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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Case Study: The Islander Group
The Islander Group generates over $18 million (USD) annually through its Web site, mail-order catalog, and warehouse operations. Seamless communication across

islander group products  Study: The Islander Group The Islander Group generates over $18 million (USD) annually through its Web site, mail-order catalog, and warehouse operations. Seamless communication across the manufacture, supply, and distribution of its products is crucial to maintaining productivity, and profitability. But its business systems were no longer reliable or upgradable. Learn about the company’s requirements for a new system, and how PRONTO-Xi met them.

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Product Development and Portfolio Management

The Product Development and Portfolio Management Knowledge Base covers the execution processes of new product development projects and programs, including phase-gate processes. It also addresses Product Portfolio Management (PPM), including the evaluation processes of new and existing products and product portfolios to provide the most valuable, balanced, and well aligned portfolio of products.  

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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


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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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Case Study: Inteva Products, LLC


When Inteva Products, LLC was launched as an independent company, one of its first challenges was a complete overhaul of its IT environment, which was made up of many different systems—including a legacy enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Learn how the company chose a software-as-a-service (SaaS) ERP solution that trimmed monthly operating costs by one-third and enabled IT staff to focus on more strategic work.

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Trade Promotion Optimization in the Consumer Products Industry


Retailers expect promotions by consumer products companies to drive revenue, volume, profitability, and category growth. To achieve these goals, consumer products companies must present comprehensive promotional programs that are tightly integrated with consumer marketing campaigns and tailored to the specific needs of the retailer and its customers or target consumers. They must also forecast accurately, provide marketing support, and ensure inventory availability. Sales managers and trade marketers must collaborate extensively with cross-functional teams for brand marketing, supply chain management, and finance to achieve these goals. Specialized software programs can help, as this white paper explains.

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John Temple Group


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NexTec Group - Pacific Northwest


NexTec Group specializes in providing small, mid-market and mid- enterprise companies with Financial, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solutions suited to their specific industries and business needs. We leverage award winning systems like Microsoft Dynamics GP (formerly Great Plains), Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) and Sage MAS 500 ERP. Our suite of solutions also includes integrated CRM with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Sage SalesLogix CRM, development and deployment of robust analytical and reporting tools, including: Microsoft SQL Reporting Services, Microsoft FRx and Microsoft Forecaster, Crystal Reports, OLAP for Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Performance Point Server (formerly Proclarity Analytics Server) to deliver comprehensive solutions for your business. To learn more about NexTec Group and our solutions and technical consulting services, please visit: www.nextecgroup.com.

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Azur Group Inc


AZUR Group is a Montreal-based software development company and a Microsoft ISV Partner. The AZUR Group mission is to optimize its software development process to continuously improve its efficiency to develop secure, high-performance, robust, and affordable web-based software for medium and large companies located in North-American markets.Since year 2000, we have developed and deployed hundreds of web applications for our customers. We have a rock-solid track record of on-time and on-budget delivery.However, to compete against immediate competitors and outsourcing companies, we needed to greatly improve our development process efficiency and to reduce project development costs, risks, and time to market. We started a decade ago, an ambitious R&D project to progressively incorporate in our online business analysis tool, the AZUR Group’s knowledge and expertise acquired in sustained R&D efforts and numerous customers’ projects.XI-FactoryTM – Is the result of this project – it is a proprietary and innovative technology developed by the AZUR Group. XI-Factory main objective is to achieve better collaboration in global software design, review, and development with the highest possible value and efficiency. The XI-Factory supports a distributed and automated Agile software development process.Our major business objective is to have XI-Factory online services used and resell by North-American software development companies. We want to help them greatly improve their development process efficiency and provide cost-effective private and public cloud-based solutions.

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Case Study: CBH Group


Facing a projected 400 percent increase in transactional volumes for its key grain handling application, CBH Group needed to boost performance, resilience, and availability. Learn how the company’s new server consolidation and virtualization program helped it achieve a 400 percent increase in transaction volumes, cut costs, reduce power and cooling requirements, and enable rapid response to new business requirements.

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Case Study: Weinig Group


Weinig Group is a technology provider for the solid wood processing and distribution industry. After several acquisitions left the company with a mixed bag of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, Weinig went looking for a new ERP system for its locations in China, Switzerland, Spain, France, and the United States. Find out which system met all of Weinig‘s requirements and how it was successfully implemented.

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Palladium Group, Inc.


Palladium Group provides strategy and technology consulting, training, and certification. The company’s focus is strategy execution systems.

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