November 22, 2011

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Just for Operations Managers: 

How Dynamics NAV Helps Your Employees Get More Done:  Learn about the unique “RoleTailored Client User Interface in Microsoft Dynamics NAV which is designed to boost employee productivity and work the way you want to work in the most efficient manner.

Best Practices in Wholesale Distribution:

The First Steps in Achieving Effective Inventory Control:This report is the first in a series of white papers designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices. We’ve worked with thousands of distributors throughout the world. These firms have distributed nearly every type of product imaginable. Despite the variety of their locations and industries, we’ve found when we start to work with these distributors that they typically have very similar inventory-related problems.

Keeping Stock Balances Accurate: This report is the second in a series of white papers designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices.  Maintaining accurate stock balances is critical in achieving effective inventory management. In this document we’ll look at some of the policies and procedures you can put in place to achieve this goal.

Improving the Accuracy of Your Forecasts This report is the third in a series of white papers designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices.  Between increased competition, lower margins, more customer demands and economic challenges, it has never been tougher being a distributor. To help you business, learn more about forecasting including different forecast formulas, finding the best forecast formula, and more!

Effective Replenishment Parameters This report is the fourth in a series of white papers designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices.  This report discusses many replenishment challenges for distributors including: when to order a product, anticipated lead time, the replenishment position, safety stock, target orders and review cycles, plus much more!

Maintaining Stock in Branch Locations This report is the Fifth in a series of white papers designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices. Learn about the the advantages of one location versus maintaining multiple locations.  Also discussed are how should each stock product be replenished including transfers from central distribution centers, direct vendor replenishment and more.

Effective Inventory Analysis This report is the last document in the series designed to help forward-thinking distributors increase efficiency, customer service, and profitability with smart inventory management strategies based on tried and proven methods and best practices. Inventory is the largest and probably the most important asset to many distributors.  More money is tied up in inventory than in building or equipment.  In this document we will discuss several simple measures and areas in areas to focus to help you maximize the profitability of your inventory including:  customer service levels, number stockouts, inventory turnover and more!

6 Mistakes made by Distribution Companies: This paper explains 6 mistakes that Distributors make that impact their bottom line and how to address these mistakes. Topic covered include understanding who your most profitable customer are, balancing inventory turns, picking the right supplier, liquidating dead inventory and more.

Wholesale Distribution in Microsoft Dynamics NAV This White Paper explains how Microsoft Dynamics NAV can integrate business information from across the organization to help increase efficiency, reduce cost and mange operations to improve profitability.

5 Ways Dynamics NAV Helps Distributors Make Money  Wholesale Distributors need to control already tight margins by increasing efficiency while reducing waste.  Technology can greatly be of help by integrating processes and providing easy access to vital information required for operational improvements.  This white paper describes 5 ways in which Microsoft Dynamics NAV (ERP) can help distributors make money.

What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Fact Sheet:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a mature and robust Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) used by over 90,000 companies globally.  This Fact Sheet highlights some of the new functionality and applications in this popular business management system.

Free Guide for Businesses Outgrowing Quickbooks  This free document will guide you through some of the common questions and supporting resources if you are currently using an entry-level accounting system and are exploring options.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Brochure:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV is used by over 90,000 companies and over 1 million users world wide; making it the most popular  mid-market ERP system globally.  Find out more about this robust ERP system and discover NAV’s capabilities to work more efficiently and grow your business.

Microsoft Dynamics ERP Deployment Guide:  ERP Deployment has many options these days and new definitions such as: On-Premise, Off-Premise, Public Cloud & Private Cloud.  Find out what ERP deployment option fits your business by reading this document.

What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2: Dynamics NAV’s continued development continues with the latest release called R2.  New Application Changes and Web Client enhancements highlight this powerful Enterprise System now available either On-Premise or “In the Cloud”.

5 Things Your Distribution Business Can Do to Grow Profits: This document reviews areas that can help our distribution company increase your revenues.  Stay current with these trends and don’t loose revenue to your competitors.

What’s New In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 in Office 365:  In addition to Microsoft Dynamics NAV’s new functionality enhancements are new connectivity to Microsoft Office 365.  Learn the benefits of having one unified experience by delivering powerful Office productivity, rich Microsoft Dynamics NAV business data and insight, and your distinctive business expertise

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 Product Capabilities:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV Licensing and Product Capabilities Guide

Getting in a Gross Margin State of Mind: In this article written by Jason Bader of The Distribution Team, the focus is on income as it relates to profitability, however, focusing on a very important but also sometimes obscure area which is concentration on Gross Margin.

Balancing Inventory Turns and Customer Service:   Efficient inventory Management is explored in this article by Jason Bader of The Distribution team to measure performance by not just faster inventory turns, however, by also incorporating better customer service practices along with ways to handle your inventory better.

Turning Buyers into Investors:  In this article, Jason Bader focuses on a name change in your distribution company that will produce significant results in the way your team of purchasing agents perceive their job.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Product Overview and Capability Guide:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV has just been released with exciting new functionality including Mobile Enterprise, User Interface Enhancements, New Reporting Capabilities and more!.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Product Availability Guide:  This guide displays in what countries Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, and previous versions, are made available and localized.  Localized is the process of adapting software to meet country-specific laws or regulations.

What Is Lean Inventory Management:  This article, written by Charles Intrieri of Charles Intrieri Consulting, highlights the numerous advantages of having a “Lean Inventory” strategy including the ability to reduce costs, improve flexibility and allow more time to focus on your customers.

A Distributors Place In The Supply Chain:  This article, written by Jason Bader of The Distribution Team, emphasizes the importance of the role that distributors have in the supply chain and to make sure that they are visible while highlighting their unique value proposition.

Better Cash Flow Through Tighter Inventory Control:  This article, written by Charles Intrieri of Charles Intrieri Consulting, focuses on increasing cash flow by more effectively  managing excess, obsolete, and slow moving inventory.

Distributor Power Tools-Customer Profitability Analysis:  This article, written by Jason Bader of the The Distribution Team, reviews getting a better idea of net profitability by better understanding your customer base and entering some basic information for analysis in a spreadsheet.

Are you a Distributor or Collector:  This White Paper from Jason Bader of the Distribution Team will explore the concept of who distribution companies can be focused on being sales dominated versus sales oriented.

Cycle Counting-Penicillin for Distributors:  Errors in the supply chain cost distributors in poor customer service, unpaid receivables, wasted labor, and most importantly cash.  Learn more about improving inventory accuracy through proper Cycle Counting in this article by Jason Bader.

For Distributors it’s All About The People:  Topics explored in this white paper by Jason Bader focus on the importance of a company to well define their unique business value statement to continually attract and maintain employees.

How to Create a Vendor Report Card:  This article will explain the importance of a good vendor relationship, however, also the creation of a vendor report card into 5 sections to ensure that your company is on track to measure results and expectations.

Strategies for Better Margins:  This white paper will discuss how to better manage your margins through better pricing strategies

6 Simple Steps for Reducing Transfers:  Examining your Current Transfer Routes are discussed in addition to balancing your inventory and analyzing product movement.

Top Reasons to Use Dynamics NAV for your Business:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV is an innovative, flexible solution that is fast to configure and deploy, easy to use, and provides forward-looking insights to help drive your business growth.   This Document contains some of the top reasons to purchase Microsoft Dynamics NAV for your small or midsize business:

Let’s Go Hunt Some Cash for your Distribution Company:  Cash is king in every business  including Wholesale Distribution.  This document will touch on how to find more  in your business in those places where cash currently exists and to where we can prevent additional and unwarranted cash to be spent.

5 Keys to Making Money in Distribution:  Written by Jason Bader of the Distribution Team, this white paper gives an overview of basic distribution fundamentals for profitability.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 Product Overview and Capability Guide:  Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 has just been released with new ERP functionality in mobility, business insights and cloud services for Small to Mid-Sized Organizations.  Microsoft continues it’s commitment to making investments to their ERP Solutions and planning on a determined “Roadmap” for new product releases.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017 Product Overview and Capability Guide:  Building on Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016 new enhancements include User Experience Improvement, Optimizing Mobile CRM, Financial Management, E-everything, Item Management, Office 365 experience, Embedded Power BI (Business Intelligence), Faster Set up and more!

Finding the Balance. Inventory Turns and Customer Service-Jason Bader:  This power point, presented by Jason Bader of the Distribution Team describes the critical and profitable balance inside distribution companies with inventory turns versus customer service.

Business Intelligence in Dynamics NAV 2016:  ERP information is critical today to access timely and accurate data for owners and employees for better decision making and insight into operations.  Learn about the 3 key business factors that are a “must have” in any business and are part of Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Improving Inventory Turns:  Written by Jason Bader of the Distribution Team, this white paper gives relevant and practical advice on better inventory management “best practices”. 

Achieving Gross Margin Success  Strategies to explore and increase profitability are discussed by Jason Bader including methods for gaining operational efficiency in the supply chain.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials Capability Guide:  Learn about the capabilities of the Business Edition of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials.  The next generation of cloud business management systems that is digitally transforming the way companies operate by combining both ERP and CRM along with powerful intuitive “data rich” applications.

What’s New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2017:  New in Microsoft Dynamics NAV is enhancements to this ERP core’s capability along with new functionality and added built-in integration with other Microsoft applications such as Office 365, Cortana Intelligence, Power BI and more!

Common EDI Document in Warehousing and 3PL:  Common EDI Documents are described with a brief description of what EDI is and what transaction documents are typically associated with this technology.

Industrial Distribution White Paper:

Increasing Industrial Distribution Profitability Industrial Distributors must use every advantage to improve operations, reduce cost and ultimately increase return for stakeholders, Organizations that have access to and are willing to make better use of specific enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications can integrate the concepts of metrics and segmentation into the business for outsized results.  This white paper will discuss how to increase operational efficiencies by segmenting customers, suppliers and products.

Best Practices in Warehouse Management:

Warehousing 101-Learning the Features and Modules of WMS Systems Warehouse Management Systems are designed to improve inventory visibility, maximize efficiency and accuracy, along with boosting customer service levels.  From A = Advance Replenishment, B = Basic Order Allocation, C = Carousels/Conveyors; this document is intended to give the reader a sample of features available in Warehouse Management Systems.

How Goods Flow Through a Warehouse This document highlights a high-level process flow, derived from a subset of available functionality within Accellos One Warehouse.  From order entry to fulfillment, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) works together with your ERP program to provide the end-to-end solution for the materials handling management and real-time inventory visibility throughout the enterprise.

Finding Hidden Warehouse Profits A Case Study for Business Intelligence Tools in Accellos One WMS called Pulse.  Hall’s Warehouse Corporation provides seamless warehousing and transportation services for companies throughout the northeast, from Maine to Ohio, with emphasis on food products and pharmaceuticals, along with general merchandise. The company serves more than 200 client companies through eight warehouse facilities totaling 1.7 million square feet of ambient, cooler and freezer space. Of the facilities, which are deployed across New Jersey, three provide all three types of service, with the remaining five devoted to products requiring only ambient temperature storage.

Optimizing Warehouse ROI Warehousing processes impact every dimension of your business, from how you maintain cost advantages to all the all important differentiators that cause customers to choose you rather than your competitors. This white paper focuses on  how one such business utilized Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems to automate their warehouse processes for a greater return on investment!

How to Stop your Warehouse from Stealing your Profits [Four Ways to Approach Efficient Warehousing]  This White Paper is oriented towards small to medium sized wholesale distributors and manufacturers.  It is intended to help business owners, operations, IT personnel, warehouse managers and other executives answers to questions such as; “Are you spending too much on your warehouse processes?, “Would you like to explore new ways of increasing your bottom line?

5 Strategies to make you money in your warehouse Your warehouse should be efficient and a profit center for your business?  Is it?  Is this informative document learn more about these strategies to make you money including:  Managing your Inventory Better, Controlling Labor Cost, Managing your Facility, Improving Customer Service Levels and Reducing the Errors that are made.

4 Simple Ways to pay for a Warehouse Management System Implementation of a Warehouse Management System (WMS) is one of the biggest “bang for your buck” investments you can do for your distribution or manufacturing business.  There are many ways to review and calculate return on investment (ROI) for a warehouse management system.  Read about how by accurately analyzing your warehouse cost you can find ways to pay for a WMS system in a relatively short amount of time.

Warehouse Management Systems for 3PL Providers:  The complexity of operating a third party logistics facility, particularly one that serves multiple clients has accelerated.  This document reviews 5 business strategies for 3PL companies considering warehouse management systems and explores the question of having your technology built for your 3PL company and customers or retrofitted?

Top 10 Must Have Warehouse Management Systems Features:  This document with highlight the top 10 “must have” features within a best-in-breed Warehouse Management System (WMS). WMS Software is designed to improve the proper flow of inventory within the warehouse through automation and creating a unified and efficient supply chain movement methodology.

Recapturing Lost Profits in the WarehouseMuch has been written about the potential return on investment that a warehouse management system can offer companies in the wholesale distribution business.  This includes virtually all types of distributors.  It can also include manufacturers that make stock and sell products.  This white paper will review the three key areas of warehouse activity and how money (profits) can be recaptured such as:  warehouse, receiving, and picking/shipping activities.

The Five Drivers of Distribution Complexity for Midsized Companies:  Managing the flow of goods to your customers has never been more complex; who continue to demand more from their suppliers.  This paper will outline several drivers for distribution complexity and identify steps for addressing this complexity in a manner suite for small to midsized businesses-quickly and cost effectively.

The 5 Drivers of Distribution Complexity for Midsized Companies:  An informative outline of five drivers for distribution complexity and identified steps for addressing this complexity in a manner suite for small to midsized businesses-quickly and effectively.

AccellosOne WMS 6.5 Brochure:  This brochure highlights the latest enhancements to AccellosOne WMS including an Advanced Workflow Engine to empower you to customize the functionality of the WMS rather than writing code, a Customizable User Experience, Cloud Deliverability, Subject Workcenters,  Mobility and more! 

Accellos One WMS for 3PL-iCepts Technology Group, Inc.  On top of a strong Warehouse Management foundation, AccellosOne also has features for multi-company, billing, invoicing, and alert management for 3PL.

AccellosOne WMS Feature Comparision Matrix:  Compare the latest version of AccellosOne WMS, version 6.5, across previous version of AccellosOne Warehouse Management Systems starting with version 6.0.

Are You Picking The Right Orders:  This White Paper outlines the approach to defining order types and describes various pick process options available to the warehouse manager using AccellosOne WMS.

Ten Thousand Villages Case Study:  Learn how one of the largest fair-trade retailers in Pennsylvania solved the problem of “deadlocks” errors in the warehouse and how AccellosOne WMS together with Microsoft Dynamics NAV can now effectively manage inventory and fulfill orders in over 350 retail locations.

Profitable Scalable Distribution in a Consumer-Driven Supply Chain:  This white paper offers insight into how distributors can improve customer service while cutting cost by leveraging appropriate technologies to take better control of their business processes.

What Every Warehouse Manager Needs to Know:  Different Topics of Warehouse Management effiency are exlpored by Jason Bader

Tips for Laying out your Warehouse:  This article reviews how to better manage your warehouse area by starting with some solid advice from Jason Bader of The Distribution Team.

AccellosOne Ship Brochure:  Achieving a streamlined business process from order entry through delivery is becoming more challenging by the day with requirements from different vendors and shipping rates that are in constant flux.  Learn more about AcellosOne Ship in which you can use your carriers system, but also puts your personnel squarely in charge of determining the lowest cost mans of delivery.

4 Key Secrets of the Mid-Market WMS Industry:  This concise White Paper from Accellos explores the inventory management opportunities and challenges in the Mid-Market today and how these 4 key secrets can help with overall supply chain management and WMS.

AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL Brochure:  AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL provides users with the applications to operate a profitable business with a single set of tools, facilities, manpower and material handling equipment in an every complex 3PL industry to meet customer requirements.

Tips in Mastering Retail Compliance Requirements: This guide for Small to Mid-Sized Companies, offers 10 Tips for managing retail compliance requirements and avoiding costly mistakes.

Are You Picking The Right Orders:  Productivity and accuracy in fulfillment are two constant challenges in today’s distribution centers (DC’s).  In this white paper, discussions focus on knowing if you are picking the right order, or more importantly, picking the order in the right way becomes an important determinant in the overall productivity of your operations.

Measuring Warehouse Performance through KPI’s  This White Paper written by Charles Intrieri of Charles Intrieri Consulting explores some of the key measures and important statistics required to run a warehouse.

The Business Case for Warehouse Management Systems:  This Guide for considering Warehouse Management Systems contains both a financial business case and narrative explaining the assumptions behind justification estimates and providing an accurate picture of the intangible benefits.

Improving Efficiency Through Basic Outbound Operations:  This document focuses on just three techniques that can be adopted to improve warehouse inventory flow and overall efficiency.

Best Practices in Manufacturing:

Advanced Forecasting and Procurement for Manufacturing This document describes how this forecasting tool can help manufacturing companies make better buying decisions when purchasing components and raw material with long leads times.  Built inside Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Advanced Forecasting for Manufacturing takes a unique approach of incorporating vital forecasting functions inside a single system, providing ‘Total Access to Data” through NAV’s native drill-down capabilities.

6 Ways a Manufacturing System from iCepts and Microsoft can Benefit Manufacturing  With the increasing demand for innovation and low cost, manufacturers today need easy-to-use, flexible solutions to more effectively manage their business.  Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 addresses these needs in a powerful, integrated, manufacturing solutions.  This document highlights 6 ways Dynamics NAV can help manufacturing operations with these challenges.

Lean Operational Improvements That Last Ever since the introduction of “Lean Manufacturing” in 1987, thousands of companies have embraced this concepts for their discrete manufacturing operations.  However, despite impressive achievements by companies that have implemented “Lean”, many discrete manufacturers have not pursued lean improvement methods.  This document focuses on the comprehensive approaches to “lean” for Discrete Manufacturers.

Infrastructure Solutions:

Infrastructure Technology Solutions  iCepts Technology Group’s Brochure on our various Infrastructure Technology Solutions.

 eCommerce and Fulfillment Integration Solutions  iCepts Technology Groups’ Brochure on eCommerce and Fulfillment Integration Solutions.

Open Source VoIP Phone Features-This document describes some of the popular features that are available with VoIP Phone Systems including; Call Conferencing, “Soft Phone” (i.e. use your computer as a phone), Call Forwarding, Integration with Microsoft Office and much more!

Infrastructure Technology Solutions-iCepts Technology Group  Learn more how we have been helping companies for over 30 years with better Infrastructure Technology Solutions. 

Case Studies:

Dutch Valley Foods:  This growing food distribution company needed a find a warehouse management solution to handle its over 2,500 SKU’s from over 400 vendors.

Distribution Company WMS Case Study Learn how this Distribution Company greatly gained efficiency and productivity by selecting Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) in their warehouse operations including improved receiving, picking, order accuracy, plus dramatically eliminating paper-based processes.

Kinsey Archery:   This seasoned distributor is fully leveraging their business data capture new growth and run smooth from the use of business intelligence ERP technology.

Ten Thousand Villages:  Leading fair-trader retailers relies on AccellosOne Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) to manage inventory and fulfill orders to over 350 retail locations.

Pennsylvania Bar Association:  Learn how the Pennsylvania Bar Association, with over 29,000 members, cuts costs and improves productivity with an “Open Source” VoIP Phone Solution.

Kinsey’s Archery Products, Inc.:  Leading distributor of outdoor and archery products automates their warehouse with AccellosOne WMS to achieve efficiency gains in both inventory and labor management along with establishing a clear competitive advantage.

Cumberland Electronics Strategic Supply Solutions: Broad line Pennsylvania Distributor achieves competitive differentiation while continually improving efficiency and cutting cost.