You’ve seen them hundreds of times […]

06
Sep 2017
Wednesday

You can improve your business intelligence presentations to executives, directors, peers, and subordinates by using tips and techniques found in the world of education. Many people are unfamiliar with the term “learning styles” but understanding this core concept and applying it to your presentation techniques will help you deliver better presentations that resonate with your audience. What Are Learning Styles? Educational theorists created a system of learning styles to describe the ways in which people prefer to learn. Your learning style is innate, and you probably recognize your own style in the descriptions below. Most people have a predominant style that they naturally gravitate towards when engaged in self-directed learning. Because the Western school system is heavily auditory (lecture-based) and visual (textbooks), many people who are kinesthetic or tactile learners learned early on to compensate by relying heavily on their secondary preference. No matter what your preference, there’s no one right or wrong way to learn. The three basic learning styles are described as: Auditory: Auditory learners need to hear information to process it. They understand business intelligence most during your presentation and retain information best when it is spoken aloud. Visual: Visual learners learn best by seeing information in […]

30
Aug 2017
Wednesday

One of the biggest benefits of cloud-based business systems is flexibility. A cloud-based system such as Sage Live works the way you want to work. No longer do you need to run your business around your software. Sage Live Expands to Fit Your Needs Sage Live can scale up as you need more bandwidth for your customers. Manufacturers with heavy seasonal demands may find that cloud computing easily adjusts and flexes to the demands at specific times of year when order volume is high. During other times of the year, when the volume is low, their computer demands decrease. Instead of investing in new hardware to handle the high volume time periods, cloud computing adjusts with the needs easily and swiftly. Add More Users Easily Another way in which the cloud can expand to fit your business is by easily adding new users onto the system at any given time. A busy warehouse may need to add temporary workers during certain seasons. The cloud can accommodate more logins without adding unnecessary terminals or additional software packages. You can also add users from multiple locations. Some companies use freelance office workers, marketing, or sales people to supplement their workforce. With Sage […]

23
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Process manufacturing ERP such as Sage X3 can help you build better cost models, especially in the chemical manufacturing industry. Many companies overlook the additional costs of transporting, storing, and securing chemicals when they compute the costs of manufacturing each item. By using process manufacturing ERP, you can track all the elements related to the cost of goods and build more accurate costs into proposals and estimates for your customers. IWI Consulting Group offers a free white paper, ERP – A Strategic Growth Driver for Manufacturing Firms. In this paper, you’ll learn more about how ERP systems, in general, help manufacturing firms grow their customer base, revenues, and profits. Download the free paper today. Looking for specific ways to improve your chemical manufacturing processes? Download our free ebook, Unleashing the Chemical Industry. Estimating Accurate Costs in the Chemical Industry Chemical manufacturing takes into account more than the cost of raw materials, labor, and markup when it comes to pricing its products. Among the special considerations the industry must include are specialized packaging, transportation, and storage. Packaging for chemicals needs to meet specific safety requirements. Drums, jerry cans, and other containers must meet safety requirements, sometimes requirements across borders if exporting products […]

16
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Sage People for Sage X3 provides a valuable springboard for transforming your organization into a “People Company”. What is a people company? It is a company that uses data to focus on its employees—the people—first. Future Trends: People-Based Companies Sage conducted research among 500 human resources leaders. The company wanted to find out what made leading organizations so strong. Was it their products, services, or employees? It turns out that it’s a little of all three, but a lot of the latter—the people behind the organization. In fact, companies in the Sage software survey who ran far ahead of the pack because of their emphasis on people were dubbed “Gazelles” after the swift-running animal. These companies have transformed their outlook and strengthened their businesses by focusing on the individuals that make up their companies rather than on outdated human resources policies and procedures. By putting people first, they end up making even more profit. Human Resources Is Catching Up to the Rest of the Company One thing that the Sage report noted is that the human resources department in many companies is still playing “catch up” to the rest of the company in terms of using data to make decisions. […]

09
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Exceeding customer expectations, rather than meeting them, seems like a big hurdle to jump. But with software such as Sage 300, keeping customers happy and satisfied is just one of the many attributes of using a comprehensive business management system. It’s easy to get bogged down in warehouse operations at the expense of customer service. Things like cutting costs, improving accuracy, enhancing productivity, and other concepts, are, of course, important; but, all are for naught if they do nothing to enhance the customer experience. The customer is, at the end of the day, the person who pays your salary. By their purchases, they decide whether they choose to do business with your company and whether they believe you are productive, efficient, and accurate. If not, they’ll take their business elsewhere. How can you make the customer the center of your manufacturing universe? By creating a culture that focuses on the customer as the center of operations. Consider the many touchpoints you have with customers now and how each can be enhanced. By focusing on them singly, the collective whole can add up to a big difference. Sales people can be a great source of information to assess the customer experience. […]