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    Make headcount planning integrate with budget and drive business success

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    How to get the most from your Net Promoter Score (NPS)

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    Why inventory management is the key to omnichannel success

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    July 16, 2021

    Inventory management is complicated, and people are always looking for new ways to make it simpler.

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    Stock Coverage: days cover calculation and other stock metrics

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    July 4, 2021

    Anyone who manages inventory is familiar with stock coverage.The question is, how do you measure 'days..

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    Seasonal stock control trends: Do you have your products ready?

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    June 18, 2021

    At this time of year many businesses are dealing with seasonal demands and stock control. Seasonal trends..

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    How to measure stock on hand, over stock, under stock and dead stock quickly and simply

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    May 21, 2021

    Many businesses are adjusting demand forecasting due to the effects of the pandemic. Some products have..

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    Delivery in full on time: Why it matters and how you can improve

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    April 26, 2021

    Delivery in full, on time (DIFOT) is a fundamental measure when analyzing the performance of your supply..

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    How business intelligence is used?

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    April 15, 2021

    As companies continue to use their systems and technology to achieve a competitive advantage and adapt to..

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    How to promote interdepartmental communication using business intelligence

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    April 7, 2021

    Interdepartmental communication is the backbone of achieving company success.  Companies with effective..

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    Inventory days formula and why it's useful

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    March 23, 2021

    Inventory days formula is equivalent to the average number of days each item or SKU (stock keeping unit)..

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    Reduce costs with a data analytics bootcamp

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    February 26, 2021

    There are many courses called data analytics bootcamps which teach participants the basics of working with..

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    A list of 17 supplier KPIs to master

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    December 29, 2020

    Wholesale suppliers understand the value of data and the need to harness it within their businesses. To..

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    Win the stock and inventory management battle with data analytics

    3 MIN
    December 20, 2020

    Stock and inventory management: how can you optimize it? At Phocas, we set out to answer this question..

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    Retail success means data sharing

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    December 3, 2020

    The retail industry is a tough and competitive environment. With every business trying to top one another,..

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    Making good purchasing decisions requires business intelligence

    2 MIN
    November 29, 2020

    Smart purchasing and stock optimization boosts your organization’s bottom line. What am I buying, selling,..

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    Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

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    November 25, 2020

    CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as..

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    Seasonal inventory management helps PoolPro stay afloat

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    November 11, 2020

    In the southern hemisphere, pool season is just around the corner. The POPS Group is an Australian..

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    Using business Intelligence as an automotive inventory solution

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    November 2, 2020

    Inventory management is vital for all suppliers in the automotive aftermarket and spare parts industry in..

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    How DIFOT analysis helps prepare retailers for Cyber Monday?

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    October 22, 2020

    Cyber Monday is quickly become one of the largest online shopping days of the year. With a 17.9%..

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    Bill of Materials example: Rivertrace

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    October 16, 2020

    Rivertrace is a manufacturer based in Surrey, England and makes monitoring systems for pollution control..

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    What is a bill of materials and how to tackle it?

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    October 14, 2020

    A Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of all necessary materials and components required to make a product...

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    What Does Omni Channel Mean For Operations?

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    September 23, 2020

    True Omni Channel means that the customer has the same experience regardless of where they purchase. It..

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    Exception reporting is one of the reasons Savona selected Phocas BI

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    September 23, 2020

     

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    How to get your KPIs on track with data analytics

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    September 14, 2020

    Many data analytics vendors give users the ability to measure everything but offer little guidance.  Too..

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    Wessex packaging ticks all the boxes with purchasing data analytics

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    September 11, 2020

     

    Purchasing data analytics provides Wessex packaging with greater visibility into sales, purchasing and..

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    Supply chain optimization can be achieved with data

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    September 8, 2020

    Supply chain optimization means lowering costs and improving the performance of the production cycle with..

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    Data management: 6 dos and don’ts of managing your business with data

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    September 2, 2020

     

    Business intelligence (BI) systems provide a single source of truth for data management across all of..

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    Take control with self-service data analytics

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    August 23, 2020

    Nearly all companies in today’s world have one common goal: keeping the user experience simple. This..

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    How to build a dynamic dashboard and stay on top of your KPIs

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    August 12, 2020

    If a picture can paint a thousand words, how many is a dynamic picture worth? A lot of words, according to..

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    How do you feel about data?

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    August 12, 2020

    Data means many things to different people. How does data make you feel? Does it keep you up at night..

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    Harrisons Sauces increases profitability with BI solution

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    August 7, 2020

    Harrisons Sauces is part of BI Europe and manufactures condiments and sauces, supplying a variety of sweet..

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    What is overstock and how to avoid it?

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    August 3, 2020

    Lean warehouse management is key to the success of businesses that make, move or sell products...

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    Electrical supplier leverages data across its business to improve performance

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    July 31, 2020

    Parrish-Hare is an electrical products supplier for commercial and industrial construction across Texas...

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    How to forecast stock on hand

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    July 27, 2020

    To forecast stock on hand, an inventory manager needs to determine average quantities sold over key time..

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    Making decisions viable with data

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    July 26, 2020

    Do you ever make decisions on the run? Have you dropped the price on a product by a few percent for a good..

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    A critical inventory metric: projected inventory level

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    July 20, 2020

    With constant streams of data being collected by companies daily, planning for the future is no longer as..

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    Master inventory calculations and anticipate future demand

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    July 2, 2020

    As businesses reopen and customers resume spending, it’s more important than ever to have a full..

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    Safeaid turns to business intelligence software to maintain customer satisfaction

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    May 31, 2020

    Safeaid Supplies is an English manufacturer and supplier of personal protective equipment. The company..

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    Take stock with inventory management software

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    May 8, 2020

    Business intelligence is used by many distributors who move and sell lots of product as its inventory..

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    5 ways to use business intelligence software to adapt to the new normal

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    May 3, 2020

    Phocas customers operate in distribution, manufacturing and retail, so they're always analyzing their data..

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    Don't drop the data: Why business intelligence software matters

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    April 27, 2020

    Business intelligence has become this wonderful blanket term to cover a variety of elements. These include..

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    Inventory optimization helps American Metals Supply adapt to change

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    April 22, 2020

    Independent wholesaler American Metals Supply (AMS) provides sheet and coil steel, prefabricated duct and..

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    Inventory management metrics to handle demand volatility

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    April 8, 2020

    Due to the current health crisis some wholesalers are experiencing intense demand for certain products..

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    Data analytics essentials for the COVID-19 crisis

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    March 22, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic puts risk management and disruption strategies under the spotlight as companies..

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    Use a business intelligence strategy to prepare for supply chain disruption

    3 MIN
    March 1, 2020

    The full economic impact of the coronavirus is still unfolding, but now is the time for executives and..

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    Industries using business intelligence

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    February 25, 2020

    Over the last decade, many industries have adopted business intelligence to help them lower costs, improve..

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    Phocas business intelligence software helps Hairhouse style new profits

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    December 16, 2019

    Hairhouse salons consolidate data, run stylish reports, and trim dead stock from their warehouse with..

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    Data visualization tool connects all pieces of the puzzle for Gibsons

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    December 12, 2019

    Gibsons is a 100-year-old manufacturer and distributor of more than 500 games, puzzles, cards and gifts...

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    Prochem stays ahead of the game with data analytics

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    November 7, 2019

    Prochem delivers quality stainless-steel pipe, fittings and valving products to the gas, aerospace, marine..

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    uvex safety equipment protects distributor relationships using data analytics

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    October 24, 2019

    uvex safety Australia makes and distributes high-quality products designed to keep people safe at work...

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    Stewart’s of Scotland concentrates on profitability with Phocas

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    July 15, 2019

    Phocas data analytics is exhibiting at the UBT Trade Expo 2019 in Warwick this week. This three-day event..

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    How to manage your budget and quickly determine leakage

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    May 3, 2019

    Overspending and variations from budget estimates are a common occurrence for many businesses. Usually,..

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    How to track your sales reps performance against budget

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    April 26, 2019

    Sales methods must adapt to a rapidly changing marketplace. Therefore, it’s crucial that sales teams have..

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    Can online reviews guide data analytics sourcing?

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    April 23, 2019

    Data analytics offers valuable insights to help improve performance throughout a company. Because data..

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    How to keep favorite data views close at hand

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    April 12, 2019

    What data can't you live without? Actual sales versus budget, stock on hand, low margin against products?..

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    Four signs your company needs a data analytics solution

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    February 17, 2019

    What are your company’s objectives for 2019? What data are you using to back this up?  Companies are..

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    How to safely reduce your inventory costs

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    December 5, 2018

    Warehouse, inventory and operations managers understand that inventory is a capital investment, and that..

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    Running a lean warehouse: How to get your inventory levels right

    3 MIN
    September 12, 2018

    Due to the growing global market, warehouse, purchasing, and operations managers are under increased..

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    Warehouse managers may not think they need BI, but here’s why they do

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    August 24, 2018

    In the past, the only technology that warehouse managers thought they needed was a two-way radio to..

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    [eBook] How to maximize strategic purchasing decisions with Rebates

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    March 13, 2018

    As competition intensifies for distributors, the successful management and profitability of vendor rebates..

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    How to improve stock management in the plumbing and HVAC industry

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    November 13, 2017

    Plumbing and HVAC businesses must ensure there is enough stock-on-hand to fulfill orders, without being..

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    Successfully growing your food production business

    3 MIN
    October 3, 2017

    When hearing the words ‘growing a business’, many executives think of selling more, and thus seeing larger..

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    Strategic sourcing made easy with business intelligence

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    April 6, 2017

    Many purchasing and operations managers struggle with inadequate, inaccurate, or outdated data when making..

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    How to improve the supply chain for health and medical businesses

    3 MIN
    February 24, 2017

    Whether you work in medical consumables, dental supplies, optical, veterinary or pharmaceuticals, it's..

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    Data analytics for health and medical

    2 MIN
    June 13, 2016

    When it comes to embracing electronic and digital information, the healthcare industry may be second to..

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    What comes in MUST go out

    2 MIN
    January 22, 2016

    Using Phocas to analyze your sales history and customer behavior is our customers’ bread and butter. We..

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    There is More to Reporting Than Just Sales

    1 MIN
    December 29, 2015

    If you read my last blog about being the data hero, you'll know how easy it can be to become the company..

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    Improve Stock Control and Reduce Sales Costs With BI

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    July 20, 2015

    Some thoughts from a Business Intelligence perspective.

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    Why You Need Business Intelligence for Inventory

    2 MIN
    January 12, 2015

    This is the time of year when we traditionally like to take stock of things. It’s the season when we look..

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