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The data derived from Sage EM (formerly known as 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 EM (formerly known as 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 EM (formerly known as 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 […]

ERP systems such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]