A 2017 New Year’s Resolution for Manufacturers
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A 2017 New Year’s Resolution for Manufacturers

2017 is almost here, and it’s time to get your manufacturing business resolutions in order! So, what’s on your list for manufacturing in the new year? Lowering costs, focusing on more strategic IT initiatives, or maybe improving...

Is Your ERP Solution Helping or Hurting your Business? 5 Warning Signs That It’s Floundering
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Is Your ERP Solution Helping or Hurting your Business? 5 Warning Signs That It’s Floundering

Food and beverage manufacturers are facing tougher challenges than ever before. Massive food recalls have led to an unquenchable demand for greater inventory traceability, visibility and precision in the global food supply chain....

2 Manufacturing Quality Challenges Solved with Cloud ERP
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2 Manufacturing Quality Challenges Solved with Cloud ERP

As an ISO/TS certified manufacturer, HK Metalcraft knows all too well the challenges of delivering high quality on time, every time. The company is a manufacturer of high-quality precision metal stampings, spring washers, formed...

Manufacturing in Their Genes: An ERP Technology Evolution
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Manufacturing in Their Genes: An ERP Technology Evolution

Joshua Hopp, President of HK Metalcraft, confesses that he’s a technology nerd, and that he picked up this trait from his father, Raymond Hopp. Joshua is the fourth-generation owner of a manufacturing business that specializes in...

5 Things Every Manufacturing IT Leader Wants in an ERP System
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5 Things Every Manufacturing IT Leader Wants in an ERP System

The role of IT leaders in manufacturing has undergone significant changes. It used to be one based primarily on keeping the hardware and software architecture running, along with desktop support management. Now, with 24/7...

Proof Positive: Cloud ERP Gives Manufacturers the Visibility They Need
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Proof Positive: Cloud ERP Gives Manufacturers the Visibility They Need

Modern manufacturing is too complex for manual processes, and relying on disparate systems to run your business drains precious time. In fact, thirty-eight percent of manufacturers say they face serious delays in decision making...

Cloud ERP is the Cure for Manufacturers with IT Headaches
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Cloud ERP is the Cure for Manufacturers with IT Headaches

Let’s face it. The last thing you need is another IT headache. You’re already dealing with suppliers, demand, inventory, and the other complexities of running a successful manufacturing business. You need to know how your plant...

LNS Report: Manufacturers Struggle with Quality Management
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LNS Report: Manufacturers Struggle with Quality Management

Delivering high quality products to the market is no longer a differentiator—it’s an imperative. Yet, a recent LNS Research report reveals that manufacturing companies have reached a plateau in their quality maturity and are...

3 Sales and Operations Planning Considerations That Can Make or Break Business Alignment
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3 Sales and Operations Planning Considerations That Can Make or Break Business Alignment

Are your Sales and Operations (S&OP) meetings and process destined to fail? It happens more often than you might think. Like when S&OP is a one-off process or is simply not as strategic as it could be. Failure even occurs...

5 Strategies to Turn Quality Compliance into a Competitive Advantage
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5 Strategies to Turn Quality Compliance into a Competitive Advantage

Quality compliance is often regarded as restrictive and costly, with little return on investment. But the truth is, compliance can improve and enhance customer satisfaction. The definition of quality is a product that meets and/or...

7 Tracking and Reporting Techniques to Improve Inventory Accuracy
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7 Tracking and Reporting Techniques to Improve Inventory Accuracy

Inventory traceability and tracking is all about matching electronic records to physical reality. Today, that typically means scanning barcodes to track inventory movement. Scanning is much more timely than manual reporting and is...

Become a Supply Chain Planning Master and Kick Your Microsoft Excel Habit
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Become a Supply Chain Planning Master and Kick Your Microsoft Excel Habit

Microsoft Excel is one of the most popular business tools throughout the world, and its power as a reporting and short-term analysis tool is undeniable. While many skilled professionals use it to perform complex data management...

3 Big Manufacturing Business Benefits Gained by Going Lean
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3 Big Manufacturing Business Benefits Gained by Going Lean

Accuride Corporation, a leading supplier of wheels and wheel-end automotive components to the North American commercial vehicle industry, prides itself on being dependable. The company knows its commitment to lean manufacturing is...

Cloud ERP Scalability: Manufacturer Expands Production by 60%
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Cloud ERP Scalability: Manufacturer Expands Production by 60%

Let’s say your company wants to expand production, tripling your inventory and product lines and increasing lead times for overseas production. As much as you want to seize the opportunity, you’re concerned. After all, your...

The 5 Hidden Economic Benefits of Cloud ERP
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The 5 Hidden Economic Benefits of Cloud ERP

The cloud has been a major topic of conversation among manufacturers over the past few years. With good reason too: it has definitively proven its financial value. Obviously, the cloud offers compelling ways for manufacturers of...

High-Tech Manufacturing: Next-Gen Plants for Next-Gen Workers
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High-Tech Manufacturing: Next-Gen Plants for Next-Gen Workers

When it comes to recruitment, the U.S. manufacturing industry has taken a multi-decade hit. High school and college institutions have reduced the emphasis on skills-based education and public perception has been tarnished by...

Tough Economy Got You Down? Not These Manufacturers.
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Tough Economy Got You Down? Not These Manufacturers.

The U.S. economy isn’t exactly soaring. In fact, it grew only 1.4 percent in the second quarter of 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. That’s up from 1.1 percent in the first quarter. Times are especially...

Manufacturers Cut Costs to Grow Their Business:  3 Must-Do Steps to Success
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Manufacturers Cut Costs to Grow Their Business: 3 Must-Do Steps to Success

Squeezing every dime out of operations in the name of optimal efficiency is a key strategy for today’s manufacturers. But running a bare-bones business makes it difficult to handle the increased demand that comes with growth. So...

3 Ways Manufacturers Can Lower Costs with Cloud ERP
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3 Ways Manufacturers Can Lower Costs with Cloud ERP

Cloud computing is proving to be more than a mere trend for manufacturers. In fact, those who have embraced ERP technology view cloud as central to their ability to compete. And for good reason. The cost benefits alone make it a...

Why a Single Version of the Truth is Key to Manufacturing Success
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Why a Single Version of the Truth is Key to Manufacturing Success

Adding on to your enterprise resource planning (ERP) software solution with applications designed to help automate various processes can not only be expensive, but also extremely complicated. Your business is complicated enough....

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