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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 in 2017 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year

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: When is the Right Time? (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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Digital Transformation: Past the Tipping Point

September 22, 2017

It’s fair to say a tipping point has been reached. Digital transformation is no longer hesitating, but is rather sweeping through the manufacturing sector as companies look to capitalize on the IoT, advanced analytics, cloud technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), and much more.

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Epicor Customer Excellence Awards to Kick Off at the LBM User Conference

September 20, 2017

Every year, the Epicor Customer Excellence Awards are kicked off at the Epicor LBM User Conference—this year to be held in Orlando, Florida on November 14-16—with the presentation of the Americas awards for Epicor lumber and building materials (LBM) customers. The Epicor Customer Excellence Awards honor organizations that have successfully deployed Epicor solutions to achieve excellence in business efficiency, customer experience, and overall performance.

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Top 3 Reasons to Know Epicor HCM 2017

September 15, 2017

Aligning the right skills to high-value initiatives gets the job done better and faster.  In fact, a 2017 Aberdeen study found that best-in-class companies were 25% more likely to align talent selection criteria with business drivers. Epicor (HCM) human capital management system helps HR understand skills the organization needs, current talent, and gaps that must be filled. Then it digitizes the tools and processes to align, recruit, onboard, train, plan, set goals, and measure business performance.

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The Start of the Learning Journey

September 14, 2017

Although many of us may be reminiscing from post vacation blues, August through to September is an exciting time around the world for many families, it being the period during which schools resume from the summer recess. This time also marks the start of the learning journey for new pupils that have reached school age. In the run-up to him starting school, he, a number of times expressed his nervousness about the changes ahead which he knew would include learning arithmetic, a dramatic shift from his nursery life which involves playing all day. 

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Prophet 21 Instrumental to Achieving Growth Goals

September 13, 2017

From a 500 sq. ft. office and warehouse facility when Cohn and Gregory first opened in 1977 to five branches totaling 100,000 sq. feet at the present time, no doubt, the wholesale distributor of pipes, valves, and fittings is gearing towards expansion.

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Epicor Congratulates New Century Club Members

September 08, 2017

The LBM Journal Century Club recognizes and honors lumber and building materials (LBM) dealers whose companies have been serving their markets for at least 100 years. The Century Club awards are presented annually during the LBM Strategies Conference. Epicor would like to congratulate this year's new inductees 

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Growing Distribution Industry Leader

September 07, 2017

MORSCO supplies more than 80,000 commercial and residential plumbing, HVAC, and PVF products to approximately 25,000 customers nationwide. Nearly throughout the last ten decades, MORSCO continues to be a leading U.S. distributor of commercial and residential plumbing, waterworks and HVAC, with showrooms across the country.

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