“Black Friday” sounds a little sinister, but its name comes from the famous Friday after Thanksgiving when folks take a day off work solely dedicated to Christmas shopping; a noble cause but the sheer volume of people can cause all sorts of mayhem. People in the United States have been conditioned to spend their hard earned consumer dollars on these events laden with special discounts and super deals. Every year this is a major shopping event that retailers and distributors must prepare for and has even expanded to “Cyber Monday” as digital transformation and e-Commerce continue to dominate the markets. Hectic stores plus quick-selling online deals – Whew this could go really wrong. What can you do to get it right?
Mergers and Acquisitions – How Do You Navigate this With Your WMS and Shipping Software?
Just within the past five years of my career spanning over two decades, I cannot believe the number of customers who have been acquired, purchased another company, or merged. With so many things that need to be considered, there could easily be dictionaries written about the do’s and don’ts of Mergers and Acquisitions including employees, assets, debts, license agreements, processes, locations, accounts, finance, etc. Now, I’d like to discuss my favorite topic; how should your inventory control and shipping systems be addressed? Here are our recommendations.
Dreaded Excellent Go Live!
We’ve all heard the horror stories of failed software implementations, so let’s discuss successful deployments and how to avoid problems.
We’ll start with the basics. First, a Go Live Date is the actual date you’re going to use the technology in your existing Live or Production Environment. This means employees will now be using newer technology to perform their daily jobs. Next, our company has a very structured approach to implementations that we’ve perfected over the years. Initial sales, implementation, training, testing, and planning are all components which precede a successful Go Live when performed correctly. You can actually read about this in our blog, 6 Vital Keys to ERP & WMS Implementation Success.
Here are some other tips to ensure you have a successful Go Live:
A huge thank you to our Vendors, Team Members, Partners and Sponsors for our first ever Customer Summit in Estes Park, Colorado! Everyone seemed to enjoy the YMCA of the Rockies! Not only did we see deer and other wildlife blended into an ideal location, the staff really knows how to accommodate group events and the relaxed atmosphere was a welcome change to stuffy over-priced hotels elsewhere. We were delighted that many of our clients and vendors brought their significant others to take advantage of this gorgeous location and make a mini-vacation of it. Of course there was excitement as several of us witnessed an amazing Elk Rut from a relatively safe distance. Trust us, we did not stick around to figure out the winner but certainly know that both of those guys meant business.
The other day I was at a restaurant and it seemed like the entire staff was just following the motions. I was once a server, so I was a little surprised. I remember hard days, issues in the kitchen, and crabby customers and yet I still put my little spin on the job. I tried my best to be positive (hey while at work, work) and even signed my “bills” with a little cartoon moon saying Goodnight and Thank You. Even in the most structured, menial, or meaningful job you can still be you! Let’s take a look at why this can help you with success.Read More
Our team continues to improve the DCWarehouse Automation Suite with extremely important supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution features. We have two new releases completely packed with new functionality to help our valued distribution and manufacturing clients compete within their industry.
In order to grow, it is important to continuously evaluate technology that does everything from reducing manual tasks, automating operational processes, communicating in real-time, and sharing data to make important decisions. However, there are risks involved in these projects which need to be analyzed and prevented. Let’s take a look.
According the the Oxford English Dictionary, a blockchain is a “system in which a record of transactions made in bitcoin or another crypto-currency are maintained across several computers that are linked in a peer-to-peer network”. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data (generally represented as a Merkle tree).
It seems like Blockchain is all the rage. In my humble opinion it may be right for some companies but not all. Let’s talk about something that’s been around for a long time and is still extremely necessary for suppliers, distribution and manufacturing companies; Data Integration. There are many reasons for integrations. Let’s take brief look into this.