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Zooming into an Inventory Free Flow
FreeFlow, a provider of business services with a patented technology, aims to help companies improve product life cycle profitability by providing a unique

free online inventory tracking software  into an Inventory Free Flow The convenience of a 24x7 intranet marketplace may be the answer to a company's end-of-lifecycle (EOL) inventory ills. Entering their products into an online auction portal, companies can sell off their excess inventory to the highest bidder, and buyers can purchase needed items for a steal. Is There a Smarter Way to Handle Excess Active and Obsolete Inventory? Given that one man's challenge often presents another man's opportunity, this brings us again to FreeFlow (

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Help Desk for the Health Care Industry

Help Desk is an application for assisting and managing calls for support from computer users. It also includes computer and software inventory tracking along with technical support knowledge bases.  

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Inventory Management Technology Strategies for Distribution


Inventory has been—and continues to be—the lifeblood of the distribution marketplace. While many companies are slow to adopt new strategies and technologies, a growing number of distributors are leveraging inventory practices to improve key metrics like customer retention, gross margins, and inventory turns. Read these research survey findings to find out how you can make better inventory management technology decisions.

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TEC's Mid-market ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide


Midsize manufacturers and distributors now have access to an array of powerful software solutions that simply weren’t available before. But with so many choices, you need accurate and unbiased information. This comprehensive guide from TEC and SupplyChainBrain provides a state-of-the-market analysis, success stories from your peers, in-depth information on solutions, and a directory of the leading vendors in the field.

This guide features information on vendors offering dedicated ERP-distribution solutions for the midmarket. These solutions are all designed to address the logistical, financial, and workflow issues facing the distribution industry today.

Inside, you’ll find a chart highlighting 10 featured vendor solutions by installed base and business components, ranging from warehouse, transportation, and inventory management, to international trade logistics, Web commerce, and human resources (HR) and financials.

As well, you’ll find an analysis of the state of the market by the editor of Supply Chain Brain. Customer success stories have been included to illustrate how ERP-distribution solutions have helped companies like yours solve distribution and business logistics problems.

For your convenience, there’s also a vendor directory to assist companies looking for either full ERP-distribution systems, add-ons, or third-party solutions for the following: demand management (DM), retail systems, supply chain management (SCM), transportation management systems (TMSs), and warehouse management systems (WMSs).

We hope you’ll find this guide a useful tool in determining which ERP-distribution solutions are best suited for your company’s business model and particular needs.


Table of Contents


Introduction

State of the Midsize ERP-Distribution Marketplace

Methodology

Vendor Capabilities

Business Components

Customer Profile

Spotlight on ERP-Distribution

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Inventory and Accounting

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Spotlight on Supply Chain Management

Executive Summary

Customer Success Stories

Vendor Directory

Profiles

Demand Management

ERP-Distribution

Retail

Supply Change Management

Transportation Management System

Warehouse Management System


Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.


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Inventory Management and Accounting Conundrum


The challenges of inventory management and the notion of inventory as a “necessary evil” (or the “asset versus liability” dilemma) have long been haunting operations and financial and accounting managers. It is a well-known fact that managing inventory risk is about managing the cost of maintaining unnecessarily high levels of inventory against the risk of running out of stock at a crucial moment of truth when a customer actually wants something. In a variety of aspects, inventory management is at the heart of the supply chain management (SCM) realm. Supply chain organizations are responsible for all the processes from sales and operations planning to customer fulfillment, inventory optimization, and new product delivery and introduction—all of which involve the planning and movement of inventory. Profit margins are also directly proportional to operational excellence in each of the above processes.
While cherished by material management folks as supply chain “grease,” inventory is not that beloved by financial managers.

The motto “time is money” certainly holds true when it comes to inventory valuation. Well, maybe in a reverse (negative) manner, because typically neglected in the continuous battle for executives’ focus and priority is the management of at-risk, aging inventory—be it excess active, obsolete, returns, or refurbished inventory. Some refer to these items as “slobs,” which stands for “slow moving and obsolete” ones. In other words, most companies in the sectors of high-tech, consumer electronics, retail, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) are focused on new product introductions. Given that everybody is most excited in the early stages of product life cycles (that is, devising and delivering the brand new, “coolest” products), much less attention is paid to the languishing, “totally so not cool” older product lines, with millions of accompanying inventory asset recovery dollars slipping away annually as a consequence.

Excess inventory, which ties up working capital and whose value is declining by the day, does not necessarily come from new product introductions only. Nowadays the manufacture of most goods is largely carried out in the Far East, which comes with a nominal item price advantage, but also with many potential downsides. In addition to the inevitable quality, communication, and cultural issues, manufacturing product in such lower cost, remote locations means a sizeable lead time increase, as the goods will need to be transported from the Far East back to the company’s warehouse. This in turn means that a planner will have to forecast the demand before placing an order with a remote supplier far away.

Download the full copy of the TEC ERP-Distribution Buyer’s Guide for the Mid-market.

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Bluebee ERP v.4b.08 for Discrete Manufacturing and Distribution Certification Report


Companies performing a software evaluation and comparison want assurance that the products they’re evaluating do what the vendors say they do. Solutions certified by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) and bearing the TEC Certified logo were analyst-verified for accuracy. Learn about a TEC Certified ERP system for distribution and discrete manufacturing that might offer the modules and functionality you need.

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Case Study: Cascades Tissue Group


Cascades Tissue Group—a division of the Quebec-based recycled paper and packaging company, Cascades—was struggling with business intelligence (BI)software that was neither flexible nor easy to use. Sales reports, for example, were sent by e-mail to managers. Learn how a new BI system helped Cascades reduce inventory levels, produce custom reports more easily and even improve efficiency and profitability in certain areas.

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Saba Software


Founded in 1997, Saba (NASDAQ: SABA) is a global provider of strategic human capital management (HCM) software and services. Saba’s people management solutions are used by more than 1,300 organizations and over 17 million end users worldwide. Its customers include ABN AMRO, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BMW, Dell, Lockheed Martin, Tata Consultancy Services, and the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. It is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Saba has offices on five continents. Saba provides solutions for people management through learning, collaboration, performance, compensation and talent management, enabling customers to align, develop, manage and reward their people Saba product offerings address all aspects of HCM and are available both on-premise and on-demand (www.saba.com/products). Its global services capabilities and partnerships provide consulting and implementation services, as well as ongoing worldwide support.

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Retail Market Dynamics for Software Vendors Part One: Software Requirements for Retail


Although the retail and wholesale customers have typically invested a low proportion of their total revenues in information technology, retail industry leaders have begun to demonstrate an ability to achieve market advantage through the effective use of specialized enterprise applications. As a result, the requirement for all retailers to increase their investment in IT and adopt best practices has thus grown.

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Software Evaluation and Software Selection


Organizations are surrounded by ambiguity when making their implementation decisions. Accurate and relevant criteria that are properly weighed against an enterprise’s needs, what-if scenarios, and supporting graphics and reports are essential when making a software selection.

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Ultimate Software: Delivering Breakthrough Products


Ultimate Software is in a very competitive market. Its continued success is fueled by relentlessly delivering new products and incremental innovation. A few years ago, the company’s strategic initiatives were to evolve of their software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery model and launch new features targeted to medium sized enterprises. Learn how a new product portfolio management (PPM) solution helped Ultimate Software reach its goals.

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Can Lilly Software Get More VISUAL?


Lilly Software’s financial success and double-digit revenue growth during the recent years have been attributable to its strong offerings and efficient distribution model for its target niche. However, the future is not going to be quite so bright unless the company overcomes serious challenges.

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Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) for Financial Packages Certification Report


Epicor Financial Management Software (v. 9.05) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of financial packages in TEC’s Accounting Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

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