MRP Messages: MRP Exception & MRP Action Messages

Why should planners review information when there is no action to take? If there’s nothing wrong with the date or quantity on a purchase order then leave it alone and focus on the actions you need to take to keep your supply chain in balance.MRP Messages are at the  heart of Anytime Supply Chain software including manufacturing work order exception messages, purchase order exception messages, and inventory exception messages and MRP action messages. Continue reading

Supply Chain Software for Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) MRP/DRP: Planned Order Grid Filters & Selection Options

Supply Chain Software for Sage 500 ERP : Planned Order Grid Filters & Selection Options

How do you manage your distribution and manufacturing planning? Do you use production planning software? This answer is different for every company and likely for every buyer and material planner. What if you could personalize your inventory and production planning workbench using filters and selection options?

Consider filtering to view only suggested purchase orders if you’re a buyer. Or consider showing only items that fall within their lead times so you know which actions are the most pressing and require rush orders to avoid on-time shipments and customer satisfaction issues. Or maybe you want to filter out all orders that the inventory planning software suggests that you move to a future date because you have the resources available now and you prefer to utilize them now instead of waiting until a future date when they may not be available. Continue reading

eCommerce Infographic Shows Current B2B eCommerce Statistics

Did you know that 50% of yearly sales for many B2B companies come from online transactions? With a percentage like that it’s a wonder why only 25% of B2B companies have an online presence. It seems like several B2B companies are missing out on the huge competitive advantage that B2B ecommerce software delivers. Our new B2B ecommerce infographic has several enlightening statistics, just like this, for B2B companies. Continue reading

Reducing Outstanding Receivables is Easier Than You Think!

Many credit departments can reduce outstanding receivables by doing this one simple thing… involving the sales team in their business processes. This may sound unorthodox to some organizations but it makes sense when you think of credit as the beginning of the sales process and collections as the completion of every sale.

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Anytime Supply Chain Software & Sage 500 ERP (fka Sage MAS 500) MRP/DRP From A to Z: Assume Move-In Option

Anytime Supply Chain Software & Sage 500 ERP (fka Sage MAS 500) MRP/DRP From A to Z

Assume Move-In Option

Would you finish a marathon faster if you already started running or if you had to start from the beginning? The answer of course is easy but some DRP/MRP software applications don’t realize this simple fact. If I have an open purchase order with a vendor then I should (in most cases) assume that it’s easier for them to move it in or to deliver it earlier than requested as opposed to creating and issuing a brand new purchase order with them. This just makes sense. First of all, they are aware of my request, they probably have the materials in-house or on order, and they may even have the resources scheduled for my order. Continue reading

B2B eCommerce Metrics: 6 Important Pieces of Customer Data to Collect & How They’ll Make You Money (Part II)

In the first part of this blog we stressed how important it is for you to track your customer data and customer behavior on your ecommerce storefront. We also gave you the first 3 major ways you can use that information to create more business including; recognizing changes in your target market, communication in an age of declining email open rates, and improved customer satisfaction. The second half of this article is going to wrap things up with another three important ways to use your customer information and B2B ecommerce metrics. Continue reading

AR Management Advice

AR management or, accounts receivable management, can involve many different things and it’s paramount to the health of any organization to have a plan for Accounts receivable management in place. After all, most companies invest heavily to maintain their machinery and facilities and to keep reward their employees but very few realize the importance of maintaining healthy accounts receivable management. Continue reading

B2B eCommerce Metrics: 6 Important Pieces of Customer Data to Collect & How They’ll Make You Money (Part I)

You may have been doing business in the same industry for years but things change over time, especially today when our workforce changing hands to a younger generation and the prevalence of social media, ecommerce, and other new business trends are shaking things up in every industry. In short, there is no time like the present to make sure you are collecting the right B2B eommerce metrics to ensure both your brick and mortar and your b2b ecommerce storefront are operating in way that will engage your customers and keep you up to speed on all of the changes.

Here are a few things you can do with B2B ecommerce metrics to help you sell more and keep your customers happy. Continue reading

MRP Planning Workbench

Most of an MRP software is the setup and the many options provided by the application but the real power lies in the MRP planning workbench.

Anytime Supply Chain software is organized to help planners to be more efficient in the demand planning process. For example, suggested orders can be filtered by type so all purchase order planning exceptions can be seen together or the planner may choose to view all messages filtered by warehouse or other criteria.

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Effective A/R Credit and Collections Management

Many companies invest heavily to maintain their equipment or to keep their employees happy but few invest in credit and collections management to protect their largest or second largest asset – their accounts receivable. Effective credit and collections management can reap huge benefits in most businesses ranging from small companies
to larger companies who already have a credit and collections management plan. For example, most small companies don’t have dedicated resources to call on past due accounts. These companies may offer Net 30 terms to customers but it takes them over 60 days to collect on past due receivables. Continue reading

MRP Software: Finite Scheduling Impact on Infinite MRP Calculations

Finite Scheduling Impact on Infinite MRP Calculations MRP software by nature is infinite in respect to planning for requirements and does not consider resource constraints such as labor, machines, tooling, or other resources. As such, companies have two decisions to make to implement a more accurate material plan – build in buffers using lead times or integrate their MRP planning software with an Advanced Planning and Scheduling system.

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Collecting Accounts Receivable : It’s Easier With a Team

One of the easiest things that credit departments can do is work as a  team. This concept applies to companies even if they only have one person Collecting Accounts Receivable  as they often work in tandem with a controller, chief financial officer, sales, and other departments. Smaller companies should consider training under-utilized resources to assist with collection activities. For example, an office manager or secretary could easily be trained to contact customers when call volumes are low. Continue reading

New White Paper Outlines Best Practices in Sales Forecasting & Inventory Planning for Distributors & Manufacturers

 

Chardon, Ohio August 15, 2013- Today, e2b teknologies, developers of Anytime Supply Chain, an enterprise-class sales forecasting and DRP/MRP supply chain management software, announces the release of the company’s latest white paper. The white paper, entitled “Sales Forecasting Best Practices and Their Impact on DRP and MRP Demand Planning,” was written to help manufacturing and distribution companies evaluate their sales forecasting and requirements planning process to identify areas in which they can improve.

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Supply Chain Forecasting: Forecast modeling

forecast modelingThere are basically two ways to generate a supply chain forecast. One is to manually create a supply chain forecast using historical information, previous forecasts, last year’s actual supply chain demand, and input from your marketing and sales team to determine what demand you expect in the future. This is by far the most popular method for creating a forecast – especially in industries where past demand is not indicative of future demand and in make to order environments (such as job shops) where it is difficult, if not impossible to predict what products will be sold. Continue reading