Using Your Manufacturing ERP Correctly

It’s no surprise that a majority of manufacturers are using an ERP system. In fact, research by Aberdeen Group show that 74 percent of manufacturers are using ERP. This doesn’t mean that these companies are using manufacturing ERP correctly, however. The Aberdeen Group found that a majority of manufacturing companies weren’t using their manufacturing ERP to its fullest potential, resulting in these companies not reaping the full benefits.
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4 Must-have Management Participants in Manufacturing ERP Selection

manufacturing ERPWhether you’re searching for a process manufacturing ERP system or a discrete manufacturing ERP system, selecting a manufacturing ERP system is a long and complex task with many areas to slip up and create problems such as scope creep, low user adoption, and a poorly selected system. To avoid these and other problems, make sure you have these four members of your management team on the selection committee.
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Manufacturing ERP Software Demo

When selecting manufacturing ERP software, it is important to see the software in action before choosing to implement it. This seems pretty obvious, but in 2013 only one-third of ERP buyers did not even demo a system before selecting it, according to a survey by Capterra.  This is a terrible mistake that could cost your company countless hours and thousands of dollars in the long run. To avoid this costly blunder, schedule a demo with vendors to gain a better understanding of each ERP system in consideration. Here are a few tips to ensure this goes smoothlyand truly helps you make a confident decision during final ERP selection.
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The Top 7 Reasons For ERP Implementation in Manufacturing

ERP implementationCompanies work through an ERP implemenation project for many different reasons depending on their industry and specific business needs. But a recent industry study pinpointed the top drivers of ERP implementation by manfacturers. If you’re considering beginnig a project of your own, the statistics below can be a great way to build a business case and help you identify the reasons behind your implemention.

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How One Manufacturer Doubled Business & Cut Costs with Sage 500 ERP

Cut Costs with Sage 500 ERPWhen Sage 100 ERP was unable to help Teva Sport Sandals manage their growth effectively, the company chose to upgrade to Sage 500 ERP and saw some incredible results.

With over 100 different shoe models available from the company, Teva Sports Sandals has become a leader in outdoor athletic footwear since their first appearance on the scene in 1983 with the first sports sandal. Just like their shoe design, the business evolved over time and with exponential growth and new business needs such as ecommerce emerging, company exuctives decided it was time to make the move from Sage 100 ERP to a more robust solution. Continue reading

Epicor Customers Explain Why Manufacturing and Cloud ERP Are Meant to Be

Manufacturing and Cloud ERPEpicor recently sat down with the Operations Manager at Chirch Global Manufacturing and the Senior Systems Analyst at Mayekawa USA, two of the manufacturing companies who utilize the cloud capabilities of Epicor ERP. The article below summarizes this conversation around why these companies chose to make the move, the experiences they had, and why they think manufacturing and cloud ERP are a great fit for each other.
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QuickBooks for Manufacturers: 5 Reasons to Upgrade to ERP

Using QuickBooks for manufacturers, while it may have been strategic in the beginning, may be doing more harm than good if you’re growing. Small and medium sized manufacturers flock to QuickBooks in their younger years because it is a tried and true accounting solution; but manufacturing goes beyond finances. As a growing manufacturer you need to be able to plan, procure, product, distribute, sell, handle complex transactions, measure up to standards, operate globally, collaborate, communicate, and more. To do all of that efficiently, you need to be in one system. While making the change to an ERP system may have been scary a few years ago, new technolgoy has made the change quote painless and more affordable than you might think! First thing’s first, why is QuickBooks not a sustainable solution for growing manufacturers?
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10 Critical Considerations for Selecting Cloud ERP for Manufacturers

Manufacturers are continually warming up to the idea of cloud business applications. In fact, according to Gartner, 47% of manufacturers will have piloted or will be using cloud based applications rather than using on premise solutions. Why? Because there are significant advantages in utilizing cloud technology for manufacturers, such as a lower TCO, faster implementation than premise solutions, 24/7 access, and many more. But recognizing those benefits means selecting the right solution. Below are 10 essential questions to ask when selecting cloud ERP for manufacturers.
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Using ERP System Data to Measure Manufacturing KPIs

Manufacturing KPIsAn ERP system can without a doubt improve the way you do business, increase efficiencies, and provide a significant return on investment. The key is defining manufacturing KPIs to tell you where you are today and how close you are to attaning your future goals. Provided you chose the right solution, your ERP system will collect all of the information you need, but it will be up to you to analyze and use it. Your KPIs will serve not only as a management tool, but as a motivational tool as well since they keep the entire team focused on specific areas and problems to reach a solution. Below are some of the most common manufacturing KPIs you may want to set up for your organization:
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Epicor ERP Implementation Increases Data Accessibility & Efficiencies for Clock Manufacturer

Learn how an Epicor ERP Implementation helped one company reduce the generation of orders by 30% and increase data collection by 5x for improved reporting.

From wall clocks to synchronized clock systems, as one of the leading manufacturers of timekeeping systems and accessories, American Time makes sure the world runs on schedule. With thousands of products, American Time product can be found in international healthcare, manufacturing, educational, and government organizations. While time has always been on their side, their inability to efficiently manage the many activities and pieces of information associated with their business was cutting into their own productivity and operations. Continue reading

4 Factors That Impact Manufacturing ERP Selection

ERP brings with it many benefits and promises; it can automate your business processes, help you make decisions faster, help you gain more control of your business, and much more. No matter what you’re looking for in your system though,  there are a few areas where you must pay close attention. Below are 4 factors that will make or break your manufacturing ERP selection. Continue reading

Study Proves Manufacturers Must Utilize ERP to Enhance Customer Experience

A recent IDC Manufacturing report sponsored by Epicor ERP reveals the importance of a customer oriented strategy for manufacturing success & how manufacturers have yet to understand and embrace this. The study surveyed over 460 companies in different sectors including industrial machinery and equipment, high-tech, and metal fabrication in 13 different countries around the globe.

If the findings are any indication of current attitudes in manufacturing companies about customer oriented strategies, there is a huge opportunity for manufacturers to change their thinking and improve business with customer experience at the forefront of their strategy. The report is entitled, “Get Customers Inspired: How Modern ERP Can Support Greater Customer Experience.” Key findings of this report are highlighted below: Continue reading

Epicor 9 for Manufacturing Can Increase Manufacturing Capacity

epicor 9 for manufacturingThere are a handful of things you can do to quickly increase productivity and find manufacturing capacity you didn’t even know you had! Traditionally, in order to increase capacity, companies make large capital investments and/or outsource some of their work. But maybe you don’t want to make the large investment or take part in outsourcing for fear that maybe this trend of increasing demand will dwindle- what do you do then?

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