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Experience is the Best Teacher

September 20, 2016

A little over a year ago, my husband graduated with a degree in Supply Chain Logistics Management. While our whole family rejoiced and were elated by this recent educational endeavor and even more so by his accomplishments, I just couldn’t help but wonder what lay ahead for him.

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Sharing Our Story During the Epicor Retail Road Show: How Klem’s Tractor Has Improved Operations

September 06, 2016

"Every decision we make in the business is somehow tied to information from the Epicor Eagle system. It’s helping us become more competitive by allowing us to get good information immediately and make better decisions," said Jessica Bettencourt, President of Klem’s Tractor. This has been a true statement for the last 19 years we have operated our business on the Epicor Eagle retail business management system. Recently, I had the chance to share our story to a group of retailers during the inaugural Epicor Retail Road Show event hosted at our business, Klem’s Tractor, in Spencer, Massachusetts.

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Four Steps to Mastering Inventory

September 01, 2016

With inventory being one of a dozen areas to attend to, retailers often have no choice but to spend more time putting out daily "fires" than on refining their inventory mix. What’s more, many are still relying on gut instinct instead of system data to get them through the day, in spite of the time-consuming nature of manual processes.

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Outperform in an Era of LBM Sales Growth

August 30, 2016

The lumber and building materials (LBM) market appears to be picking up. That’s good! But is it good enough? Here are a few strategies and tools used by top LBM dealers and distributors to capitalize on periods of growth to become more efficient, more profitable, and better positioned competitively.

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The Four Pillars of Differentiation for Distributors

August 29, 2016

In today’s global and digital distribution market, the rules of engagement have changed. Customer expectations have expanded from the traditional ones of cost, quality, speed, and flexibility to include convenience, on-demand information, personalization, prompting, and updating status, as well as social concerns such as sustainability and environmental responsibility.

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The Top 10 Reasons Companies Turn to the Cloud for ERP

August 25, 2016

Over the last decade the cloud has been established as the preferred deployment environment for enterprise applications. Today, clients and vendors both presume that their next enterprise resource planning (ERP) deployment is more likely to be in the cloud than on the premises. What’s fueled the change?

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What is your Learning Style?

August 23, 2016

It's that time of year again. No, not Christmas, but back to school. New clothes, new school supplies, and schedules. As I prepared my son for 4th grade, we met his teacher and received "the form" to fill out: what should I know about your child, does your child work independently or better in groups, how does your child learn best?

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Top Requirements for Automotive Supply Chain ERP

August 18, 2016

On numerous occasions I’ve heard people say "Manufacturing is Manufacturing" and while there is probably some truth to that,  it’s crazy to then make the leap and say that the same software I use for making clothes or machines could then be used to adequately support an automotive parts manufacturer.

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Epicor ERP Platform Supports Mobility and Cloud Developments

August 15, 2016

A recent article on searchmanufacturingerp.techtarget.com detailed the new release of the Epicor ERP platform and its enhanced features for international business, new mobile access, and cloud deployment options. Quoting Malcolm Fox, vice president of product marketing at Epicor, the article notes that Epicor ERP 10.1 "has new international features that will help customers adhere to local business practices, while the social collaboration capabilities will help build knowledge networks that can help manufacturers handle transitions when experienced employees move on.

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How Leading Manufacturing Organizations Select ERP to Support Their Growth Strategies

August 15, 2016

According to Aberdeen’s Business Management and ERP Study, the number one challenge facing today’s manufacturers is "managing growth expectations": As organizations grow, they are faced with more complex operations and decisions, are exposed to more competitors, and incur increased costs that must be minimized. In cases such as these, manufacturers should rely on their technology environment and access to accurate data in order to do much of the heavy lifting.

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Key Compliance Tips for Those with Federal Firearm Licenses

August 09, 2016

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for licensing persons engaged in manufacturing, importing, and dealing in firearms and ensuring that these licensees do so in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. There were more than 139,000 Federal Firearm Licenses (FFLs) in fiscal year 2015.

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Over 60% of Leading Electrical Distributors Partner with Epicor

July 15, 2016

A few weeks ago, Electrical Wholesaling released the Top 200 Electrical Distributors, an annual list of the largest companies in the electrical distribution industry throughout North America. We were thrilled to see that more than 60% of survey respondents are running their organizations with help from Epicor, and in fact most of our customers are concentrated at the top of the list.

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