Business Automation and Software Blog

Lean Manufacturing: What You Need to Know to Get Started

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

We’ve all heard the term “lean manufacturing.” Some have ventured down the road already while others are making plans to implement. For those of you trying to figure out where to start, you’re in a good place to ensure lean is started the right way for maximum effectiveness. Automation is a great boon to lean manufacturing, but it can also result in massive waste if not properly addressed from the beginning.

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Topics: lean manufacturing

Set Yourself up for Sustainable Profit in 3 Easy Steps

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Mar 27, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Common logic would suggest that if a new business is successful in its first year, it has cleared the most difficult hurdle. However, the failure percentages for small businesses actually increase as time passes: 70 percent of small business owners fail in their tenth year.

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Topics: sustainable profit

Is Your Accounting Software Ready for 2019 Sales Tax Changes?

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

As we close in on April 15, taxes are high on most peoples’ minds, but businesses have been thinking about sales taxes—and how they’ll be affected—for a long time.

As you might recall, 2018 was the year the Supreme Court of the United States overruled the physical presence rule that for decades kept states from taxing remote sales. The court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. (June 21, 2018) allows states to now require a remote seller with “economic and virtual contacts” in the state (economic nexus) to collect and remit sales tax, even if it has no physical presence in the state.

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Topics: accounting software, Sales tax

Swipe Right with SYSPRO Avanti’s UX

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

According to one study, U.S. adults spend an average of 11 hours per day staring at screens, watching videos, browsing social media, and swiping left and right. It should come as no surprise then that business systems have followed social media platforms, creating instant messaging programs and real-time feed sites full of work chatter and collaboration.

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Topics: SYSPRO Avanti

Easy Quarter-End Cycle Count for Your Best Inventory Control

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Mar 06, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

While the end of the first quarter may not seem like the time to be preparing for year-end cycle count, it’s actually one of the better times to get going with inventory control. In fact, we recommend scheduling it as often as possible: The more often you perform cycle counting, the better inventory accuracy and lower inventory write-offs you’ll have. Cycle counts should be done at least once per quarter, putting you in good position to have a quick and easy inventory count at year-end.

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Topics: inventory control

The Supply Chain Initiatives You Need Right Now

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

The future seems to come sooner than we expect: It was only twenty years ago that we were singing “Party like it’s 1999” and reminding each other to shut our computers down before midnight on December 31, 1999 in advance of Y2K. Now we’re staring down the barrel of 2020, trying to figure out what that means for the future of technology and how that affects our businesses.

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Topics: supply chain, supply chain software

Integrate Business Software Systems for a Powerful Drive Forward

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Knowledge has long been quoted as a vital form of power. From Francis Bacon’s writings to NBC’s “The More You Know” public service announcements, knowledge is referred to as a form of power currency. This is especially evident in business leadership, as leaders need knowledge for informed decision-making to direct the future of the company. That power to drive forward, then, is fueled by knowledge.

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Topics: business software systems

6 Easy Ways to Increase Manufacturing Productivity

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

It may only be February, but it’s never too early to start thinking about spring cleaning. According to one survey, 66 percent of adults practice spring cleaning. But 54 percent also admitted to finding it hard to get motivated or figure out where to start.

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Topics: manufacturing productivity, manufacturing consultants

Carter Paper and Packaging Selects PositiveVision to Implement SYSPRO ERP and CRM

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Feb 06, 2019 @ 09:15 AM

Roselle, IL – February 6, 2019 – PositiveVision, a consulting firm specializing in the implementation and support of business management software for small to medium-sized businesses, announced today that Carter Paper and Packaging has selected PositiveVision to implement SYSPRO ERP and CRM.

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Topics: Press Release

The Two Types of Automation in Top ERP Software

Posted by Robert Baran on Wed, Jan 30, 2019 @ 11:00 AM

Often, the word “automation” brings to mind machines and modern technology. We think of our automatic thermostats, scheduled bill pay, and calling “Hey Siri.” While automation actually dates back to the early 19th century at the Portsmouth Block Mills, which boasted 22 types of machine tools for making the parts of rigging blocks for the Royal Navy, today we are talking about modern technology automation. More specifically: the two types of automation that you’ll find in top ERP software, such as SYSPRO and others.

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Topics: top ERP software