Manufacturing automation

Manufacturing Automation with Sage 100c Manufacturing/JobOps

By | Manufacturing Automation, News, Sage 100 | No Comments

Manufacturing automationSage 100c Manufacturing/JobOps is a suite of software updated for Sage 100c. It offers real-time insight into business workflow and work in progress (WIP) updates. It is a great project management tool that offers unparalleled control over projects.

Contact Scanco online to ask your detailed questions, or call (877) SCANCO-1 to get immediate, in-depth answers.

Easier, Accurate Job Estimates

Project estimates can be the most time-consuming part of some projects. They’re also prone to under-or over-estimating. With Sage 100c Manufacturing/JobOps, accuracy is improved. Past data can be referenced for future estimates. Cost roll-ups including BOMS, routers, labor, and contracted work costs can be included to save you time.

Enhanced Scheduling Modules

Enhanced Scheduling means your software automatically generates accurate schedules. This includes Gantt chart displays with drag and drop functionality, “what if” scenarios, materials shortage warnings, and more.

Manufacturing Automation from Sage 100c Manufacturing/JobOps

Contact Scanco online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to reserve your spot on the schedule.

Sage 100

Empowering Your Sales Team with Sage 100c and Sage 100 (f/k/a MAS 90 and 200)

By | News, Sage 100 | No Comments

Sage 100Here at Scanco, we often talk to business leaders who don’t know what sales automation really means. They also don’t know how much they’re missing out by thinking solely of contact management and pipeline tracking when they consider sales automation software. CRMs for your Sage 100c or Sage 100 system (f/k/a MAS 90) are necessary tools for busy companies, but they only go so far to assist your sales team in closing deals.

This shouldn’t be surprising. After all, a sales team requires more than contact lists and to-do items in order to do their jobs well. Find out what true sales automation provides with today’s informative article.

It’s a busy season, and you’re a busy person. Save some time and get the facts right away when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to get a rundown on the information that matters to you. Not ready to call? Check out the Scanco Sales app online.

What Your Sales Team Needs

As other sales automation platforms have taught us, anywhere/anytime access is a necessity for your on-the-go sales team, so all effective sales tools must be accessible on Android and iOS.

Successful automation apps for Sage 100c / Sage 100 (f/k/a MAS 90 and 200) help your sales team:

  • Schedule impromptu meetings

Using always-available contact data with GPS location capabilities, your sales team will know where to find clients and prospects and can try to schedule spur-of-the-moment lunch meetings “while they’re in the area.”

Since this is a core feature of all the best sales automation apps, we won’t dwell on this point except to mention that it’s also a part of Scanco Sales within the Sage Mobility suite developed by Scanco.

  • Intrigue prospects and customers

Though most sales apps offer contact lists and easy calling and scheduling capabilities, very few offer options once the salesperson has managed to land a meeting. You never know what a customer will be interested in from your product catalog, so it’s best to have a comprehensive catalog on demand that includes all your products, with pictures.

Of course, your sales team could carry around paper catalogs like they have for years, but printing costs sure are expensive, and the data in those print catalogs becomes quickly outdated. They also don’t tell you what your current stock levels are of each item.

Scanco Sales for Sage 100c/Sage 100 (f/k/a MAS 90) provides up-to-date pricing and inventory levels of all your items, with pictures of everything, including your newest items. Best of all, this catalog on demand doesn’t require any printing—ever.

  • Close more deals

Another major shortcoming in many of today’s so-called sales automation apps happens right at the most important task in a salesperson’s cycle: closing. Without seamless Sage 100c integration, your salesperson will have to leave their impromptu meeting, call the main office to quote or place an order, draw up sales orders, and wait for the prospect’s signature on the dotted line. How slow!

With Scanco Sales, your hardworking salespeople can move on to new opportunities fast and sell more for your company with built-in, mobile-enabled tools for quoting, ordering, capturing signatures, and automating email confirmations. Since Scanco Sales is tightly integrated with your ERP, the sale will show up instantly in SO, so you can start scheduling immediately.

Built for On-the-Go Teams Using Sage 100c or Sage 100 (f/k/a MAS 90 and 200)

As a savvy business owner, we expect that you’ll take the information you’ve learned in this blog and start looking for sales automation apps online in multiple price tiers offering varied levels of service and integration to your Sage 100c / Sage 100 (f/k/a MAS 90) system. That’s smart business.

As you look, keep an eye out for the rock-bottom-priced “web apps” that some vendors will try to fool you with. These mock-applications reside in the web and are, therefore, web accessible but they aren’t sold on the App Store or Google Play because they’re not native apps. Native apps are written specifically for your device’s programming language (such as Android or iOS) and offer better functionality, an improved customer experience, and enhanced data security.

The “native apps” vs. “web apps” debate may seem like a minor technicality to you in your purchasing stage, but when your sales team can’t access important data during a sales meeting due to slow Internet service, or when your top salesperson loses their Internet connection in the middle of entering a sale (and loses all the data they’ve entered thus far), your choice will matter.

If you’re interested in learning more about a native app that’s tightly integrated with Sage 100 and Sage 100c, and you’d like to claim five free user licenses, contact Scanco online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1. We look forward to talking with you.

Inventory Tracking

Real-Time Inventory Tracking Is a Must-Have for e-Commerce Companies to Thrive

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

Black Friday 2016Inventory Tracking set records for online shopping, with 3.34 billion spent on Internet-based purchases ($5.27 billion if you include Thanksgiving), and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. With those kinds of numbers, real-time inventory tracking becomes a must-have rather than a nice-to-have. If you can’t track your inventory at the very second you need to, you could run the risk of out of stock messages on days like Black Friday that may provide some of your highest revenues during the year.

With the right software, it’s easy to track inventory in real time. Schedule your free consultation with an inventory expert when you contact Scanco online or call up directly: (877) SCANCO-1.

Real-Time Inventory Improves Customer Service

The key to selling more over time is to provide superb customer service. Customer service is more than how you answer the phones or handle returns. It’s also about maintaining adequate stock levels so that you minimize (or eliminate) out of stock messages.

Real-time inventory tracking can help you prevent selling out of popular items. You can set messages to alert you when stock levels drop below a pre-set threshold, enabling you to reorder promptly. If you do happen to be out of stock, you can communicate promptly with customers to alert them and suggest substitutions.

Learn more about the affordable and flexible handheld and hands-free options from Scanco. Get more information when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1.

Inventory Control

Welcome to the Future of Inventory Control

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

Inventory ControlAccording to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, automation will have taken over just under 5% of global jobs by the year 2024. Since machines aren’t great at creative problem solving like humans are, the careers it will replace will be the ones with extremely low skill functions: routine inventory control such as lifting, counting, and moving; and repetitive manufacturing tasks.

In fact, the rise of the machines has already begun in modern mega warehouses and massive manufacturing plants, but end-to-end warehouse and manufacturing automation that replaces nearly all humans with machines is costly and only the largest of enterprises can afford such an investment. The significantly smaller budgets of SMBs suggest that in 2024, a competitive level of automation will include man and machine working side by side to increase productivity.

Let’s take a look at the “futuristic” technologies savvy manufacturers and distributors like you can focus on over the next decade as you plan for increased inventory control in your operations.

Learn about the affordable, easy-to-use, cloud-based inventory control tools that are available right now for your forward-thinking business. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more about your options.

Voice-Directed Picking

One of the biggest challenges that the leaders of modern distribution companies face lies in the task of finding—and training—low cost holiday labor. The increase of eCommerce has amplified the need for ‘round-the-clock seasonal operations and has led to a labor shortage during the holidays. This means that busy warehouses now must compete for short-term, low-skill workers.

The labor shortage is only expected to get worse but, in the meantime, overburdened warehouses find themselves in the unenviable position of having to spend far too much time training workers with a short shelf life. The distribution industry’s conundrum is that untrained employees are likely to waste time wandering the warehouse or picking inaccurately, but training workers to navigate and understand complex warehouse setups further narrows the holiday season’s razor-thin margins.

That’s why modern warehouses are increasingly turning to voice-directed picking, a hands-free solution that leverages the power of artificial intelligence to audibly guide workers through the warehouse without wander time; walk them through the steps of the pick, pack, and ship process; and prompt employees to make visual confirmations of inventory selections so they can also increase order accuracy.

These flexible systems cut down on training time for picking, receiving, transfers, and more, yet they increase standardized procedures and pick accuracy throughout the warehouse—and in some cases, they’re more effective than machines because the visual confirmation step asks human workers to think critically about their pick selections to determine if they’re the right product. Fully automated warehouses that use machines from end to end must rely solely on barcode accuracy, and may therefore suffer huge runs of inaccurate picking due to a single faulty barcode label.

Mobile Integration for Inventory Control

Since the early 90s, cutting-edge companies like Scanco have been providing barcoding software and tools that make it easier for businesses to track goods and processes within their locations and beyond. Because barcoding is so popular, most modern manufacturing and distribution operations have used ruggedized barcode scanners in their companies for some time. You probably already use a form of barcoding in your locations.

Admittedly, barcodes aren’t new technology, so though they’ll play a critical role in the future’s warehouses and manufacturing plants, they can’t be described as “the future of software.” What can be described as the future is the way smart leaders use mobile scanning tools to streamline inventory control tasks.

Not only does the barcode scanning technology of the future speed cycle counting and year-end physical counting by 75% with paper-free, automated data entry that helps ensure high levels of accuracy, it also leverages those highly accurate numbers to provide you with real-time insight into warehouse and manufacturing processes from anywhere and at any time.

These cloud-based scanners and information portals work on affordable iOS and Android devices, which means their operations are intuitive and require little to no training, and the real-time insight they provide can enhance your ability to:

  • Manage any process from any location effectively
  • React quickly to unexpected changes and stay agile
  • Assist with JIT (just in time) purchasing decisions

Artificial Intelligence

Of course, one of the largest changes we’ll see in the future is the increased adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace. While your business can currently use chatbots and relatively simple analytics programs to easily check in on the current status of goods and production, the AI of the future will do more.

From helping you make confident decisions in all of your business locations worldwide to assisting with complex inventory control functions, artificial intelligence of the future is poised to help your company gain instant, accurate answers to not just the what of business operations, but also the why.

In essence, over the next decade, AI will help cutting-edge leaders find root causes of common business problems through:

  • Space utilization analysis
  • Inventory needs vs. capacities analysis
  • Cost reductions on all fronts

The current generation of artificial intelligence tools is powered by what’s known as “machine learning” capabilities, which means that instead of relying on humans to enter data to train the machines, the machines themselves build frameworks that help them understand the data that they automatically collect. Because we all know how error-prone manual data entry is, machine learning AI technologies typically provide more reliable data analysis with high levels of detail.

One thing to mention: although most of us see the words “artificial intelligence” and think “robots,” futuristic AI that helps you analyze your business operations to create greater, smarter efficiencies is unlikely to be housed in robot form. Not only are robots just a little bit creepy, they’re also cumbersome and they’re hard to transport. Instead, tomorrow’s AI (and today’s!) will be housed on your mobile device as an easily reachable, anytime app that drives your business forward.

Get the Technology of Tomorrow – Today

Fortunately, it’s easy to access the futuristic technologies your business needs to compete in the changing business landscape of 2018 and beyond. Today’s leading independent software vendors (ISVs) are hard at work designing can’t-live-without tools that integrate with the software you already know and use, such as Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP, Acumatica, and NetSuite. Ask around and you’ll find that the technology you thought was far away on the horizon may be available now—and easier to afford than ever.

Since 1989, Scanco has focused on making the latest, cutting-edge tech solutions available to manufactures and distributors, and that’s still our goal. Contact us online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn how you can take advantage of tomorrow’s technologies today.

Sage 500 ERP

Giving Thanks for Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500)

By | MAS 500, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

Sage 500 ERPAt Scanco, one of our favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. Why? Because we have so much to be thankful for—our wonderful customers, our software, and a year of growth and opportunity for our clients. Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) helped many of our clients achieve their revenue and growth goals, and we are thankful for that.

Scanco is one of the few ISVs who still support Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) with a range of efficiency-enhancing solutions for manufacturing and distribution, we’d like to show our gratitude for the ways that Sage 500 ERP helps our customers achieve more by making it easy to share their data throughout the warehouse or shop floor.

Automation and Handheld Access

  • Reducing your data entry time
  • Monitoring raw materials usage in real time
  • Tracking movement of goods and production using barcodes, RFID, and NFC

What can you do with more time? Better data on raw materials and the movement of goods through your warehouse? Gaining more time for tasks such as sales, marketing, and product development is always something to be thankful for.

As we move towards the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season, the Scanco team would like to wish all our customers, clients, and friends a thankful and joyful holiday.

Businesses work better with information sharing. That’s why Scanco is happy to share 28 years of industry expertise with you. For free. Right now. Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to request your free consultation.

Sage 500 ERP

A Word of Thanks for Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500)

By | MAS 500, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

Sage 500 ERPAcross the nation, the nights are getting cooler and we’re all preparing for the holidays. First up is Thanksgiving, and here at Scanco, we’d like to give thanks to our customers (you guys are the best!), as well as all our hardworking software. This year especially, we’d like to thank our Sage 500 ERP-integrated software. Why is that our focus? Simple: We feel that Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) is an incredible business tool that helps many of our customers, and it needs some love this holiday season.

This year, as one of the few ISVs who still support Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) with a range of efficiency-enhancing solutions for manufacturing and distribution, we’d like to show our gratitude for the ways that Sage 500 ERP helps our customers achieve more by making it easy to share their data throughout the warehouse or shop floor.

Businesses work better with information sharing. That’s why Scanco is happy to share 28 years of industry expertise with you. For free. Right now. Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to request your free consultation.

This Season (and This Post) Is All About Sharing in Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500)

No one is sure if the story of the First Thanksgiving is true, when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans shared a delicious feast to celebrate a great harvest together, but the sharing spirit still lives on in our Thanksgiving dinner traditions.

One of the beauties of Thanksgiving dinner is that it’s a time when everyone gathers together to share great food, fun drinks, and exciting stories; sharing makes us all happier. The benefits of sharing apply in a business setting as well, because software that compiles data for rapidly growing companies and then shares it with the applications and people who need to act on the data is a pretty powerful tool.

Here are just a few things we’re grateful that the powerful Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) software shares:

  • Warehouse and Manufacturing Automation

Automation is an important tool that keeps your company on task and on time by reducing manual tasks and replacing them with computer-driven procedures. Not just for simple activities, this robust addition to Sage 500 ERP can help your company shave minutes off varied processes by:

  • Reducing your data entry time
  • Monitoring raw materials usage in real time
  • Tracking movement of goods and production using barcodes, RFID, and NFC

Not only do these benefits help you streamline your operations from end to end, they also help you deliver better, faster customer service with increased accuracy—and that’s something I’m sure your customers are grateful for this holiday season.

  • Handheld Access

If you haven’t yet realized how helpful handheld devices can be in your warehouse or manufacturing plant, try to imagine your personal life without your smartphone.

Like the rest of us, you probably use your smartphone to communicate easily with friends and family, take great photos to preserve important memories, and navigate through foreign cities with ease and confidence. Your smartphone helps you with mundane stuff too, like keeping track of your shopping list and your upcoming appointments. If you have an Apple Watch or a FitBit, you probably use them to improve your personal health and wellness.

If you think about it, your mobile devices make you more productive and efficient in your personal life, so you have more time to focus on the important things, instead of the dull, day-to-day things we used to have to track on paper. In fact, our smartphones do so much for us that I’m not sure how we got things done without them!

In the same way, handheld devices help your business become more productive by streamlining processes for all employees, easing material issues and returns, performing labor transactions, and making data entry effortless. This is all made possible by the single source of information that Sage 500 ERP provides its users, and we’re grateful we can help share that information with you anytime and anywhere.

Here’s to Many More Years of Sharing!

Sharing is what increases happiness in the world, and we want to say thank you for the opportunity to share great Scanco solutions and increase happiness for you and your employees in 2017.

Not only has the innovative Scanco software kept us solving fascinating distribution and manufacturing challenges for nearly 30 years, it’s also made it possible for us to do what we love every day: help your business succeed.

Increase the power of your Sage 500 ERP (Sage MAS 500) system with Sage 500 ERP Manufacturing Automation from Scanco. Get your share of business productivity when you request your free consultation. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 for more information.

Inventory Control

Inventory Control: A Look Ahead

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

Inventory ControlA McKinsey & Company report predicts that automation will have taken over just under 5% of global jobs by the year 2024.

Machines can only complete repetitive tasks that are easily programmed. They cannot anticipate, create, or solve problems as well as people can. Most of the jobs they’ll take over are low-skill jobs.

Looking at the world of inventory control and warehouse management, large mega-warehouses are already using some form of automation. End-to-end warehouse and manufacturing automation that replaces nearly all humans with machines is costly and only the largest of enterprises can afford such an investment. Because of this, most experts predict that SMBs will continue to employ people who will work alongside machines for the greatest time and cost efficiency.

Some automation enhancements available to SMBs include:

  • Voice-activated and automated picking
  • Barcode scanners
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning built into software systems that improves its responses
  • Automated chat bots that can resolve many simple customer service problems

You can access the futuristic technologies your business needs through Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP, Acumatica, and NetSuite. All are available through Scanco.

Since 1989, Scanco has focused on making the latest, cutting-edge tech solutions available to manufacturers and distributors, and that’s still our goal. Contact us online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn how you can take advantage of tomorrow’s technologies today.

inventory tracking

Why Real-Time Inventory Tracking Is a Requirement for eCommerce

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

inventory trackingThese days, everyone is selling online and everyone is buying online too. One year ago on Black Friday 2016, online shoppers spent a record $3.34 billion on their Internet-based purchases ($5.27 billion, if you include Thanksgiving), and that number is only expected to grow in the coming years. These days, if you’re not online, you’re not finding new customers. Those customers expect convenient and speedy delivery, so if you don’t run your operations with accurate, real-time inventory tracking, eCommerce won’t build the revenues you need to stay competitive.

Find out how easy it can be to track your inventory in real time. Schedule your free consultation with an inventory expert when you contact Scanco online or call us directly: (877) SCANCO-1.

eCommerce: Incredible Potential but Much More Work

The world of eCommerce has opened the door between customers and suppliers by enabling 24×7 direct shopping for B2B and B2C operations, introducing niche products to a larger audience, and increasing distributors’ potential revenue by freeing at least one part of their business from retailer costs.

In addition, eFulfillment provides an incredible opportunity for distributors to pull ahead of their competitors … but all of these new growth options mean the manufacturing and logistics industries must now run like their trading partner counterparts: they must meet a wide range of customer needs in a constantly shifting sales environment.

Honestly, performing the additional tasks of a retailer can be stressful, especially because the Internet also offers customers the ability to immediately publish damaging remarks about your company in a public forum. Even a small amount of negative customer feedback can lose business for your company over the long term, so the best choice is to avoid it entirely.

That’s a lot of work—and when you consider the tight timelines you face each day—every bit of extra work matters.

Why Real-Time Inventory Tracking Matters in the Warehouse

With so much of your supply chain out of your control, the best way for you to manage your customer relationships is to do your best to avoid stockouts and keep shipments running smoothly. To do that, you need real-time inventory tracking that differentiates you from the competition.

Time Wasters Give Your Competitors the Edge

In an online environment, prospects can find and order from your competitors with a single tap of their finger. That means you must constantly stay innovating to figure out how you can convince potential customers to click on your site or product. Once they’re looking at your products, you must also convince them to buy.

In the past, many distributors chose to increase sales by lowering their prices, but this simply led to a race to the bottom, with Amazon taking most of the profits. As the economy continues to recover, customers are now choosing to spend their money at the companies that can provide them with better service.

The key to selling more is providing better customer service—and you won’t achieve that if you ship late; discover that you’re out of stock on critical items; or slow operations to a crawl with paper pick sheets, manual data entry, and other time wasters.

Real-Time Inventory Tracking Increases Efficiency

Today’s ever-lengthening supply chains, paired with customer’s expectations of near-instant delivery, mean that one of your best competitive advantages lies in balancing your stock accurately.

With real-time inventory tracking powered by time-saving mobile barcode scanners and other ERP-integrated inventory management solutions, your business can:

  • Stay on top of timely purchasing
  • Empower customers with accurate inventory counts and delivery dates
  • Proactively respond to unexpected sales fluctuations

For Real-Time, the Time Is Now

In today’s fast-moving business landscape, the companies that survive are the companies that remain agile and maintain their ability to pivot in rapid response to market changes. Distributors who haven’t kept up with the breakneck pace of change over the past five years are either severely behind their competitors right now, or have already gone out of business.

There’s no time to waste. Rid yourself of data silos, stop the error-filled time leaks caused by manual data entry, and reduce or eliminate inefficiencies in your warehouse with Scanco’s real-time inventory tracking and inventory control tools, built for busy distributors like you.

Learn more about the affordable and flexible handheld and hands-free options from Scanco. Get more information when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1.

sage 500 erp

Faster Logistics in Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500

By | MAS 500, News, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

sage 500 erpYou can speed up your order fulfillment when you use Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to schedule your efficiency consultation and streamline your warehouse operations just in time for the holiday rush.

3 Tips for Speedier Delivery

  1. Use Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 for accurate stock counts: Incorrect inventory counts lead to stock-outs. Increase your speed on physical counts, cycle counts, and spot checks with a Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 warehouse solution that cuts your counting time by 75%.
  2. Identify stock locations: When jugging multiple warehouse location, it’s easy to lose sight of where your stock is located. Tracking warehouse and bin transfers accurately is vital to maintain adequate stock counts. Warehouse management solutions for your Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 system can integrate your warehouse tools so you will always know where you stock is located.
  3. Ship items faster: Warehouse barcoding tools can help you ship items faster. They ensure accuracy, eliminate manual entry, and ease workstation operations. Workstations in the warehouse resemble highly efficient assembly line production methods, with one team that picks stock, another team that packs, and a third team that ships. Distributor-friendly software for Sage MAS 500 drives this process with flexible picking options based on sales order, shipments, or traditional list formatting.

Learn more about how you can turn your smartphone into a warehouse automation tool when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1.

Inventory Management

Inventory Management Is King

By | Barcode Software, Inventory Management, News | No Comments

Inventory ManagementEver heard the old adage, “Cash Is King”? Smart distributors and manufacturers know that inventory management is king in their warehouses because they understand how much of an investment their inventory represents. For them, inventory flow is cash flow. If your facilities include a warehouse, check out today’s important advice for managing your inventory stock like your cash.

Make an intelligent investment when you use the ERP-integrated inventory management software that’s been delivering customer value since 1989. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more about how you can build your company’s worth with well-managed inventory stock.

Treat Your Inventory Stock Like the Stock Market

Your inventory stock is an investment, so it should pay off like your other investments. In order to ensure that outcome, follow these simple “investment” steps for warehouse managers.

Be Careful with Your Stock Purchases

Of course, there’s a difference between inventory stock and the stock market, but your approach to stocking your warehouse should share similarities to the way you’d purchase stocks for your portfolio. That’s because, just like stocks and bonds, your inventory stock is eventually meant to be converted into cash.

Smart investment strategies are the same as your warehouse management strategies:

  • Select stock with high value and low risk
  • Carefully track the performance of each of your stock items so you know when and how to sell
  • Build relationships with suppliers (AKA brokers) who can help you negotiate your purchases
  • Know in advance when your stock is likely to go bad
  • Track your gains and your losses, in real-time, for all of your stock

Even if you know nothing about investing, these rules probably sound familiar to you. That’s because they’re exactly the way you should deal with your raw materials and finished goods.

Reduce Your Carrying Costs

Some stocks are dead weight in your portfolio, and they’re a lot like the dead weight inventory stock in your warehouse. Most investors feel they shouldn’t have to pay astronomical fees for their portfolio managers to shuffle around worthless stocks that never pay off. Likewise, you’d be completely right if you felt you shouldn’t have to pay high storage fees for worthless inventory stock that’s still sitting around.

Nevertheless, it happens.

Usually, it’s because people weren’t managing their portfolios very well, or hadn’t realized their stocks had lost all their value. If they’d known in advance their stock value was going to plummet, or perhaps if their stock had an expiration date or something (wink wink, nudge nudge), they probably would have tried to sell as much stock as they could before it all went bad.

With real-time tracking and labeling software for your warehouse, you can stay up to date with all the important details about your inventory stock, such as expiration dates, warehouse movements, bin and location transfers, sales figures, 3PL inventory counts, and more—and you can use your increased insight to move out inventory stock nearing the end of its life.

Manage your warehouse like your stock portfolio and keep them both profitable when you sell off everything that looks like it’ll spoil soon. You’ll be glad you did.

Don’t Let Your Assets Fall through the Cracks

Managing a stock portfolio requires you to check in regularly and track the value and progress of each investment. Similarly, managing a warehouse requires you to check in regularly and track the progress of your inventory stock.

Your inventory is like cash in your warehouse: you need to monitor it closely. Not only should you perform counts so you know how much inventory you’re supposed to have at all times, you should also ensure you have real-time data on the movement of your inventory stock around your warehouses.

Smart distributors and manufacturers use various tracking methods to keep constant tabs on their inventory, including:

  • RFID tags – “Active” RFID tags use a battery-powered transmitter to relay data during transit, and “passive” RFID tags include a microchip and antenna so data can be accessed remotely.
  • NFC tags – “Near Field Communication” devices are part of the Internet of Things (IoT), and they look like stickers with tiny microchips in them. They share data with nearby smartphones, which can automatically pick up information from the microchip.
  • Barcodes – The classic method for track-and-trace technology, barcoding software empowers companies to easily scan items during receiving, transfer, picking, and shipping for error-free data at all times.

These methods help you keep watch over your inventory, so you can be sure it doesn’t disappear and leave you liable for costly replacement charges.

Invest Smarter with Inventory Management Tools

Every portfolio manager will tell you stocks are a long-term game, and that the people who do best with their investments are the ones who make strategic purchases with a focus on gradual, consistent growth.

Your business is exactly the same. All your investments, including those of your inventory, should focus on long-term consistent growth. Of course, the more money your business has tied up in old, expired inventory, the less you’ll have to spend on development … so you’ll want to ensure you always have a strategic plan for inventory management and that you have the tools you need to succeed.

Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn about your options for affordable, effective, trusted inventory management for Sage 100, Sage 100c, Sage 500 ERP, Acumatica, and NetSuite.

Mobile Scanners

Mobile Scanners Offer Amazing Benefits for Your Business

By | Acumatica, Barcoding, NetSuite, News, Physical Count, Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

Mobile ScannersHere are three ways modern mobile scanners can benefit your warehouse or manufacturing operations.

  1. Eliminate Manual Data Entry: Mobile scanners can virtually eliminate the number of mistakes from manual stock counts. Receiving, inventory management, and shipping all benefit when mobile scanners automatically update data in your inventory records. A quick swipe and the information is entered.
  2. Reduces Need for Physical Counts: Easy-to-carry, easy-to-use mobile scanning solutions help your business maintain the accurate counts you need—by reducing your physical count times by 75%. This greatly reduces mistakes as well as the time it takes to get a details on your inventory. Great for JIT facilities.
  3. Access Deeper Insight and Actionable Data: Mobile scanners help by delivering real-time, accurate data on the metrics that matter, so you can make faster, more confident decisions that drive your business forward.

Mobile barcode scanners also offer integrations with Sage 100, Sage 500, Acumatica, or NetSuite ERP . This provides immediate and better insights into your productivity and operations. It’s a great opportunity to improve efficiencies throughout your facility.

Contact Scanco for an Efficiency Consultation

Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to set up your one-of-a-kind efficiency consultation, and learn how you can modify your operations and break the chains that have been holding your company back.

mobile scanners

3 Benefits of Mobile Scanners for Your Business

By | Acumatica, Barcoding, Mobile Devices, NetSuite, News, Sage 100, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

mobile scannersIn the 2016 Global Industry 4.0 Survey released earlier this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reported that “first movers,” companies that adopt effective technology faster than their peers, are “almost three times more successful in combining high revenue increases with significant gains in cost reduction.” PwC also revealed that “the implementation of track-and-trace devices [mobile scanners] for products will lead to better inventory performance and reduced logistics cost.”

It’s time to increase your revenues, reduce your costs, and pull ahead of your competitors with the trusted mobile-scanner-based track-and-trace technology from Scanco. Contact us online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more about your options for better inventory performance.

What Are Mobile Scanners?

In essence, mobile scanners refer to a wide range of portable scanning devices your employees can use to capture detailed inventory information, completely error free.

Fast facts about mobile scanners:

  1. Today’s mobile scanners can be hooked up to a smartphone for easy, lightweight portability
  2. Hands-free mobile scanning is available from some vendors
  3. Technology advancements include RFID tagging, which can transmit data in transit and be accessed remotely
  4. NFC (“Near Field Communication”) tagging can share in-depth inventory data to nearby, authorized phones with no scanning required

Most companies think of rugged, clunky, heavy barcode readers when they think of mobile scanners, and they’re often pleasantly surprised that scanning technology has advanced far beyond the traditional methods of days gone by.

Here are three ways modern mobile scanners can benefit your warehouse or manufacturing operations.

  1. Eliminate Manual Data Entry

Manual data entry isn’t just slow, it’s also a significant source of error in businesses – and today’s time-strapped organizations don’t have the leisure to identify and correct troublesome mistakes every day. Without constant correction, those small mistakes can add up fast, and high-volume companies that run out of their inventory will find themselves soon running out of customers too.

If you run a warehouse, you’ll be pleased to learn that mobile scanners can improve your picking flexibility too. Not only do scanning devices speed up warehouse operations, they also empower you to set your parameters to set up picking by sales order, list, or shipment.

  1. Reduce the Need for Physical Counts

Whether your company is tracking raw materials, finished products, or stocked inventory, you need to be able to trust that your counts are reliable from day to day. With error-prone manual data entry, the fact is you can’t trust your numbers. Easy-to-carry, easy-to-use mobile scanning solutions help your business maintain the accurate counts you need – and help you verify your numbers by reducing your physical count times by 75%.

Manufacturers especially enjoy the freedom they gain from mobile scanners to seamlessly keep track of their materials handling, returns, and scrap. The real-time visibility from scanners helps manufacturers plan for timely purchasing, even in JIT facilities.

  1. Access Deeper Insight and Actionable Data

Today’s manufacturers and distributors face tighter margins and faster speeds than they ever have in the past. At such a rapid pace, it probably takes all your energy and attention to avoid critical mistakes in quality control or shipment accuracy. Mobile scanners help by delivering real-time, accurate data on the metrics that matter, so you can make faster, more confident decisions that drive your business forward.

Seamless integration with your Sage 100, Sage 500, Acumatica, or NetSuite ERP can also help provide deeper insight into your productivity and operations. When your entire team has up-to-date data at their fingertips, they’ll have the ability to deliver better customer service at every opportunity.

Choice Is Important When Selecting Mobile Scanners

Since your business is a “first mover” focused on pulling ahead of your peers, your company is likely to be considered innovative or visionary. Smart innovators demand choices because they’re not willing to settle for the status quo. To meet your unique needs, Scanco offers mix-and-match mobile scanners and solutions you can use to build the perfect, streamlined process at your company.

Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to set up your one-of-a-kind efficiency consultation, and learn how you can modify your operations and break the chains that have been holding your company back.

Sage 100

Insights from Sage MAS 90 / Sage 100 Help Manufacturers Work Smarter and Faster

By | Manufacturing, News, Sage 100 | No Comments

Sage 100Visibility is the #1 concern for manufacturers that run Just-in-Time (JIT) operations for make-to-order manufacturing companies in Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90. Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to schedule your free advisory consultation.

Key Visibility Areas

Improve visibility into these five key areas and work smarter and faster.

  1. Orders: Visibility into jobs and order status helps you stay on top of work, even during rush times. When you know what’s in the order queue, you can allocate resources and staff to handle the influx. It empowers you to manage resources more efficiently.
  2. Staff: Detailed information about labor outputs can help you put stronger workers at the head of the line when it comes to crunch time. It can also help you identify training needs.
  3. Materials: Data on materials usage can help you assess when it’s time to reorder. You can also use data from your Sage MAS 90 or Sage 100 system to assess equipment usage to determine when it is time for maintenance or upgrades.

Detailed, Immediate Insights from Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90

Take a look at the Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90 dashboard when you schedule a demo with Scanco. Don’t like online contact forms? Call us direct at our easy-to-remember number: (877) SCANCO-1.

Scanco Announces Sage Mobility for Barcode, Available for Both Sage 100 and Sage 100c Users in Version 2018

By | News, Press Releases, Sage 100, Sage 100 Barcoding | No Comments

Sage 100 goes Mobile with Scanco’s industry-leading Warehouse Management and Mobile Sales, now included in the new Sage Mobility Module for all Sage 100 users

SARASOTA, Fla.—Scanco Software, the leader in warehouse management and manufacturing automation for Sage, and exclusive OEM partner, today announced Sage Mobility For Barcode. The 2018 release of Sage 100 and Sage 100c now includes a significant redesign to its existing Sage Bar Code Module. Under its new name, Sage Mobility for Barcode, users can now add a portfolio of iOS and Android apps to help manage the supply chain.

This new module, which is the latest in a long line of Scanco Software integrations into Sage 100, allows Sage Distribution and Manufacturing companies to streamline supply chain operations with the addition of real-time communication with mobile devices from directly within Sage 100. Sage Mobility For Barcode will now provide the gateway for all things mobile, allowing all users to take advantage of adding mobile apps to their current processes.

Sage will enable access to the Mobility Module to all Sage 100 and 100c customers using the 2018 version. Mobility can be added directly from within Sage 100 and installs in minutes. Users can start with the included apps for physical counts, and mobile sales and scale to full warehouse management, Work Order Automation, Sage 100c Manufacturing Automation, and Field Service all designed around and fully integrated with Sage Mobility for Barcode.

“This latest release of the Mobility Module gives all Sage 100 customers access to the best technology on the market for managing supply chain operations with mobile devices. Our software is truly inside of Sage 100 and Sage 100c so all customers and partners can introduce mobile technology with Sage 100 easily and quickly,” said Shaun Boros, Partner at Scanco Software. “We have had the Barcode Module inside of Sage 100 since the early 90’s, and now as mobility becomes a must-have for every business, Sage has created a module with us that will change the way Sage 100 distribution and manufacturing companies operate. This is a huge addition to Sage 100, and we are excited to be part of it.”

“Integrating our proven technology into Sage’s core functionality will improve the responsiveness and performance of the application. It’s a game-changing technology that makes Sage Mobility truly accessible to everyone,” commented Boros.

Any current Sage Barcode Module user will receive the new Sage Mobility module when they upgrade to the 2018 release of either version. Users will have all of the functionality currently inside of the Barcode Module with a significant upgrade to how data is imported into Sage 100, now called EZ Import.

“Our new module with Sage 100 and 100c demonstrates Sage’s commitment to providing a comprehensive, end-to-end, solution for their users and we are greatly honored they chose Scanco technology to do it with,” said Tess Boros, Partner at Scanco. “Sage and Scanco have teamed up once again to deliver an incredible module that will ensure that all Sage 100 users will grow well into the future with cutting-edge mobile technology.”

Some of the new functionality includes:

  • Addition of EZ Import
  • Major UI updates
  • 5 User Pack of Scanco Mobility for iOS & Android
  • Sage 100C users also get a 5 User Pack of Scanco Sales

Sage 100 and Sage 100c are slated for release on October 20th, 2017. You can learn more about Scanco’s Mobility Solutions at www.scanco.com/mobility

About Scanco Software

Since 1989, Scanco has been a leading provider of supply chain automation software and services. From basic barcoding to the most complex distribution and manufacturing operations- Scanco software is positioned to grow with our customers ever-changing business needs. We are focused on providing top-tier, fully integrated automation solutions built specifically for your ERP solution. Today, thousands of world-class distribution and manufacturing companies have automated their facilities with cutting-edge Scanco technology. For more info, visit http://www.scanco.com.

 

Contacts

Scanco Software
Jay Letendre, 330-645-9959 Ext. 210
info@scanco.com

Sage 100

5 Key Insights for Sage MAS 90 / Sage 100 Manufacturers

By | News, Sage 100 | No Comments

Sage 100Visibility is the #1 concern for manufacturers that run Just-in-Time (JIT) operations for make-to-order manufacturing companies in Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90. Unfortunately, today’s shifting landscape makes it hard to gain the visibility you need to succeed with the varied requirements of eCommerce, eFulfillment, big-box retail partners, and long-term smaller clients.

Accurate time management and purchasing requires on-the-spot insight into your performance metrics in real time, but stock versions of Sage MAS 90 don’t offer the metrics you need. If you suspect that your delayed data is delaying your success, or if you’re drowning in administrative busy work, it’s time for a better solution.

Work smarter and get actionable data from Scanco, the Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90 manufacturing automation experts helping companies like yours gain key insights into critical areas for the past 28 years. Contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1 to schedule your free advisory consultation.

The Manufacturer’s Dilemma

When you get a new work order, what do you do first? Scheduling requires instantaneous knowledge of delivery dates, labor availability, raw material stock levels, and current order queues, but it takes time to gather all of this information without a system.

While you’re wasting time collecting information, your prospect is waiting. The longer you take, the more impatient they’ll get—and it’s not like you’re the only game in town anymore. They might choose a different supplier for their future needs.

Speed production, schedule work quickly, and get faster answers to your clients when you have insight into these five key areas:

  1. Jobs

A demanding production schedule can leave you feeling like you’ll never catch up. Knowing the status of your in-process and recently completed jobs can give you perspective on your day-to-day productivity and help you stay on top of work, even during rush times.

  1. Employees

Some employees work fast … some don’t. With detailed information about your labor output on the shop floor, you’ll know where best to place your workers so you can allocate your most productive staff to critical areas when you’re running behind.

  1. WIP Status

High-volume clients often lead to a last-minute rush, which can increase your errors and delays. With insight into your work-in-process, you’ll have the freedom to modify your priorities and labor needs so you can get work done in a timely manner.

  1. Materials Usage

Running out of raw materials in JIT manufacturing can kill deadlines, and new workers or old machines can waste materials faster than you expected. To avoid these problems, effective managers need to keep an eye on material stock levels, as well as expected vs. actual scrap volumes, so they can avoid production slowdowns.

  1. Shipping Needs

Shipping times are getting shorter and logistics planning is getting harder due to global weather complications. Advance planning on orders can help you overcome a wide range of shipping challenges so you can maintain high customer satisfaction levels from direct clients and their retail partners.

Get Instant, At-a-Glance Insight in Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90

Sometimes, getting the insight you need is a lot simpler than you think. Exports and data analysis aren’t simple, but software is. Well … some software is.

Instead of choosing those other vendors’ troublesome code modifications for your Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90 software, you can take the easy path. For in-depth, yet at-a-glance insight into your manufacturing operations, consider mounting a 50-inch monitor on your shop floor wall that displays all the data you need in a handy, easy-to-understand format: a dashboard. Since the dashboard display refreshes every 60 seconds, you can ensure you’ll always stay on track.

Take a look at the Sage 100 / Sage MAS 90 dashboard when you schedule a demo with Scanco. Don’t like online contact forms? Call us direct at our easy-to-remember number: (877) SCANCO-1.

Inventory Management

Inventory Management of Prime Importance

By | Inventory Management, News | No Comments

Inventory ManagementStrong inventory management practices can mean the difference between positive and negative cash flow. When your inventory is managed properly, you’ll have just enough to fulfill orders without stuffing your warehouse to the seams.

Make an intelligent investment when you use the ERP-integrated inventory management software that’s been delivering customer value since 1989. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more about how you can build your company’s worth with well-managed inventory stock.

Inventory Should be Treated Carefully

Your company’s inventory reflects an investment into future orders. Treat it carefully. Many Smart investment strategies are the same as your warehouse management strategies. These include:

  • Select stock with high value and low risk
  • Carefully track the performance of each of your stock items so you know when and how to sell
  • Build relationships with suppliers (AKA brokers) who can help you negotiate your purchases
  • Know in advance when your stock is likely to go bad
  • Track your gains and your losses, in real-time, for all of your stock

Using barcodes, RFID tags, and other inventory tracking methods can also help you track and manage inventory more carefully. The bottom line is to keep close tabs on what you have in stock, where it is located, and how often it is rotated so that you can fulfill customer orders with items in good condition.

Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn about your options for affordable, effective, trusted inventory management for Sage 100, Sage 100c, Sage 500 ERP, Acumatica, and NetSuite.

Sage 500 ERP

3 Tips for Faster Logistics in Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500

By | MAS 500, News, Sage 500 ERP | No Comments

Sage 500 ERPWith the holidays zooming ever closer, your job as a distributor is getting harder. The hours are longer. Daily shipping demands are climbing. Your busy staff is consuming their weight in coffee each hour. Even your label printer is starting to suffer the effects of overexertion. Looking for tips that’ll speed up your order fulfillment in Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500? This article has got you covered.

Go beyond tips and transform your business. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 to schedule your efficiency consultation and streamline your warehouse operations for the next holiday rush.

  1. Know What You Have

The typical users of Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 are companies that expect exponential growth in a short period of time. As a rapidly growing distributor, your stock is likely housed in multiple warehouses—each of which may fall into varying levels of disorganization during the overwhelming holiday rush.

This can make it hard to count what you have.

Incorrect inventory counts lead to stock-outs, and you don’t want to be in a position of having to explain to your retail partners that you can’t meet their last-minute holiday orders because you didn’t plan properly.

Increase your speed on physical counts, cycle counts, and spot checks with a Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 warehouse solution that cuts your counting time by 75%.

  1. See Where Your Stock Is

The busier we all get, the more mistakes we make—and you and your employees sure are busy right now. In a warehouse, mistakes usually lead to inaccurate counts, which can cut into your profits.

Sometimes, counts are off because warehouse or bin transfers weren’t tracked properly, which means you’re likely to find your missing stock at an unexpected time. However, while it’s missing, you’re probably going to order more of that item, and that may lead to a stock overage down the road. Stock overages cost you in storage space, fees, and inventory tie-up that reduces the liquidity of your assets.

Clearly, it’s critical to track your inventory transfers, but how can you ensure that all your employees—including your new trainees and your overburdened managers—keep accurate notes for moved items? How can you make sure that you can read those handwritten notes of theirs?

Easy. You can use a warehouse management solution for your Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 system. Seamlessly integrated warehouse tools help you gain insight into where your stock is at all times, so you can ensure that you can find items when you need them. This will also assist with counts.

  1. Get Orders Out the Door Faster

This may seem like obvious advice. After all, the whole reason you’re reading these tips is to increase your logistics speed. However, you may be surprised to learn how much time you’re wasting on inefficient processes that delay your shipments.

Warehouse barcoding tools shave minutes off of each order by:

  • Ensuring item accuracy
  • Eliminating manual entry
  • Easing workstation operations

Instead of having employees collect paper pick sheets from you, and then wander your warehouse finding orders, picking orders, packing orders, and labeling orders, you can create workstations that complete each task in record time. Workstations in the warehouse resemble highly efficient assembly line production methods, with one team that picks stock, another team that packs, and a third team that ships.

Distributor-friendly software for Sage MAS 500 drives this process with flexible picking options based on sales order, shipments, or traditional list formatting.

Take the Next Step to Optimize Your Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 Warehouse

Many distributors worry that setting up a warehouse automation system will cost them a lot of money or require a long setup time. It doesn’t have to.

Though some warehouse management programs take months to install due to tricky code modifications and other in-depth programming needs, distributors have relied on Scanco for nearly 30 years to provide easy-to-use warehouse automation solutions that leverage the power of your smartphone to speed up your Sage 500 ERP / Sage MAS 500 warehouse right now.

Learn more about how you can turn your smartphone into a warehouse automation tool when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1.

Scanco Announces Don Martin as the New Director of Channel Development

By | News | No Comments

Don MartinDon Martin is the new Director of Channel Development!

 

Don brings his talents and experience in the ERP markets with a focus on channel leadership, developing successful channel programs and arming partners with winning solutions.

In his new position, Don will be responsible for Scanco’s in-direct channel practice including all communications, pricing, strategy, program design and growth initiatives. Don provides a wealth of technical experience in helping channel partners develop and deliver supply chain solutions, including cloud-based, business continuity and consulting services.

“We welcome Don to the Scanco team and look forward to his strategic efforts in driving success for our partners and the entire Scanco channel team,” comments Shaun Boros, Partner for Scanco. Scanco provides an extensive line of warehouse and manufacturing automation solutions designed to perform inventory management, manufacturing automation, mobile sales, barcode scanning, and printing.

With an industry-leading channel program, Scanco uniquely enables resellers to design customized warehouse and manufacturing automation solutions for Sage and Acumatica ERP systems. Partners receive personalized sales support and technical assistance along with a variety of tools and resources to help them identify opportunities and leverage best in class services to grow revenues and strengthen customer relationships.

“I am thrilled to join the Scanco team and leverage my channel experience and partnerships to help achieve revenue growth for Scanco,” states Don Martin, Director of Channel Development for Scanco. “We look forward to working closely with all of our partners to enable them to build strong customer relationships and develop optimal solutions for their clients.”

Sage 100 warehouse management

Sage 100 Warehouse Management and Blockchain: A Look into the Future

By | News, Sage 100, warehouse management | No Comments

Sage 100 warehouse managementSince Satoshi Nakamoto published the original paper on blockchain in 2008, it has transformed many industries. First came the digital currency revolution with new “coins” such as Bitcoin, LiteCoin, and hundreds of others offer banking to the unbanked and new methods of making a profit. Now, blockchain technology is being explored by many industries, including manufacturing, for its ability to process transactions without third party involvement quickly and securely.

Sage 100 warehouse management is not yet on the blockchain, but it could be at some time in the future. When physical goods in your supply chain are tracked by blockchain, your Sage 100 warehouse management system can easily provide you with transparency, traceability,

If you’re ready to lay the groundwork for blockchain usage in your supply chain, the first place to start is with easy-to-use automation tools that introduce your staff to effective, efficient Sage 100 warehouse management routines that benefit your company.

To get you started on your path to increased efficiency, Scanco offers:

  1. Flexible barcode scanning tools
  2. Warehouse automation software
  3. Manufacturing automation solutions

Plan to Stay Competitive with Scanco

Since 1989, Scanco has focused on making the latest, cutting-edge tech solutions available to warehouses, and that’s still our goal. Contact us online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1.

warehouse management

3 Expert Tips for Warehouse Management

By | News, Warehouse Management Software | No Comments

warehouse managementExperts agree: warehouse management consists of properly managing inventory. Too little inventory causes backorders, which can lead to customer loss, and too much inventory increases your storage costs. As the holiday distribution season ramps up, you probably won’t have much time to start new warehouse habits, but if you do your best to follow the three best-practice recommendations in this article, you can better ensure that your stock levels remain reasonable before, during, and after the holiday rush.

Growth-focused distributors succeed with warehouse management tools that help them optimize stock levels, improve labeling, and increase profitability. Contact Scanco online or at (877) SCANCO-1 for a free consultation that shows you how you can streamline your warehouse with tools you already have close at hand.

Streamline your warehouse activities when you:

  1. Ignore Advice on Stock Leveling

Stock leveling can make purchasing easier, but it isn’t very effective for warehouse management. In fact, leveling stock can increase your likelihood of overstocks and stock-outs. When you choose to stock more of your most popular items and less of your least popular items, you’ll be better prepared for large orders and you won’t waste valuable square footage on obsolete product.

You should also keep watch on your safety stock levels. Daily inventory counts help you take care of potential issues quickly and avoid stock-outs. Daily checks are easy with tools like Scanco Counts which helps you perform physical, barcoded, and automated counts 75% faster while offering real-time insight into quantities.

Expert tip: Pair Scanco Counts with the only free Multi-Bin tool for all Sage 100 users to ensure that you know where your products are at all times.

  1. Get Detailed with Your Labeling

Distribution facilities often minimize their labeling because less data can save time when creating paper labels. However, labels with little information won’t help your temporary staff during the holiday rush, and may result in hours wasted on training those temps to read your vague labels.

Instead of using bare minimum labeling, consider detailing what the item is, what type of stock it is (replenish, excess, or obsolete), and when it expires. This data will help you easily identify stock status and may increase pick speed.

Savvy warehouse managers choose barcoding systems and voice-activated picking to speed warehouse operations, reduce errors, and make training easier during rush seasons, but another option that helps make labeling easier is to implement on-demand label printing direct from mobile devices. Barcode label printing keeps your labels detailed with no manual entry by auto-populating information straight from your Sage 100 system onto your labels so employees can print in just one-click.

  1. Carefully Track Distressed Inventory

Another benefit to having detailed labels and accurate inventory counts is that you’ll always know your stock status so you can easily track and dispose of distressed inventory. Include information on your labels about when an item entered your warehouse, then track item status using an easy-to-read dashboard.

Reducing distressed stock can help you increase profits immediately. Best practices suggest that to handle overstocks efficiently, you’ll need to establish two strategy teams:

  • Team 1 should focus on the root cause of your excess inventory and work with warehouse employees and operations to address overstock causes and optimize production.
  • Team 2 should determine selling strategies to get excess stock out of your warehouse, then work with sales to create discounts and incentives that move near-obsolete stock fast.

Expert tip: Knowing item throughput can also help you improve your forecasting and profits because you’ll understand which items move faster—and which don’t move at all.

It’s Time to Make Warehouse Management Easier

Running a warehouse day to day is hard work, especially during the holiday rush, but there are ways to make it easier. Following the three best practices listed above will help your warehouse stay productive and profitable. When you’re ready for assistance in streamlining your processes to reduce your workload, we’re here to help.

For nearly thirty years, Scanco has supported busy distributors who want to accomplish more using intuitive and effective warehouse management tools. Mention this blog post to get your free consultation when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1.

manufacturing automation

New Frontiers in Manufacturing Automation with JobOps (also known as Sage Manufacturing for Sage 100 and Sage 100c)

By | Manufacturing Automation, News | No Comments

manufacturing automationManufacturing automation is the process of streamlining tasks to reduce human involvement. Tasks in which manufacturing automation plays an important part include syncing data across programs and devices, automatically updating information, automatic report creation and sending, inventory balancing, and more.

If you’re still confused about what manufacturing automation actually means, Scanco offers a three-part series debunking the myths of automation. It’s worth a read, especially if you’re new to manufacturing automation.

Manufacturing Automation for All

Although manufacturing automation may conjure images of robotics on the manufacturing floor, it’s really about automating as much as you can to save on labor and time. The more processes are automated, the less human involvement is needed. This increases speed, efficiency, and accuracy.

Not all manufacturing activities lend themselves to automation. But for those that do, the data derived from automating tasks is valuable. It can be used to update reports, plan for future activities, and streamline processes even further.

JobOps for Sage 100 and Sage 100c

JobOps can help you improve process efficiencies throughout your systems. When you need accurate tracking and information, count on JobOps for Sage 100 and Sage 100c to provide accurate, timely, information.

Start Automation Today

When you’re interested in streamlining processes at your company with manufacturing and warehouse automation, get in touch with the automation experts at Scanco. Contact us or call (877) SCANCO-1.

inventory in your warehouse

5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Excess Inventory in Your Warehouse for Good

By | Inventory Management, News | No Comments

inventory in your warehouseFor manufacturers, excess inventory in your warehouse can be a massive problem. According to a recent article in Manufacturing Business Technology, 15% of all goods are either returned or never sold to begin with, and a large portion of these goods end up back with the manufacturer. Assuming your warehouse is right-sized to fit your typical stock needs, a 15% product overage will quickly start cutting into your space, making it harder for you to optimize your storage. This won’t work in today’s landscape of tight margins and increased warehouse efficiency.

Start reducing your excess inventory right now with tailored advice from Scanco. Contact us online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to schedule your free warehouse software consultation.

How You Can Reduce Excess Inventory in Your Warehouse

Manufacturers and distributors often choose to liquidate their excess stock through third-party auctions or discount sellers, but this isn’t a long-term, sustainable solution because it cuts into your margins and it takes time to effectively negotiate with resellers. Plus, if you don’t take care of your excess inventory problem once and for all, you’ll have to waste time storing and offloading your surplus repeatedly throughout the year.

Start reducing the excess inventory in your warehouse today by following these five steps in order:

  1. Get rid of your old inventory

Before you can do anything else to optimize and streamline your warehouse, you’ll need to clear out the trash. Similar to decluttering your home closets before reorganizing them, completing this step gives you the space you need to plan properly.

Call up resellers in your area to sell your overage, ask fellow manufacturers what they do with their overstock, or hire a consultant to help you figure this out. When you’re done, take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back. That was the hardest part of this whole process.

  1. Track your productive inventory in real-time

After you’ve cleared out your space, you’ll need to start collecting information on how you use the remaining space you have. This is one of the most critical steps to ensuring that you take care of your excess inventory problem for good, because it is only with real-time data that you can adjust your pick, pack, and ship process in an agile manner that meets the expectations of your modern consumers.

  1. Assess your warehouse

After you understand what your real-time needs are, you can start planning for total optimization. This could mean reorganizing your shelves, procedures, equipment, and technologies. To complete your assessment, you can either engage in research on your own, or if you’re interested in finishing this step quickly, you can ask the experts. Here at Scanco, we’re happy to help you with a warehouse site survey or consultant walk-through that gets you on track.

  1. Reduce or eliminate inventory errors

One of the main ways that inventory pileups happen is through inaccurate counting and re-stock processes, often due to human error. Today’s increased holiday manufacturing and distribution needs have created labor strain during these critical times, and it’s becoming harder and harder to maintain a year-round, properly trained workforce. When your workers aren’t fully trained, you’re likely to end up with more inaccurate orders, longer wander time through the warehouse, and increased levels of damaged goods.

Luckily, there’s a way that time-strapped distribution operations can avoid these challenges through the use of:

  • Voice-activated picking software – increases pick speed
  • Barcode verification – improves order accuracy
  • Real-time warehouse tracking – ensures accountability for all workers at all times
  1. Streamline your manufacturing process

Once you know your real-time inventory flow and you’ve reduced the possibility of human error in your warehouse, you may want to consider modifying your manufacturing process. Modern technological advances have improved the accuracy of pull-based systems—such as make-to-order—and many companies, large and small, are taking advantage of this lean manufacturing method to reduce the excess inventory in their warehouse.

Though some manufacturers may want to adopt a full Just-in-Time (JIT) system in which orders automatically trigger everything from raw materials ordering to job planning, other manufacturers may simply choose to reduce their inventory stock space by creating a hybrid of make-to-stock and make-to-order models, powered by real-time, error-free insight into their current stock levels.

Address Your Inventory Needs and Increase Your Profits

Returned, excess, or overstock inventory is an all too common problem in modern manufacturing because no one knows what to do with excess inventory in the warehouse. It doesn’t matter whether the excess stock came from old, error-filled demand forecasts or long-solved QC problems—those problems are in the past. What matters now is the more old inventory piles up, the less space there is for new, profitable inventory.

If you’re a manufacturer with too much excess inventory in your warehouse, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and tackle this problem for good. Kickstart the process when you contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1. We’re happy to help.

Manually Counting Inventory? There’s a Better Way

By | Inventory Management, News | No Comments

counting inventoryWhen there’s a need for speed, it’s easy to cut corners with inventory counts. Counting inventory can be tedious and time-consuming but inventory counts matter to your business. Without accurate inventory counts, you’ll misreport stock levels and your balance sheet will be inaccurate.

Why Counting Inventory Matters

With the pressure on to deliver orders faster and faster, counting inventory often falls by the wayside during the rush to ship. But accurate inventory counts matter. If a disaster befalls your company such as a flood, fire, or other problem, an accurate inventory count can be a lifesaver for insurance claims.

Accurate inventory counts are also critical when moving into busy seasons for your business. Without an accurate count, you may not have enough popular items in stock. Inventory counts can help you manage reorders so that you’re never out of stock.

Your inventory represents a significant investment on your company’s part. You’ve got a lot of cash tied up in inventory. Mistakes in reporting inventory counts can lead to overstating profits, which in turn leads to higher taxes. No one wants to pay more than their fair share!

Making Inventory Counting Easier with Scanco

You don’t need a clipboard and a tick list for your inventory counting. Scanco has the solution. Sage Mobility is a new a tool that can improve your inventory counting speed by 75% while also increasing accuracy, productivity, and cost effectiveness.

Contact Scanco online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1

manufacturing automation

Manufacturing Automation’s New Leap into the Future

By | Automation, Manufacturing Automation | No Comments

manufacturing automationHave you heard the exciting news? Your manufacturing automation potential is about to get a turbocharge boost because Scanco recently acquired JobOps (also known as Sage Manufacturing for Sage 100 and Sage 100c). Now, in addition to the great flexibility you have with scanner-friendly JOScan from Scanco, you can look forward to more time-saving automation tools for your shop floor and beyond.

Are you a reseller or JobOps software user? Get all the information you need about how Scanco’s JobOps acquisition impacts you when you visit the acquisition update page or when you contact Scanco online.

What Is Manufacturing Automation?

If you hear the words “manufacturing automation” and instantly think of robots in the workplace, it might be helpful to clear up some misconceptions about automation.

In essence, automation includes any task that can be streamlined so it can be accomplished with less human involvement.

These tasks include:

  • Data syncing across programs and devices
  • Automatic updating
  • Click-free report creation and sending
  • Inventory balancing
  • And more

Of course, these tasks are only the beginning steps in the business world’s journey to highly effective manufacturing automation. This recent acquisition has got the teams from Scanco and Synergistic Software Solutions (the developers of JobOps) excited about future possibilities for even more Sage 100-integrated software for your manufacturing operations.

What’s the Future of Manufacturing Automation?

While robots can certainly save time and increase accuracy for repetitive processes, the future of manufacturing automation will be about a whole lot more than delegating our boring tasks to robots. After all, robots were a technology envisioned as far back as the ancient world. Two millennia have passed since humans came up with the idea of robots and, honestly, it’s time to come up with better ideas than using mechanical slaves.

The most exciting automation technology is a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Let’s unpack those terms.

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be loosely defined as “machines and software applications that can learn to think.”
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to our newfound ability to connect physical objects such as doors, soil, socks, or chairs, to the Internet using sensors and transmitters. If you’re not sure why connecting chairs to the Internet is important, you may want to watch this fabulous TED Talk that clearly explains IoT.

By incorporating logical reasoning capabilities into physical objects that can sense the world around them and communicate important data, we can move toward a future of manufacturing automation that speeds up the production and ordering processes through built-in inventory-tracking and counting. When we don’t have to focus on counting, we can do more important things like ensure customer satisfaction and push the limits of innovative design.

If the idea of automation makes you fear for your job, you may want to check out our three-part series debunking the myths of automation.

Take Advantage of Manufacturing Automation Now

If you’re as excited about manufacturing automation as we are, you’ll be glad to hear that you don’t have to wait for the future to implement automation tools on your shop floor. Your business can streamline processes and improve productivity right now with the powerful solutions you already have at your fingertips.

Not only do Scanco and Sage 100 users have access to WOScan, the fully integrated manufacturing barcode solution that automates every stage of the make-to-stock process (from work order generation to closing work orders), they also have access to JOScan, which automates the JobOps process using barcode tools for:

  • Work Ticket Labor Tracking
  • Parts Usage Tracking
  • Status Change
  • Time Card Tracking

Find Out If Automation Is Right for You

When you’re interested in streamlining processes at your company with manufacturing and warehouse automation, get in touch with the automation experts at Scanco. We’re happy to explain the many options available that seamlessly integrate with your ERP.

Of course, with this new acquisition of Synergistic Software Solutions, Scanco is swiftly becoming one of the leaders in automation in the Sage marketplace. We’re already hard at work coming up with innovative ideas that will make your operations better, so call us any time you want a direct line to the future of manufacturing automation. Reach us at (877) SCANCO-1.

inventory in your warehouse

Too Much of a Good Thing? Reduce Inventory in Your Warehouse

By | Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, warehouse management | No Comments

inventory in your warehouseToo much of a good thing is still too much. Too much chocolate cake, too much vacation … too much of anything isn’t healthy. The same goes for inventory in your warehouse. Too much inventory must be reduced to make room for new goods and to recoup some of your investment in inventory.

These tips will help you reduce inventory in your warehouse.

  1. Assess your warehouse regularly: Review shelves, stock, placement of items, picking and packing areas, and more. Look for items that need to be moved quickly and find ways to clear them from your warehouse.
  2. Track inventory in real-time: After you’ve reviewed your warehouse, track inventory in real-time. With real-time data, you can adjust your pick, pack, and ship process to better serve your customers.
  3. Reduce or eliminate inventory errors: Manual inventory counts lead to errors. Recording errors, transcription errors, and typing errors can snowball into costly mistakes. Eliminate or reduce errors by switching from manual inventory counts to barcode scanners which reduce mistakes significantly.
  4. Get rid of old inventory: Hold a “fire sale”, call up resellers, or donate inventory to a charity. Don’t hold on to old inventory past its expiration date. Like a carton of milk, it never gets better with age.
  5. Use technology to streamline manufacturing: Just-in-Time (JIT) systems, in which orders automatically trigger everything from raw materials ordering to job planning, can help you streamline manufacturing. Make to stock and make to order models can also streamline the manufacturing process.

If you are a manufacturer keen to adopt best practices with inventory in your warehouse, then contact Scanco online or call (877) SCANCO-1. We offer software for warehouse management, manufacturing automation, and much more.

counting inventory

Why Counting Inventory Matters – Especially Now

By | Barcode Software, Inventory Management, Scanco Counts | No Comments

counting inventoryEvery day, the Scanco team talks to distributors who all share a common challenge: they don’t have time for counting inventory from scratch, so they rely on small-scale, informal counts, done infrequently. These distributors know that they’ll need to perform a full inventory count—and soon—but they’re dreading the time and cost it’ll take. They need a faster, more accurate method for counting inventory.

At Scanco, we don’t want you to dread another all-night inventory counting session, so we’ve developed the perfect tool to make counting faster and more accurate. Contact us online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more.

Today’s Warehouses Have a Need for Speed

Since those folks over at Amazon keep increasing the pace of distribution, accurate inventory counts have become a necessity for distributors who want to meet or exceed customer expectations. After all, if a customer orders the last in-stock item from your warehouse, they expect to have it within no more than five days. If your inventory counts are inaccurate and you don’t actually have the product the customer orders, it may be impossible for you to source and send the product on time.

The trend toward light-speed shipping applies even if you’re not an FBM (Fulfilled by Merchant) partner with Amazon; like it or not, customer expectations have shifted and companies that can’t keep up with the pace will quickly fall behind.

Falling behind can have severe consequences.

In the competitive eCommerce environment, anything less than perfect order fulfillment can be a danger to your company. If one missing stock item delays your schedule and upsets the buyer, you won’t only lose a customer, you’ll miss out on uncountable potential lost sales due to that buyer’s bad review.

Is a Full Inventory Count Necessary?

Speaking of “uncountable,” we were talking about your inventory. While it certainly isn’t uncountable, the fact that you’re reading this means you know you need a better, faster way to complete your process for counting inventory.

Distributors often call us looking for a solution that helps them with:

  • Insurance claims and valuation

None of us can predict disasters, but the best way to protect your business from devastating loss after a fire, earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster is to have an accurate record of everything you had, down to the very last item. A full inventory count provides you with peace of mind that your numbers are correct at all times.

  • Holiday demand planning

As in-store retail sales continue to decline and online shopping increases, distributors have been feeling the pinch in the lead up to the holidays. Whereas the holiday season used to be a relatively short rush period with predictable inventory needs, the holidays now seem to be one long, sustained dash to the finish line that lasts the entire quarter. If you know your complete counts before crunch time, you’ll be better prepared to handle those inevitable last-minute demands.

  • Tax time

Maximizing your deductions is critical if you want to balance today’s tight margins to maintain profitability, but without up-to-date information on your inventory counts, you’ll be unable to account for lost and damaged items. With Scanco’s ERP-integrated barcode-scanning software, you can easily count anything in your warehouse at tax time, including your fixed assets.

Expert tip: Since Scanco is fully integrated with your Sage ERP, you can save extra hours by automatically flowing your counted fixed assets to your fixed asset management software that’s also integrated with your Sage system.

  • Productivity enhancements

Warehousing best practices suggest that popular items should be stored in a convenient, easy-to-reach place so you can reduce the time it takes for your employees to pick, pack, and ship that item repeatedly as orders come in throughout the day. But consumer trends change quickly. If your fidget spinners are far from your pick wall because you didn’t realize the trend would take off, you may be losing out on productivity. If you dread counting inventory, it’ll be hard to move your inventory.

The Benefits of Counting Inventory Using Barcodes

If you haven’t had the time for a full inventory count lately, you’ll be pleased to learn that Scanco has developed Sage Mobility, a tool that can improve your inventory counting speed by 75% while also increasing your:

  • Accuracy
  • Productivity
  • Cost effectiveness

Boost Your Competitive Edge

Building productivity by counting inventory may seem like a backwards concept—but only to companies that haven’t experienced the speed and accuracy of barcode inventory tools. Not only do these tools help you perform an initial full inventory count faster and easier, they also help you maintain greater inventory accuracy throughout time because they can reduce or eliminate issues resulting from human error.

Whether your warehouse is shipping solely to retailers, fulfilling customer-driven Amazon orders, selling online through your own web store, or accepting mail and phone orders, the relentless modern pace of the logistics industry makes accurate inventory counts crucial—while simultaneously taking away the little time you had to perform inventory counts.

Since 1989, Scanco has helped distributors make the most of their time with ERP-integrated warehouse automation software. Contact Scanco online or call us at (877) SCANCO-1 to learn more about how your warehouse can succeed with innovative tools that integrate your ERP.

Scanco Software Ranks on Inc. Magazine’s 36th Annual Inc. 5000

By | News | No Comments

Inc. 5000 is one of the most prestigious rankings of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

On August 16, 2017 Inc. magazine ranked Scanco Software, LLC. on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small and mid-sized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000.

The 2017 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and, with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 16), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year average growth of 481%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $206 billion, and the companies on the list collectively generated 619,500 jobs over the past three years.

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring all the companies on the list will be held from October 10 through 12, 2017 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, CA. Speakers include some of the greatest entrepreneurs of this and past generations, such as former Ford president Alan Mulally, FUBU CEO and founder and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, Dollar Shave Club founder Michael Dubin, researcher and #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, and Gravity Payments’ founder and CEO Dan Price.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology

The 2017 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2013 to 2016. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2013. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2016. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 18,000,000 today.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

 

Supply Chain Management

Innovations in Supply Chain Management

By | Supply Chain Management | No Comments

Supply Chain ManagementSupply chain management continues to evolve as the Internet of Things (IoT) brings new technology and tracking methods to manufacturers. One area of evolution is the use of tags to track items moving in the supply chain. Use of third party logistics services, external shipping services, and other methods of moving items from their source to the manufacturing plant has given new urgency to the need to track transit times. Idle equipment drags profits and delays orders. The faster supplies reach the manufacturing floor, the faster orders can be turned around to customers.

Given this need, companies have advanced in the use of tags to transmit shipping data. You may already be familiar with RFID tags. Active RFID tags use a battery-powered transmitter to relay data during transit. Passive RFID tags include an embedded microchip and an antenna so that data can be accessed remotely. Both are an improvement over manual checks on items during transit and barcode scans along the way. Although useful, these rely on people to remember to perform the scan or check. RFID tags automate the process.

NFC tags are the latest development in the use of tags for supply chain tracking and management. These tags are like small stickers with a tiny microchip inside. They can be placed on items such as individual boxes, packages or bags, or on bins, containers, and pallets. You program a smartphone to read the chips, and if it is held nearby, it can automatically pick up on the data inside the chip.

Such chips are all part of the IoT, with the ability to track and monitor packages as they move through the supply chain. Companies who can track items can better estimate manufacturing times, equipment and personnel needs, warehouse stock status, and shipping times for their customers. This is a great example of how better information leads to better service and, in turn, improved customer satisfaction. If you aren’t using barcode scanners, RFID or NFC tags now is the time to explore these options to make your business better.

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

supply chain management

The Secret to Supply Chain Management with Wireless Scanning and Tracking

By | Supply Chain Management | No Comments

supply chain managementDo you use a third-party logistics provider? Third party logistics providers offer outsourced shipping, moving goods from one area to another. You may use one service, such as a transportation provider, or several linked together as your third-party supplier who maintains your entire supply chain. Tracking, managing, and monitoring all third-party logistic service providers is important to your overall business. Without a reliable third-party supplier, you could be waiting for components or goods or wondering what happened to a shipment that was supposed to arrive yesterday.

Tracking third-party logistic suppliers can be tricky, but the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing how companies are able to monitor their supply chain logistics. The IoT uses chips, embedded in everything from actual equipment to pallets, to track their movement, as well as other important data. Temperature-sensitive materials, for example, can be monitored using IoT chips to ensure that any temperature fluctuations during shipping are within acceptable parameters.

The IoT is changing inventory management, logistics, and the entire manufacturing process. Here’s how barcode scanners can be part of the IoT and provide support for inventory tracking through the supply chain.

Barcode Scanners: Proven Technology Used in New Ways

Asset tracking is one of the biggest trends in the realm of supply chain management. The IoT enables asset tracking through a variety of technologies and devices. Asset tracking isn’t new, of course. Shipping companies have used barcode scanners to track freight along the way. What’s new is how that data is moving from point A to point B.

In the past, barcodes scanners were cumbersome hardware tied to specific technologies. If you had Scanner X, you had to use it with Software X.

Today’s barcode scanners are apps that work on a variety of devices including smartphones and tablets. Transforming your smartphone into a scanner is as easy as downloading and opening the software and using the smartphone camera to scan the barcode. Information relayed from the smartphone through the web reaches your company’s ERP system and warehouse management system, forming a seamless web of data that can be used to track shipments.

Using such scanners, you can track components of your supply chain from starting point to the loading dock. If each piece is scanned along the way into the system, the data found within your system will be up to date. It will keep you informed about the progress of your order. In turn, you can keep the production department updated on when to expect shipments. More importantly, you can alert customers when to expect their orders.

RFID Technology

Another method of tracking objects through the supply chain and warehouse is RFID technology. Active and passive RFID tags are attached to items and relay data automatically. Active tags run on battery power and relay information constantly, while passive tags have an antenna and an embedded microchip and store data for access later.

Companies using RFID technology can track items along the way using the tags. Internet-enabled tracking uses cellular technology and wireless networks to transmit data from your supply chain into your system without people needing to remember to scan barcodes. Bluetooth tags and beacons can be used in warehouses to track items better, especially in smaller, confined areas.

Other Methods of Tracking

Lastly, a new technology called NFC tags, based on RFID technology, also enables manufacturers to track elements in their supply chain. Workers can use their mobile devices to read the tags, thus making devices perform double duty as both barcode scanners and NFC readers if both are used in a warehouse.

Technology has made supply chain management more precise and accurate than ever before. Thanks to barcode scanners, RFID tags, and NFC tags, manufacturers can better manage their supply chain, provide up to the minute data on orders, and relay delivery information to waiting customers.

Scanco

Scanco has been a leader in supply chain automation software since 1989. We offer innovative warehouse solutions with a technology-driven approach. If you’d like to explore better supply chain management through the use of technology, contact Scanco at 1.877.722.6261.

inventory management

Improving Customer Satisfaction with Better Inventory Management

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

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.

inventory management app

Strategies and Systems to Take Control of Your Warehouse

By | Inventory Management | No Comments

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.

warehouse operations

Goods to People (GTP) Transforms Warehouse Operations

By | Warehouse Operations | No Comments

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

By | Press Releases | No Comments

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.

Contacts
Scanco Software
Jay Letendre, 330-645-9959 x 210
Director Marketing
J@scanco.com

 

warehouse automation

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

By | Warehouse Automation | No Comments

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.

warehouse automation

The Latest in Warehouse Automation Technology

By | Warehouse Automation | No Comments

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.

warehouse automation

Warehouse Automation Transforms Your Operation: Are You Ready?

By | Warehouse Automation | No Comments

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.

Warehouse Management

What is the difference between Warehouse Automation and Warehouse Management?

By | News, Warehouse Automation, warehouse management | No Comments

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.

Mobile field service

3 Ways to Increase Your ROI with Mobile Field Service

By | Mobile Field Service, News | No Comments

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.

physical counts

Best Practices for Physical Counts in Sage 100

By | News, Physical Count, Sage 100 | No Comments

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.

supply chain management

What’s the Future of Supply Chain Management?

By | News, Supply Chain Management | No Comments

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.

warehouse management

Tips for Warehouse Management Disaster Planning

By | News, warehouse management | No Comments

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

By | Manufacturing Automation, Press Releases, Warehouse Automation, Warehouse Management Software | No Comments

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.

Acumatica manufacturing

Getting More Out of Acumatica Manufacturing

By | Acumatica, Manufacturing, News | No Comments

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.

warehouse management

Move Beyond Spreadsheets with Integrated Data Collection

By | News, Supply Chain Management, warehouse management | No Comments

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.

Sage 100

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

By | MAS 200 ERP, News, Sage 100 | No Comments

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.

manufacturing automation

Prepare for Holiday Shoppers Now with Manufacturing Automation Software

By | Manufacturing Automation | No Comments

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.

Acumatica warehouse

Combining E-Commerce with Your Acumatica Warehouse Operations

By | Acumatica | No Comments

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.

mobile warehouse solutions

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

By | warehouse management | No Comments

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.

Sage 100 mobile

Sage 100 Mobile Sales and Field Service Boosts Productivity

By | Mobile Field Service, Sage 100 Mobile | No Comments

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.

manufacturing automation

3 Manufacturing Automation Tactics for Smart Manufacturers

By | Manufacturing Automation | No Comments

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.