Business Automation and Software Blog

Distribution Optimization: A Guide to Efficiency

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jun 05, 2024 @ 08:00 AM

In a sea of competition, efficiency is key to success. Leaders need to consider how they can provide the most value to both customers and suppliers. In this blog, we’ll explore various strategies and techniques to achieve distribution optimization in order to place your company on the path toward increased profitability.

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Topics: distribution optimization

Business Intelligence Essential for Improving Manufacturing Process

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, May 29, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Manufacturers with the right business intelligence can stop guessing when making decisions. Company managers can use real-time visibility into their business processes to anticipate their next move. It can be compared to looking through a windshield on a sunny, clear day instead of trying to drive in foggy conditions.

The ability to produce accurate, relevant reports promptly is an easy task. Nothing could be further from the truth. The amount of data companies must organize and manage has surged over the past few years. Unfortunately, many companies find it challenging to filter and support such a large volume of data. 

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Topics: business intelligence for manufacturing

Operational Efficiency Crucial for Profitable Distributors

Posted by Linda Baran on Tue, May 21, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

In the post-COVID era, many distributors find several factors squeezing their profitability. Hiring and retaining employees continues to be a challenge. Demand for products varies, and as well as lead time to replenish necessary stock varies, leading to shortages. Rising inflation pressures distributors to stay profitable due to consumers' increased demands and higher supply costs. The business environment for all distributors is good news; those focusing on operational efficiency outperform their competition. 

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Topics: operational efficiency

Easy Ways to Implement Manufacturing Warehouse Automation

Posted by Robert Baran on Thu, Apr 25, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

The manufacturing industry is having its share of difficulties attracting skilled employees. As a result, manufacturers struggle to optimize productivity in their warehouses. Job seekers may avoid applying for available positions, thinking that warehouse work is dark, dirty, and offers no opportunities for advancement. Manufacturing warehouse automation improves the working environment for employees while improving productivity for the company. It’s a win-win situation.

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Topics: ERP chat bot

5 Warehouse Training Tips to Increase Productivity

Posted by Linda Baran on Thu, Apr 11, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

The right warehouse training encourages workers to commit to the company, inspires loyalty and creativity, and increases productivity. Warehouse team members’ training should take a two-pronged approach. First, it should give workers the skills they need to operate the machines and warehouse equipment they need to perform their job functions. Second, an effective training program must demonstrate to employees how their work is essential and required for the company to succeed.

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Topics: warehouse training tips

How AI is Improving ERP Chat Bots' Functionality

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Mar 20, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

The manufacturing industry is a competitive one. Suppose your company is at the point of either implementing a new ERP or upgrading to the latest version of an existing one. In that case, you must find a solution supporting smart manufacturing. An ERP chat bot is one of the critical features of smart manufacturing, and AI (artificial intelligence) is improving these digital bots to make them more effective for sales and customer service roles. 

 

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Topics: ERP chat bot

CRM Training an Essential Step for Your Team

Posted by Linda Baran on Wed, Mar 06, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Congratulations on choosing your customer relationship management (CRM) system! The next step for your company is to ensure that your team members complete CRM training. The training involves much more than ensuring that your team members have names and passwords so they can log in. Learning to use the CRM system effectively is a crucial step toward improving customer experiences and satisfaction rates. Teams must familiarize themselves with all of your CRM’s features to get the most out of this powerful software option.

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Topics: CRM training

Manufacturing Tech Good Fit for Optimizing Process Improvement

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 21, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

The modern manufacturing business is challenging. Multiple factors, such as the increasing cost of raw material prices, continuing load-shedding, challenges managing shop-floor processes, and a weak economy all contribute to the uncertainty of running the business. Business owners know that digital technologies have already led to manufacturing process improvement, resulting in increased efficiency and better overall business performance.

 

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Topics: manufacturing process improvement

6 Steps for Successful ERP Implementation Budgeting

Posted by Linda Baran on Wed, Feb 14, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

When a company introduces ERP (enterprise resource planning) to manage day-to-day operations, it's a sign the business has moved on from startup mode. The business is generally well-established, with a steady stream of customers. A successful ERP implementation project requires setting the proper budget.

ERP implementation budgeting must carefully account for changes as the project evolves. The budget should include funding for research and getting quotes, any customization needed, maintenance and support, training, and a contingency fund to pay for unexpected costs. 

 

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Topics: ERP implementation budgeting

Take Steps to Introduce Quality Management to Your Manufacturing Facility

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 07, 2024 @ 11:00 AM

Quality management (QM) is the series of steps that ensures activities required to make products are performed to the highest possible standards. QM requires a commitment from everyone involved in the company, from the executive suites to the shop floor, to follow the stated quality policy. As a manufacturer interested in introducing QM to your facility, you need to know the specific strategies needed to make it a success.

 

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Topics: quality management