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Taking Stock: How to Improve Stock Control

Posted by Dave Cann

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While employees may dread their annual stock checks, there’s no denying that stock control is crucially important to manufacturers.

Without an effective stock control system in place, you’re blind to the assets you have. You’re not ignorant of how many employees are on your payroll, so why would you ignore the stock levels within your business?

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Catagories: Manufacturing Business, ROI, ERP


Industry 4.0: The Current Manufacturing Landscape

Posted by Andy Gough

 Industry 4.0: The current manufacturing landscape

With technology rapidly impacting all areas of our lives, it was naive to believe that manufacturing would be exempt from the digital revolution. We’re officially in the midst of Industry 4.0, dubbed the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ — but has it lived up to expectation?

Here, I take a look at how the current manufacturing landscape has been shaped by Industry 4.0:

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Catagories: Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, ROI, Industry 4.0 / IoT


7 ways that manufacturers can improve their inventory management

Posted by Barry Thompson

Improve your inventory management

Most manufacturing businesses have too much cash tied up in excess inventory—finished goods, raw materials, and work-in-progress. What’s more, most manufacturing businesses know that they have too much cash tied up in inventory.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Business, ROI


Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success

Posted by Andy Gough

Growing a manufacturing business: 6 often-overlooked secrets of success

 

Growing a manufacturing business isn’t easy. And rarely is the challenge harder than it is for smaller manufacturers, where hard-pressed senior management must spread themselves thinly across multiple activities—handling finances, marketing, product development, quality control, human resources and much more.

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Catagories: Manufacturing Trends, Manufacturing Business, ROI


7 strategies for supply chain management success

Posted by Ian Jack

7 strategies for supply chain management success

A lot of the time, supply chain management success strategies are ‘top down’ affairs, and very—well—strategic. ‘Be a low-cost producer,’ for instance. Or ‘achieve a fast time-to-market.’ Or ‘respond quickly to changing fashions.’

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Catagories: Manufacturing Business, ROI, Supply Chain


5 tips for finding the field service software that’s right for your business

Posted by Ian Jack

5 tips for finding the field service software that's right for your business

 

Everyone knows that these days it’s crucial for field service businesses to have field service software. The days of spreadsheets and paper-based systems have gone—at least for businesses with ambitions to grow, and remain competitive.

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Catagories: Field Service Software, ROI, Field Service Business


How ERP workarounds are costing you money

Posted by Lydia Duckitt

How ERP workarounds are costing you money

In manufacturing, ERP workarounds are relatively commonplace. Workarounds such as spreadsheets or Microsoft Access databases, for instance, or even manual ledgers. Or supplementary systems, installed to perform tasks that the business’s manufacturing ERP system can’t perform: an EDI add-on, for instance, or an e-commerce capability.

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Catagories: ROI, ERP


What’s your Business Continuity Plan? Don’t know? Read on!

Posted by Ian Jack

Whats your Business Continuity Plan?

It’s not difficult to see why it’s vital to have a Business Continuity Plan. Simply put, IT disruption severe enough to affect your business’s trading is surprisingly likely, with statistics suggesting that the typical small to medium business runs a one-in-five chance of experiencing such a failure over a five year period. What’s more, 40% of such businesses will then collapse, as a result.

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Catagories: Cloud, ROI


An ERP software upgrade is too expensive? Think again!

Posted by Ian Jack

An ERP software upgrade is too expensive? Think again!

Why do so many businesses stagger on with out-of-date ERP systems that no longer meet their needs? Because, quite simply, the cost of upgrading can sometimes be too expensive. Unable to justify staying on their ERP provider’s normal update cycle, they skip a release - only to then find that the higher price of the next release is even less affordable.

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Catagories: ROI, ERP


New year, new field service software

Posted by Andy Gough

New Year - New Field software

Limping along with out-of-date field service software? And field service software that (despite its cost) seems ill-matched to your business requirements? If so, it doesn’t have to be that way. It's a new year, so why not invest in a new field service software system?

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Catagories: Field Service Software, ROI