RONKONKOMA, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2018--VAI, a leading ERP software developer, today announced that Hardware & Lumber (H&L), Jamaica’s hardware, home improvement and agricultural supplier has implemented VAI’s latest ERP solution, S2K 6.0. After H&L rebranded following an acquisition in late 2015, the company selected VAI’s ERP solution to help achieve new business goals including increased inventory control, better customer service and reduced costs.VAI S2K 6.0 enhances H&L’s productivity and improves customer service by increasing visibility throughout the supply chain. H&L’s location in Jamaica requires ample lead time for its global supply chain partners, which extend from the U.S. to China. S2K 6.0 also increases inventory control by tracking inventory in real time and using automated forecasting to create accurate inventory projections to reduce inventory and increase sales. Given H&L’s complex, global supply … [Read more...] about Hardware & Lumber Revamps Supply Chain and Inventory Management with VAI’s ERP Solution
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The Supply Chain Perspective Supply chain professionals like Lindner focus on the “triangle” of quality, cost and delivery when considering whether to work with a contract manufacturer. “Any supplier that can provide all three elements is a candidate to be a contract manufacturer for us,” says Lindner. As such, rigorous vetting of each supply chain supplier in terms of its capabilities, quality management systems, and ERP systems is typically required. But a simple customer-supplier relationship often is not sufficient. Because business conditions are constantly evolving and changing, working with a true partner that is continuously looking to improve production techniques and logistics can provide a competitive edge. Lindner chose to work with contract electronics manufacturing company Pennatronics, based in California, PA. The company delivers high-speed surface-mount and through-hole assembled circuit boards and/or subassemblies, and is … [Read more...] about Evaluating Electronics Contract Manufacturers from Two Perspectives: Supply Chain Management and Engineering
Choosing a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system – or deciding to renew a contract with your current vendor – remains one of the most challenging decisions facing CIOs and other IT decision makers. To help IT leaders make the call, Info-Tech Research Group (an IT research and advisory company) and SoftwareReviews.com, its user-generated review site, collected 408 reviews of ERP products written by ERP users who Info-Tech describes as “IT professionals who have worked with it intimately through procurement, implementation, and maintenance.” [ Visit SoftwareReviews.com and add your reviews ] The report focuses on what it categorizes as the leading ERP vendors and ranks them in four areas: Where they fall in Info-Tech's Data Quadrant (placement in the quadrant indicates its relative ranking as well as its categorization) Vendor capabilities Product features Emotional footprint (which measures high-level user sentiment towards product and aggregates … [Read more...] about The best ERP systems: 10 enterprise resource planning tools compared
You can find out how crucial an enterprise resource planning (ERP) software rollout can be for a company from a single word: billions—as in, lawsuits over failed ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) implementations are now being denominated in the billions of dollars. Greg Crouse, managing director at Navigant Consulting, has learned all about this from inside the belly of the litigious beast, serving as an expert court witness or consultant after spending 25 years managing large-scale projects.Twenty-one percent of companies who responded to a 2015 Panorama Consulting Solutions survey characterized their most recent ERP rollout as a failure. So there are a lot of disasters out there. But the high stakes in these projects, and the uptick in litigation, have meant that they're simultaneously more and less visible than ever. When lawsuits go public, that's a flag that there's a juicy story out there — but legal necessities often mean that the full details of … [Read more...] about 15 famous ERP disasters, dustups and disappointments
The footprints of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems seem to overlap — they both handle contacts and companies and lots of details about orders. Indeed, several ERP vendors claim that CRM, HR and the scheduling of executive golf outings are part of the ERP domain. Consequently, there is sufficient vagueness and confusion on these topics to …ahem… cloud the issue. Since there’s not much confusion about who uses ERP vs. CRM systems, let’s start there. The main users of CRM systems are in the sales and support organizations – they are ultimately customer-facing and they don’t do the actual work of producing and fulfilling orders (they just yell at the people who do that). In contrast, the ERP users are focused on the process and logistics of producing the widgets: factory managers, production schedulers, buyers, supply chain types and finance types. ERP users are … [Read more...] about CRM vs ERP: What’s the difference and which do you need?