What is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen?
Kaizen is a philosophy that was developed in Japan to improve the shop floor’s efficiency and processes. Kaizen is also known as “continuous improvement” because once the process has been implemented it is not simply forgotten, but continually worked on and improved upon. Those using the philosophy of Kaizen strive to create an engaging culture for each individual’s talents in order to create a powerful manufacturing system that is constantly improving.
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The Benefits of Working With A VAR

What is a VAR?
As technology changes and becomes more advanced, the end users of that technology can have more difficulty understanding the products on the market and how to use the products on the market. For small businesses, trying to search the market for an expensive ERP program on their own is daunting. This is where a VAR, or value added reseller, comes in. A VAR does more than just resell ERP software. They add more value to the customer by giving advice, offering further services like consulting, engineering, implementation and more. They offer the customer more support than buying straight from the vendor ever will. Below we highlight some of the largest benefits a customer in search of ERP can gain from working with a VAR.

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What is a Bill of Material?

What is a BOM?
A BOM, or Bill of Materials, can best be understood by picturing a grocery shopping list. Before you go shopping, you plan out which grocery stores you will stop at to get the best deals and what you will buy at each place. Maybe you plan to stop at the farmers market for your produce, but stop at the local supermarket for your meat. A bill of materials works similarly for manufacturers by stating exactly what you will be ordering, where you will be ordering it from and how much of each product, as well as instructions for putting it together.
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What Is Kanban and How Can ERP Help?

Managing inventory can be one of the highest costs in a business if not done properly. Either you have too much, which takes up real estate and sucks up costs. The inventory only creates income when it is sold. On the other hand, if you have too little of inventory, you will be scrambling to make up for it with customers and spending more to reach the levels necessary. There are two ways to relieve an inventory situation like this: Kanban and ERP.
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What Is MRP Software?

The History of MRP Software

MRP, or Material Requirements Planning, originated around the 1960s and 1970s. It focuses on the planning process of manufacturing, from what products to buy, how much, to when and from who. This is all based on the supply and demand of a product. In the 1980s, software to automate MRP took off, however, many people still are asking “What is MRP software?”
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The ERP Terms Cheat Sheet

Looking into ERP systems, or working on one for the first time can be overwhelming. Not only are you on a new software that can be confusing and perplexing, but there are a lot of ERP terms that are unfamiliar to the general public. ERP, CRM, SCM, BI, these acronyms can give you a headache unless you know what they all mean. To get you up to speed, we’ve complied all the most popular ERP terms and acronyms for your reference when getting started with ERP.

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