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As the Bank of England Talks Industry 4.0 and Skills, What Does it Mean for Jobs?

August 28, 2018

Recent technology developments—including advancements in AI, IoT and robotics—all driven by what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) have led to speculation in recent years that many industrial jobs could soon become obsolete. Technology developments-including advancements in AI, IoT and robotics-all driven by what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution have led to speculation in recent years that many industrial jobs could soon become obsolete. 


Who Knew There Were So Many eCommerce Options?

August 27, 2018

As I was doing my holiday shopping this year, I started to think about how often I choose to shop online versus in the retail store. When you discuss eCommerce, people immediately think of a web storefront. But for many distributors there are several different aspects for offering an eCommerce omni-channel. Let’s look at a few.


Do Brick and Mortar Retailers Have Better Pricing Than Amazon?

August 14, 2018

It's a common knowledge that online shopping is easy and convenient. But despite the robust mobile applications, eCommerce capabilities, and other technology advancements, consumers still embrace the tactile experience offered by brick-and-mortar shops. Take Amazon, the world-renowned online mega store. Most Americans believe Amazon's prices are lower than any other retailer.  


From a Production-Driven Business Model to a Buy-and-Sell Model

August 13, 2018

Established family-owned businesses often have challenges with adopting new technologies to meet customer demands. Weston Nurseries, a fourth-generation lawn and garden business, was faced with these challenges: tracking inventory and customer relationship management. Their old system was no longer practical for the company's business needs. 


OPs, Up-Tos, and EOQs.. OH My!

August 05, 2018

Many businesses purchase an ERP system with the goal of automating their purchasing process. Instead of making manual buying decisions, the goal is to use the power of your ERP system to automatically generate purchase orders for the buyer to review and edit as necessary. This frees up the buyers time for more productive tasks like negotiating with vendors, analyzing new product lines, and expediting existing purchase orders. But the problem for many buyers is that the formulas and settings can seem intimidating.


Dalsin Industries: Succeeding with Industry 4.0

August 04, 2018

Industry 4.0 is ushering in agile, affordable manufacturing fueled by technology enablers such as the IoT, 3D printing, cloud computing, mobile devices and big data. Embracing Industry 4.0 drives improved productivity and keeps costs down while ensuring quality and consistency across manufacturing processes globally. However, the amount of change manufacturing will need to navigate to grow in the Industry 4.0 era will be unprecedented.


Reaping the ROI of AP Automation

August 02, 2018

When used together, the ERP/accounting system and Docstar streamline the day-to-day mission-critical hand-offs to transform AP operations by extracting data from printed/typed documents, eliminating duplicate data entry and making it easy to retrieve data, review invoices, and push them along the AP workflow-automatically. Process efficiencies speed turnaround and ease the pressure on staffing levels, enabling AP departments to handle greater volume and save money. 


Rainier Deploys Digital Commerce to Make it Rain ROI: Shaving 2 Days’ Lead Time for Starters

July 30, 2018

Based in Tukwila, Wash., Rainier Industries Ltd. fabricates display, shade, and shelter products. Established in 1896, the company got its start selling tents to prospective gold miners heading north in the Alaska Gold Rush. Today, Rainier has evolved into a diverse manufacturer of a variety of products including yurts, tents, awning and screen systems, industrial fabric products, as well as sports, retail and trade show graphics to regional, national, and Fortune 500 companies.


July is Independent Retailer Month!

July 16, 2018

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Independent Retailer Month is an event that runs annually in July and encourages consumers to shop locally at independent stores. It’s a time to celebrate and recognize the positive social and economic impact that your business creates with job opportunities and community reinvestment.

Statistics speak volumes about the value that independents offer local communities. Including this one from The Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Every $100 spent at local independents generates $45 of secondary local spending compared to $14 for big box chains.


Why Cloud Based ERP is Taking Over On-Premises ERP Software

June 29, 2018

Why Cloud Based ERP is Taking Over On-Premises ERP Software Cloud-based ERP systems are becoming increasing popular, especially among small and mid-size businesses. However, there are still reasons why some businesses may stick with a traditional, on-premises system. Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both types of ERP systems, and consider the best way to determine which is actually best for your particular company.


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.


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.