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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 EM (formerly known 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 […]

16
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Sage People for Sage EM (formerly known as 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 […]

09
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Exceeding customer expectations, rather than meeting them, seems like a big hurdle to jump. But with software such as Sage 300cloud (formerly known 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 […]

02
Aug 2017
Wednesday

Sage EM Offers More for Growing Companies Manufacturers exploring their options for adding enterprise resource planning systems to their companies need to be aware of many factors during the research phase of their project. Understanding just what an ERP system does, the features and benefits of each system, and how the system will integrate with existing systems is critical. But perhaps, more importantly, is understanding how an ERP system is configured to work for the manufacturing industry. Software such as Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3) is built with manufacturers in mind. It’s been tested with many manufacturing firms who have known, used, and benefited from its attributes over the years. Choosing software that’s used by other companies in your industry is one way to ensure that it has what you need to run your business efficiently. There are several key questions to ask before choosing your software package. These include: Have you included all internal stakeholders in the software assessment process? The worst thing you can do is begin speaking with vendors and consultants about ERP systems without complete feedback from the entire team back at the plant or office who intend to use the system. Input from all […]

26
Jul 2017
Wednesday

Sage People is a human resources management system that can transform how you manage the people at your workplace. People are your greatest asset. The right people in place at your company can propel growth, fuel innovation, and exceed customer expectations. To attract and retain the right people, however, you need to manage benefits, payroll, job functions, and more within your company, in a way that’s beneficial to employees and time-saving for your company. That’s where Sage People comes into the picture. It’s a flexible, fully functional human resources management system that can help you manage all of your HR functions in one place. What Does an HRMS System Do? HRMS systems have been around the business world for several years now. They do not take the place of your human resources department, but they can save the team in HR considerable time and effort by offering: Employee Self Service: Employee Self Service refers to a system that allows employees to request time off, review their pay history, update contact information, and complete other routine tasks from a dashboard available through a web browser. Employees can access and review much of their personal information in a secure format without having […]

19
Jul 2017
Wednesday

Transparency, visibility, accuracy, and accountability are all the new watchwords in the food and beverage manufacturing industries. Sage EM (formerly known as Sage X3), a business management system, is a software tool that offers manufacturers the information they need to successfully compete in the global market. IWI Consulting offers a whitepaper entitled Transparency in the Food Manufacturing Industry which offers more insights into how a business management system can help you improve your business. Download it today and learn more. Global Supply Chain Challenges Solved The food and beverage industry has become increasingly globalized over the past several years. Product ingredients may include wheat from Manitoba, preservatives manufactured in the United States, spices grown and dried in India, and packaging components from Europe. All of this makes tracking supply chain inputs and visibility into your supply chain vital. If one link in the chain must be tracked to its source, you need immediate access to the data in your system. Disparate systems or logs kept in spreadsheets can take too long to review manually and can be difficult to cross-reference. An enterprise resource planning system such as Sage EM brings all data into one business management system so you can […]

12
Jul 2017
Wednesday

Controlling inventory can feel like riding a wild, untamed horse across a rocky cliffside trail. At this precise second you’re still in the saddle holding the reins, but at any moment the horse could plunge off the cliff and take you with it. Inventory control can feel just about as scary. Are you in control of your inventory, or is it controlling you? Software such as Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) can help you take back the reins and guide your inventory to a safer, saner place. There are several other tips and tricks you can put into place to manage your inventory better. With software like Sage 300cloud (formerly known as Sage 300) and these steps, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. Inventory Control Tip #1: Build a Stock List Building a stock list can be the first and best step towards inventory control. A stock list helps you keep track of all the items in inventory as well as their costs and retail price points. With a stock list in hand, you can make smart decisions about how, when, and why to sell items. Let’s face it—your company manufactures products to sell, not to store […]