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The Value Of The Digital Distributor Quoting Platform
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In today’s transactional world, it is easy to focus solely on availability and timely delivery of needed parts as a measurement of distribution platform effectiveness. While it makes sense that timely delivery is the ultimate performance metric, it is not the only one that you should be tracking. In other words, the story does not stop there.  

When you look at the features of a Distributor Quoting Platform, you need to look beyond functionality to determine what it contributes in the way of bottom-line savings. For example, being able to streamline the procurement process through a match of line item requirements and identified supplier capabilities, significantly reduces the time it takes to source parts. This capability as well as others within the platform will, in turn, free up valuable resources to focus on managing sourcing and delivery exceptions or take on more clients within your existing resource infrastructure. For each organization, the calculation of the benefit will be different, but meaningful.

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Shippers Supply Enhances Business Intelligence With Tour De Force
Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Shippers Supply, Inc. is an independently owned and operated wholesale distributor of shipping, packaging, industrial and productivity/equipment solutions. Founded in 1928 in Hopkins, Minnesota, the company has 32 employees and serves the upper Midwest.  

Shippers Supply had outgrown their current systems and needed a more complete solution that would provide CRM, SFA (sales force automation), BI (business intelligence), and would sync data from their Infor10 Distribution Express (FACTS) ERP system. They also wanted a system that would allow them to access information from mobile devices and would give them the ability to analyze and manage their sales pipeline.

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Integrating Business Process Tools & Techniques In Your Quality System
Monday, November 5, 2018

Todd Snover, Advisory Services Supervisor in the Business Process and Systems Group will be presenting at the ASQ-STL Fall Conference on Thursday, November 8, 2018 in UMSL's Millennium Student Center.

His presentation will show how including business process tools in your Quality System will enhance consistency, reduce cost, and promote a ‘process-focused’ culture that embraces continuous improvement. Topics covered will include process classification frameworks, BPMN process mapping, benchmarking, Theory of Constraints, and applications of key Lean Six Sigma tools.

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New 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides Available
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The 2018 Mid-Year Supplement Guides are now available. These guides provide everything you need to know when beginning your software selection and evaluation process.

Developed through a partnership with Industrial Distribution, Industrial Supply, Contractor Supply Magazine and Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, these 12-page Supplement Guides provide valuable, independently researched information.

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How-Tos

 
  ERP Software 101:Back to Basics ERP Software 101: Back to Basics
 

ERP software is designed to help companies manage the key components of their business - from sales and marketing to planning and production to inventory and finance - in one seamless experience. Real-time visibility into the business is perhaps the greatest benefit of ERP. When implemented properly, the right ERP system can provide business clarity, flexibility and operational agility. Do you know how to determine which ERP system is the best fit for your organization? 

Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Manager Henry Struckel and Taft Law Firm Partner Marcus Harris hosted a webinar, "ERP Software 101: Back to Basics." Henry and Marcus examined what ERP software is and the importance of an effective ERP system for businesses of all sizes and in all industries. See Recorded Presentation at...

 
 

  Signavio Webinar: A Recipe for Process Improvement Success Signavio Webinar: A Recipe for Process Improvement Success
  In this webinar, we will take a look at the Recipe for Process Improvement Success. Todd Snover will take you through the ideal “ingredient list” for ongoing process improvement success, the mapping of current business processes, and objectively measuring performance, and much more. By the end, you’ll know the importance of a good recipe for success, and how to tell whether your company has the right materials that it needs to whip up your desired process improvements. Learn more...


Todd Snover, Supervisor at Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, Business Process & Systems Group

 

 

  Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap
  Drive your business forward with a process improvement evaluation. Learn more...

Infor And Brown Smith Wallace Team Up To Improve Your Business Processes With iMap
 

  Learn More About Business Process Improvement Services for Your Organization Infor, Learn More About Business Process Improvement Services for Your Organization
  As seen at Infor Town Hall Meeting
  Business process improvement can take many forms. We provide a full range of services that maximize the return on investment of your improvement projects. Learn more...  

Todd Snover, Supervisor at Brown Smith Wallace Advisory Services, Business Process & Systems Group

 
 

  9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late 9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late
  Why should a distributor consider an outside ERP over their homegrown system? This new white paper discusses a number of reasons, ranging from data and systems architecture limitations to cost and integration issues. Learn more...
9 Reasons to Retire Your "Homegrown" ERP Software Solution Before It's Too Late

  11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement 11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement
 
An ERP system is your information backbone and reaches into all areas of your business and value-chain. Replacing it can open unlimited business opportunities. Here are the 11 criteria that allow you to identify and select the solution that will meet these expectations. Learn more... 11 Criteria for Selecting The Best ERP System Replacement

  Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation? Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation?

 
Wholesale distribution is leapfrogging other industry sectors in its rapid adoption of mobile platforms. Although only 10% of wholesale distributors see themselves as mobility market leaders today, nearly 60% expect to fit that category by 2015. Although the distribution industry has a reputation as a tough audience for new technology options, Infor Distribution customers and partners are showing thought leadership on ways to filter and procure the data, all the way to actual application ideas. The experience points to three calls to action that mobile platforms can answer: empowering employees, engaging customers, and amplifying partnerships. Read the entire industry viewpoint article. Distributors, are you ready to sell to, buy from and employ the next generation?