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What’s Cooking at Epicor University

June 27, 2018

I love absolutely love to cook.  While others are binge-watching Stranger Things, I am mesmerized by the Barefoot Contessa and reruns of the French Chef. Ina Garten and Julia Child might seem like unlikely superstars, but they are royalty in the culinary world. Yet when my favorite foodies turn toward the realm of baking, I immediately tune out. Cooking and baking are two different animals in my mind. One allows freedom of expression and constantly evolves with your mood and the contents of your spice cabinet.  

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Postmodern ERP is Trending: What It Is and What It Can Do for You

June 27, 2018

Our goal at Epicor has always been to make ERP more flexible and to reduce the amount of IT resources needed to integrate and customize the system. A few years ago, industry analyst firm Gartner recognized and validated this mission for the ERP industry as a whole -- sounding the call for postmodern ERP. Gartner describes postmodern ERP as a hybrid ERP ecosystem consisting of a loose confederation of on-premises software suites augmented with cloud-based applications.

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Epicor Wraps Up Sweepstakes for Epicor ISE Software Users

June 27, 2018

All good things must come to an end, including the popular Epicor monthly sweepstakes for automotive service providers using the Epicor Integrated Service Estimator (ISE) solution. The contest recently concluded with the announcement of the final two winners of professional-grade Innova scan tools—Patrick Hilt of Grismer Tire & Auto Service, Fairborn, Ohio, and James Dykes of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, Columbus, Ga.

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Four Critical ERP Onboarding Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

June 11, 2018

Pitfalls in the pre-, during and post-deployment stages can stand in the way of your organization realizing the full value of ERP. Read on to learn the top four and how you can avoid them.

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Competing with Amazon—How to Differentiate Your Business and Win

June 08, 2018

While the threat of Amazon is absolutely real, independent retailers continue to gain ground in the retail market. A recent Forbes article stated that retail physical store openings actually grew by more than 50 percent year-over-year.

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Meet Two Talented Women Driving Epicor Channel Success

May 30, 2018

Every year there's one day designated as International Women’s Day. It’s a call to appreciate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world. At Epicor, however, we have reason to celebrate the occasion each and every day, given the ongoing, remarkable contributions from the talented women we’re proud to have on Team Epicor. We're so very proud of the contributions all the women of Epicor make each day, and the positive effect that good work produces across the channel and industry as a whole

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Monthly Sweepstakes for Epicor ISE Software Users

May 29, 2018

As the ongoing Epicor sweepstakes for automotive service providers using the Epicor Integrated Service Estimator (ISE) solution nears its end, the company has announced Josh Hargrove of Grease Monkey, Ellenwood, Ga., and James Miller of Express Oil Change & Tire Engineers, Tampa, Fla., as the latest winners of free professional-grade Innova scan tools. Only two more prizes are set to be awarded in the sweepstakes, which ends May 31, 2018.

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Innovation Paves Way for New Distribution Challenges

May 08, 2018

I recently came across an article in Time magazine, The 25 best inventions of 2017. The best inventions ranged from shoes engineered to boost performance, a flavor packed guilt-free ice cream that packs fewer calories, mugs that heat your coffee just right, to glasses that give sight to the blind. It seems like today’s efficient electric cars and smart home technologies were introduced into the mainstream a decade ago.

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The Art and Science of Inventory Planning – Part II

May 03, 2018

Demand planning needs to account for many different scenarios such as the following – you’re selling an $8.00 widget – a customer wants to buy these widgets but decides to go with another vendor because your price is $3.00 higher than a competitor. Or lets says the buyer wants 8 and you only have a quantity of 5 on hand – they may buy the 5 or decide not to buy because you can’t fulfill the total quantity of 8. That extra 3 or 8 widgets that could have been sold but will not be needs to be incorporated into the demand forecast.

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The Art and Science of Inventory Management – Part 1

April 30, 2018

Inventory control is execution; inventory management and planning is strategy. Planning feeds to the distribution center and warehouse operations, and it’s essential. To explain the significance, I often give an example that everyone can relate to: IfThe Art and Science of Inventory Management and Planning - Part 1 you were going on a cross-county car trip, you would need to understand how much time it would take you to reach your destination, plan your route, figure out where you would stop overnight or for gas, provision funds for the trip, etc.

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Megatrends Shaping the Factory of the Future

April 30, 2018

Megatrends are global, sustained, macroeconomic forces of development that impact businesses, cultures and personal lives. The wonders of technology – and specifically the Internet of Things (IoT) – have us all on a dizzying course of change. But manufacturers, especially, must ensure factory operations are future-fit to transcend transformation. Trends and disruptive technologies will enable some businesses to compete and thrive, while those same circumstances will knock others off course (or out of the market completely).

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Epicor Announces March Winners in Monthly Sweepstakes for Automotive Service Professionals using Epicor ISE

April 24, 2018

"The Epicor ISE solution is helping automotive service businesses save time creating estimates, generate additional revenue, and realize a range of other productivity-enhancing benefits," said Stephen Gannon, senior director, automotive, product management and product development, Epicor. "The opportunity to win a free Innova scan tool is just one more compelling and exciting reason to use the solution." The sweepstakes, which continues through May 31, 2018, rewards automotive service providers using Epicor ISE software with one free entry for each order generated and completed through the solution.

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