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Top 10 Distribution KPIs: Our Experts Discuss Today’s Most Critical Metrics

In today's new now, it’s important for distributors to do everything they can to shave costs, increase revenue and boost profitability. The question – and challenge – is identifying the processes and functions where efficiencies, pennies and a tenth of a percentage point in margin improvement can be found. The right metrics will make the answer clear.

Robust Warehouse Management Capabilities Required for New Inventory Challenges (Video)

With the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the past, distributors still are challenged like never before: Supply chain networks remain exceptionally complex, customer demands continue to escalate and disruptions are near-constant. What can forward-thinking distributors do to optimize operations today and enable success tomorrow?
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Best ERP for Your Food & Beverage Company? Get the Info & Insight to Make a Smart Choice

What is the best choice for your new ERP solution? Our 2021 Food & Beverage Manufacturing ERP Vendor Update will help you discover the answer. You'll get an in-depth look at today’s top Food & Beverage software solutions, with detailed capabilities data for analysis and comparison, plus valuable consultant insight.

Solutions to Post-COVID Distributor Success Lie in People, Processes and Technologies (Video)

The COVID pandemic and the post-COVID business environment are challenging distributors in ways they’ve never experienced. And a number of problems – the disruption of supply chains, forecasting difficulty and the pressing need to change the interface and interaction with customers – are forcing significant changes. What are the positive actions to take?

How Better Flexibility, Forecasting and CX Mitigate Today’s Distributor Challenges (Video)

Forward-thinking distribution organizations always are on the lookout for ways to enhance supply chain management and improve core processes.. But the post-COVID business environment makes it more difficult than ever to make critical changes and succeed. What are today's key areas for improvement?
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Guest Post: Industry 4.0 – How Far Is It From Here to There?

In manufacturing circles we see a number of different perspectives on Industry 4.0. Why? Because different organizations and managers see different levels of risk, value and return in it. Because we don't have to use new technologies and capabilities simply because they're available. And maybe because, although we've described a better manufacturing future, we've glossed over how to get there. What's the path to Industry 4.0?

Ultra Project Recognized: Zymo Research Wins “Top Supply Chain Project Award” from SDCE

Ultra client Zymo Research has received a 2021 Top Supply Chain Projects Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive (SDCE) Magazine. Zymo Research was recognized for improving supply chain operations with an ERP modernization project for which we provided business process improvement, software selection and implementation management services.
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How a Low-Code ERP Platform Accelerates Adaptation and Enables Agility (Video)

Your company must be able to quickly adapt its ERP, business models and business processes to accommodate, and take advantage of, changes in the business environment. Etienne Ouvry, Senior Business Consultant for QAD, tells you how low-code can help solve today's real-world challenges.

What is Low-Code? How Does it Help Overcome ERP Adaptation Hurdles? (Video)

ERP software vendors have been talking about low-code solutions for some time. And manufacturers and distributors have questions: How can low-code help organizations adapt faster to the changes in the marketplace? Etienne Ouvry, Senior Business Consultant for QAD, offers answers.

Ultra Insight: 5 Best Practices for ERP Vendor Selection

Whether your company is implementing an ERP system for the first time, or replacing a legacy implementation, it’s critically important to make the right choice. What new capabilities do you need and want? What problems are you trying to solve? We asked our expert consultants to give us their thoughts on best practices in ERP selection, and this is what they told us.

Ultra Insight: How to Select the Wrong ERP Solution

The ERP solution you choose will affect the way you conduct business for years to come. But many organizations get off-track right at the start when they go into the selection process believing in some common myths about the process – misconceptions that can result in the wrong solution for your business. Here are the top five misconceptions that derail the enterprise software selection process.

4 Potential Solutions for the Manufacturing Labor Shortage

Skilled manufacturing jobs continue to go unfilled, despite the ongoing economic recovery from the pandemic downturn, strong job growth overall, rising wages across nearly every vertical and high unemployment in the service sector (and others). The result is production bottlenecks, reduced capacity, unfilled orders, low inventories and lost sales. What are the solutions?
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