With Microsoft Dynamics NAV, You’ll Get Quality Results in Less Time at Less Cost

Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Warehouse ManagementAs warehousing and distribution channels grow increasingly complex, efficient management of the supply chain becomes even more critical to profitability and customer satisfaction. Manufacturers and distributors need an integrated business management solution that can connect information from across the organization and increase visibility throughout the supply chain.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV for warehouse management is an integrated business solution that empowers companies to increase supply chain transparency and improve execution. With Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you get the tools you need to respond quickly to customers, rapidly pursue new market opportunities and improve profitability by working efficiently with supply chain partners. Microsoft Dynamics NAV also helps you manage a broad range of other business areas according to your particular needs.

Key Warehouse Management Functionalities:

  1. Automated Data Capture System–Capture data automatically. Keep data accurate, even in a hectic environment. ADCS supports some of the workflows in the Warehouse Management Systems that enables warehouse automation.
  2. Bin Setup—Easily set up and maintain your bins by defining both the layout of your warehouse and dimensions of your racks, columns, and shelves; set up and maintain your planning parameters by defining the limitations and characteristics of each bin.
  3. Internal Picks and Put-Aways—Create pick and put-away orders for internal purposes, without using a source document (such as a purchase order or a sales order).
  4. Warehouse Management Systems—Manage items on a bin level. Receive and put away items on a bin; pick up items based on the zone and bin ranking, and more.

Warehouse management ensures that accurate, up-to-date information is accessible to people who need it throughout the organization and among supply chain partners.

Download our whitepaper, Microsoft Dynamics NAV for Warehouse Management, to learn how Microsoft Dynamics NAV harnesses the power of an integrated value chain to increase your customer satisfaction, improve your profitability throughout the supply chain, optimize your warehouse space, improve your order fulfillment and provide flexibility for you company’s growth and a competitive advantage.

Transportation Management Systems Can Reduce Costs By Up to 30%

transportation managementRegardless of industry, a smart business owner or operations manager is always looking for ways to increase efficiency and reduce overhead. In today’s ultra-competitive economic climate, finding ways to increase margins without negatively affecting quality are invaluable. Fortunately, developments in transportation management software (TMS) systems have made it possible to increase margins while simultaneously improving efficiency and quality of service.

A transportation management system (TMS) helps companies move freight from origin to destination efficiently, reliably, and cost effectively. There are many benefits that a robust TMS can provide, but the main reason most companies implement a TMS is to reduce freight spend. A good transportation management system will include analytics and data to help reduce expenses such as driver overtime, fuel, and inefficient routes.

While reduced transportation spend is generally the largest benefit of a TMS solution, benefits such as service level improvements, increased market share due to customer service improvements and inventory reduction processes should not be overlooked. Some additional benefits include:

  1. Increased visibility—Today’s supply chain managers need to make quicker decisions based on real-time data. With increased visibility, companies become more agile and more responsive to changes. An integrated TMS can provide end-to-end supply chain visibility; enabling better inventory forecasting and better accuracy and streamlining throughout the entire process.
  2. Improved customer service—TMS reporting and analytics enable you to monitor on time performance, track shipments, and identify service failures. This information can be used to upgrade and improve your service and support efforts, resulting in overall increases in customer satisfaction.
  3. Efficiency and productivity in operations—TMS systems enable companies to centralize the logistics function, providing support across the entire organization by synchronizing processes and eliminating bottlenecks in the system.
  4. Real-time tracking of drivers—One of the biggest benefits is the ability to gather data about how much time specific routes take in order to build a more efficient schedule.
  5. Streamlined billing processes—A good transportation management system will allow you to automate most, if not all, processes. The amount of time you’ll save on paperwork alone could make transportation management software worth the investment.
  6. Greater collaboration—A critical piece of the TMS solution is its capacity to connect the many partners that have input on the freight movement process. With increased collaboration, supply chain partners are able to identify opportunities not just for their business own units, but opportunities that affect the entire supply chain.

Transportation needs change with time, as do a company’s requirements for its logistics and supply chain management. It’s tough to be competitive with pen-and-paper operations, which means it’s becoming increasingly important to adapt to and incorporate the technologies that are making the difference between lackluster and industry leading operations.

Download our whitepaper, Take the Next Step to Optimize Your Supply Chain with a Transportation Management System, to learn how a TMS can save your organization time, improve accuracy, increase customer service levels, and provide real-time tracking and instant data to better manage your supply chain.

Is Your ERP Holding You Back?

ERP ChecklistGrowing companies have a laser focus on managing growth while maximizing profits. Key metrics tend to revolve around boosting productivity, reducing costs, and achieving greater competitive advantage. With these objectives in mind, key ERP system requirements help growing companies realize a significant impact on the bottom line.

Does your company have the right ERP system which can help you address challenges by helping your organization streamline business processes and proactively manage performance?

Download our whitepaper, How Does Your ERP System Measure Up?, which includes a checklist to help you analyze your current system’s capabilities and diagnose where you can make improvements that will have a positive effect on the bottom line.

December PMI Results Round out 2013

After an unexpectedly strong push in November, the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell slightly in December, down to 57 from 57.3. This ends the 6 month growth streak in the manufacturing sector, although it does mark the 55th consecutive month of growth for the overall economy.

As expected, Exports (-4.5%), Inventories (-3.5), and Backlog of Orders (-2.5) dropped heavily with the holiday season ending. Exports and Backlogs are still growing, but at a lesser rate, while Inventories are now contracting. Production (-0.6) was the only other factor to decrease, but still maintains the second strongest index ranking of 62.2.

The highest ranking on the index belongs to New Orders (+0.6) which hit 64.2 and fell behind Customers’ Inventories (+2.5), Supplier Deliveries (+1.5), and Prices (+1.0) for strongest growth rate. However, Customers’ Inventories are still quite low, registering only 47.5 on the index which marks the 25th consecutive month trending below the 50.0 line. Employment continues to rise (+0.4) while Imports reflected no change, remaining at the 55.0 level.

In December, only 13 of the 18 manufacturing industries reported growth. This was down from the 15 in November. However, November was the strongest month for 2013 with the 57.3 mark. The 2013 average was 53.9, with the first half of the year averaging 51.5 and the second half jumping remarkably to average 56.3 on the index. The 2013 PMI rose 2.7% over the 2012 rating of 51.2%.

The last 6 months of 2013 produced incredibly strong results for the manufacturing and distribution industries. SBS Group has a dedicated team of industry experts and ERP solutions that can help your organization capitalize on the strong growth. Contact us for more information.

December PMI

November PMI: Holding Up to History?

At this point last year, the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for November ended a streak of 5 straight months of growth with a drop off of 1.8%. This year, a strong November registered 57.3%, a 0.9% increase from October and a whopping 7.4% increase from the 49.9% rating in November, 2012. Usually, November trends downward, with the 7th highest in PMI average over the 66 year history of the index. However, with a late Thanksgiving (and Black Friday) 15 of the 18 surveyed manufacturing industries are showing growth.

This is the 6th consecutive month of growth in the manufacturing industry and the 54th for the overall economy. This is only the 5th time in history that the PMI registered 6 consecutive increasing months, and none falling below 49%, the last occurring from June, 1993 – July, 1994. This also occurred in 1987, from February – October, June, 1972 – January, 1973, and September, 1949 – July, 1950.  All of these periods were followed with at least 10 months of positive (50% or higher) manufacturing results.

While the overall manufacturing industry result was positive, there were many wildly changing components. The largest growth was in Employment (3.3% increase to 56.5), New Orders (+3%, 63.6), Backlog of Orders (+2.5%, 54), Exports (+2.5%, 59.5), and Production (+2%, 60.8). The increase in employment, production, orders, and backorders are clear indicators of the holiday/shopping season. The lower rates of growth also reflects this in Prices (-3%, 52.5), Inventories (-2%, 45), Customer Inventories (-2%, 52.5) and Supplier Deliveries (-1.5%, 54.7). With the exception of inventories, all are still growing, but at a lower rate than previous months.

There were no changes in trends, although Customer Inventories was making progress to the 50% growth line until November. The December PMI should have a similar impact as November, but perhaps at a bit of a lower rate. Historically, December fares better than November, but this (unexpected) significant rise in November may lead to only a small increase in December.

Regardless of what the future holds, manufacturing trends have been showing solid and expected growth up until this point. November was surprisingly positive and, while being cautiously optimistic, if December follows up on a strong note, manufactures and distributors should be getting prepared for a lucrative 2014.

November PMI

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