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Improving Customer Satisfaction with Better Inventory Management

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inventory managementEveryone knows that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If your weakest link is inventory management, the chain that leads from orders to new sales may be weak.

The entire ordering process is a circle rather than a continuous straight line. This circle starts with customers becoming aware of your company, coming to your site or sales person with a need, and placing an order. From there, goods must be manufactured and/or shipped from your warehouse.

It is there that the chain can fall apart if your inventory management system is weak. Slow picking, wrong items shipped, out of stock messages and other delays can all take an excited customer and turn them into a disgruntled customer.

So, what’s a warehouse manager supposed to do? Start with your systems. Better data leads to a better method of inventory management. When you know what you have available and what orders are coming down the pike, you can manage your inventory systems better so that orders are filled accurately and efficiently.

To access data, a system that integrates with ERP systems such as Sage 100 and Acumatica offers the best of all possible scenarios. Scanco Warehouse is such a system, and it can link your warehouse right into your ERP so that orders, inventory, and shipping are all in one place, easy to see, and manage.

Every aspect of your business impacts another, and that includes inventory management and warehouse control. Poor control over your inventory and warehouse, slow shipping times, and problematic orders contribute to lost sales. Conversely, better inventory management, faster shipping, and accurate, on-time orders lead to happy customers and repeat sales. With better inventory management, you can improve profits and build a stronger, bigger, and happier customer base.

Start your inventory management system right with Scanco Warehouse Management. Contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261.

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Strategies and Systems to Take Control of Your Warehouse

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inventory management appDeveloping a strategy to tackle inventory management, and developing an inventory system, is not as difficult as it looks. Keeping your good resolutions to manage your inventory better is what’s tricky. There will always be pressure to ship things quickly. Taking the time to develop a strategy for inventory management and a system to track and monitor inventory enables you to ship faster without making costly mistakes.

What Is Strategy?

Strategy can be a tricky concept for some. It’s often mistaken for tactics, or how something is done. It’s actually the “why” approach to a project—why should we do this rather than that? Why is one way better than another?

An inventory management strategy takes into account inventory flow from start to finish. It also takes into account the efficiencies of shipping systems, moving goods to the warehouse without incident, excessive costs, or mistakes.

When your strategy encompasses this, you’ll have a better system in place and you’ll achieve tighter control over your warehouse.

The Importance of Data Collection

Ask anyone developing a strategy what the most important contribution to their strategy is and they are likely to responds “facts!” Facts and data are two important tools to develop an inventory management strategy.

To gather accurate data, you need a system such as Sage 100 ERP or Acumatica linked with your warehouse system. Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP and Scanco Warehouse for Acumatica draw upon the same data source contained within the ERP system so that any information obtained on your inventory is accurate. When you have accurate information, you can use it to manage your warehouse more efficiently.

Collecting data is the first step to a sound strategy. Review item-based warehouse data as well as picking, packing, shipping accuracy, time from order to shipment, mistakes and error rates, and other data. From this data, you will be able to paint an accurate picture of how well your warehouse is running. Then, when you know the gaps in your system, you can develop a strategy to counteract the gaps and improve performance.

Warehouse Management as Part of Customer Satisfaction

Every transaction through your business represents an opportunity to keep or lose a customer. If the order proceeds smoothly and ships quickly, customers will be satisfied and return for more. If there are mistakes or delays in the order, you may find disgruntled customers who seek better service from your competitors.

Movements throughout your warehouse can be viewed like transactions. Each transaction represents a step that, if improved, can improve customer perceptions of your business. When viewed this way, it becomes apparent how an inventory management system or a warehouse strategy can improve your business.

System-Directed Refills

Replenishing bins is part of warehouse life. As bins, pallets, and shelves empty, workers must notice and refill them. However, system-directed refills or automated replenishment systems reduce the chance that someone forgets to refill the bin.

In system-directed refills, alerts move into the system once inventory counts fall below a certain level in a bin. Barcode scanners can be used to automatically update inventory counts every time an item is scanned out or into the bin. With this method, information is relayed from the barcode scanner to the ERP system, which then sends a warning message to the appropriate employee that bins must be refilled. It can also be set to alert when items are low and need to be reordered.

Incorporating system-directed refills into your inventory management strategy reduces out of stock errors and time delays to order fulfillment. Improving just this small aspect of your system can boost customer satisfaction by reducing backorders.

Are You Ready for a Better Inventory Management System?

Better inventory management systems start with the right software. Choosing an ERP system such as Sage 100 ERP, Acumatica ERP, or others and using software such as Scanco Warehouse that integrates warehouse actions with ERP data is a great step to improving your systems. With the right strategy in place and better systems, customer service can be improved to increase retention and sales. It’s a winning prospect, and it begins with Scanco. Scanco offers advice and services to help you build an inventory strategy and support it with the right tools. For more information, contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261.

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Goods to People (GTP) Transforms Warehouse Operations

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warehouse operationsEveryone knows how warehouses work, right? Goods come into the receiving area, and then they’re moved to shelves, bins, and pallets. Workers take orders from a central point and then fill orders by walking the warehouse, picking items and packing them to ship out.

But newer technology is transforming this common paradigm of warehouse operations into new, efficient automated warehouses. Goods to people (GTP) is a different way of thinking about picking that moves items to workers rather than workers to items. It cuts down on fatigue, mistakes, and overhead.

How does the technology work? There are many systems available for all sizes and types of warehouses and businesses, but the general idea is the same. In a GTP system, orders are entered or retrieved from a central database such as an ERP system. Then, automated equipment finds the items in the warehouse, retrieves them, checks them out of inventory, and moves them to the picking area.

Some GTP systems rely upon cranes on tracks that roll along warehouse shelves, stopping at the right stop and removing items to rolling bins that shuttle them to waiting packing stations. Others use vehicles that cruise the warehouse aisles, picking up items picked by the system and moved to the end cap location. A newer kind of system enables the shuttle to lift off, traversing every aisle at multiple levels so that vertical spaces are conquered and utilized.

GTP systems aren’t new, but they are evolving to the point where even small to mid-sized business can afford them. Many rely upon barcode scanning, so if you haven’t transformed to barcodes, it’s time. Nearly all evolving technology relies upon barcodes or a similar system to identify goods. If your warehouse isn’t up to speed, you’ll get left behind.

For more information or to get help finding the best solution to your warehouse automation needs, contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261

Scanco Software Acquires Synergistic Software Solutions – Developers of Sage Manufacturing/JobOps Software

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jobopsThe combined solutions will enable customers to better maximize, modernize and mobilize their Manufacturing Automation within Sage 100 and Sage 100c Software.

SARASOTA, Fla. – Aug. 8, 2017 – Scanco Software, LLC., a leader in Warehouse Management and Manufacturing Automation Solutions, today announced the acquisition of Synergistic Software, LLC., the developers of Sage Manufacturing/JobOps Modules for the Sage100 and Sage100c ERP Software.

Founded in 1983, with headquarters outside of Minneapolis, MN, Synergistic Software delivers Sage100 users best-of-breed manufacturing technology through its JobOps and comprehensive Field Service and Dispatch Module. In 2016, Sage Software, Inc., chose Synergistic Software’s manufacturing technology for Sage100c under the Sage Manufacturing brand. Synergistic Software has always been among a select group of Master Developers for Sage and the Sage Partner community.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Synergistic team to our company,” says Tess Boros, Partner at Scanco. “Scanco was recently recognized as a ‘Top 25 Logistics Technology Solution Provider’ for 2017 by CIO Applications and this acquisition is consistent with our strategy of combining world-class technology and service companies. This acquisition strongly strengthens Scanco’s position as the premier provider of manufacturing software for the entire Sage100 market,” says Boros.

“After our 2016 acquisition of JDB Solutions, our next step was to incorporate Sage Manufacturing/JobOps into our manufacturing suite of products,” said Shaun Boros, Partner at Scanco. “This acquisition cements Scanco’s position in the Sage100 market space for all things distribution and manufacturing. We really have built an amazing portfolio of products for the Sage100 community and look forward to growing all of them with Sage well into the future. This is a key acquisition for Scanco and more importantly, the Sage100 users.”

“We are very excited about this acquisition and the future of Sage Manufacturing/JobOps under Scanco,” comments Joe Bisaha, Director of Manufacturing at Scanco. “I have worked with JobOps for the last 20 plus years and they are a perfect fit for us moving forward. We have implemented and developed some incredible mobile and shop floor solutions for the Sage channel. This acquisition enables us to provide so many more new and exciting integrated solutions for both mobile and Sage Manufacturing/JobOps customers. Our customers have always been our top priority, and this is going to allow all of the Sage Manufacturing/JobOps customers access to expand their operations with top-tier apps and services from Scanco.”

About Scanco Software, LLC.

Since 1989, Scanco has been a leading provider of supply chain automation software and services. Since our inception, we have focused on innovative warehouse management solutions with a unique technology-driven approach. Our solutions deliver unequaled efficiency and visibility for distribution and manufacturing companies around the globe. From basic barcoding to the most complex distribution and manufacturing operations- Scanco’s software is positioned to grow with our customers ever changing business needs. Today, thousands of world-class distribution and manufacturing companies have automated their facilities with cutting-edge Scanco technology. For more info, visit Scanco.

About Synergistic Software Solutions, LLC.

Founded in 1983, Synergistic is among a select group of Master Developers for Sage Software, Inc. JobOps is a Job Management Software Solution that is developed by Synergistic Software Solutions and sold through a distribution channel of certified independent JobOps Resellers with locations throughout the US. JobOps was specifically developed for Sage’s award-winning Sage 100 Accounting Software. With over 28 years experience and customers across the United States, JobOps has a proven track record in meeting the unique needs of organizations that demand on-time delivery and job profitability. For more info, visit JobOps.

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Great Reasons to Choose Warehouse Automation – It’s Time to Update

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warehouse automationIf you haven’t updated your warehouse in a long time, you may be losing business. How do warehouse operations affect your business? They affect it in myriad ways.

Manual warehouse operations require more people to run them, which increases salary and overhead expenses. People get tired and need breaks, so productivity slows down. And mistakes? Sure, mistakes happen, but don’t they happen to every business?

There are many great reasons to choose warehouse automation. Don’t let the term warehouse automation scare you. In the past few years, warehouse automation has improved by leaps and bounds, making updates and upgrades possible in even the smallest warehouse. What costs thousands of dollars in upgrades, technological enhancements, new racks and shelving space, and more, now costs a fraction of that because technology has improved to the point that it can adapt to the business rather than the business adapting to it. This makes it available to more businesses than ever before.

If you’ve been considering warehouse automation or improving warehouse operations, it’s time to take the leap. Here, we outline several ways in which all size businesses can embrace warehouse automation.

Picking Systems that Bring Items to You: Goods to Person (GTP)

A picking system called Goods-to-Person (GTP) changes warehouse automation so that the goods are, as the name suggests, brought to the person instead of simply making goods easier to find in the warehouse in a Person-to-Goods (PTG) system.

With a GTP system, orders are entered into a central point of synchronization from a central database. Automated storage and retrieval systems are one example of GTP systems, but there are many others that suit a wide range of sizes and types of businesses. Some use rail-guided robotic arms, like cranes, that move along rails to pick items and place them in central points. Others move racks and shelves to the people, rather than requiring people to move through a warehouse to find the items.

Shuttle-Based GTP

Another aspect of GTP systems is shuttle-based GTP. Battery-powered shuttles move along each aisle. Items are picked and added to the shuttle to bring the goods to people waiting at central locations. Newer systems are now able to finish one level of an aisle and shift up to the second level, traversing the entire warehouse at various heights! It’s an astonishing achievement that truly brings goods to people.

Pick-to-Light Systems

Lights can also be used to improve warehouse operations. Pick to light systems use alphanumeric displays and buttons at bins, racks, and shelves to indicate where goods are located. Operators move to a central point and enter the order into the system. Lights illuminate the goods, and pickers are directed to the exact location in the warehouse where they can find the items. Once picked, a button pressed on the unit alerts the system that an item has been safely located and added to the order.

Mobile Apps

Mobile apps also make warehouse operations efficient. Apps such as Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP, barcode scanning apps, and other apps transform smartphones into warehouse efficiency units. Such apps use devices that workers are familiar with so that they have a shorter learning curve to use the equipment efficiently.

With mobile apps such as Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP and Acumatica, apps can access orders within the database and reconcile them to inventory scanned in the warehouse. Picking, packing, and shipping all become easier and faster with mobile apps.

Companies of all types and sizes can use warehouse automation to improve operations. Warehouse operations can be improved by switching to automated systems that cut costs, reduce expenses, and improve order fulfillment accuracy.

Scanco offers numerous technologies to improve warehouse automation and warehouse operations. Barcode scanning, barcode label printing, inventory systems that mesh with ERP system databases, and much more reduce the time, effort, and expense of warehouse management. Contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261 for more information about warehouse automation technology that can transform your warehouse operations.

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The Latest in Warehouse Automation Technology

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warehouse automationWarehouse automation technology is developing at a rapid clip, with new developments improving inventory management and operations throughout many industries. Some of the exciting developments in warehouse automation technology include:

  1. Self-driving vehicles that can operate around people: Warehouse automation includes self-propelled vehicles that pick items using robotic scanners. The original automated vehicles had to run on a track, like a monorail or a railway car, and could not operate around people due to safety concerns. They also required inventory to be shelved at a specific height—for example, at two feet—so that the barcode scanners could read them easily and the robotic mechanism could pick. Newer robotic vehicles, equipped with sensors, can navigate independently so they aren’t tied to a track system and can operate around people safely. They can also navigate vertical spaces, enabling them to reach and scan higher shelves with ease.
  2. Movable shelves: Why should people have to climb ladders to reach inventory? New rotating shelving units move the product to the people instead. Enter the order into a central console and the rack system shifts to bring the goods to you.
  3. Integration with ERP systems: Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP integrates warehouse automation with the ERP system database to double check orders and shipments, provide real-time inventory updates, and much more. Systems that integrate with Acumatica and other ERP programs are also available from Scanco for the ultimate in warehouse automation.

Warehouse automation provides many benefits and, with updated technology, few drawbacks. To learn more about Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP and products that integrate warehouse operations with ERP systems, speak with Scanco today. Contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261.

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Warehouse Automation Transforms Your Operation: Are You Ready?

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warehouse automationStories of transformation capture the imagination. Who wouldn’t want to change like a caterpillar into a butterfly or an ugly duckling into a swan? With warehouse automation, warehouse operations can transform from outdated and inefficient to modern and effective. Technology, including barcode scanners, Sage 100 warehouse mobility, Scanco Warehouse for Acumatica, and other software can transform your entire warehouse from a time-draining operation into an efficient operation.

Time Wasters, Time Savers

What wastes time in your warehouse? You may think it’s people who spend more time socializing than working, but the truth is that many warehouse tasks themselves are inefficient.

Think about your receiving area. The delivery truck arrives and someone must get the forklift while the driver hands the paperwork to someone to check. Then, the boxes or pallets are unloaded. Goods must be counted and checked into inventory. Then, they must be moved to the correct shelving areas and rotated with existing stock if you’re using FIFO methods of inventory management.

Sound familiar? What about picking and packing—isn’t that also prone to inefficiencies? An employee receives the order paperwork and must walk or drive to the bin location, pull the item, check it from inventory, and then bring it to the packing area where it is packed and shipped.

Time Saving Benefits of Warehouse Automation

Now consider the time saving benefits of warehouse automation. Warehouse automation systems, such as barcode scanners located throughout the warehouse could shave off considerable time from each point in this system.

The delivery truck pulls up and an employee reviews the paperwork. Next, he scans the barcodes of the items as the boxes are moved from receiving to inventory. Another employee scans them in with a quick swipe of a smartphone to indicate they are now part of the inventory. What used to take countless minutes—and was prone to error—now takes seconds and is automated, thus reducing the potential for errors, thanks to barcode scanning technology.

New technologies are also making picking highly efficient. Warehouse automation extends to new picking systems that use robots to find the items in an order. Enter the order information into a central computer and watch while the robotic helper flies up and down the stacks to gather the items. Self-driving vehicles in warehouses can now navigate around people and objects so they can be operated safely while humans work around them. They scan, pick, and deliver goods to the shipping area.

Why should machines replace people in such work? Let’s face it: these are tedious tasks. People need breaks. They get bored. They make mistakes. They cut corners. Machines never do. Warehouse automation makes your entire operation more efficient by eliminating tedious work that’s prone to mistakes.

Warehouse Operations and Automations Made Simple with SCANCO

While we don’t create robots or drones to manage receiving inventory and picking, we do build and sell warehouse automation software that makes your entire warehouse and distribution operation more efficient.

Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP enables you to manage your warehouse using your ERP software. It runs on rugged Windows-based scanners, smartphones, tablets, and even a desktop. Automated bin locations let you immediately access the location of every item in your warehouse so you can see at a glance what’s in stock and what’s not.

Another benefit of Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 ERP is live validation. There’s nothing worse than getting a call from an irate customer who receives the wrong product in a shipment. With Scanco Warehouse, the system is directly connected to your database to verify every order received and shipped. It dramatically reduces incorrect orders and may even eliminate them!

Scanco offers more great products for barcoding scanning, warehouse automation, and warehouse operations. We’d love to talk to you about your business and how we can help you make your warehouse more efficient.

Contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261.

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What is the difference between Warehouse Automation and Warehouse Management?

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Warehouse ManagementYou say tomato, I say tom-ah-to.

Some would say that automation and management mean the same thing. We beg to differ. Warehouse automation and warehouse management are very different. One is all about expediting and the other is about controlling the operation.

Are you needing automation tools right away? Contact Contact Scanco online or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1 to find out how your warehouse can operate with integrated automation tools that are easy to use and simple to implement.

Warehouse automation increases quantity and speed

Warehouse automation, simply put, is replacing manual processes with automated, high-level solutions. These automation tools are designed to maximize efficiency, increase quantity, and eliminate waste. Barcoding tools and software, RFID, and voice-activated picking solutions all fall under the category of warehouse automation technology. These automation tools are created to do one thing; eliminate manual processes. When incorporated with a warehouse management or ERP solution, warehouse automation tools can provide companies with the visibility they need in the warehouse to fulfill orders with ease.

Warehouse management runs the operation

Everything involved in running your warehouse operation is called warehouse management. Picking/packing, inventory management and control, shipping, reporting, vendor relationships, etc. are all part of managing the warehouse. More than streamlining your processes and improving efficiency, warehouse management tools help you control your entire operation—from bottom to top. Full warehouse management solutions include warehouse automation but are not limited to the technology.

Warehouse management technology can manage the entire warehouse operation while warehouse automation tools are designed to streamline certain processes involved in the operation and support warehouse management technology. A good warehouse operation cannot have one without the other.

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3 Ways to Increase Your ROI with Mobile Field Service

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Mobile field serviceHere on the Scanco blog, we talk a lot about warehouse automation, inventory barcoding, and other in-office time savers, but many of our clients don’t know that our apps also offer an impressive mobile field service solution for on-the-go companies. If your team works almost entirely out of the office, today’s post will help you understand how you can get a great return on your investment with little effort.

Don’t have time to read? On a mobile device yourself and don’t want to deal with the tiny print? Makes sense to us! Contact Scanco online or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1 to find out how your mobile field service business can make a big impact easily.

  1. Increase Sales

As you know, service companies simply begin their task when the schedule is set. Sure, you can show up at a customer’s home or office location and tinker around, but you won’t get paid—you won’t complete the sale—until you solve the problem. Of course the more clients you can schedule in a day, the more sales you can complete, and the key to getting more done faster is having your entire team able to work together quickly and efficiently.

With a mobile field service app from Scanco, your service team can:

  • Get detailed information about specific issues (even with an absent customer)
  • Verify details or resolve concerns in-app (without involving the customer)
  • Update the back office on job status (slow jobs, tricky jobs, or jobs far out of scope)

All this instant communication and information helps your team complete more jobs in a shorter time period so that you can increase your sales, thereby increasing your ROI.

  1. Deliver Enhanced Customer Service

According to the Aberdeen Group’s 2016 report, Field Service 2016: Strengthen the Team and Bond with Your Customers, “The impact of the field team on the customer experience cannot be overstated … the field technician has the opportunity to either wow the customer or underwhelm them and even put a future service contract in jeopardy.”

Today’s impatient customers are used to integrated CRM systems from the mega companies they work with that transfer all their customer history from person to person as they interact with more people in the company. If your technicians don’t have detailed customer information on hand at all times, or if they seem to ask too many questions as they’re working, your ongoing service contracts may be threatened as your customers begin to wonder about your efficiency or listening skills.

  1. Improve Productivity

When we talk about productivity, it’s important to remember that we’re talking about more than efficiency. We’re sure you have employees who efficiently check their email or Facebook feed, but those tasks don’t improve overall productivity for your company. Scanco’s mobile field service app helps your employees do more of what they need to do—in less time.

Check out just some of the benefits you’ll get with the mobile field service app from Scanco:

Instant job information at all times

Not only does the app from Scanco offer you detailed data about job-site status, it also empowers your team with the information they need and an easy way to enter their updates, both online and offline.

Insight into your mobile team’s performance

Because the Scanco app is easy to learn and use, the teams we work with tend to experience quick user adoption, which is a key component to new software success. With your whole team using the software, you’ll be able to see how much time jobs take, which of your team members excel at which types of tasks, and even the current stage they’re at in each project. Wow!

The competitive edge

Optimized data helps your company improve at an unprecedented rate, but maintaining the competitive edge doesn’t rely on your company understanding itself better, it relies on your company delivering better information to your customers. With the GPS fleet tracking and status reports in the Scanco mobile field service app, you can keep clients in the know about expected arrival times, expected service-completion times, and even expected costs. That level of customer service is sure to grow your business with loyal customers who refer you to all their friends and associates.

Get an Incredible ROI on Your Mobile Field Service App from Scanco

If you’re ready to turbocharge your customer relations, your team productivity, and your profits, you’re ready for the flexible, powerful mobile field service app from Scanco. To get more information, please contact Scanco online or call us at 1-877-SCANCO-1 for instant assistance.

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Best Practices for Physical Counts in Sage 100

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physical countsDo you use cycle inventory counting? If not, you probably have a physical count in your near future. A well-performed physical count resulting in more accurate inventory data reduces operational costs as well as inventory expenses.

Don’t worry! The physical count in Sage 100 can be simplified drastically with Scanco. Get the answers you’re looking for when you contact Scanco.

Accurate physical counts are a means to providing better customer service. When your counts are accurate, you can have a more effective inventory replenishment system; when your counts are inaccurate, your ordering quantities are wrong, and your customer satisfaction will suffer.

Physical inventory count can be costly due to labor expense and lost production time. That is why it is important to find ways to minimize the time it takes while ensuring inventory count accuracy.

Proper Planning Improves Physical Count Performance

One key to better physical counts is up-front planning. Here are some steps to prepare for your physical count to make it more efficient and accurate.

  • Carry out a mock count.
  • Inform suppliers, customers, and production.
  • Minimize shutdown.
  • Establish count areas and assignments.
  • Dispose of obsolete inventory.
  • Prepare equipment and your software.
  • Train your staff.
  • Cease operations completely.
  • Provide extra support staff.

 Physical Counts in Sage 100 are even easier with Scanco Counts

Scanco Counts is a Sage 100 mobile application that automates your physical count (or cycle count) from any iOS or Android device. The application integrates beautifully with Sage 100 Physical Count Entry, eliminating the need for paper counting and data entry. Contact us to learn more.

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What’s the Future of Supply Chain Management?

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supply chain managementAs a manufacturer, you’ve undoubtedly felt both the constraints and the beauties of a lengthy global supply chain. When things have gone wrong—delayed orders, supplier shutdowns, or shipping strikes—you’ve also realized that one of the most important parts of your job as a manufacturer in i4.0 is to ensure that you have an effective, bulletproof method for supply chain management.

Find out how Scanco can help you stay on top of your supply chain the easy way with low-maintenance automation that integrates with Sage, Acumatica, and NetSuite ERP. Contact Scanco online for more information, or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

These days in i4.0, also known as “The Fourth Industrial Revolution,” our modern businesses often require critical input from machines in order to produce goods quickly and efficiently so that we can keep up with competitors. If you haven’t heard of i4.0, leading expert on the topic, Professor Klaus Schwab, defines it as:

“A range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human…connect[ing] billions more people to digital networks [and] dramatically improve[ing] the efficiency of organizations…”

However, he also has worries about the Brave New World that the emerging i4.0 technology brings:

“Organizations might be unable to adapt; governments might fail to employ and regulate new technologies to capture their benefits; shifting power will create important new security concerns; inequality may grow; and societies fragment.”

To us, all of these problems sound like the current issues in the global supply chain.

i4.0 and Supply Chain Management: A Few Blockades

Let’s look at a deeper look at some of the troubles Professor Schwab outlines:

Organizations that fail to adapt

An ever-lengthening supply chain creates inequality between businesses. Either your business can or cannot manage the supply chain profitably by sourcing from other nations in an agile manner that supports as close to a JIT model as possible. Businesses that cannot do this may lose the pricing battle by running low on raw materials and having to rely on costlier, local sources.

Slow government regulations for technology

New methods of goods transport are being created to help with the problem of managing a long supply chain, but Prof. Schwab is correct about governmental delays getting in the way. Not only are drone deliveries meeting with befuddling resistance in the United States, which slows shipments to your customers as well as materials sourcing for your own business, hyperloop development is also meeting with resistance as the U.S. government crawls along, compiling report after report on the new technology’s feasibility.

Haven’t heard of hyperloops? They’re the wave of the future for supply chains. Comprised of two steel tubes welded together side-by-side to allow for bi-directional traffic, this goods-delivery method seeks to connect major supply hubs together with ultra-high-speed, solar-powered pods that could, conceivably, deliver orders direct from China to Central Europe within a speedy 10 hours instead of the current standard: two weeks.

Hyperloops are an attractive alternative to current shipping systems for more than just their speed. They also reduce emissions, are cheaper than air freight and require no fuel, and they’re impervious to weather delays. (We’re impressed too.)

Scanco Helps with i4.0 and an Improved Supply Chain

Of course, hyperloops, drones, and other delivery technology only works, as we said, with the correct systems in place so that manufacturers can function with agility in i4.0. An easy way to get on top of supply chain management in your business is to implement manufacturing automation tools from Scanco.

Built on the same platform as the wireless, mobile-based barcoding systems we’re known for, our automation tools integrate seamlessly with Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP, and Acumatica to provide real-time insight into your materials inventory that will keep you in control of your supply chain at all times – no matter how long it gets.

Contact Scanco online or at 1-877- SCANCO-1 to learn more about how Scanco apps can help your business become more competitive.

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Tips for Warehouse Management Disaster Planning

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warehouse managementIs disaster recovery planning part of your vocabulary, or are you hiding your head in the sand, saying “that’ll never happen?” Ignoring potential disasters could devastate your operation. Safety first is a good motto, and companies that are committed to this in the workplace need to also prepare for the unexpected when it comes to data.

Tips to create a good disaster recover play:

  • Recognize you need a plan. Prioritize disaster preparedness and make time to develop a plan. If you created a plan years ago, dust it off and make sure it’s up to date. Don’t have a plan? Here are a few samples to look over to get you started.
  • Identify your resources. Once a plan is outlined, look for the best tools to support your warehouse management procedures.
  • Test, test, test: Writing a plan down is very different than knowing the plan works. Evaluate the plan’s effectiveness based on realistic scenarios.
  • Review your plan. Change is happening every day. Be sure to review your disaster plan every 6 months and revise it to accommodate new technology, emergency contacts, and equipment.

Recovering from a disaster is often a long-term process. With the right advance preparation, you can reduce the time it takes to recover from a disaster and resume business as usual.

Protect Your Warehouse Operations

When you oversee the warehouse, there are many moving parts. Scanco is in the business of making your job easier. If you’d like friendly, expert advice in a free consultation, contact Scanco. Our warehouse management team has helped to increase our clients’ productivity and efficiency for nearly 30 years, and we’re happy to help you sort through your warehouse options and requirements for your growing business.

Scanco Software Recognized by CIO Applications Magazine as a Top 25 Logistics Technology Solution Provider for 2017

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Scanco Software, a leading provider of mobile, cloud-based, distribution, warehouse and manufacturing automation solutions, has been named one of the Top 25 Logistics Technology Solutions Providers by CIO Applications, a publication focused on enterprise technology solutions capable of redefining an organization’s future business goals.

 

CIO Applications serves as a recognized source of information for decision makers seeking to identify “The Top Solution Providers” in a variety of areas important to technology-driven businesses. In a bid to assist CIOs to identify the most advanced and trustworthy companies to partner with, the editorial board at CIO Applications has earnestly filtered the most prominent vendors and solution providers in the contemporary Logistics Technology arena. The editorial research team at CIO Applications analyzed numerous companies offering technology solutions that address enterprise challenges in supply chain logistics. CIO Applications editors chose the Top 25, including Scanco Software.

“We are honored that CIO Applications has recognized Scanco Software as a leading technology provider in the logistics industry,” said Shaun Boros, Partner at Scanco. “This award encourages us to continue designing, developing, and implementing industry leading mobile solutions for managing high-value inventory and streamlining operations in the supply chain.”

Scanco provides an extensive line of warehouse and manufacturing automation solutions designed to perform inventory management, manufacturing automation, mobile sales, barcode scanning, and printing. Scanco has developed its solutions natively for the iOS and Android mobile platforms. The applications perform in both online and offline modes to automate and validate all the transactions within a warehouse or manufacturing production floor in real-time.

“We will continue to develop cutting-edge technology for our customers and partners and want thank CIO Applications for recognizing us a leader in the Supply Chain Market,” asserts Tess Boros, Partner at Scanco.

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Getting More Out of Acumatica Manufacturing

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Acumatica manufacturingCongratulations! You’ve made the leap to JAMS Acumatica manufacturing ERP, so now you have real-time business data available anywhere and anytime. Well, at least, you’ll have that data if you collect it. Have you set up a plan for data collection? While you’re at it, have you also set up a plan for business optimization based on that data? If you answered “no” to either of those two questions, we need to talk.

Don’t panic! Data collection and analysis for your Acumatica system can be easy with XScan from Scanco. Get fast answers when you contact Scanco.

Improve Your Data Collection

Real-time data with XScan for your Acumatica manufacturing system can help you stay on top of important parts of your business, effortlessly, with automated tracking for labor effectiveness, materials and supply-chain availability, and materials completion, but all this tracking does more for your Acumatica-run business than you think.

With accurate data collection, you can:

  • Improve processes – Optimize your manufacturing operations by using real-time data to let you know where you have delays and bottlenecks so you can eliminate them. Small changes in your efficiency can increase your production speed, delivering a higher yield in less time.
  • Decrease testing time – In some industries, quality control creates a large testing load for your employees. Make those multiple tests go faster when you track lot/serial testing with barcoding on your shop floor that’s easy to monitor with your mobile scanning software and dashboards.
  • Deliver customer satisfaction – With access to real-time data on your shop floor, you’ll always know exactly how much time it will take to complete an order. That means when your customers call wanting status updates, you’ll have all the answers you need right at your fingertips without any extra effort from you or your staff.

Go Beyond Tracking Data

Here’s a sad fact: Many companies confuse the data collection process with the big data analysis process. In truth, your company needs to go beyond the day-to-day data gathering stages to be able to create real change in your business. The best way to do this is with configurable dashboards that deliver your manufacturing data in a visually appealing manner—in real time.

Go beyond tracking data by asking “What If” questions and building dashboards to answer those questions.

  • What if you can’t source raw materials on time due to weather or other shipping delays?
  • What if a specific percentage of your labor calls in sick?
  • What if you get a rush order?
  • What if your quality control falls flat and you need to redo an entire lot?
  • What if your equipment breaks down?

In your own personal life or your own business day, you can anticipate the consequences of certain actions such as scheduling meetings too close to one another at rush hour, delaying on making an order, or procrastinating on your year-end reporting tasks.

However, when you need to assess how small problems affect the many moving parts of your business, your best choice is to access accurate historical data (that you’ve collected in real time on your shop floor), and seeing how similar situations in the past can inform you about future consequences. That’s how you can make new business decisions with confidence.

Make Your Acumatica Manufacturing System Work Harder for You

Again, congratulations on making a difference to your manufacturing business by choosing the flexibility of Acumatica Cloud ERP. As you probably can already see, your ERP choice has improved productivity and efficiency at your company (and you’re probably loving those unlimited user seats, too).

Now that you have everyone connected with your business management system, it’s time to start optimizing your business practices and getting the most out of your cloud ERP. If you’re ready to start collecting data from everywhere on your shop floor (and beyond), as well as from your distribution operations and labor data, you’re ready for the powerful manufacturing automation capabilities you can only get with Scanco.

Contact Scanco online or at 1-877-SCANCO-1 to learn more about how you can integrate your on-floor mobile devices with your ERP for impressive data collection and business optimization.

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Move Beyond Spreadsheets with Integrated Data Collection

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warehouse managementYour warehouse can turn a higher profit providing the supply chain management process is working like a well-oiled machine. One key strategy to streamlining warehouse management is using integrated software tools as opposed to spreadsheets.

If integration is at the top of your to-do list, contact Scanco online or call direct: 1-877-SCANCO-1.

Warehouse managers that are strategic with distribution automation and more customer driven know that the best warehouse management tool is only as good as the data that is put into it. This is the main reason why it is important to automate the data collection process in the warehouse.

Warehouse management can be a complex task. Balancing inventory levels is a challenging balancing act in and of itself. Too much inventory can result in resource waste and the risk of products becoming obsolete over time. Too little inventory can mean losing potential customers due to lack of supply. The supply chain goal is to more effectively buy and stock as little inventory as possible by choosing instead to quickly source, ship, and deliver product on premises or to the customer.

There are automation tools built for Sage 100 that can help you anticipate and forecast the market demand accurately, reduce safety stock levels, and buy inventory on an as-needed basis. Automating these processes reduces costs and makes your warehouse much more profitable.

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It’s Easy to Upgrade Your MAS 90 / MAS 200 / Sage 100 Software with Scanco!

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Sage 100As a distributor, you need to move quickly and keep your business agile—in fact, the most successful distributors these days are the ones that move the fastest, since they set the pace for everyone else in the industry. However, staying agile also means you need to stay up to date with your software.

Read today’s article to learn how easy it can be to keep your MAS 90 / MAS 200 / Sage 100 software up to date at all times when you use Scanco’s integrated mobile barcoding solutions. If you’d like to know more right now, contact Scanco online or call direct: 1-877-SCANCO-1.

The Importance of Keeping Your MAS 90 / MAS 200 / Sage 100 Software Up to Date

As you’ve noticed, the software itself has gone through a number of name and logo changes, but updating your software is about more than having the latest logos on display with the prettiest interface. Three main reasons to keep your software up to date include:

  • Access to the latest tax tables (TTU)
  • Increased integration capabilities
  • Faster learning curves for your staff

Updating with Scanco Integrations Is Simple!

As your warehouse changes and expands, you’ll constantly have new and interesting challenges to overcome. (That’s the beauty of running a small business, right?) However, one thing you won’t have to overcome is integration problems between your MAS 90 / MAS 200 or Sage 100 system and your warehouse or manufacturing automation system.

That’s because there won’t be any problems.

As a certified ISV for Sage software, Scanco understands your upgrade needs, so we always ensure that our software is compatible with the latest versions of your ERP. Some custom integration solutions make it difficult to upgrade or update your ERP software, and running outdated software puts your business and business data at a security risk. However, here at Scanco we understand that your business security and efficiency is critical to your business survival.

That’s why the dedicated Scanco team ensures that your warehouse automation software is always forwards-and-backwards compatible with your ERP software, from older versions to the absolute newest MAS 90 / MAS 200 / Sage 100 systems.

Interoperability Is Only One of Scanco’s Guarantees …

In addition to offering higher levels of data security and headache-free upgrades with our integrated software, you’ll also get these great benefits when you choose Scanco:

  • Live validation – ensure error-free shipping with validation that double-checks every item as it’s shipped or received in real time
  • Flexible options – no matter your manufacturing or distribution automation needs, Scanco has a solution that will help you get it done faster. Just ask us!
  • Lower operating costs – Not only is Scanco’s integrated barcoding / automation software efficient for your warehouse and shop floor, it’s also less expensive than alternate options that don’t run on mobile devices.

Integrate Your Warehouse with Your Manufacturing or Distribution Operations in MAS 90 / MAS 200 / Sage 100

If you’re ready to automate your warehouse or plant with your MAS 90/200/Sage 100 system, you’ll want to be sure that your integrated software can make the change without a hassle. Scanco helps you keep your accounting software up to date at all times because our integrated software is always quickly updated as new versions come out from Sage Software. You won’t get that guarantee with other automation solutions.

Learn more about making ERP upgrades easier with your integrated add-on solutions when you contact Scanco online or call us at 1-877-SCANCO-1.

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Prepare for Holiday Shoppers Now with Manufacturing Automation Software

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manufacturing automationCompetitive manufacturers today need manufacturing automation software to meet the needs of record-breaking shoppers. On last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday, not only did 2016 shoppers set new records by making Black Friday 2016 the first day in retail history that mobile sales passed the $1 billion mark (swiftly following that up with another $1+ billion day in mobile sales on Cyber Monday), they also set a new record on Cyber Monday by spending a total of $3.45 billion. However, even with all these purchases, only 9% of buyers finished their shopping during the retail push and 23% of buyers admitted they still had a substantial amount left to purchase for the holidays.

Meet your retail partners’ needs and last-minute consumers’ needs by keeping your plant at high capacity throughout the busy holiday season. Contact Scanco online or at (877) 722-6261 to learn how.

It Takes Time to Become Lightning Fast

In addition to telling us that the economy is recovering, the above statistics also suggest that shoppers are now completing their holiday purchasing later and later. Perhaps that’s because everyone’s used to Amazon’s Two-Day Prime Shipping, or perhaps it’s because last year left everyone extra busy, but what these numbers definitely tell us is that manufacturers need to prepare for a busy, last-minute retail season in 2017.

You certainly don’t want extra inventory sitting around “just in case” you need it for a late shopping season. Instead, you should plan to flexibly scale your production speed so you can meet your retailer and consumer needs quickly. How do you make your output lightning fast? By using manufacturing automation software.

If you’re curious about what it takes to set up manufacturing automation software for your system, you’ll like this handy breakdown of what the implementation process is like.

What to Expect As You Update to Manufacturing Automation Software

As you’ll see, updating to automation software is not a quick process – but once you’re done, your plant will sure run fast!

  • Step 1: Business Consultation

In this introductory stage, we talk informally on the phone so that you can express your current challenges and ask all your questions about automation. If we don’t have a solution that will address your needs, we’ll also use this time to refer you on to the providers who can help you. Start this stage now.

  • Step 2: Discovery and RFID Assessment

If our phone conversation determines that your operations would benefit from a Scanco solution, we’ll travel to your facilities to learn more about how you work and if your location can properly utilize and transmit necessary radio frequency waves (for RFID scanners) and access the cloud for real-time data updates.

  • Step 3: Recommendations

After assessment and discovery, you’ll receive a recommended course of action that includes an implementation timeline and expected costs. This will help you prepare your staff and operations for your business update.

  • Step 4: Implementation

This stage involves software installations for mobile scanners and desktop/laptop programs, as well as custom code that ensures seamless integration with all your ERP software, add-ons, and custom code. We will work closely with your ERP reseller and your third-party independent software vendors (ISVs) during this step.

  • Step 5: Testing

In this stage, we test the system in a number of scenarios so that we can make sure it works seamlessly no matter how busy you get. This is an important stage, since the whole point of manufacturing automation is to increase your speed and production volume.

  • Step 6: Training

Here’s where your staff will learn how to use your new tools and software. Training is usually a quick process, since Scanco’s intuitive solutions work seamlessly with your existing ERP.

  • Step 7: Go Live

On this day, you officially start using your new, updated system. Congratulations!

If You Can’t Deliver Fast, You Can’t Keep Up with Competitors

In today’s increasingly online shopping environment, in which purchases are made later and later, and consumers and retail partners expect fast production and delivery, the manufacturers who will succeed are the ones who can increase their pace without sacrificing their quality or accuracy. With manufacturing automation software, you can be one of those highly efficient companies—with profits that prove it.

Leave your competitors in the dust with the high-speed operations you can achieve using manufacturing automation software from Scanco. For nearly 30 years, Scanco has been supplying manufacturers with integrated software and tools that ease the manufacturing process – and we’re happy to work with you to improve your operations. Contact us to learn more about your options to work smarter in today’s e-commerce age.

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Combining E-Commerce with Your Acumatica Warehouse Operations

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Acumatica warehouseIn January, Acumatica announced that it would offer an e-commerce solution featuring Kensium, Magento, and Acumatica. By simplifying e-commerce management for merchants, Acumatica provides them with an important advantage. Consolidated data provides companies with a faster response time to customer inquiries and the ability to respond more quickly to opportunities and issues. Both offer excellent competitive advantages in the highly competitive e-commerce industry.

The $2.7 trillion e-commerce sector offers unprecedented opportunity, but the industry is very competitive. Merchants finding the best solution first can utilize their competitive advantage to gain market share, customer loyalty, and profits. As omni-channel retailing becomes more commonplace, integrated solutions such as Acumatica consolidate the management of their complex systems.

An Automated Acumatica Warehouse Helps You Keep E-Commerce Promises

In order to help their companies stand out from the crowd, many e-commerce merchants make bigger and better promises to their customers. Next-day delivery, satisfaction guaranteed, and other promises must be kept in order to build customer trust and company credibility.

Luckily, Scanco is also part of the Acumatica multi-cloud solution. With Scanco tools for the Acumatica warehouse, you can make and keep such promises more easily. Track orders, ensure popular items are in stock, and make good on your customer promises with ease. With the Acumatica warehouse automation in place, the difference between back-end and front-end systems diminishes, and the entire process becomes seamless.

Scanco offers mobile apps for Acumatica manufacturing and Acumatica warehouse operations. To learn more, contact us.

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Express Delivery: LTL, Drones, Mobile Warehouse Solutions & You

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mobile warehouse solutionsPerhaps we’re all really impatient or perhaps we’re not planning well, but as shoppers today, we all expect delivery times that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. Mobile warehouse solutions keep your warehouse workers and systems moving quickly so you can pick and pack orders faster than ever before – but when you combine your warehouse solution with one of today’s hottest shipping methods, your products can reach customers in record time.

Find out how Scanco can help you speed up your warehouse by using mobile warehouse solutions that save time and increase your team’s productivity. Contact Scanco online or at (877) 722-6261 to learn more.

LTL – Today’s Hottest Way to Move Your Goods

Less than Truckload (LTL) shipping is a cost-effective way for smaller businesses to ship their items to customers absolutely anywhere, but this popular, affordable method does have a few drawbacks that make it less than ideal for full customer satisfaction.

  • Long-distance LTL takes a lot of time – Your packages are sent with other companies’ packages, which means that an LTL truck makes a lot of stops. Each stop requires repacking the truck, so an LTL trip may delay your goods.
  • LTL methods can damage your goods – Because packages are shifted, repositioned, and repacked on each stop an LTL truck makes, your boxes are likely to be tossed around more and your goods may get damaged.
  • Costs add up with long-distance LTL – Though Less than Truckload is a lot more affordable than Full Truckload (TL) shipping because you only pay for the space you use in the truck, it can still add up as your distances get longer and longer. If you’re shipping from the West Coast to the East Coast, your LTL costs will climb and your customers may get irritated at the high cost of their slow shipping.

Drones – Today’s Most Exciting Way to Move Your Goods

Although currently crippled under U.S. regulatory restrictions, optimistic large-scale shippers here in the States still view drones as the shipping method of the future. We understand. It’s hard to resist the fascinating idea that small, energy-efficient drones will soon zip across the country delivering orders straight to your door in minutes, even when roads are impassible. Built to handle delicate items safely and easily reach inaccessible areas like small islands, drones have a lot of potential… but just like LTL, drones have a few drawbacks as well.

  • Drone regulations are bizarre – We’re not sure why the U.S. decided to limit drones to operating only within line of sight of their pilots and we’re not sure why each drone requires its own pilot. We’re also not sure why drones can’t fly over people who aren’t part of the delivery process. What we do know is that the laws will have to change before drones accomplish much in the U.S.
  • Weather affects drones – The U.S. Postal Service may deliver in snow, rain, and heat, but drones can’t function in adverse weather conditions. Until weather gets more predictable or drones get hardier, they’re not a feasible option for long-distance deliveries.
  • Long distance and hefty weights don’t work – The average drone is built to carry less than 11 lbs. of weight and can only travel for 12-18 minutes before needing to recharge its batteries. That means that, even if they change the laws, you won’t be able to deliver to long-distance customers until drone technology gets an upgrade.

Mobile Warehouse Solutions – Today’s Top Way to Get Packages Out the Door Faster

LTL shipments and drones both have their own benefits and drawbacks to mobilize your packages outside your warehouse, but the way you can ensure faster package mobilization within your warehouse is to use mobile warehouse solutions that greatly improve your pick and pack process.

Scanco’s mobile warehouse solutions empower your company with smartphone apps and extensions that turn your phones into time-saving barcode scanners. In addition, Scanco also offers mobile-based voice-directed pick and pack solutions that guide your warehouse employees to the right boxes and the right inventory, meaning that you can train, pick, and pack faster than ever before.

If you’re ready to learn more about how you can speed up customer shipments with a highly efficient pick, pack, and ship process, please contact Scanco to get all the details.

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Sage 100 Mobile Sales and Field Service Boosts Productivity

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Sage 100 mobileManufacturers and distributors are streamlining operations by offering cloud technology such as Sage 100 mobile sales and field service apps. They are improving collaboration and increasing productivity. Shorter time to market, faster incorporation of customer feedback and improvements throughout the organization ca lead to better productivity, profits, and customer satisfaction.

Sage 100 Mobile Sales

Sales departments have always relied on data to boost productivity. Feedback on sales calls made, calls completed, leads, and sales fuel sales reports. With cloud technology such as Scanco’s Sage 100 mobile sales app you have a powerful ally in your goal to boost sales.

Cloud platforms enable you to manage both direct and indirect sales channels from one dashboard. You can now track individual, group, and divisional progress towards goals and sales quotas in real time. Sales managers can also use cloud-based systems to assess the profitability of each deal. The resulting data gives your sales team the impetus to strive for and achieve their goals.

Mobile Field Service

Not to be outdone, mobile field service also benefits from cloud-based solutions. Cloud applications such as Scanco Service improve customer service and support and integrate customer and product data into one system.

Scanco offers Sage 100 mobile apps for sales and field service as well as for manufacturing and warehouse operations. To learn more, contact us.

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3 Manufacturing Automation Tactics for Smart Manufacturers

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manufacturing automationThe pace of innovation today means that manufacturers need to constantly stay on their toes to keep up with their competitors … but who wants to just keep up? Pull ahead of your competitors and deliver great customer service to your retail partners and customers with these three manufacturing automation tactics for smart business owners.

Start your manufacturing automation journey now using tips and tricks directly from the Scanco automation experts. Contact Scanco online or call (877) 722-6261 to learn how we can help improve your operations.

What is Manufacturing Automation?

Manufacturing automation is the practice of using computer systems that automatically transfer data for you between your shop floor and your management team, including seamless data transfer between your ERP and your production line.

Often, manufacturing automation is confused with “workforce automation,” which is when manufacturers replace human workers with robots on their shop floor. Manufacturing automation does not use robots, so we won’t be talking about them in this article.

If you’re looking for information on robots, check out this three-part series that explores robot-based workplace automation in depth.

Three Benefits of Manufacturing Automation

Whether you work on a Just-In-Time (JIT) model or a Just-In-Case (JIC) model, whether you have ten employees or one hundred employees – the most important way your manufacturing operations can improve speed and efficiency is by automating your plant to meet industry best practices at all times.

Here are three benefits you’ll see when you automate:

  1. Ensure High ROI Across Your Plant

Large manufacturing automation systems can cost a lot and typically require you and your staff to learn a brand-new system that all your employees are unfamiliar with. This reduces productivity, so often the best-practices model suggests using the tools you already have (such as Acumatica, Sage 100, or Sage 500 ERP), and then building on their capabilities using integrated solutions that help you work faster and smarter.

Using an integrated solution can save lots of money over a full-scale replacement system, resulting in a higher ROI for you.

  1. Perform Faster, More Accurate Data Entry

Staying organized is one of the top techniques for better manufacturing output, but in the heat of a rush order (or a rush week), your organization system may fall through the cracks. With barcoding, you can keep track of your inventory and output effortlessly, and mobile barcoding solutions help save you time because your employees won’t have to wait in line at a shop-floor terminal to enter in data.

Barcoding eliminates the error-filled process of duplicate data entry and saves time by empowering employees to update records without waiting in line at a busy shop-floor terminal.

  1. Gain Better Insight and Flexibility

When used in conjunction with mobile barcoding tools, live validation / real-time data helps your management team plan accurately to meet demand and optimize inventory usage or ordering. That’s because mobile tools instantly enter in data so you have a second-by-second view of your production speed as well as any bottlenecks that may be slowing you down.

Real-time data keeps production on track in a JIT environment by instantly updating connected systems to reflect the most up-to-date inventory numbers.

It’s Time to Save Time

At Scanco, we’ve been working with manufacturing automation software and tools for nearly 30 years, so we’re the first to admit that your company has a lot of options to increase speed and efficiency. We want your business to succeed, so we’re here to tell you the truth about all the benefits and drawbacks in each system you’re considering.

Contact Scanco when you’re ready for the honest information you deserve, from the experts you trust. We’d love to help you determine the best solution for your business.

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Cloud Technology Speeds Up Product Development

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manufacturing automationManufacturing Automation and Mobile Warehouse Solutions Shorten Time to Market

Manufacturers are constantly under pressure to remain competitive. In order to increase accuracy, produce cheaper goods, and deliver faster than ever before, they must turn to the latest manufacturing automation and mobile warehouse solutions to enable them to remain competitive. Cloud technology is one of the best ways to improve business processes and services and stay ahead of the competition.

One area that is enhanced by cloud technology is product development. Developing new products may be the purview of your sales, marketing, or production departments. But freely sharing knowledge and information among these three departments is crucial for successful product development and launch.

Cloud computing is ideal for product development cycles. Not only can information be shared freely, but information is shared more quickly. As sales people visit clients, they can enter feedback into a system like Scanco Sales via their smartphones. This information can be accessed immediately by the marketing and product development teams, who can use it to build better products or enhance existing ones.

According to an article on Forbes, one manufacturer avoided an allocation issue because of the speed with which information was shared during a product launch cycle. This is made possible through cloud technology and mobile warehouse solutions, which uses internet-based services to share information in real-time.

Another benefit to product development from cloud technology is shortening the time to market. A shorter time to market cycle can lead to competitive advantages. Many high-tech manufacturers are using cloud technology for faster, tighter collaboration among their teams so that they can shorten the product development lifecycle.

Lastly, field tests can be conducted with clients using new products, and feedback entered immediately from test locations. Feedback shared on Monday may become part of a product by Tuesday thanks to the rapid sharing of information via cloud-based systems.

Manufacturing Automation and Mobile Warehouse Apps from Scanco

Scanco offers mobile apps for manufacturing and warehouse automation as well as sales and field service. To learn more, contact us.

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3 Voice Picking Benefits from Your Warehouse Management App

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warehouse management appWe all know that speed is of the essence in today’s warehouses, but sometimes it seems impossible to increase speed without a device that slows down time. At Scanco, we certainly can’t claim to slow down time, but we can get you and your employees more of it—with a brand-new voice-picking function on your Scanco warehouse management app.

Today’s article helps explain the main benefits of voice picking in your warehouse, but if you’re interested in seeing voice-picking software firsthand, contact Scanco to see this exciting new tool in action.

  1. Voice Picking Reduces Wander Time

Busy warehouses are packed with goods and new employees have an especially hard time finding what they’re looking for when they’re picking. With voice picking systems, a neutral tone voice will guide each employee through the warehouse, optimizing their path to make their sweep as efficient as possible with no backtracking.

In addition to guiding employees through the warehouse, voice picking systems also direct employees to complete various tasks in a specific order, including preparing the right size box, printing and attaching the right label to the box, and verbally confirming the goods they’ve placed in the box, ensuring that your employees always move with purpose through your warehouse.

  1. A Warehouse Management App with Voice Picking Increases Accuracy

Not only does the voice-picking functionality in our warehouse management app cost far less than a full automation system, it’s also more accurate than a full automation system! Although the sales brochures for full automation warehouse management software (WMS) suggest that their systems can’t make mistakes, their systems’ automated, machine-based pick processes mean that a single faulty barcode could mess up an entire day’s or week’s picking process because the picking software was unable to identify that the product they were packing didn’t match with its description.

It’s true that humans are slower at picking than machines are, but they do have common sense and can verify that the item they’re picking matches its description. Voice-picking software can be programmed to ask workers for verbal confirmation that items match their descriptions, which increases order accuracy.

  1. Less Training Time Is Needed with a Voice Picking App

Because voice picking walks employees step by step through the entire pick and pack process and also walks employees step by step through your warehouse, they help you decrease the training time needed to make brand-new employees fully operational. In fact, because voice picking doesn’t require voice training to understand your employees, and because the warehouse management app works intuitively on a familiar smartphone, it’ll be extra easy for your employees to learn and use.

In addition to lower training times, voice picking helps create uniform work procedures throughout your warehouse. By directing employees in predictable, step-by-step methods that follow industry best practices, voice-picking functionality helps your employees develop solid work habits that will make it easier for you to run your warehouse on a daily basis.

Would Your Warehouse Benefit from a Voice Picking APP?

Clearly, voice picking provides a wide range of benefits, but many companies don’t realize the varied circumstances in which voice picking can help reduce training time while increasing productivity effortlessly. A few situations in which training time can help include:

  • Each/split case packing
  • Mixed case pallet packing
  • Cross docking
  • Inventory/cycle counting
  • Quality control inspections
  • Pallet building
  • Transfers
  • Receiving/put away functions
  • And more…

Ready to learn more about the voice picking system that offers you high ROI and can get new employees working throughout your warehouse within as little as ten minutes of training? Get in touch with Scanco to learn more about Scanco Voice and how it can help your warehouse.

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High Turnover in Your Warehouse Operations?

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warehouse operationsFollow These 5 tips to Stop Employee Turnover

A big part of your warehouse operations costs may be labor. Increasing productivity through warehouse automation can help cut those costs, but another area that increases labor costs is employee turnover. The cost of employee turnover is staggering. Not only do you need to recruit and hire new workers, but you will also lose time to employee searches and interviews, lost productivity, and lost knowledge as workers exit without transferring information to newcomers. High turnover also hurts employee morale.

So what can you do to stop high turnover? With some adjustments, you can turn around high turnover rates over time and improve employee retention for better productivity.

  1. Set and manage expectations: Make sure that your job descriptions are up to date and that hiring managers and anyone interviewing candidates know they should be open, honest, and transparent about the job, company, and working conditions. Expectations are set through honesty and facts given to candidates during the interview process.
  2. Allow work-life boundaries and balance: Don’t intrude on your employee’s personal time. Make sure that they take vacations, weekends off, and holidays. Offer flex time for employees caring for dependents so that they never have to apologize for driving Mom to the doctor or caring for a little one home sick from school. Taking the stress off of people’s lives makes them happier about their workplace.
  3. Offer plenty of feedback: Train your managers and staff to give and receive feedback. Make sure that criticism is always tempered with praise. Regular reviews, employee training, and other methods of employee motivation are important and a part of giving and receiving quality feedback to improve job satisfaction and performance.
  4. Train your managers: Managers need training in management skills. They need to learn how to delegate fairly, provide clear directions, and manage workloads without favoritism. Rude employees must be dealt with immediately to prevent workplace issues from escalating.
  5. Give regular reviews and raises: Rather than freeze wages, try to at least give some increase so that people don’t have a financial incentive to go elsewhere. Schedule regular performance and salary review periods and make sure that salaries are both commensurate with experience and fair for the jobs and levels of employees.

Streamline Your Warehouse Operations

Having the right tools for your employees is another way to keep your employees happy and motivated. If you’d like help setting up your warehouse operations to be employee friendly, contact Scanco. Our warehouse management team has helped to increase our clients’ productivity and efficiency for nearly 30 years, and we’re happy to help you sort through your warehouse options and requirements for your growing business.

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How to Choose the Right Warehouse Management App for Your Business

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warehouse management appWhen you’re looking at upgrading your warehouse, one of the biggest choices you’ll have to make is if you want to use a standalone warehouse management solution (WMS) or an integrated add-on warehouse management app. In today’s article, we’ll help you determine how you can focus your business needs for warehouse software, so that you can find the right solution at the right price for your company.

ERP with Module or Standalone WMS?

When choosing your warehouse management app, your first step is to decide if you want an add-on warehouse management module for your ERP, or if you want a standalone solution that doesn’t require ERP. There are benefits and drawbacks to either solution, and only you can decide which would be better for your business.

Questions to consider:

  • Do you need to seamlessly integrate with your existing ERP? If you’re looking to connect a new WMS to your ERP, you may want to consider an integrated add-on module because your warehouse management app developers will deeply understand your existing ERP solution capabilities.
  • Is a shorter training time a requirement? An integrated add-on solution will offer a shorter training time, since your staff will already understand where the software can enhance operations, whereas a standalone solution will require all-new training and explanation for your staff.

What’s Your Budget?

In addition to the prior considerations, you’ll also want to give some thought to your budget (though I don’t think we need to remind you about this!). Oftentimes, standalone solutions will come with pricey extras that your business doesn’t need or want, whereas an integrated add-on can deliver just the services you need—at a price tag you can handle.

Questions to consider:

  • How are you managing your warehouse now? Sometimes fulfillment speed has less to do with your technology, and more to do with the fact that your warehouse fosters productivity bottlenecks arising from poor processes or paper-based systems. Eliminating data entry with an affordable integrated add-on often solves the problem.
  • What are your future plans? Companies looking to make large-scale distribution their main focus may want to consider a standalone option, because they’ll need the bells and whistles that enterprise WMS products provide. However, those same bells and whistles may be overkill if you plan to maintain a manufacturing business and simply want to deliver better customer service or faster order fulfillment times.

Are You Wanting to Save Time?

This seems like a dumb question at the outset (after all, what kind of business doesn’t want to save time?), but it’s an important consideration. The truth is, salespeople are salespeople, and they’re likely to paint you a lovely picture of time savings, without addressing important issues such as setup time.

  • Do you need a new system up and running soon? A standalone solution typically takes longer to implement and set up, because the system is starting from zero. In standalone WMS, all your warehouse information will need to be painstakingly loaded into the system, which takes more time than the synchronization process of an integrated add-on. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, training is faster with an integrated add-on.

Learn More About Warehouse Management Apps

Warehouse management software is hard to figure out – and with the speed required to meet today’s customer demands, it’s unlikely your business has the time to carefully pick through all your options. At Scanco, we’re here to help.

When you’re ready for friendly, expert advice in a free consultation, contact Scanco. Our warehouse management team has helped to increase our clients’ productivity and efficiency for nearly 30 years, and we’re happy to help you sort through your software options and requirements for your growing business.

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How to Attract Baby Boomers to Your Warehouse Operations

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mobile warehouse solutionsAttract the Next Generation with Mobile Warehouse Solutions

Are your warehouse operations struggling to find and keep the younger workers?  As Baby Boomers retire from the workplace, manufacturers and distributors will need to find ways to attract Millennials to their manufacturing and warehousing operations. The question is:  How do we do this?

How Do Millennials Differ from Baby Boomers?

The Baby Boomers are more traditional in their thinking.  They start a career and may stick with it until retirement time.  Baby Boomers tend to be hands on, have a conservative approach, and work well with direct supervision.  They value the relationship they have built with their company.  They like stability and advancement in their careers.  You could say that a Baby Boomer would thrive working 9-5 with a clear path for the entire future.

Millennials, sometimes referred to as Generation Y, are often characterized by their more flexible and fluid approach to work and home life. While Baby Boomers were most comfortable with traditional planning models in the workplace, Millennials are generally more comfortable with flexibility and unstructured workspaces. They want a balance between work and home life.  They may change careers several times in their lifespan. Millennials like collaboration, partnerships and social connections.  They are comfortable with learning and using technology to help grow the business.  Millennials are willing to try new technology. The Millennials aren’t scared to try new technology such as mobile warehouse solutions.

Attracting the Next Generation of Employee

In order to attract the next generation of employee to your warehouse operations, you have to find ways to offer what is important to them.  Technology and flexibility are huge selling points.  Finding ways to add new technology and flexibility into your operations is a great way to attract the new generation of employee.

When you are looking for mobile warehouse solutions, look to Scanco. Scanco is dedicated to providing all of the cost-effective, mobile tools that you require to streamline your operations and provide the flexibility and technology that the Millennials are looking for.

Scanco offers mobile apps for manufacturing and warehouse operations as well as sales and field service. To learn more, contact us.

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Work Order Integration and Manufacturing Automation for Sage 100

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manufacturing automationAs a manufacturer, you have constant questions. “What stage is that rush job at? How long has it taken so far? Will it be done in time to ship today? Where the heck is Ben, and is he really the most efficient worker on the floor like it seems? How are my materials levels doing today – and do I have enough materials for next week?” Questions like these are distracting and can turn your day into a time-consuming, stressful ordeal. Luckily, there’s a way to get answers to all these questions immediately: manufacturing automation.

Learn more about how work order integration for Sage 100 can help you get instantaneous, up-to-the-second information in your warehouse. Contact the manufacturing tech experts at Scanco and ask about WO Scan.

Work Order Helps Speed Up Manufacturing

If you’re not using the Work Order module for Sage 100 yet, you’re missing out on saving a lot of time. This powerful tool is the cornerstone of the manufacturing abilities for Sage 100, and it helps you:

  • Issue work orders
  • Develop schedules
  • Track costs associated with manufacturing
  • View up-to-the-minute work in progress info
  • Generate paperwork for work orders, including travelers, picking sheets, dispatch sheets, and operation tickets
  • Identify and evaluate costs and cost variations as you analyze your capacity and the status of your orders

As you can see, the Work Order module for Sage 100 can help you take care of a lot of your manufacturing activities quickly and easily… but there’s a way you can speed up Work Order too.

WO Scan Speeds You Up Even More

WO Scan from Scanco helps you take care of work orders faster and easier than ever before, and this great manufacturing automation tool integrates seamlessly with your Work Order module and your Scanco barcoding solution.

WO Scan is an automated, real-time tool that increases manufacturing efficiency by providing comprehensive, at-a-glance information about your shop floor and manufacturing activities.

With WO Scan from Scanco, you’ll have the power to track your:

  • Labor cost and efficiencies (including non-productive time such as setup)
  • Material issues
  • Outsourced projects’ efficiencies
  • Quality control checks
  • And more

If your manufacturing operations require product tracking by serial or lot number, WO Scan can take care of that too. You can even combine your lots with quality control certification steps so that you can verify QC for each lot you create.

In addition, WO Scan offers error-reducing one-time data entry with online and offline capabilities that auto-sync your data if you lose connectivity in your plant, as well as live dashboard reporting that can be displayed with a giant monitor on your shop floor.

What Are the Benefits of Manufacturing Automation?

Though larger plants discovered the benefits of manufacturing automation a few years ago, smaller manufacturers are now starting to realize how much they can gain from using automated systems in their operations.

Some of the benefits they’re experiencing include:

  1. Time savings – no more waiting at workstations to enter updates
  2. Efficient ordering – always up-to-date materials inventory information
  3. Offline data capture – reduces materials issue surprises and maintains efficiency
  4. Remote data capture – keeps track of outsourced or alternate locations
  5. Better work completion – using prompts that employees respond to throughout their workday
  6. Delay-free production – Predict labor needs, materials needs, tool scheduling, and more

It’s Time to Grow Your Manufacturing Business

Today’s ever-longer supply chains, faster product turnarounds, and direct-to-consumer transactions are creating great opportunity for smaller manufacturers, but companies that want to keep up with their increased options may end up with more work than they counted on. And if there’s anything worse than no business, it’s too much business at once.

Keep your manufacturing operations on an even keel and get the insight and tools you need to increase your work – without increasing your workload. Contact Scanco today to learn more about your options for manufacturing automation tools such as WO Scan.

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5 Tips for Warehouse Barcode System Implementation

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warehouse barcode systemAre you new to warehouse barcoding? Or do you have a warehouse barcode system that you would like to replace. Here are some great tips to make your selection and implementation a success.

  1. Find an executive sponsor or champion: An executive sponsor or champion can help you secure buy-in for your warehouse barcode system project throughout your company’s executive team. An executive sponsor not only ensures that you have the budget you need for your project but removes potential roadblocks to project success. Their enthusiasm and open support for the project sends a powerful signal throughout your company that this is an important project not just for your warehouse operations, but to the entire organization.
  2. Assign a project lead: A project lead is someone within the organization who takes responsibility for developing the potential scope of work, vendor selection, and project coordination. Choose someone for the role who is organized, thorough, and a good communicator.
  3. Form a representative project group: It’s important to have members from every department on the project team that will be affected. A warehouse barcode system can impact more than just the warehouse floor; consider the effect on accounting, manufacturing, sales, and others.
  4. Create a project plan with ROI: A project plan with detailed ROI metrics, milestones, and measurements will help management understand the benefits of the warehouse automation project and how to measure its success.
  5. Work with an experienced vendor: A vendor with experience in warehouse automation has the benefit of past projects to learn from and guide your implementation. Experience, good product and warehousing knowledge, and a strong training and service component are also important for success.

For the past 28 years, the Scanco team has dedicated themselves to making warehouse work easier using barcoding systems. Contact the warehouse automation team at Scanco to learn more about how Scanco can help you no matter what level of expertise you start with.

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Complete Your Quest for Effective Manufacturing & Warehouse Automation

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manufacturing warehouseIf you’ve come across this blog post, we can assume that you’re on a quest. Your quest is to find out how you can take advantage of direct-to-customer sales as well as increased order fulfillment—and, thus far, all you’ve been able to determine is that manufacturing & warehouse automation tools will help in some way.

As time has passed, you’ve begun to regret your choice in taking on this quest. Like Frodo and his lengthy challenge to destroy the Ring of Power, your quest has begun to span too much time and you feel hassled and harried at each new obstacle. These obstacles include software integration headaches, customization problems with upgrades, and constant phone calls with too many integration software vendors.

That’s all about to change, because your quest has brought you here. Read on to find the answer you’ve been seeking.

The Riddle of Manufacturing + Warehouse Success

In The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo Baggins the hobbit first obtained the Ring of Power by winning a riddle contest with the loathsome Gollum. This may sound like a familiar action in your own quest.

We get it: Sometimes trying to get information about pricing and integration capabilities for manufacturing & warehouse automation software can feel like you’re battling a loathsome software vendor while trying to make sense of pricing and implementation riddles.

While Bilbo Baggins presumably had nothing better to do with his life than sit in an underground cave talking riddles with Gollum, you have work to do. Real work. You have customers to get back to. Right now. You need a solution that integrates seamlessly and makes sense.

The ONE Solution to Rule Them All …

If you waste your time with riddles, your competitors, like Sauron (the evil villain in The Lord of the Rings), will have time to amass armies and crush your business. What you need is a magic tool that helps your business:

  • Increase manufacturing speed and efficiency
  • Provide at-a-glance shop-floor analytics
  • Keep production and materials issue data up to the minute in real time
  • Plan and schedule materials, labor, equipment, and tools for delay-free production
  • Take care of complex inventory tracking, such as multi-bin and pallet tracking
  • Control and manage all devices on your shop floor

But where could such a magical tool exist, and who are the keepers of this tool?

Discover the Fellowship

If you’re ready to complete your quest, you can trust the partnership of two leading manufacturing & warehouse automation experts, forming the ONE solution to help you succeed.

Advanced Computer Solutions Group (ACS)

Since 1989, ACS has been helping businesses succeed with Sage 100 ERP programming and now they’ve partnered with Scanco to bring you multi-bin warehouse management and pallet tracking. Not only will this feature seamlessly integrate with your Sage 100 system, it comes with warehouse automation and manufacturing automation tools.

Multi-bin and pallet tracking from ACS helps you:

  • Track pallets in work order issues and completion
  • Validate against existing pallets
  • Create next synchronous pallet number
  • Create any pallet ID on the fly
  • Work on desktop and mobile

Scanco

Also in 1989, Scanco was born. From the dream of one man who founded Scanco to simplify people’s work lives by adding barcoding capabilities to warehouse operations to the warehouse and manufacturing automation powerhouse that the company is today, Scanco helps you with work order automation and warehouse barcoding convenience and automation.

WO Scan from Scanco helps you:

  • Automate the eight Work Order transactions for the Sage 100 module
  • Access real-time raw materials inventory, transfers, or lookup
  • Empower your shop-floor personnel to capture materials issued, labor, materials completion, and warehouse changes on desktop and mobile
  • View real-time shop-floor performance analytics while maintaining materials issue visibility
  • Control and manage all transactions on all devices throughout your shop floor

Warehouse Automation for Sage 100 from Scanco helps you:

  • Automate your warehouse with barcoding
  • Manage your warehouse in the cloud on iOS, Android, and Windows devices
  • Ensure accurate inventory levels in real time
  • Voice activate your barcoding activities
  • Live validate your pick, pack, and ship process

Your Journey to Find Manufacturing & Warehouse Automation

Part of the excitement of an adventure is the journey, but when adventurers have reached the finale of their quest, they feel a sense of relief due to a task well done.

Then they celebrate.

It’s time for your celebrations to start because you’ve finally finished your quest; you have found the ONE solution that answers all your needs in your manufacturing and warehouse operations, a solution that integrates seamlessly, provides diverse functionality with a single point of contact, and works perfectly with your Sage 100 solution and your mobile devices.

But before you start that celebration, you’ll want to set up your consultation. Contact the integration experts at Scanco so you can learn more about what ONE by Scanco and ACS can do for you.

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How to Move Toward a Mobile Warehouse

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mobile warehouseDespite what you may imagine, moving to a mobile warehouse management system is easier than you think. It just takes a little bit of planning and the right information. Below are 6 steps to help you with your plan:

  1. Choose an application that will support your business goals and integrate easily with your existing solutions. If you are currently using Sage 100 ERP, make sure the warehouse management application you choose configures easily with the system. Remember, mobile should not be a hefty investment. You are implementing the technology to save costs – not add to your costs. Find a mobile warehouse management app that is specific to the software you already use (like our Sage 100 mobile warehouse management apps).
  2. Choose the right device and implement a company policy about the devices that can and cannot be used. Will you allow employees to bring their own device (BYOD), or will you be providing the device? Will you use smartphones, tablets, or something else?
  3. Create a mobile business strategy. What are you hoping to obtain by going mobile? Write down your goals and a realistic outline for accomplishing them. Track your progress quarterly to see how you are meeting your mobile goals.
  4. Find an educated mobile software partner. Not all mobile applications are the same, and you are going to want to find a vendor who can guide you to the right solution and help you create the right strategy.

Once you take these steps you will find that the transition will go smoothly and you’ll be up and running in no time.

Mobile Warehouse Apps from Scanco

Scanco offers mobile apps for manufacturing and warehouse automation as well as sales and field service. Learn more.  To learn more, contact us.

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Voice-Activated Inventory Barcode System for Acumatica

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: inventory barcode systemIn the past, we used to interact with computers using DOS. Then we got pretty icons and menus (thank goodness!), then we got touchscreens … and now we have voice. And since voice-activated software is so convenient, user adoption is skyrocketing. Learn how your business can take advantage of the hottest voice-activated inventory barcode system for Acumatica.

Don’t feel like reading? Want to use your voice to get the details? Makes sense to us! Contact Scanco directly to speak with one of our friendly, knowledgeable experts.

What Is Voice-Activated Software?

If you thought “Dragon Dictate” when you heard the words “voice activated,” we wouldn’t blame you if you cringed a little. While Dragon is a lot better these days, many of us remember the hours of voice training the dictation program used to require before it was usable.

That’s all changed.

Now, not only do software programs have extremely high accuracy levels in listening to and interpreting voice commands, there’s a strong possibility you’ve used voice-activation software today.

Have you talked to Siri on your iPhone? Called out for information from Google on your Droid? Perhaps you have a Google Home or an Amazon Echo? It may surprise you to learn that these are all voice-activated technologies, and Americans are adopting these solutions at astronomical rates.

In fact, according to a recent article by the Economist, 20% of Google searches on Android are input by voice and Apple’s Siri handles more than two billion voice-activated commands each week.

Does Voice-Activated Software Have a Business Use?

You betcha. Not only am I typing this article right now using the voice-activated dictation features in Microsoft Word (hit the Fn key twice to access them on your Word program), voice activation can also come in handy in your warehouse and manufacturing operations. If you’re running Acumatica Cloud ERP, you’ll be pleased to learn that they’re taking advantage of voice-driven computing in a big way.

This past winter at Acumatica Summit 2017, Jon Roskill, the CEO of Acumatica, co-presented an astonishing information lookup session using Amazon’s Alexa (Echo). After integration, Alexa was able to access ERP data within a sample business run by Acumatica, providing real-time inventory data by voice in answer to the question: “Alexa, ask Acumatica how many laptops do we have in stock?”

The Alexa integration example is a huge advancement in the world of voice activation… but it only works if you’re willing to carry the rather sizable Amazon Echo around with you through the warehouse.

If you want voice-activated integration with your handheld, mobile inventory barcode system, Scanco has you covered.

That’s right, Scanco has rolled out voice-activation for our industry-leading inventory barcode system that works with iOS, Android, and Windows devices, which means that your employees will now have the power to receive and send up-to-date information, hands free, from anywhere on the warehouse floor.

In addition, since your employees’ voices will be captured by the impressive “deep learning” AI technology modern voice recognition software employs, spoken voice commands won’t require any training and each device will be able to understand and respond to any employee.

Supercharge Your Inventory Barcode System with Voice Activation from Scanco Voice

Say goodbye to the days of text-based data entry and access, and say hello (literally) to the exciting new world of your ERP-integrated voice-activated inventory barcode system. Scanco Voice features work with all integrated Scanco ERPs, including Acumatica Cloud ERP, Sage 100, and NetSuite ERP.

For the past 28 years, the Scanco team has dedicated themselves to making warehouse work easier using barcoding systems. Contact the warehouse automation team at Scanco to learn more about how Scanco Voice can help you.

If you’re a Sage ERP user, you can see Scanco Voice in action this year at Sage Summit, happening May 9-11, 2017 in Atlanta.

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Special Sage Summit 2017 Session by ONE from Scanco and ACS

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Improve Processes, Streamline Operations and Lower Your Operating Costs

Improve Your Warehouse Operations SessionAre you a Sage 100 user looking for ways to increase efficiency in your manufacturing or distribution operations? If so, don’t miss this special session offered by ONE Software Solution from Scanco and ACS. ONE from Scanco and ACS is a complete manufacturing, warehouse and barcoding solution for Sage 100.

In this session, you will learn how mobile automation solutions play a key role in streamlining your manufacturing, warehousing, or distribution processes as well as allow you to:

  • Better serve your customers
  • Keep up with demands of big box retailers
  • Reach ISO/QSF certifications
  • Gain supply chain visibility

Session ID: SP-116

Day: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time: 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Speaker: Ross Allen, Scanco Accounts Manager

It’s not too late to register for Sage Summit in Atlanta! Register here.

Scanco is in the business of making your job easier. Our warehouse management team has helped to increase our clients’ productivity and efficiency for nearly 30 years, and we’re happy to help you sort through your manufacturing and warehousing automation options for your growing business. Contact Scanco.

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Warehouse Operations and Disaster Preparation

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warehouse operationsDoes your warehouse operations strategy include a disaster recovery plan or are you crossing your fingers and hoping a disaster will never happen? Ignoring potential disasters could be devastating to your business. Most companies are committed to safety in every day warehouse operations, but you also need to prepare for the unexpected.

You must be prepared with a warehouse operations response and recovery plan, which includes these steps.

  • Planning: The best thing to do first is recognize that you need a plan. Make disaster preparedness a priority in your facility. If you already have a plan, have you looked at it recently?
  • Implementation: Make sure that you have the necessary physical, financial, and labor resources to support your warehouse operations procedures. These resources, or the arrangement for them, should be in place before an incident occurs.
  • Testing: A plan on paper won’t be effective unless you test it. Conduct exercises to evaluate the plan’s effectiveness based on realistic scenarios.
  • Program improvement: Disaster plans should be reviewed to adapt to changing technology, operations, and equipment. Be sure to regularly review your plan to make changes such as updating and verifying emergency contacts.
  • Recovery: Recovering from a disaster is often a long-term process. But with the right advance preparation, you can reduce the time it takes to recover from a disaster and resume business as usual.

By following these steps to create and implement a disaster recovery plan you will be saving your company time and money if a disaster ever does strike.

Streamline Your Warehouse Operations

When you are in charge of warehouse operations, there are many moving parts. Scanco is in the business of making your job easier. If you’d like friendly, expert advice in a free consultation, contact Scanco. Our warehouse management team has helped to increase our clients’ productivity and efficiency for nearly 30 years, and we’re happy to help you sort through your warehouse options and requirements for your growing business.

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Strange but True: How a Warehouse Management App Could Save Your Company

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warehouse management appThe American logistics sector is facing an unprecedented labor shortage. The industry, which comprises 8% of the GDP (gross domestic product), is more important than ever now that consumers expect more options to purchase their products. For the businesses in the logistics sector, the industry’s upswing, paired with a continued decrease in unemployment rates, may turn out to be a curse.

How can you avoid the looming curse of a worker shortage? Consider a warehouse management app.

The Warehouse Workers’ Curse

Decreased unemployment rates are already making seasonal hiring difficult, and studies show that 79% of 3PLs are worried about the negative impact the coming worker shortage will have on their supply chain.

In essence, though the warehouse and logistics industry continues to need employees, Baby Boomers are retiring at alarming rates, and no one is stepping in to take over.

Fact: If your company doesn’t focus on hiring now, that labor shortage may take a large chunk out of your company and put you out of business.

3 Ways a Warehouse Management App Can Stop a Curse

It may sound melodramatic to call a labor shortage a “curse,” but warehousing operations that can’t hire enough employees will certainly feel as if a malignant force is plotting against them. As the breakneck-paced industry runs ever faster, they’ll experience continually slower fulfillment speeds, which will push their customers toward well-staffed competitors.

The great news is that you can avoid all this curse nonsense entirely. How? By getting the #1 fastest-growing workforce sector to work for you. Yup, I’m talking about Millennials. And one way you can get them interested is to give them access to the technology and work processes they love to use.

Attract Millennials with warehouse management software that:

  1. Works with a smartphone. It’s no secret that Millennials get unhappy fast when they can’t use smartphones. It seems that no matter what they’re doing, Millennials prefer to do that task on a smartphone. Over the next decade it will become increasingly important to offer warehouse management and inventory technology that runs on a smartphone, such as mobile-based inventory software and smartphone-based barcoding solutions. 
  1. Provides a handy warehouse management app. If smartphones are the most important thing to a Millennial, apps are the second-most important thing. After all, well-made apps are easy to use, easy to navigate, and let Millennials get right to the task at hand without wasting time. Warehouse management apps, like other apps, provide relevant information at a glance, anywhere and any time. 
  1. Helps you automate your warehouse. Of course, the best way to combat the upcoming labor shortage is to reduce your reliance on labor. Though warehouses and fulfillment centers are traditionally very labor-heavy operations, especially around the holidays, new automation tools can streamline your warehouse’s pick, pack, and ship process, as well as other complex inventory management tasks so you can get more done with less people.

Build a Stronger Workforce with Warehouse Management Apps

Though Millennials suffer a bad reputation in the workforce, the truth is that once you’ve got them on your team, they tend to be extremely loyal, hardworking employees who are skilled with technology and interpersonal communication, and who constantly seek better, faster ways to do their jobs.

It’s time to overcome the looming labor-shortage curse by giving those talented, young, motivated Millennials a chance. And when you offer them technology they love to use, such as warehouse management software on smartphones, they’ll be happy to give you a chance too.

*This article originally appeared in Bellwether Magazine.

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Join the Multi-Cloud Universe with Scanco and Acumatica

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AcumaticaThe cloud has changed the dynamic of business software forever. What once required a heavy upfront investment in technology and staggering future upgrade costs now costs a fraction of that amount. Even more important, the cloud provides powerful capabilities far beyond what legacy systems have ever provided.

Scanco’s warehouse and manufacturing automation tools utilize the cloud to offer great benefits. And now, we’re part of a multi-cloud solution with our integration to Acumatica Cloud ERP.

Benefits of the Multi-Cloud Environment

It seems as if everywhere you turn these days there’s an article touting the benefits of the cloud. There are many benefits that end-users can derive from moving their systems to the cloud. From automatic software updates, enhanced security, automatic backups, and easier data access, multi-cloud systems offer considerable cost savings. This is money that you can pour back into your business. Instead of spending money on servers and employees to manage them, you can spend it on tasks that enable you to grow and make more money. With little ramp up needed and less time spend creating something that’s already been made, you don’t have to spend countless hours building up your data center. You simply tap into the systems, servers, and software already available.

Scanco’s Cloud-Based Acumatica Apps

Scanco offers cloud-based apps for manufacturing and warehouse automation as well as sales and field service. To learn more about our new integration to Acumatica Cloud ERP, contact us.

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Avoid These 3 Inventory Barcode System Sins

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inventory barcode systemWarehouse managers understand that managing the constant juggle of distribution every day takes skill and talent, as well as warehouse expertise. Many managers, however, are finding that the pace of warehouse management has increased so much recently that they’re now considering inventory barcode systems to increase their order-fulfillment speed and efficiency.

Choosing the right solution is important, and if you’re in the process of selecting an inventory barcode system, we recommend you take a moment to read this article so you can avoid common problems.

Sin #1. Choosing an Unknown Vendor

When you first start looking into barcode system vendors, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of options you have, as well as the varying price structures. Because there’s so much variation in this industry, we recommend you start, not with a Google search, but by asking your ERP reseller.

Your reseller knows your ERP and your specific needs, and they truly understand the strengths and weaknesses of various solutions and vendors. They’ll suggest a good vendor that they’ve personally worked with, and with whom they have a personal connection. That personal connection between your reseller and your inventory barcode system vendor will benefit you greatly during the implementation process.

Sin #2. Choosing an Untested Developer

If you start your search by asking your ERP reseller about their recommendations, you won’t run into this problem, but we understand that sometimes people don’t like their resellers, or they bought their ERP directly from the developer. If you’re conducting the search on your own, you may be tempted to turn to a vendor you personally know, who implemented another add-on for you at a previous time and who mentioned at some point that they can do inventory barcoding too.

Be aware when you contact independent software vendors that there’s a difference between “we’ve done this for a few of our clients” and “this is what we do.” A vendor who has developed a one-off solution for a few of their clients is unlikely to have the skillset or flexibility to get you a system that does exactly what you want on the deadline you prefer.

Sin #3. Choosing a Non-Integrated Inventory Barcode System

Some barcode systems connect to your ERP, some don’t. The fact is an integrated system is extremely important. The point of inventory barcoding systems is to save time in your warehouse, in terms of inventory management and the pick-and-pack process.

If you save time on scanning, but spend all that saved time on data export and import, you’re spending the same amount of time you were previously and you have the same likelihood of data-entry errors—but now you’ve spent money to be in the same place you were before. Oops.

Who You Choose and What They Do Matters

As in all of your business decisions, your choices matter—and it’s important to make the right choice because the wrong choice can impact your profitability for years to come. At Scanco, we’ve been providing barcoding systems, warehouse automation, and warehouse management solutions for nearly 30 years. It’s what we do.

We’re not going to suggest that you shortcut this process or commit any of the sins we listed above, which means that we don’t want you to contact us without recommendations. Instead, you should get in touch with your reseller and ask them about their experience with Scanco solutions. Once you hear glowing reviews from your reseller, you can contact our Scanco team online to set up your free consultation. We look forward to meeting you.

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Oops! Another Sage 100 Sales Data Mistake

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Sage 100 salesAre any of these problems familiar? If so, it may be time to clean up your Sage 100 sales data. It may also be time to check out Scanco Sales to help you manage your sales process and customer information.

  1. Your records are incomplete or you have duplicate records. Perhaps you have duplicates like this: Katherine P. Brown at XYZ Company, Katherine Brown, and Kate Brown may all refer to the same person. In this case, you can run basic reports to find incomplete files and records in your database. You can also review customer files and compare names to find potential duplicates
  2. You have no idea how customers prefer to be contacted. If you do not already track customer communication preferences, it may be wise to add fields now to do so in the future. Customers increasingly expect companies they interact with to remember and utilize their chosen communication preferences. If someone prefers a phone call over an email, it is both courteous and good service to place that phone call. It is also wise, since they may not answer emails swiftly. To update customer preferences, consider sending a short, simple email out to your customers asking them to confirm their choices and offering them the option of changing any at this time. A little courtesy goes a long way to improve customer service.
  3. You have defunct businesses in your records. Customers come and customers go, and some companies go out of business. Managing and storing defunct business data costs money. Designate someone at your company to update records annually, and collect information on companies that have stopped ordering, stopped doing business with you, or who have gone out of business.

Scanco Sales

Scanco Sales is a Sage 100 mobile sales app that integrates seamlessly with Sage 100. It places the power of Sage 100 onto your sales team’s smartphone so that they can better manage customer data and the entire sales process. Everything is synced in real-time, so everyone is working from the same data. Check out all of the other great features by contacting us.

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Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths – Part 3: Pricing

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manufacturing automationLast year’s election campaigning proved that Americans are passionate about the prospects of the American manufacturing industry—and it also proved that there’s a lot of fear surrounding the so-called “rise of the machines.” Americans fear that warehouse automation tools will take their jobs, but those fears are based on a lot of widespread myths.

At Scanco, we’re here to set the record straight. If you’ve been curious about the real story behind how manufacturing automation stands to change the economy and our American workforce, this three-part series will help explain the facts. In our first article, we talked about how automation stands to benefit the economy and the real numbers behind the “job-stealing” myth. Last week, we talked about the real reason why the economy is struggling. This week we’ll talk about automation. Enjoy the last installment in our series of Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths.

Fact: Automation May Create Jobs

If our production levels have gone down and our spending habits favor inexpensive imports, we have two options we can leverage to price American-made goods competitively for consumers:

  1. Raise the prices on imported goods so that an American-made product is similarly priced to a foreign-made product.
  2. Lower the prices on American-made products so that we can compete with the prices of imports.

Option #1 is what the Republicans have suggested to President Trump. They’re proposing a border adjustment tax, which would impose additional taxes on imports. This may increase the number of plants, sales, and jobs in America because it would penalize companies who manufacture overseas, but it would also increase our costs here in the States. Experts say that unless our dollar increases in value by 20% (a highly unlikely scenario), we, as consumers, would be stuck paying more for the things we buy because a border tax would raise import prices to the same rates as domestic prices.

Option #2 can happen with automation. If we’re able to increase production to a faster pace, we can keep up with existing consumer demand and therefore increase our profitability. Higher profitability leads to more opened plants, more opened plants leads to more jobs, and more jobs leads to a better output. It’s a good cycle.

Wait … That Sounds Too Easy

Option 2 sounds like pretty impressive news, but if you’re properly listening to what I’m saying, you may be thinking, “That’s a nice idea, but if the machines are making all the products, then we humans are still out of jobs.”

You smart cookie, you.

The reason why the machines won’t steal our jobs is because they can’t do them. Yes, automation tools can perform very specific job tasks very efficiently, but they aren’t flexible, and they certainly can’t learn new skills.

It’s true that automation empowers companies to spend less on labor to complete highly detailed, sadly exhausting, or ridiculously boring work. Machines are purchased once, and, as long as you keep them in good condition, they’ll keep performing the same tasks for years.

The key there is that machines perform the same tasks for years. This is both a good thing and a bad thing.

  • The good thing about machines – Tasks that are assigned to machines are ones we, as humans, hate doing: heavy lifting, mind-numbing calculations, or frustratingly detailed work.
  • The bad thing about machines – Machines can’t learn new tricks.

Let’s unpack that last one a little. Even if you can reprogram automation machines to perform new, more relevant tasks, they’re not going to reach the same levels of productivity in those new assignments because they’re specifically built and designed to complete a single function only.

To make an analogy, reprogramming automation tools for different functions is like deciding to use an old smartphone as a digital photo frame. The smartphone probably did well at its assigned task (being a handheld computer), but as a photo frame it would need constant recharging. In it’s new assignment, it would spend less time being a digital photo frame, and more time being a device with dead batteries that happens to be stuck to your wall.

If you want an effective digital photo frame, you’re either going to have to program the phone to use less battery power, or you’re going to have to buy a different, highly specific tool (a digital photo frame).

And that’s the key: Humans are the only ones who can reprogram machines, and humans are the only ones that can design new machines to perform different functions. Sure, those are jobs for programmers and designers, but that’s job opportunity. We’ll also need people to oversee and fix the machines, we’ll need people to sell and manufacture the machines, and we’ll need people to think for the machines.

And don’t forget that the machines will help us create more products, which increases jobs in the retail industry, too. As humans, we have the ability to envision new possibilities, imagine new futures, and create new businesses—and automation tools can help us make our dreams a reality.

Automation may increase the production capacity of our nation’s manufacturing companies, but humans come up with the new products to sell, and the new ways to sell them.

The real fact: Machines simply give us the tools to succeed in the modern world.

Learn More About How Manufacturing Automation Can Increase Your Competitive Edge

If you’d like to see the real numbers behind manufacturing automation ROI in companies and industries like yours, Scanco can help.

Since 1989, we’ve been providing tools and solutions that help manufacturers and distributors do their jobs better and faster, so they can increase their sales and grow their businesses. We’re happy to lend a hand toward your business growth as well—for free!

Contact Scanco online to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how automation tools for Sage 100, Sage 500 and Acumatica can help your business reach new heights.

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3 Reasons You Need Sage 100 Mobile Field Service and Sales Apps

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Sage 100 mobile salesThere are so many benefits of using a Sage 100 mobile app, like Scanco Sales or Scanco Service, that narrowing them down to the top three took us some time. Companies using mobile field service and sales solutions rave about the ease of access, better features, and time-saving benefits. Other benefits include:

  1. Real-time synchronization: With Sage 100 mobile apps, data can be entered anywhere that your business takes you. Mobile field sales staff can enter orders while they are at a customer’s location. The data immediately feeds into the Sage 100 accounting module, updating the company’s projected sales for the quarter. The warehouse and fulfillment center can also see that a new order has arrived and hurry to expedite it if the customer needs it. Real-time data synchronization through cloud-based mobile field service or sales systems ensures that no matter where you are, data that’s entered through one device can be seen and reported throughout the organization. The entire business can respond more quickly to needs.
  2. Improved data accuracy: Companies using Sage 100 mobile apps also report improvements in data accuracy. Mobile makes it easier for employees to key data once into the system and share it easily. This reduces manual data entry, which can lead to mistakes.
  3. Enhanced customer satisfaction: Employees are very satisfied with their Sage 100 mobile apps, but it may be surprising to read that it also enhances customer satisfaction. Data shared across an organization helps prevent customers from getting mixed messages every time they call for an update or information. Because the same data keyed into one part of the system appears elsewhere, customers receive consistent information no matter who they speak to within the company. Sage 100 mobile sales apps, like Scanco Sales, added to the ERP can also provide tailor-made messages and updates that enhance and build customer relationships.

Sage 100 Mobile Apps from Scanco

Scanco offers Sage 100 mobile apps for manufacturing and warehouse automation as well as sales and field service. To learn more, contact us.

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Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths – Part 2: Offshoring

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manufacturing automationFor nearly two decades, the manufacturing industry has been taking a hit. A 30% decline in employment has eroded American optimism about their continuing job prospects, and now the new threat of manufacturing automation is looming as the next terrible evolution in this previously robust industry … or is it?

If you’re ready for the facts about how automation stands to change the economy and our American workforce for the better, this three-part series will help. In our last article, we talked about how automation stands to benefit the economy and the real numbers behind the “job-stealing” myth. Read on to learn the truth about offshoring in part two of Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths.

Fact: Offshoring Is Taking Jobs … But Not in the Way You Think

If last week’s article made you suspect that our manufacturing jobs are being shipped overseas, you’re right. But the prevailing myth is that American companies are to blame for the outsourcing issue. The real problem is the strength of the dollar and the export cost of our products, versus the cost of imported goods. In other words, we need to take a good, hard look at our own habits.

The Problem Isn’t in Our Work Habits, It’s in Our Spending Habits

It’s only natural that, as consumers, we want to scoop up the best deals, but these days the best deals aren’t American-made products, they’re imports. Pop quiz: If you go to the store to buy a television and you have three similar TVs with similar functionality, but they’re priced differently, which one will you buy? Of course you’ll buy the least expensive one. That makes the most sense.

But in terms of the economy, the TV that you buy matters. Most imported products are cheaper than domestic products because the American dollar is a strong currency. Sure, we complain a lot about the cost of the dollar versus the cost of the Euro or the Pound, because those currency exchanges make it hard for us to vacation in Europe. However, it’s actually quite affordable for us to vacation in many places in Asia, Africa, and South America. In general, everything in those places just costs less.

Globalization May Be Hurting American Industry

Because the average cost of living is lower in Asia, it costs less (in American dollars) for Asian companies to pay their workers well. It makes sense: if a house and a beer are 1/3 the price in Beijing as they are in the U.S., then a full-time manufacturing job in Beijing can pay 1/3 the salary that we would make. And if their overhead costs are 1/3 of ours, overseas companies can sell their product for 1/3 the price that an American company would have to charge.

Unfortunately, there’s no reciprocation in these numbers. The low currency rates in other countries means they can profit off of what we see as low prices, but it also means that when we sell them something we’ve manufactured in our country, our prices seem astronomical to them.

To sum up: We can’t profitably export to other nations, and we can’t sell in the U.S. because imports are usually cheaper than domestic products. What are we to do? Find out in next week’s installment of this three-part series.

Learn More About Manufacturing Automation

If you’d like to see the real numbers behind manufacturing automation ROI in companies and industries like yours, Scanco can help.

Since 1989, we’ve been providing tools and solutions that help manufacturers and distributors do their jobs better and faster, so they can increase their sales and grow their businesses. We’re happy to lend a hand toward your business growth as well—for free!

Contact Scanco online to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how automation tools for Sage 100, Sage 500, or Acumatica can help your business reach new heights.

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Improve Inventory Control by Understanding Order Cycles

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inventory controlYou already know that accurate inventory data matters. But if you need another reason, take a look at how data can help you understand order cycles to improve profitability.

If your business is typical, you have 45 to 90 percent of your capital tied up in inventory. Lowering this percentage through better inventory control, means that you have more cash to invest in new products and strategic initiatives. Inventory control can be improved by understanding your customers’ order cycles (the time between orders) and using that information to establish better inventory levels.

Let’s take a look at the impact that order cycles have on inventory control, and how understanding this impact can help you improve inventory levels.

Evaluate Product Demand

No two products sell exactly the same in a given period. Assessing the demand for your products can help you establish order cycles. When you know the times of highest demand for each product, you can ensure that you have enough on hand to meet orders. Conversely, you can also control stock levels during downtimes in the order cycle to prevent waste.

Negotiate Better Rates

Another way in which understanding order cycles can benefit your business is by examining the relationship between order cycles, inventory management, shipping, and cost of goods. If you know your order cycles, you may be able to negotiate better terms with your vendors to reduce cost of goods ahead of time. Not only will you have less items in your warehouse during slow times, but during business times you may be able to order in bulk with a negotiated price.

Balance the Cost Versus the Benefit

Consider whether or not inventory control efforts are worthwhile for all products in your warehouse. Some high-cost products may justify the effort of tight management, while others cost so little or take up so little space that spending time on ordering cycles and inventory management isn’t worthwhile. You must balance the costs versus the benefits on every aspect of inventory control.

Eliminate Out of Stock Messages

Sometimes, improved inventory control methods are helpful simply to reduce the number of “sorry, we’re out of stock” messages your customers see online or hear from their sales representatives. Nothing is so frustrating for your customers as learning that a part or product is out of stock just when they need it. “But you know that I always order that in January!” they may say, and they’re right. If you know your order cycles, you can have that item in stock and avoid too many frustrating “out of stock” messages.

Great Inventory Control Starts With Great Data

Great inventory control starts with great data. Scanco provides world-class inventory data collection systems that can set you on the path to greater profitability. Contact us for more information.

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Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths – Part 1: Industry Output

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manufacturing automationWe recently published an article talking about how manufacturing automation was only going to reduce jobs by 5%, but then the Canadian government started worrying people with their statement that a whopping 40% of the Canadian workforce would be replaced by machines. Then Bill Gates started talking about how we needed to tax robots like humans to offset the extreme upcoming job losses … so clearly there’s a lot of confusion right now.

If you’ve been curious about the real story behind how automation stands to change the economy and our American workforce, this three-part series will help explain the facts. Read on for part one of Manufacturing Automation: Debunking the Myths.

Fact: Automation Creates Opportunity

Though the McKinsey Global Institute just completed an exhaustive, 148-page study of workplace automation in January of 2017, which clarified exactly how many job tasks would be replaced by automation (5%), the myth that machines will take our jobs is still prevalent. It’s time to banish this myth.

Consider your smartphone or your computer. Back in the day, before computers and smartphones, we were able to complete less work in a day. Paper-based calculations were slow and error-prone (and dull!), and communications with clients had to be done over a landline or through the mail. Orders were slower, manufacturing was slower, distribution was slower … everything was slower.

With computers and smartphones, the pace of life and the pace of business have increased exponentially. The dull paper-based calculations of yesteryear are now both accurate and lightning fast, and communications are mind-bogglingly quick. These days, a customer may hear of your company for the first time ever at 12:32 PM, and make a purchase from you by 12:35 PM.

The internet and computers have opened up entirely new markets through globalization and have expanded customer accessibility and business exposure at rates we never thought possible. Why? Because using computers is faster and cheaper than the way we used to do business.

Computers, however, are only part of the solution. They can help us complete more transactions and run more reports, but sales potential is still limited by inventory counts. In other words: computers can sell product all day; but if there’s nothing left to sell, your customers won’t pay you. Automation helps solve this part of the problem because it helps companies keep up with consumer demand by creating more product—faster. And more sales naturally lead to more jobs.

But this doesn’t answer the whole question. After all, if manufacturing now has access to all these new markets and opportunities, and if automation helps meet increased customer demand … why are there job losses in the industry? Shouldn’t there be job growth?

Fact: As a Whole, Manufacturing Is Losing Money

Unfortunately, though consumer demand is higher, sales are not higher. One of the reasons that pundits keep saying automation is stealing our jobs is because of skewed statistics. These inaccurate statistics are perpetuating their own myth and adding to the fear that automation is stealing jobs.

The skewed numbers: Since 2000, manufacturing employment rates have dropped 30%, but manufacturing output has increased sharply. How can manufacturers produce far more with fewer people? We all assume the answer is due to automation.

The real numbers: In fact, since 2000, manufacturing employment rates have indeed dropped by 30%, but manufacturing output is currently 5% lower than pre-Recession numbers. Low output and low sales leads to low employment rates.

Why is there such a difference between the skewed numbers and the real numbers? Ironically, we can blame that on computers.

The skewed numbers come from the extreme output of the computer industry, including semiconductors. Computers only comprise 13% of the total manufacturing industry, and their output is measured in a bizarre way that has nothing to do with reality: their “output” is measured on computing performance. In essence, a computer that’s faster than last year’s model can technically do the job of last year’s computer, plus some.

To put that another way, if this year’s consumers are willing to pay 15% more for a computer that offers faster speeds and higher processing power than last year’s computers, those computers would be worth 115% of last year’s computers. In the computer industry, “output” is calculated based on perceived value of each comparable unit, not on number of units produced or sold.

Since it doesn’t take any more or less time for a worker in a computer factory to manufacture this year’s faster computer—the parts are still the same, but the chips are faster—the computer industry’s numbers are flawed. If we measure the output of the computer industry based on units produced, their production has actually dropped 7% since 2001.

Yet in that same time period, we’ve all bought far more computers. If we’re not making new computers, where are they all coming from? Got any guesses? Find out if your guess is right in the next installment of our series on automation.

Would Manufacturing Automation Create Opportunity for Your Company?

Find out real, relevant numbers behind manufacturing automation ROI in companies and industries like yours with help from the automation experts at Scanco.

Since 1989, we’ve been providing tools and solutions that help manufacturers and distributors do their jobs better and faster, so they can increase their sales and grow their businesses. We’re happy to lend a hand toward your business growth as well—for free!

Contact Scanco online to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how automation tools for Sage 100, Sage 500 and Acumatica can help your business reach new heights.

 

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Are You Ready for These ERP Trends?

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ERP TrendsYour operations probably depend on a solid ERP system. We don’t expect that to change but with all of the new technologies available, you can expect the systems to evolve. Take a look at the six ERP trends we will be watching and think you should too.

  1. Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Poised to potentially be one of the most disruptive technologies in history, AI is set to revolutionize many complex tasks once the sole domain of humans. This is expected to escalate, and will impact the way a business operates into the future. Imagine a scenario where a sales rep speaks their order telephonically to an ERP system. An invoice is immediately generated and sent to the customer, as is a purchase order to procurement to replenish stock levels. Easy, quick, accurate and secure.

  1. Big Data

The love affair between Big Data and ERP will grow even stronger in 2017, and looks set to become a rock-solid commitment. Big Data will continue to enable companies to gain greater visibility into smaller and more subtle changes in their business, helping them discover new market opportunities, revenue trends, and customer requirements for new product applications. Big data also simplifies the decision-making process, allowing management to be more agile and efficient.

  1. Rapid Innovation

Like with anything, the future requires simpler and faster technology, especially where users are concerned. The quicker a company can go from ideation to market adoption, the better it can disrupt and possibly influence markets and business models. With ERP, this translates to simple and clean applications that support users through quick and easy data entry and access to information.

  1. Continued growth of IoT

With an estimated 50 billion IoT sensors by 2020, companies face the daunting challenge of integrating and analyzing all this new data, as well as monetizing the functional use of sensors and applications required. ERP solutions with flexible inventory management will enable companies to develop and monetize new revenue streams, as well as to process this abundance of data.

  1. Mobile availability

Today’s professionals are constantly on the go, and mobile devices will continue to spearhead connectivity in the field. The demand for ERP solutions to deliver increased capacity and amplified output cannot be ignored. Employees must easily be able to access everything from dashboards to in-depth charts and displays.

  1. Social Media

Social media’s integration into ERP continues to evolve in 2017. ERP solutions connect users to all and any data they may require, but social networking is what allows them and their client to discuss these points in real time.

Scanco Stays on Top of the ERP Trends

We don’t sell ERP, but we integrate with these systems. Our goal is to automate and integrate all of your operations from the warehouse to manufacturing and into the field. Check out Scanco’s expanded manufacturing automation solutions for Sage 100 and Sage 500. Combined with our respected warehouse automation systems, your entire operations can be optimized for greater productivity. Contact us for a free consultation about automating your warehouse and manufacturing operations.

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5 Ways Warehouse Automation Improves Your Warehouse

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warehouse automationIf you’ve been reading the Scanco blog for a while, you’ve been hearing a lot about warehouse automation. That’s because we truly believe automation is the wave of the future for distribution companies that want to maintain their competitive edge.

Read this post to find out why it’s worth it to prioritize your automation strategy sooner rather than later.

What’s Warehouse Automation?

Warehouse automation helps your distribution company reduce operating costs while improving your speed, accuracy, and efficiency—and it’s something you can succeed with now. Though full automation (machines and robots doing all of our work for us) is a long way in the future, savvy companies are starting to automate now in smaller ways that help humans do their jobs better and faster.

What Distributors Stand to Gain from Automation

  1. Fast Product Movement

Insight into your warehouse inventory levels offers a lot of benefits, but the top one is that you always know your stock levels up to the minute, instead of the next day. With automation, you’ll have access to the real-time updates you need to ensure that when your customers want a rush product you have it in stock—and can move it faster with order allocation.

  1. Increased Accuracy

People get tired or they don’t see the details. In warehouses that sell a lot of small things, or that sell the same things in various colors, sizes, or kits, it can be easy for your workers to make a mistake and choose the wrong item. They may even think they’re choosing the right item, since it comes from the right item bin, but was put back incorrectly. Automation eliminates those problems, because it uniquely identifies your stock in a way humans can’t.

  1. Better Decision Making

Labor is expensive. When your warehouse automates processes such as pick and pack or shipping, you can free up labor costs to focus on acquiring great talent, or moving your already-existing great talent from a babysitting role to a strategic role. They say that two heads are better than one, so having your top minds on more strategic decisions could increase your company’s value in ways you never thought of before.

  1. Improved Efficiency

Just as with point #2, people get tired and they slow down or they make mistakes. With an intelligent warehouse that delivers real-time information, you can track efficiency in a way that makes sense, and you can optimize on your findings as well.

  1. Higher Profits

It should go without saying that companies with increased accuracy, faster product movement, improved efficiency, and better decision-making capabilities stand to make more money and grow faster—but we figured we’d mention it just as a reminder.

It’s Time Distributors Reclaimed The Respect They Deserve

These days, competition is tougher than ever. Distributors are being treated as commodities instead of like the trusted partners you are, yet you’re still breaking your backs to ensure that all orders from your warehouse are accurate and on time. Retail partners have started to keep scorecards that measure your overall behavior as a distributor … and if your company doesn’t get a great grade all the time on your scorecard, you can say goodbye to a highly lucrative contract.

It’s time to change all that, and the way to do so is through warehouse automation. Don’t wait until all your competitors have implemented this great, time-saving tool. Maintain your competitive edge and differentiate yourself with outstanding service, incredible speed, and impressive accuracy when you automate your warehouse.

Get Your Free Consultation

We understand that you have lots of questions about automation. We have answers. Even better, our answers take your specific situation into account, and our insight draws on our 26 of experience in the distribution field, so the answers we give make sense. Contact the Scanco experts online to schedule your consultation, or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1.

How to Automate Your Mobile Field Service

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mobile field serviceWhen you rely on mobile field service to keep your customers happy, it’s important to be sure everything runs smoothly. One way to do this is to use a mobile app that is integrated with your ERP. Scanco Service connects with Sage 100 so that you have one source of data but many ways to use it.

Cloud-Based Automation

You’ve probably heard of “the cloud”, but how does it help service management? Think of cloud computing like many of the services you access online on any given day. Most of the services, like your favorite social media sites, operate on a cloud-based system. You can access them anywhere, or from handheld devices like tablets and smartphones. You don’t need to download complex software to use them; you simply log in from any web-based device. This makes it easy to log onto the system from work, home, or while waiting at the doctor’s office.

Cloud-based service management takes it one step further and puts the power of your entire system onto the cloud. Anyone on your team can see at a glance where the issues lie, what service calls have been scheduled, and other information entered into the system. It facilitates communication and makes it easier for field-based reps as well as office staff to get the big picture of the work schedule and more.

Scanco Service

Scanco Service is a mobile app that integrates seamlessly with Sage 100. You can track inventory on your truck, track your fleet with GPS, track job numbers and cost codes, and transfer goods from your inventory to your truck and back again. Check out all of the other great features by contacting us.

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How to Manage Warehouse Inventory for Drop Shipping

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drop shippingIn the past few years, warehouses have changed. In fact, the entire logistics industry has changed. The advent and increase of customer-driven e-commerce has turned what used to be a straightforward, relatively predictable business cycle and distribution model into a constant balance between picking speed, delivery speed, and, of course, those dreaded small parcel and LTL shipping logistics. Every warehouse is different, but here’s what the warehouse experts at Scanco say about how to manage warehouse inventory for increased customer orders that require drop shipping.

At Scanco, we’ve spent the past 26 years helping warehouses stay on the cutting edge of the latest fulfillment trends, and we’re always happy to share our insight. Contact us for a free consultation if you want to learn more about how you can optimize your warehouse for those ever-increasing e-commerce orders.

It’s Time to Rethink Your Pick-and-Pack Strategy

I’m going to come right out and say it immediately: It’s time for distributors to rethink the traditional wave picking method. I don’t say this to be argumentative. After all, I know wave picking is time-tested, highly effective, and very easy to organize. However, it’s just not efficient. (In case you don’t use wave picking or call it something else, I’ll clarify: I’m talking about the method of batching picks in “waves” that send their employees scurrying across the warehouse floor to find goods and pack them.)

The reason why this method is effective is because by keeping initial pick numbers manageable, it’s easier for both employees and supervisors to ensure that packed orders are accurate and complete before they go out the door. It also ensures that a stream of orders is always being completed, which helps keeps warehouses on schedule; however, its effectiveness is based on an old model of distribution.

Why Wave Picking Is Inefficient for E-commerce

Wave picking helps companies easily organize large, diverse orders—the kind of orders you’d typically send to a retail partner or other B2B contact. However, the small order sizes that direct-to-consumer (D2C) transactions usually create can waste your employees’ time by having them literally walk to the same area over and over to repick a popular or trending item again and again.

Wave picking won’t help you solve this problem, because batch queues tend to be relatively inflexible, meaning that more than one of your employees could be returning to pick up that same item over and over again throughout the course of a day.

Not only is this inefficient and wasteful of resources, it also irritates your employees, which, in turn, makes them less productive.

How to Manage Warehouse Inventory for E-commerce

The current e-commerce growth is not expected to slow any time soon—in fact, its popularity keeps increasing each year. According to eMarketer, online sales growth in 2016 reached a total of $1.915 trillion, which was a 19% increase over the 2015 numbers. It’s time you updated your systems to meet demand.

One popular way to manage inventory these days is to employ an “order streaming” method, which provides flexibility to warehouse supervisors in the way they:

  • Assign orders
  • Prioritize orders
  • Manage order-fulfillment speed

However, order streaming requires real-time alignment between your systems and your on-the-floor productivity, which takes in-warehouse order tracking and insight into your employee efficiency. A system like this may sound super futuristic, but we’re proud to announce that it’s here. Dashboard by Scanco helps your Sage 100 warehouse perform better, faster, and more flexibly so you can optimize your warehouse inventory management in our e-commerce age.

Choose a Better Warehouse Management Method

The times certainly are changing and, unless your distribution company changes right along with the times, you’re bound to fall behind. It’s time you rethought how to manage warehouse inventory so that you can keep pace with how businesses and customers have updated their shopping in the e-commerce world. Contact the Scanco experts online to learn how you can meet current purchasing trends easily, or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1.

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Scanco Announces XScan for JAMS/Acumatica

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Press ReleaseNew product is the next frontier of mobile scanning for manufacturing and all-in-one warehouse management for Acumatica ERP users.

 

Sarasota, FL – Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Scanco, a leader in barcoding solutions and

warehouse management technology, announces the expansion of its product line for Acumatica ERP users. Integrated, mobile manufacturing and warehouse automation will be available from one source, Scanco, when the product is rolled out in the second quarter.

“We are pleased to expand our products to include integration with Acumatica,” said Tess Boros, Partner at Scanco. “Acumatica Cloud ERP is growing rapidly and has received multiple awards including the 2016 CODIE award for the Best Supply Chain Management Solution. Pairing Acumatica with Scanco’s leading cloud-based automation solutions is a natural fit. This integrated manufacturing and warehouse automation solution will offer Acumatica ERP users a complete solution from production to shipping.”

XScan for JAMS/Acumatica will be available in Q2, 2017. XScan works on iOS and Android devices allowing labor tracking, material issues, production entries and more all on the production floor. “What separates Scanco’s manufacturing solution from other products is that it works online or offline,” commented Joe Bisaha, Director of Manufacturing at Scanco. XScan can work on the floor live, mobile live, mobile sync mode, or batch. This allows manufacturers to scan and validate, even when there is no Wi-Fi connection, and seamlessly sync without user intervention. “XScan was developed by manufacturing people working in the trenches,” added Bisaha. “Our manufacturing barcode solution works the way manufacturers really operate.”

Scanco Warehouse for Acumatica is an all-in-one warehouse management solution introduced at Acumatica Summit 2017 in January. Acumatica ERP users will be able to automate receiving, physical counts, cycle counts, warehouse and bin transfers, and order fulfillment on a mobile iOS or Android device. “We’ve provided warehouse automation solutions to manufacturers and distributors for nearly 30 years.” stated Shaun Boros, Partner at Scanco. “Over that time, we have continually improved our products to take advantage of the latest technology has to offer. Today, Scanco Warehouse can run in the cloud and on mobile devices.”

 

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About Scanco Software LLC

Scanco Software LLC meets the needs of thousands of distribution and manufacturing operations with an extensive line of warehouse management solutions designed to integrate with ERP solutions. Scanco, a Boros Enterprise Company, has been providing top tier barcoding applications to businesses since 1989. To learn more about Scanco Software LLC visit http://www.scanco.com or call (330) 645-9959.

Press Contact(s):

Tess Boros

Scanco Software LLC

(330) 645-9959

tess@scanco.com

www.scanco.com

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3 Tips to Keep Your Customers with Sage 100 Mobile Sales Apps

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Sage 100 mobile salesAre you looking for strategies to improve customer retention in 2017? When you integrate your Sage 100 ERP with mobile sales apps, you have a wealth of customer data that can be used to encourage repeat sales as well as boost loyalty among your customers. The following three retention strategies can be implemented using Scanco Sales and achieve great results.

  1. Build a VIP system: You may know which of your customers are VIPs or you may need the help of your sales database to identify them. Establish criteria for your VIPs, whether it’s sales volume or frequency. Then think of ways to reward them for their patronage. Perhaps expedited shipping, free shipping, or a bonus may be a great way to reward them. Use your Scanco Sales app to communicate your thanks for their business and be sure to let them know you appreciate them.
  2. Personalize follow ups: Personalize follow-up communications with customers. Personalization goes beyond using their name in the salutation field. Use the information contained in the ERP system to reference previous orders and check on their satisfaction with their orders, to inquire whether a problem was resolved to their satisfaction, or simply to ask about their business needs in the next quarter. The more you can personalize your interactions with your customers, the better they respond and the more likely you are to keep their business.
  3. Scheduling sales calls: Use your Scanco Sales system to schedule sales calls, training calls, and check in calls with your customers. Record the information and make it a point to connect with valued customers at least quarterly, if not sooner. Include notes about each visit so that if someone else connects with them, they’ll have more information to prepare them for a successful visit.

Retaining existing customers and ensuring their continued satisfaction helps you build your business. With a base of happy customers, you can then continually expand and add more while maintaining a profitable business. Using your Sage 100 mobile sales app to boost retention rates is a smart business practice that will help you increase revenues.

Sage 100 Mobile Apps from Scanco

Scanco offers Sage 100 mobile apps for manufacturing and warehouse automation as well as sales and field service. To learn more, contact us.

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How Acumatica ERP Users Can Automate Order Fulfillment

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AcumaticaCloud ERP has the potential to save companies massive amounts on operating costs while increasing their flexibility and mobility. Powerhouse cloud options like Acumatica connect warehouses all over for seamless logistics planning. For distributors, this sounds like just the breath of fresh air we’ve all been waiting for—but how can distributors take advantage of highly efficient, easy-to-use cloud ERP while maintaining the speed and efficiency they need to ensure on-time, 100% accurate order fulfillment? Easy: They automate their warehouses.

Learn about the benefits of integrating Scanco, StarShip, and American Payment Solutions for an automated order fulfillment process that can’t be beat and—when you’re ready—contact Scanco for a free consultation for your warehouse.

Why Automate Your Pick and Pack in Acumatica?

Flexible, easy-to-use warehouse management systems aren’t just a time saver; they’re a necessity in today’s world of ever-shorter fulfillment time frames. Gone are the days when customers would order in advance, and gone are the days when they “understood” about shipping delays. Also gone are the days in which a five-day shipping speed was acceptable.

These days, far more companies seem to be operating on the just-in-time (JIT) model of inventory stocking, intentionally keeping their retail locations or manufacturing operations barely filled so they can stay agile. Their lack of inventory levels puts the pressure on you to maintain stock for them and, if they can’t replenish their levels from you in record time, they’ll find another supplier.

In addition, the rise of e-commerce and the increase in the e-fulfillment model mean that now you’re responsible for coordinating small, one-off orders drop shipped directly to consumers which can kill your margins if you’re relying on fast employees with small carts to run through your warehouse for single, low-price items.

Clearly, with the speed and agility your warehouse needs to meet these many demands, it’s time to start considering warehouse automation—but if you only automate one part of your process, you’re missing out on significant time savings.

Why Automate Your Payment Solution in Acumatica?

We don’t have to tell you that getting paid faster is a good thing. However, we may have to remind you that Acumatica’s flexible system offers plug-ins for a whole ecosystem of vendors, which means you have the power to work with the same vendors you know and love, or to choose great new vendors to meet your pressing needs.

American Payment Solutions can be just the new vendor you’re looking for, with:

  • Some of the lowest American Express fees in the entire industry
  • PCI-DSS compliance assistance at no additional cost
  • Access to the Level III Gateway for lower interchange rates
  • Next-day funding available (American Express included)

With low rates and great customer service, American Payment Solutions offers your distribution operation the freedom to accept payment immediately for online orders (and more), so that you can process payments before you start picking a single thing.

Why Automate Your Shipping in Acumatica?

Though shipping isn’t as time consuming as sending your team marching through your warehouse again and again each day, the shipping process is the last key stage in your fulfillment process and it can be fraught with errors resulting from duplicate data entry. StarShip will help you get orders out the door quicker while delivering the level of customer service your D2C customers expect.

Here’s how:

  • Eliminate error-prone manual re-keying of data into carrier systems
  • Rate shop and ship small parcel and LTL carriers from a single application
  • Streamline international shipments and automatically generate associated documents
  • Create custom emails and labels that strengthen your brand and drive repeat business

Learn More about Your Automation Options

If you’re ready to learn more about how your distribution operations can succeed with automation, we’re here to help. We offer a free consultation to companies that are curious about how automation can help and we can help you get your system set up, too. Contact Scanco online to schedule your consultation, or call us directly at 1-877-SCANCO-1.

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Robotics Continue to Advance in Manufacturing Automation

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manufacturing automationRobotics in manufacturing automation isn’t new but it has become more mainstream and more accessible to smaller operations. A study by Price Waterhouse Cooper found that 59% of manufacturers use robotics in some way in their operations. What does this mean for your business’ future?

Enhanced Productivity and Profitability

Robotics are used in industries like automotive, food, beverage, and life sciences manufacturing to perform tasks requiring dexterity that people just don’t have. The new generation of robotics entering the manufacturing scene are lighter, smarter, and more flexible than their predecessors. These new robots can work independently on tasks or perform partial tasks so that people can finish them.

Humans are great at problem-solving and creativity, but when it comes to manipulating tiny objects or keeping an environment sterile, it’s nearly impossible for people to compete with robots. In such cases, robotics adds to a manufacturer’s capabilities. People, and machines, can work together for enhanced productivity and profitability.

New Job Opportunities in Manufacturing Automation

As newer, robotics-fueled systems are added to the workplace, more jobs will be created, according to PwC. People will be needed to program, troubleshoot, and engineer robotics and robotics-powered systems. One-third of U.S. manufacturers agreed that more jobs will be created thanks to the surge in robotics in the manufacturing environment. Manufacturing automation is creating new jobs in addition to those companies have grown accustomed to filling.

Are Robotics in Your Future?

Of course, robotics may be at your plant already, or it may be in your future. Each manufacturing facility must make smart decisions about when it makes sense to upgrade and when it makes sense to continue using manual labor.

If you are looking for other ways to automate your manufacturing facility, check out Scanco’s mobile manufacturing automation tools that integrate with Sage 100, Sage 500 and Acumatica. Contact us for more information.