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Highlights from the 2017 Epicor LBM User Conference

December 08, 2017

Last month marked the largest Epicor lumber and building materials (LBM) customer conference in our history. The 10th annual Epicor LBM User Conference welcomed more than 500 attendees. The conference presented a "Set Your Course on Growth" message for Epicor BisTrack™ and Epicor LumberTrack™ guests in attendance.

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Increasing Service Shop Efficiency at the Counter and in the Bay

November 30, 2017

In recent years, the rising average age of vehicles on the road has presented a valuable opportunity for automotive service providers looking to gain additional business, but thriving high-volume shops face limitations to the amount of work they can take on. Those limitations often are dictated by time – the time required to diagnose a needed repair, generate an estimate, order replacement parts and/or complete the repair.

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Where to Invest in Digital Transformation

November 08, 2017

In our final post of this series on digital transformation and manufacturing, we look at where manufacturers are and should be investing as they continue their digital transformation journey. Digital transformation is big business—very big business. In today's increasingly competitive global markets, holding on to old processes, siloed systems, and yesterday's way of thinking will make it increasingly difficult for manufacturers to compete.

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Boosting Profitability in the Service Bay

November 02, 2017

Automotive service providers thriving in today’s challenging economic climate often have one thing in common – a drive to pursue continuous improvement. Successful shops are always looking for ways to increase sales and revenue and give customers more reasons to remain loyal.  Shop professionals can see a powerful new solution to this challenge in the Epicor booth at this week’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

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The Evolving Automotive eCatalog How Modern and Future Technologies Facilitate Growth

November 01, 2017

As a leading provider of replacement parts information and related content for the automotive aftermarket, Epicor works diligently to stay ahead of market trends, collaborating with leading parts and service professionals to ensure their needs are being met by current and future iterations of our comprehensive eCatalog solutions. Our most recent accomplishments in this area are on display during this week’s Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) in Las Vegas.

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Growing Beyond in the Automotive Aftermarket

October 31, 2017

Independent parts distributors and jobbers – who in many cases already are working harder and longer hours to maintain minimal sales growth from year to year – face increased levels of competition and rising customer expectations. Challenges in today’s aftermarket are prevalent, but so are opportunities – and modern technology is the key to unlocking them. Automotive parts distribution businesses of all sizes are looking for ways to free up time and resources to focus on expanding sales and strengthening their bottom line performance.

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Inspiring Speakers and Sponsors Fill Epicor LBM Conference

October 27, 2017

At the 2017 Epicor LBM User Conference attendees will share tactics and ideas with other Epicor LBM customers and product experts as well as seize opportunities to gain hands-on education and explore new strategies for solving business challenges. This year's attendees will also hear firsthand from the following inspiring industry leaders during keynotes and Thought Leadership sessions. Epicor partners will also be in attendance to empower customers to focus on core growth activities and successfully compete in today's marketplace. 

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Beyond the Four Walls

October 25, 2017

The Nobel Prize winning physicist Nils Bohr once famously commented, "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future." Those who ply the retail trade can certainly relate. Difficult though it may be, trying to see what the future holds is a significant part of driving retail operations, which, according to WalMart’s CEO, needs “people to lean into the future. At this point, nearly all retailers understand they need to think beyond the traditional four walls of their business, an orientation being driven by rapid consumer change.

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Bringing Excitement Back to Accounts Payable

October 12, 2017

A few years back, I was doing a visit with a customer. We were meeting with various departments to review their processes to determine if there was room for improvement. When we got to accounting, a young man walked in and said "Hi, I’m the Lead AP Clerk – I’m bringing Excitement Back to Accounts Payable". To this day I laugh whenever I think of that. Not sure the word "excitement" has ever been used to define Accounts Payable. But maybe it should.

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Digital Transformation Growth Strategies for Manufacturers

October 09, 2017

In our first post on digital transformation and manufacturing, we spoke to the imperative that’s driving the initiative in the sector, and how it appears to have reached a tipping point in very short time. This post addresses the strategies companies must employ for digital transformation to realize the growth potential it promises. Recent research from Morar Consulting found that high-growth businesses are twice as likely to invest time in strategic planning that those that grow at lower rates.

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Epicor Applauds Millard Lumber for Recognition

October 08, 2017

Omaha, Nebraska-based lumber and building materials dealer, Millard Lumber, has been named this year’s Independent Pro Dealer of the Year by the prominent building products and home improvement retailing magazine, Hardware + Building Supply Dealer.

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Modernizing Your LBM Software System: Part 1

September 27, 2017

There are many challenges that lumber and building materials (LBM) owners are facing right now. Many owners are looking to retire—they've been running a business for a number of years and now want to bring the younger generations up-to-speed on what it takes to successfully run an LBM business.

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