Available Now: Complimentary PROFITsystems Webinar

PROFITsystems is offering a complimentary webinar available to all clients and prospects that are interested in learning more about the Best Practices in Retail.

The PROFITsystems webinar includes the following information:dmcmahon_webinar

  • Discover how successful retailers manage their operations and customer relations
  • Hear proven techniques to increase customer satisfaction, repeat business, and sales
  • Explore ideas on how to maximize the impact of your marketing campaigns
  • Learn how becoming a GMROI expert can improve your profitability
  • See why KPI’s and financial reports are critical to your business

What’s better is that the webinar is available for immediate viewing on the PROFITsystems website.  Click, or copy and paste this link http://www.profitsystems.com/about-us/resources/best-practices-retail/ to access the webinar today.

Joint IARW-WFLO Presentation: Accellos and Customer Columbia Colstor

Accellos and Columbia Colstor will highlight the importance of organizational change management in the success of enterprise software deployments at the 123rd IARW-WFLO Convention and Expo, starting on April 26 in San Diego. The presentation will feature best practices to ensure technology projects consider the human elements and avoid risk. 

Joe Couto, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Accellos, Inc. and Blake Barthelmess, Chief Information Officer of Columbia Colstor, Inc., will present “The Human Factor of Technology Deployment” which focuses on how to drive true value from technology through organizational change management. 

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ERP VAR’s 6 Key Benefits to AccellosOne Cloud WMS

ERP VAR discussed that when they review WMS options with their clients,their clients are increasingly finding that AccellosOne Cloud WMS is the best choice for 6 main reasons. The biggest reason that sets  Accellos’ cloud WMS solution apart from other solution providers with Cloud offerings is all that is included in the standard offering.  This WMS solution includes all the core WMS functionality that you would expect when upgrading to a WMS solution such as picking, receiving, lot/serial tracking, stock locator and much more. 

What makes Accellos different from other WMS options istheir additional comprehensive suite of supply chain solutions.  In the standard Cloud WMS package you will receive configurable dashboards, integrated reporting, appointment scheduling for your dock doors and carriers and document imaging that allows you to manage your electronic documents.

Key Benefits of AccellosOne Cloud WMS Include:

  1. Flexible subscription pricing that aligns your cost to the system usage (no more large upfront fees and paying for software you don’t use)
  2. Technical administration such as back‐up and system availability monitoring provided by Accellos
  3. Software updates included as part of the service
  4. Elastic computing resources
  5. Ability to personalize system to meet needs of specific distribution centers
  6. Standard integration to many accounting and ERP packages including Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, and SAP BusinessOne

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What to Look for When Buying Used Lift Trucks

Previously owned lift trucks can be a great choice for some buyers. Three dealers offer advice on when to go that route and how to avoid getting stuck with a lemon.

A showroom full of shiny new lift trucks is alluring. It’s hard to resist the display models’ sleek designs, high-tech features, and glossy paint jobs. For some buyers, though, a brand-new truck is more than they need; the latest model may be too expensive or “overqualified” for the particular job at hand. In those circumstances, a used lift truck might be a better choice.

When should you consider buying a used truck rather than a new one? And how do you make sure you’re getting what you need at the right price? We asked three lift truck dealers who do a big business in used vehicles for some guidelines and advice. Here’s what they had to say.

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Highlights from High Point: Retailers Invest in Growth and Reassess KPI’s

High Point Market: one of those traditions grandpa started that remains in vogue. Once again, home furnishing pros flocked to North Carolina last week to see what’s trending and invest in beautiful furniture. The PROFITsystems team was there, although our focus was slightly different: to make sure our clients’ profitability was trending up and the investment they make every April brings ROI.

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Advanced Supply Chain Capabilities Needed for Strong Financial Performance

According to a new study from Deloitte, organizations with superior supply chain capabilities achieve significantly higher levels of performance on both revenue growth and EBIT measures when compared to the industry average

The Deloitte study, Supply chain leadership – Distinctive approaches to innovation, collaboration, and talent alignment, reveals that 79 percent of organizations with superior supply chain capabilities (”supply chain leaders”) report revenue growth that is considerably above the industry average.

Conversely, only eight percent of the organizations with lower supply chain performance report significantly above-average revenue growth. Furthermore, 69 percent of supply chain leaders have an EBIT margin that is well above the industry average compared to only nine percent of supply chain followers.

“At a fundamental level, manufacturing organizations compete on their supply chain capabilities,” said Kelly Marchese, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and a leader in Deloitte’s supply chain practice.

“At the same time, supply chains are increasingly complex, as linear trade flows evolve into intricate webs of global operations and third-party collaboration. It’s an incredibly challenging time to be a supply chain executive and in this demanding environment it’s useful to learn from the organizations that are excelling.”

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2 Trends Pushing WMS Evolution

WMS is now called upon to support omni-channel fulfillment and the increased use of automation that’s necessary to make it all work. Here’s how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors are continuing to drive the evolution of the market’s most mature software.

Occupying a rather mature corner of the supply chain software market, warehouse management systems (WMS) vendors simply can’t afford to languish or rest on their laurels in today’s dynamic business environment.

Well aware of this situation, vendors are working to stay ahead of the curve by integrating new functionalities and capabilities that were probably unheard of just 10 years ago. Two challenges that are garnering attention this year are the need for better support for omni-channel distribution operations as well as improved integration of WMS with warehouse control systems (WCS), the software traditionally used to manage automated materials handling equipment.

Over the next few pages we’ll explore how WMS is evolving to support these two trends and then take a closer look at how retailers, manufacturers, and distributors continue to drive the evolution of the software.

Channel integration

1. Driven largely by the boom in e-commerce, today’s shippers are focused on delivering a seamless customer experience across numerous channels. Whether they’re picking out goods on a mobile device, sitting down at a computer, standing in a brick-and-
mortar store, or reading a paper catalogue, today’s consumers want to be able to buy, exchange, return, and get support for a retailer’s products across all channels and without a single hassle.

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Pay and Respect, Two Keys to Finding and Keeping Drivers

Pay and benefits are changing as fleets work to recruit and retain drivers, but treating drivers right is still a top priority

Recruiting and retention. It’s akin to bailing water out of a boat that has a hole in it. You really have to plug the hole first, otherwise you’re constantly fighting to stay afloat. In the trucking industry, that hole is driver retention.

In the past, you might have been able to keep afloat by bailing. But today, as increasing regulations and demographic factors shrink the pool of qualified drivers available, it’s like that bucket you’re using to bail has gotten smaller.

Large truckload carriers have seen their turnover rate hold above 90% for eight quarters in a row, according to the latest figures from the American Trucking Associations.

“I think our industry has traditionally had a greater emphasis on recruiting and making sure they have a healthy pipeline of candidates coming in, but they just can’t recruit fast enough if you’re losing drivers at a fast pace as well,” says Vikas Jain, vice president of product management and software as a service at Omnitracs, which says it can use data analytics to predict which drivers are at risk for leaving the company.

“I am hearing more and more fleets are focusing their efforts on retention as opposed to recruiting,” he says.

Generally drivers cite two main broad reasons for jumping from one company to another: pay and respect. And the same factors that can keep drivers with your company can also help attract new drivers to your company – especially when you consider the importance of word-of-mouth and referrals.

In a recent survey by background screening company HireRight, 39% of the transportation companies responding said they are increasing pay, and almost as many (36%) said they are offering various incentive programs.

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