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The 4 P’s of Effective Transformation

The 4 P’s of Effective Transformation

Industry analysts note the most compelling reason to switch to cloud ERP is business transformation.

But what, specifically, should businesses attempt to transform and improve upon?

You could empty your pockets and get the opinion of a consulting firm, but spare yourself the financial grief. The four business pillars described in this white paper tell you exactly where to focus.

In this white paper, you’ll discover 4 pillars that will transform your business:

  • Profitability
  • Process
  • Productivity
  • Positioning

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to perform better and faster than your competitors.

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5 Ways Acumatica Simplifies Item Management for Wholesale Distributors

5 Ways Acumatica Simplifies Item Management for Wholesale Distributors

Item management is one of the biggest day-to-day headaches for distributors like you. How can you stay on top of the tiny variations in size, style, color, and other attributes across your product families?

For distributors that want to prevent errors that can cost them sales, having a modern ERP system is essential. This new eBook from Acumatica will help you determine what you should be looking for in a new system.

In this eBook, you’ll discover how to:

  • Manage items more effectively using attributes.
  • Stock or pick components more efficiently with stock and non-stock kits.
  • Streamline compliance by implementing lot and serial traceability.
  • Speed up kitting and disassembly by simplifying unit of measure conversions.
  • Enhance stock rotation by associating expiration dates with lots or serial numbers.

When you have the right tools for the job, item management becomes less of a burden. Learn how by downloading this eBook now.

 

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The 7 Hidden Costs of ERP

The 7 Hidden Costs of ERP

You have a quote for a new ERP system, so you know the cost of the software, hardware, implementation, and training. Nevertheless, many companies are surprised by additional costs to implement and maintain their new system.

Don’t get caught off guard.

Read this white paper before you invest in a new ERP. Learn about other costs you should consider, including:

  • Executive sponsor and team member time to implement the new system
  • Retraining employees 
  • Future upgrades and customizations
  • Additional training and consulting to take advantage of new functionality

Make sure you consider all of the costs. Download the white paper now.

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7 Ways Distributors Grow with Acumatica

7 Ways Distributors Grow with Acumatica

Customers don’t care whether they’re buying from you, from one of your global competitors, or directly from the manufacturer. All that matters to them is getting excellent service at the right price.

If you’re going to differentiate your business by providing a better customer experience, you need technology to support your strategy.

Acumatica delivers wholesale distribution ERP software designed to help you compete in today’s digital economy. Discover what it can do for your business in this new eBook.

Read this eBook and find out how modern technology can help you:

  • Generate leads and increase sales
  • Increase turns and minimize carrying costs
  • Automate transactions to improve data accuracy and reduce manual entry
  • Boost customer satisfaction with self-service tools
  • Manage your entire business from a single application, anytime, anywhere

Don’t miss this opportunity to get the whole story. Download the eBook today.

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16 Ways Businesses Can Grow in the Cloud

16 Ways Businesses Can Grow in the Cloud

Entry-level accounting solutions and legacy ERP platforms can only take a business so far. When new opportunities are on your horizon, you need a modern cloud ERP system that enables sustainable business growth.

In this eBook, you’ll discover how Acumatica can enable you to:

  • Configure business processes while avoiding messy customizations.
  • Gain a 360-degree view of your operations.
  • Reduce risk even while streamlining compliance tasks.
  • Increase employee productivity with powerful mobile apps.
  • Plug in industry applications for even greater ROI.

Don’t miss this chance to prepare your organization for sustainable business growth.

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21 Powerful Questions to Ask ERP Providers

21 Powerful Questions to Ask ERP Vendors

It’s not easy to find the right ERP system and vendor for your business. No matter which industry or what your specific functional needs are, it’s imperative to get answers to the right questions so you can be well informed and make a good purchasing decision.

Don’t buy a new ERP system without asking specific questions about these topics:

  • Business outcomes
  • Services
  • Security & Risk
  • Vendor Quality
  • Training & Documentation
  • Scalability
  • Ongoing Support

We have taken the guess work out of the ERP discovery process. Download the free e-book below for the pertinent questions to get a conversation started with your ERP provider. PC Bennett has been implementing ERP systems and providing ongoing ERP support for companies since 2002 and we are happy to assist as we know it can be a large endeavor.

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A New ERP System Doesn't Have to Slow Your Schedule - or Your Business

A New ERP System Doesn't Have to Slow Your Schedule - or Your Business

With the right ERP system and implementation strategy, you can get the benefits of a new ERP system without the sting of implementing it.

This insightful white paper can show you how. Read it today and learn:

  • Key considerations for selecting a new ERP
  • How to select the right implementation strategy
  • How a phased implementation may be ideal for your business

Don’t miss this opportunity. Learn how to select and implement an ERP that can help you grow your business –  without the disruption.

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BigCommerce and Acumatica — A Unified eCommerce and ERP Solution

BigCommerce and Acumatica: A Unified eCommerce and ERP Solution

Integrate your BigCommerce storefront with Acumatica’s ERP for a unified commerce solution that streamlines operations and ensures you keep customers for life.

In this white paper, you will learn about:

  • Overview of the Current ERP and Digital Commerce Landscape
  • Challenges Achieving Operational and Commerce Efficiency
  • Benefits of Integrated SaaS ERP and Digital Commerce Systems
  • Trends in Commerce and Operations
  • The New Opportunities for Growth provided by the BigCommerce and Acumatica Partnership
  • Customer Success Story

Get the white paper now and discover the benefits for organizations that implement and tightly integrate these systems to build a complete digital platform.

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Choosing an ERP Implementation Partner

Choosing an ERP Implementation Partner

An ERP system touches nearly every aspect of your business. That’s why selecting the right one is a critical decision.

But selecting the right ERP is only the first step.

Choosing an ERP implementation partner is just as critical. The right implementation partner is reliable, has the resources to support you, and will take the time to understand your business so you can maximize the benefits of your new ERP.

In this insightful white paper, learn about four key things to consider when selecting your implementation partner:

  • References
  • Honesty
  • Quality Consultants
  • Focus

Don’t go at it alone. Team up with the right expert so you get the most out of your ERP system. Learn how by downloading this white paper today.

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Developing Lasting Value: How to Choose an ERP Platform that Facilitates Long-Term Growth

Developing Lasting Value: How to Choose an ERP Platform that Facilitates Long-Term Growth

To succeed in today’s digital economy, organizations must avoid investing in technology that can’t scale or integrate with modern applications. Investing in the wrong technology reduces your chances of achieving growth in the short and long term.

Choosing a cloud ERP solution such as Acumatica that rests on a future-proof platform brings lasting value to your business.

That’s why before you invest in new technology, it’s critical you develop a plan that considers the big picture.

In this eBook, learn how Acumatica’s future-proof platform delivers:

  • The keys to creating a growth-oriented infrastructure
  • Interoperability and seamless integrations to expand profitability and advance financial operations
  • Comprehensive features for conquering new markets
  • Affordable scalability
  • An optimal user experience

Don’t invest in technology to manage your business without a plan, download this eBook and learn how Acumatica is the game changer that will help your business scale and grow today and tomorrow.

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Developing Lasting Value: How to Choose an ERP Platform that Facilitates Long-Term Growth eBook

Distribution ERP Handbook

Distribution ERP Handbook

This handbook guides wholesale distributors through the evolving world of ERP applications, including functional requirements based on the types of products they distribute. Readers will discover differences between general ERP and industry applications, standard features available in mid-market ERP systems, and industry-specific requirements.

Read this handbook to find out:

  • How distribution ERP solutions handle durable and nondurable goods.
  • What it takes to evolve in the wake of the Amazon Effect.
  • How your specialization and size affect your ERP options.
  • What’s “standard” and what’s “extra” in the typical ERP platform.
  • Which industry-specific features can give you an edge over the competition.

Don’t be afraid of today’s tighter supply chains. Just because the internet has forever disrupted the traditional distribution model doesn’t mean your business has to suffer. With the right distribution ERP solution, you can evolve with the market, continuing to offer a layer of value that customers can’t get directly from the manufacturer.

Find out how in a new handbook. You’ll get a clearer picture of what’s available and which path is the right one for your unique business needs.

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Distribution Management System Evaluation Checklist

Distribution Management System Evaluation Checklist

There are many distribution management systems on the market, but only one is right for your business.

This checklist will help you discover which one.

With this distribution management system evaluation checklist, you can filter through all the different features and capabilities to identify what’s most important to you and your staff, and:

  • Identify 9 important features for increasing productivity
  • Focus on 12 key pieces of distribution functionality
  • Discover what a “true cloud” solution really delivers
  • Avoid common pitfalls of software customizations and upgrades
  • Learn 6 ways to get greater value for your software investment

Make sure you consider what’s most important when selecting your next distribution management system. Download the checklist now.

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Distribution Management System Evaluation Checklist

Distribution Metrics That Really Matter

Distribution Metrics That Really Matter Playbook

The profit margin for distributors is slim. They face stiff competition, daily challenges, and manufacturers who are dipping their toes into distribution channels.

How can distributors expect to improve profitability?

With business metrics derived from a cloud-based ERP solution.

This playbook provides distributors with the:

  • 7+ benefits of distribution metrics
  • 4 common mistakes businesses make using distribution metrics
  • 4 types of distribution metrics and what they tell you
  • 12 strategic distribution metrics to consider monitoring

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can transform your business with distribution metrics.

Download the playbook today.

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Distribution Metrics That Really Matter Playbook

eCommerce: Integrating Your Front and Back Office

Integrating eCommerce With ERP is a Game Changer, But Where Do you Start?

Making changes to the way you do business—even though they’ll benefit you—can be stressful. This includes moving your business online. It seems like a huge undertaking, so where do you start?

Take the stress out of moving online – check out this new infographic for help and learn how e-commerce enabled ERP can be your new best friend.

This infographic illustrates five major steps to take your business online, including things to consider when:

  • Designing your online store
  • Setting up your online store
  • Going live
  • Optimizing your retail store
  • Improving customer experiences

Don’t miss this opportunity, download the infographic now.

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ERP System Evaluation Checklist

ERP System Evaluation Checklist

If you’re shopping for a new ERP system, there’s a ton of information out there—but that’s not entirely a good thing. Many ERP evaluation processes get bogged down with information overload, leaving decision-makers frustrated and confused.

That’s why we designed a tool to help you focus on what really matters.

Our newly revised ERP comparison checklist empowers you to make your decision based on the features and benefits that are most important to your organization.

With this ERP system evaluation checklist, you can:

  • Focus on the 5 most important benefit categories
  • Prioritize 45 key ERP features based on your company’s needs
  • Learn about the 9 essential productivity features your next ERP must include
  • Minimize risk in ways that satisfy your executives

Don’t waste your energy evaluating platforms that can’t meet your needs, download the checklist today.

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ERP Implementation

ERP Implementation

New to ERP? Understanding the implementation process and having a plan will make for a smooth transition.

There are 6 phases that make up an ERP implementation project: Discovery and Planning, Design, Development, Testing, Deployment, and Ongoing Support. Though this is an iterative process, there will be a tendency for phases to overlap, and for movement back and forth between phases.

With our team having over a century of combined experience in financial software and ERP implementations, I have outlined the process that we use with our customers as a series of 6 articles. See the linked steps below for a more in depth look at each phase.

We hope that the free e-book linked below can serve as a valuable resource to you and your organization when exploring ERP projects as well as other enterprise systems.

ERP Implementation Plan

1. Discovery and Planning

This first phase begins during the sales process and then continues post-sale. During this period, the project team will be created. There will be initial meetings and documentation developed as the team works to identify current issues and potential solutions. An important part of this phase is constructing the project plan, which will serve as a guide throughout the rest of the project.

2. Design

We’re not talking about painting the office or rearranging furniture. Instead, what will the new enterprise-wide system look like and how will it be used in the organization? In the ERP Design phase, the project team and implementation team will be working out the various configurations for the new system, defining roles, and documenting standard procedures.

3. Development

The purpose of the development phase is to prepare the entire system for going live. This includes activities such as completing any necessary customizations, developing user trainings, and importing data. With ERP implementations, like any custom software development projects – “First, Solve the problem. Then, write the code.”

4. Testing

Is the system’s functionality aligning with the set requirements for the project? The Testing and Development phases will often overlap, as the implementation and project teams jump between the two – constantly fine tuning the configuration. By the end of this phase, project team members will be comfortable doing their jobs in the new system. This is the final step before diving into the live system.

5. Deployment

The project team and implementation team will assess the situation and make the final go or no-go decision. Prior to going live, the final data will be loaded and validated. The project team will train other employees who will then start working in the new system, and completely stop using the old one.

6. Ongoing Support

Once the ERP system has gone live, the purpose of the project team will shift. Over time, as the way the users work within the system evolves, adjustments and changes to the system configuration may be needed.

We have included all of these steps in much greater detail in the free e-book which you can download below. PC Bennett has been implementing ERP systems and providing ongoing ERP support for companies since 2002 and we are happy to assist as we know it can be a large endeavor.

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ERP Playbook for the Modern Warehouse

ERP Playbook for the Modern Warehouse

Building a modern warehouse is not just a way to get ahead – it is now a matter of survival. So if you are still running an entry-level accounting or legacy distribution ERP system, it is time to upgrade. Get an overview of what to look for in your new distribution ERP system.

This playbook provides wholesale distributors with an overview of warehouse management features and technologies. It includes a self-assessment to determine what steps to take next. It also provides WMS strategies and a process for executing WMS implementations to modernize warehouse and distribution center operations.

This eBook includes details on:

  • Which six feature categories you cannot afford to ignore.
  • How seven emerging warehouse technologies impact your business.
  • Where you really are in your warehouse modernization journey.
  • Four critical steps to warehouse modernization success.
  • The best way to execute your modern warehouse plan.
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ERP: Why Doing Nothing isn’t an Option

ERP: Why Doing Nothing isn’t an Option

The cost to your business of doing nothing is very real. You can’t afford to delay an ERP software decision.

Factors to consider:

  • No ERP
  • Replacing legacy ERP
  • Updating ERP
  • Cost of avoiding ERP decision

There are many reasons organizations decide not to move to ERP software and or upgrade their existing solution. The report below, by the Aberdeen Group, cautions against this approach by supplying research that illustrates the benefits of keeping your ERP current and up to date.

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Four Strategies for Smarter Inventory Control

Four Strategies for Smarter Inventory Control

Inventory is a major investment for most companies and right-sizing inventory levels is often an important management objective. However, simply reducing inventory without a plan is likely to increase the incidence of shortages, disappointing customers and losing business.

Get the details on how to effectively use 4 seemingly simple (but proven) strategies for smarter inventory control:

  • Maintain accurate inventory records
  • Proactive planning to avoid shortages and overstock situations
  • Focus on improvement to get incrementally better over time
  • Reduce lead times and lot sizes

Download this resource to learn more about how inventory control can positively impact your business.

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Key Performance Indicators for Distribution

Key Performance Indicators for Distribution

When it comes to improving your business performance, data is a good thing. But having too much data can be even worse than not having enough—you’ll get so buried in reports that you’ll miss the most important indicators of your business health.

Focus on distribution KPIs to get a clearer picture of your business with less effort. Find out how in a new white paper by Acumatica.

In “Key Performance Indicators for Distribution,” you’ll learn:

  • What historical and predictive KPIs can tell you about your business.
  • Which three distribution KPIs to track most closely.
  • Why out-of-the-box KPIs aren’t enough to improve performance.
  • How to systematize your KPI process.
  • The ideal number of KPIs to track on a daily basis.

Give your business an advantage over competitors who are drowning in meaningless data.

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Key Performance Indicators for Manufacturing

Key Performance Indicators for Manufacturing

Every kind of manufacturing company, in all industry segments including automotive, food and beverage, health and beauty, electronics, industrial machines, metal fabrication, plastics, etc., rely on measurements to monitor business activities and performance, document successes and challenges, and help direct management decision-making.

Of course, while we measure a number of parameters simply to comply with mandatory accounting and reporting requirements, smart management will incorporate those measurements into valuable intelligence that helps run the business more effectively and more efficiently.

In “Key Performance Indicators for Manufacturing,” you’ll learn:

  • What is a key performance indicator
  • Types of KPIs and those specific to manufacturing
  • How to use and reap the benefits of KPIs
  • Ongoing KPI maintenance including adjustments and expansions

Give your business an advantage over competitors by monitoring the right data.

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Manufacturing Management System Evaluation Checklist

Manufacturing Management System Evaluation Checklist

When you’re looking for a new manufacturing ERP system for your growing business, it’s often difficult to compare apples to apples—but it doesn’t have to be. Just focus on the most important features and capabilities, and you can find the right system with far less hassle.

That’s exactly what you can do with your complimentary copy of the Manufacturing Management System Evaluation Checklist.

With the “Manufacturing Management System Checklist”, you can:

  • Discover nine ways your new system can increase productivity.
  • Focus on the 13 key pieces of manufacturing functionality.
  • Find out why “true cloud” technology and responsive design matter.
  • Avoid common pitfalls of software customizations and upgrades.
  • Learn 10 ways to reduce risk as you choose a new system.

Don’t get scared off by the complexity of many manufacturing ERP systems. This checklist will help you focus on the most essential functionality.

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Navigating ERP Selection and Implementation: A 5-Step Process

Navigating ERP Selection and Implementation: A 5-Step Process

The right cloud ERP can bring many benefits to your company: anywhere and anytime access to customer information and business management tools, improved customer servicebetter business insightsstreamlined operations – the list goes on.

But how do you know if you are selecting the right cloud ERP?

Selecting the wrong ERP can set your company back years, so read this white paper and learn from 2 industry veterans what successful ERP implementations all have in common.

In this white paper, you’ll find out how to:

  • Set the project up for success before you even start looking for vendors
  • Assemble the right team
  • Select the best ERP system for your company
  • Remember key post-implementation issues

Don’t miss this opportunity to start your ERP selection and implementation process off on the right foot.

Download the white paper today.

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Perfecting Distribution and Retail-Commerce Quote-to-Cash Processes

Is your quote-to-cash (Q2C) cycle taking too long? Are late customer payments throttling your cash flow? Do employees waste too much time chasing down payments and not enough time building your business?

These are common complaints among wholesale distributors and retail-commerce companies. Why? Because the Q2C cycle is complex. But with the right software supporting cross-departmental workflows, you can get paid faster with less effort.

Read this playbook to discover:

  • Three phases and 14 unique steps your Q2C solution must support.
  • The easiest way to create five common types of quotes.
  • How to streamline the sales process by automatically converting leads to opportunities, customers, and contacts.
  • Why inventory planning is critical for faster Q2C.
  • What decision-makers from leading distribution and retail-commerce leaders are saying about Acumatica’s robust Q2C process.

With the right solution supporting your business, you can get paid faster to bolster access to working capital to grow your business.

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Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Automation and How to Get Started

Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Automation and How to Get Started

If your business is striving for procure-to-pay automation, disconnected systems and activities are your enemy. By upgrading to a cloud ERP platform, you can manage hundreds of vendors on one system for greater efficiency and lower costs.

Take control with a future-proof ERP application built for tomorrow’s supply chains. Harness automation to do more with less staff.

Read this solution brief to find out:

  • Three key steps to take before you even create a PO
  • How to save time by automating vendor bidding
  • Highly efficient ways to create purchase orders from other documents
  • Why so many companies still process payments manually—and what to do about it
  • How to make continuous improvements in your business processes

Procure-to-pay automation is much easier with the right cloud ERP platform. Get this solution brief to learn why Acumatica Cloud ERP could be an ideal fit for your business.

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Roadmap to eCommerce Success

Roadmap to eCommerce Success

Any business can build a website with eCommerce capabilities and start selling products and services online. Your challenge is to make your offerings stand out and fast-track your business for eCommerce success. Which specific technologies can help you get there?

In this eBook, experts help you navigate the most popular options to implement eCommerce and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Consider this your roadmap to eCommerce success—regardless of which route you take to get there. You’ll discover:

  • What type of seller you are and how that should inform your eCommerce decisions.
  • The most important eCommerce features for B2B and B2C sellers.
  • The pros and cons of selling on marketplaces such as Amazon.
  • How to compare self-managed and cloud-based eCommerce platforms.
  • 11 other key considerations as you plan your path to eCommerce success.

It’s not enough simply to launch a website that can sell products and services. A winning eCommerce strategy takes careful planning. This eBook will help you take the next step.

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The Total Economic Impact of Acumatica

The Total Economic Impact of Acumatica

To compete in today’s fast-paced business environment, businesses need to adapt to evolving customer, competitive, and technology trends. When companies don’t adapt, the result is bad employee experiences, and worse, bad customer experiences.

Don’t let your traditional ERP system hold your business back.

In The Total Economic Impact of Acumatica white paper see how Acumatica can help your business lower legacy licensing costs while:

  • Increasing Gross Margin
  • Increasing Sales Volume
  • Increasing Employee Productivity
  • Reallocating IT Time

Don’t miss this opportunity. Get The Total Economic Impact of Acumatica white paper today, and see how four Acumatica customers drove new growth, reduced costs, and achieved these results.

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