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You know the business is doing well when products are getting out the door to happy customers. Sales figures may look good and your sales team indicates that they are busy meeting with new prospects and satisfying existing customers. However, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt your bottom line. Are you just busy or are you profitable? Get to know what you may not know with the built-in business intelligence offered in Sage® ERP. Cursory indicators may suggest that business operations are productive; however, what you may not see is what can hurt you. Bad news does not always travel fast and you may not learn that cash flow is being eaten up by inventory or your warehouse is filling up with slow-moving items that may soon become obsolete. There is a lot going on within your organization and it can be a challenge to keep tabs on key performance indicators, especially when data is spread across several specialty software programs. In order to get the accurate data you need to make the prudent business decisions that drive growth, you need the visibility offered within a robust, integrated business solution like Sage ERP. You can manage all of […]

As the temperatures drop and consumers bring out their sweaters and jackets for the cooler weather, they also start to crave comfort foods – swapping out chilled drinks for warm ones and light meals for hearty ones.  Food and beverage manufacturers are gearing up for changing trends which is much easier when you have the support and insight offered in a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Seasonal changes can have an influence on your product sales and, after some time and experience, you may notice patterns or trends as to when you may need to make changes in marketing efforts or production schedules.  However, health crazes and other trends can also impact product sales.  If you aren’t tapped into social media or have the ability to monitor real-time sales, then you may not notice a steady decrease or a spike in sales which can either lead to an overstocked warehouse or unhappy customers and sales losses. Food and beverage businesses need to be able to respond quickly to changes in customer needs and demands – seasonal or otherwise.  Replacing disparate specialty solutions for a more powerful ERP solution can provide greater control and insight throughout your business, which you can […]

The food and beverage industry is part of a fast-paced marketplace with changing regulations, customer demands, and subject to seasonal and other fluctuations.  Keep up with these changes by deploying a business management solution that can provide real-time insight throughout your enterprise and with industry trends. Your business needs to be flexible and able to respond quickly to changing situations in the food and beverage marketplace.  Entry-level or specialty software programs are often inflexible and data can be difficult to find.  In addition, although you may be able to monitor basic financial data, you are unlikely to find true value in your numbers in order to be confident in your price structures and profit margins.  In order to keep up with competitors, you need an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution such as Sage® ERP. Sage ERP offers the flexibility that your food and beverage business needs right out of the box.  This fully integrated ERP solution can be deployed quickly and requires minimal training because it is easy to learn and use.  Specific manufacturing features offered in Sage ERP can be further tailored to specific operations. You can manufacture items for make-to-stock or customize items for make-to-order.  Once a customer […]

Food and beverage businesses are subject to many regulations from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and related environmental, health, and safety acts.  New and changing guidelines and regulations can adversely impact business operations, lead to product recalls, and can put a dent in already slim profit margins.  Gain both insight and control over your business operations and protect your profits by implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for food and beverage distributors and manufacturers. Legislation over food and safety practices is constantly changing and some of these more recent changes have facilitated several recalls, pushing the industry to tighten up safety and security practices throughout their supply chains.  You are obligated to keep up with new regulations, make changes needed for compliance, and be able to show proof of that compliance.  Protecting your profits requires greater control over operations, training programs, lot traceability, recordkeeping, and audits to ensure that operations are on the right path.  You can accomplish all this and more with a strong enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Food and beverage businesses can implement a robust ERP solution, such as Sage® ERP, to gain the control and insight needed to manage compliance issues and protect profit […]

You may have come to know and enjoy using your version of Sage® ERP and are trying to determine whether an upgrade to your enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is necessary.  The Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) 2014 upgrade offers several new features that are sure to make you fall in love with your business solution all over again.  Here are three new features in the upgrade you will want to have immediately. Access data from anywhere, anytime:  The Sage Mobile Service can put data at the fingertips of your people no matter where they are located – in the field, with a customer, or simply at lunch.  Your field or sales teams can reference product or customer data on the spot, enter customer orders, or check on existing orders from the Sage Mobile Sales app on their iPads.  Not only can mobile technology impress your customers, you can give sales a boost. Modern, easy to learn user interface:  A fresh new look to the user interface will make it easy for users to learn and use the updated Sage ERP.  The quicker your team can enter and access data, the quicker you can use it to improve productivity and […]

You spend a lot of time and money in research and development to perfect the products that your customers need. Once you get your new product ‘just right’, you want to get them to your customers quickly. Whether you are in biochemical, petroleum, or process chemicals for other applications, you need to make sure your product is properly mixed each and every time. Control the quality of your products as well as meet compliance and traceability standards with the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Developing new products and fine-tuning existing ones isn’t as simple as making a few changes to your formula or recipe and running it through production. It takes a lot of planning, labor, and some level of trial and error to get a product ‘just right’. By the time you are ready for full-scale production, you have a fixed formula or recipe, process requirements, and an expectation for specific product characteristics or specifications. Miscommunication or inaccurate processes during production could result in wasted raw materials and bad batches – an expensive mistake. Sage® EM (formerly known as Sage X3) offers features that process manufacturers could use to get product ideas from research and design to full-scale production with greater […]

On March 31,2014, the prices of Canadian postage stamps are due to increase. If your business is still mailing bills and statements, expect costs to dramatically spike. Take advantage of Sage’s billing and payment functions to electronically deliver invoices to your customers and provide them a way to securely pay online by credit card. With this fully automated process, you will be able to save time and money. The following is a list of the advantages that Sage’s Billing and Payments function provides; Automatically document invoices and payment history for easy access and review Click to pay feature (allow your clients to pay instantly) Displays statistics on how your customers are interacting with their invoices I.e. email status, payment status, method of payment, etc. Instantly check emails and reply to clients Customizable emails, invoices, payment portal A brief summary of Sage’s Billing and Payments features are highlighted in this video. The Billing and Payment feature will allow you to efficiently collect money from you customers and avoid email system integration. Contact IWI Consulting Group to learn more information about Sage’s Billing and Payments features and start saving money and effectively managing your company’s accounts receivables before the fare increase.

What do sales orders, inventory, and customers all have in common? They can either make or break your bottom line. Using disparate, specialty software to manage these critical core business operations can lead to decision-making delays, expensive inventory mistakes, and unhappy customers. Connecting these critical processes with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can save money, improve customer service, and give you a competitive advantage. Using separate, specialty software systems can create a confusing network of inconsistent processes and can lead to mistakes with customer orders, inventory management, and lead to unsatisfied customers. For example, a customer may call and place an order with a sales representative who then passes along order information to a manager for processing. Manufacturing may be tasked with scheduling operations and procurement may need to count inventory to determine whether to order raw materials. As paper forms are shared via inter-office mail or transcribed into an email and sent throughout the office, data could be lost, misunderstood, or even forgotten. These types of bottlenecks and disconnects can disrupt the ordering process and you can quickly lose customers. Get all your key people on the same page with an integrated ERP solution such as Sage® 300cloud (formerly known […]

You may be surprised by the many manual operations that occur throughout the office. Data is often entered into one system, then another. Reports are often sent by slow inter-office mail or email, then data needs to be validated before it can be used. Add automation to these time-consuming processes, save time, and improve productivity by using an innovative business management solution. Using specialized software programs may seem appropriate for your core business areas such as the financial department, inventory and manufacturing, and sales. However, separate systems can also create delays as well as risk to data accuracy. Repeatedly entering the same customer or product data is a drain on productivity and introduces the chance for typos or data errors. Also, each software program will generate reports with different formats and key data summaries. Then managers need to piece these reports together to determine whether operations are productive and profitable, which is also time consuming and fraught with mistakes. Streamline business operations by introducing automation through one of today’s comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. An integrated ERP solution , such as Sage® EM (formerly known as Sage X3), enables your team to manage finances, inventory, manufacturing operations, sales, and […]

When we speak to business owners looking for ERP software to keep their competitive edge, their first concern is the transition time from the old to the new. That concern, though, is as dated as the software of old. With the change in the way we do business today, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software has also changed. Fast, efficient and intuitive, products like SAGE EM (formerly known as Sage X3) are testimony to this trend. SAGE EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is a popular and powerful ERP solution boasting an intuitive interface that cuts down the time your team requires in learning a new system. Here is how: SAGE EM (formerly known as Sage X3) comes with hundreds of pre-configured visual processes that make it easy to run tasks. SAGE EM (formerly known as Sage X3) gives your business the adaptability of a custom designed system with pre-set parameters designed for your business, including predefined user role and process flows. For SAGE EM (formerly known as Sage X3), SAGE worked with Business Partners to give you a pre-defined implementation framework that ensures a low risk, quick to deploy ERP solution. Great as this may sound on paper, nothing beats […]