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Epicor iScala 3.1—Changing the Way You Work

April 28, 2017

The latest release of the Epicor iScala ERP solution offers significant improvements focused on improving user experience, capabilities and value. It beefs up security. It’s much easier to use and its user interface can be adapted to suit individual users, teams or companies. It also introduces the first of a new breed of online and offline mobile application for Google Android and Apple IoS. This automates and simplifies key day-to-day warehouse operations, and more apps will follow. Other areas greatly improved in this release are Finance Management, and Service and Contract Management.

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Boost Margins in Value-Added Operations

April 27, 2017

As a result of the improving housing market, savvy dealers are once again turning to turnkey, value-added services such as installed sales and manufacturing to ease the burden on builders and contractors while providing an edge over the competition. In the most recent ProSales 100 survey, 59 percent of the dealers in the country indicated they offer some level of manufacturing, with the leading components being pre-hung doors, floor trusses, and roof trusses.

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7 Ways to Grow with Your POS System

April 25, 2017

As a retailer your main goal is to make your business grow, right? Well as you know there are several ways to achieve this from serving your customers well, operating smoothly and efficiently, to maximizing profits and margins. But it all really boils down to technology. How can you serve your customers better if you don't have the right technology or specifically for retailers, you don't have the right POS system.

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3 Ways Mobile Technology Can Help You Sell More and Be More Profitable

April 20, 2017

The Yankee Group reports a 26 percent increased win rate through the use of mobile enterprise technology. Epicor Senior Director of Product Development, Cary Anderson, recently conducted a webcast to demonstrate how lumber and building materials (LBM) pro dealers and distributors can use cloud, mobile, and portable technologies to pursue more opportunities, speed response time, and differentiate themselves with outstanding service. In short, win more often…with more profitable deals.

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Q&A: Magnum Shooting Center Targeting Compliance Success

April 13, 2017

Recently, Doug Smith, director of product marketing, retail and distribution, and Sam Kirkland, strategic relationship manager at Epicor Software, sat down with Greg Yowell, compliance manager at Magnum Shooting Center for a webinar focused on the new Epicor FFL Compliance Manager™ solution. The Colorado Springs-based business is taking advantage of the easy-to-use bound book management tool that’s seamlessly integrated with the Epicor Eagle N Series retail management system.

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D!conomy – CeBit’s Ideas and Solutions for a Digital World

April 10, 2017

As the great and the good in IT flocked to Hanover for CeBit 2017 last week, I was grateful not to have to walk the floor and instead I reviewed the key themes at the event, from the relative comfort of my desk.  Amongst event keynote subjects, like the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), a topic which CeBit calls 'D!conomy' caught my attention. D!conomy appears to be the show's attempt to redefine digital transformation underway as a part of Industry 4.0.  The 'D!conomy - no limits' keynote focused on how limits of collaboration across company and industry borders are being redefined-including the human-technology interface.

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Get Planning to Get Growing

March 30, 2017

High-growth companies are powered by people who understand what it takes to get set for growth. Individuals with the vision and drive to take their business to the next level- we call these people the Grow Getters. To become a high-growth business, distributors need to invest in technologies that boost productivity and increase capacity, as these improve the ability to scale improves while maintaining cost control. An integrated enterprise resource planning solution specific to distribution is essential for business growth. Are you equipped to act for growth? 

 

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Distributor of Shoe Repair in U.S. Retains Leadership

March 27, 2017

Southern Leather Company is the largest full-service distributor of shoe repair and store supplies in the United States. Founded in 1912, the company is a fourth-generation family business with warehouses in six major American cities. It carries widely recognized merchandise from leading vendors— including nearly 20,000 in-stock items ranging from fitting aids and care products to buckles, fasteners, cleaners, and foot-related medical accessories.

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Global Growth Tracker Survey Reveals 10 Characteristics That Enable Manufacturing Companies: Part Two

March 23, 2017

Epicor recently published its 2016 global growth tracker survey, and the results point to the top characteristics that differentiate manufacturing organizations poised for sustainable growth. Epicor calls these companies “manufacturing grow getters,” and defines them as organizations and people who understand what it takes to get set for growth in today’s dynamic business environment. "They know what growth looks like for their business and have the vision and drive to act on it," says the study.

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Part Three of The Global Growth Tracker Survey Results

March 21, 2017

Epicor recently published its 2016 global growth tracker survey, and the results point to the top characteristics that differentiate manufacturing organizations poised for sustainable growth. Epicor calls these companies "manufacturing grow getters," and defines them as organizations and people who understand what it takes to get set for growth in today’s dynamic business environment. "They know what growth looks like for their business and have the vision and drive to act on it," says the study.

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Mid-West Metal Products Facilitates ERP Operations Companywide

March 21, 2017

For nearly 100 years, Mid-West Metal Products has been a premium producer of wire-formed, sheet metal fabricated, and tubular metal products for customers ranging from leading global corporations to small emerging enterprises. With four locations in Muncie, Indiana, including three manufacturing facilities, as well as production operations in Dalian, China, the company specializes in the custom design and manufacturing of items like enclosures, bag stands, pet crates, shelving, and displays from concept to finished product. This is performed in both a "job shop" atmosphere as well as a wholesaler/distribution environment dedicated to quality, timeliness, and competitive pricing.

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Going Mobile to Disappear

March 10, 2017

Being a showroom salesperson is a demanding job. In addition to intimately knowing the products on the showroom floor and in the warehouse, you are expected to remember where the product is, if it has special pricing, what products substitute for it and what companion products to sell with it. On top of that, you are typically on your feet for most of the day traveling well-worn paths around the showroom floor. Today’s digital distributors are utilizing digital tools like smartphones and tablets to address these challenges and grow in-store sales.

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