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ERP Plus and Beyond
ERP Plus provides tools that metal fabricators need to streamline their quoting, order entry, inventory control, production, labor collection, shipping, and

about forecast accuracy erp  near real time information about operations and products on the shop floor; give users the ability to respond rapidly to customer demands; streamline planning, scheduling, and purchasing; track material and labor; and ensure consistency and accuracy across the shop floor. For users with international needs, Verticent provides international date formats, custom documentation, and supports international phone numbers and addresses. Also, its full multicurrency support allows enterprises to conduct

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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ERP for Fashion Industries Software Evaluation Report

The Discrete ERP Knowledge Base will help those involved in manufacturing and other industries, research vendors that support a range of production capabilities such as production planning, shop floor control, and product costing. The Software Evaluation Report also provides information on financials, human resources, and other enterprise management modules. 

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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APICS 2009 From the Expo Floor: Is S&OP Coming of Age? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog post series talked about my attendance at the APICS 2009 International Conference in Toronto (Canada) in early October. I attended only a few education sessions, as my visit focused more on exploring the expo floor and talking to the exhibitors. My overwhelming impression from the conference's expo floor was that the main value propositions this year

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Nine Ways to Use ERP to Make the Manufacturing Supply Chain Lean


There are entire books and thorough training and certification processes devoted to lean supply chain practices. But within any manufacturing environment, there are a few relatively simple steps that will help any enterprise make its supply chain lean. In this article, we will touch on these simple measures—measures that any company can take.

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Case Study: Peerless Pump


Peerless Pump has been designing, engineering, and manufacturing pumps for more than 80 years. The company was basing component stock levels on historical data, as it did not have the ability to accurately forecast customer demand. But with forecasting and demand planning software that increased forecast accuracy, the company has nearly doubled its sales over the past four years, while keeping inventory levels constant.

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To ERP or Not to ERP, that Is the C-level Question


Whether your organization is looking to take the leap into an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for the first time or seeking to add to the current ERP system’s functionality, your organization no longer must be bound to a one-size-fits-all ERP solution. One can pick and choose from the best of the best from ERP component vendors to fit your needs.

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Sage ERP X3 (v. 6) for Mixed-Mode Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


Sage ERP X3 (v. 6) is TEC Certified for online evaluation of mixed-mode manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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NetSuite ERP TEC Certified in Discrete Manufacturing ERP


TEC is pleased to announce that NetSuite ERP is now TEC Certified for discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) under TEC’s ERP Evaluation Center. To obtain TEC certification, NetSuite completed TEC’s detailed research questionnaire and went through a formal, live demonstration of NetSuite ERP with TEC analysts. NetSuite was founded in 1998 by Larry Ellison and Evan Goldberg and

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Sage 100 Standard ERP (v. 4.5) for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report


Sage 100 Standard ERP (formerly Sage ERP MAS 90), v. 4.5, is TEC Certified for online evaluation of discrete manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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IFS Applications (version 7.5) for ERP for the Mining Industry Certification Report


IFS Applications (version 7.5) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions for the mining industry in the ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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ERP in Manufacturing AXIS


Enterprise resource planning (ERP) provides a necessary infrastructure, along with the transactional detail and system of record that any manufacturing business needs. But ERP also enables streamlining and accelerating business processes—while providing visibility to those processes throughout the enterprise. This AXIS report looks at ERP solution providers from a market readiness and customer value derived perspective.

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