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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 that they get excellent service at the right price. So if you are going to differentiate your business by providing a better customer experience, you’ll need technology supporting your strategy.

Read this eBook to 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.

You will also learn how Acumatica Distribution Edition’s future-proof cloud technology ensures that you will never get stuck on an outdated system.

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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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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 plenty of distribution management systems on the market, but only one is right for your business. You’ll discover which one when you filter through all the features and capabilities and identify what’s most important to you and your staff.

With this Distribution Management System Evaluation Checklist, you can:

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

Learn what’s most important to focus on in your distribution business.

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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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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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