Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management
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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

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Manufacturer uses Phocas for production performance management

CQR Security Limited is a British manufacturer, making equipment for the security intruder market such as cable and door contacts. Initially, the company deployed business intelligence to analyze its sales and get a better understanding of its top-performing products. The use of data has expanded dramatically for CQR, and it now takes a data-driven approach to production performance management, inventory management and component purchasing decisions — to find more ways to drive efficiencies.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Executive, ERP - Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Inventory Management

Seasonal inventory management helps PoolPro stay afloat

In the southern hemisphere, pool season is just around the corner. The POPS Group is an Australian manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of PoolPro branded chemicals and products. Managing Director, Sean Ralph reminisces about the days when he used spreadsheets to manage its 1800 product SKUs which was 'very time consuming'. Phocas data analytics helps the seasonal business see the data in real-time so inventory management is efficient and POPS has enough stock to satisfy demand in hot weather.

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Topics: Case Study, Job Role - Sales, ERP - MYOB EXO, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Industry - Janitorial, Inventory Management

Stock Coverage: days cover calculation and other stock metrics

Anyone who manages inventory is familiar with stock coverage.The question is, how do you measure 'days cover calculation' and other useful inventory metrics.

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Topics: Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, data analytics

Using business Intelligence as an automotive inventory solution

Inventory management is vital for all suppliers in the automotive aftermarket and spare parts industry in order to operate efficiently and remain profitable.  It entails a complex balancing act of ensuring enough stock is available for customers when they need to purchase, while simultaneously making sure there is no surplus stock waiting in the warehouse for long periods of time.  

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Topics: Industry - Automotive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

How DIFOT analysis helps prepare retailers for Cyber Monday?

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Cyber Monday is quickly become one of the largest online shopping days of the year. With a 17.9% year-over-year increase in sales, this year’s Cyber Monday is expected to be another busy shopping day. To all the retailers participating – we trust your e-commerce, stock and shipping procedures are ready for the extra attention. For those considering getting involved in 2021 –get started now –and use DIFOT analysis to ensure your customers have a good experience.

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Topics: Job Role - Sales, Industry - Retail, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Industry - Consumer Goods, KPIs

Bill of Materials example: Rivertrace

Rivertrace is a manufacturer based in Surrey, England and makes monitoring systems for pollution control for the maritime, offshore and industrial sectors. It designs, manufactures, commissions and services equipment across the world. Operations Director Martin Saunders explains how Rivertrace uses data analytics to enhance reporting, stay in control of its component usage and manage its Bill of Materials, providing an example.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Manufacturing, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, ERP - Merlin, Dynamic reporting

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

A Bill of Materials (BOM) is a list of all necessary materials and components required to make a product. To be useful, BOM includes raw materials as well as the quantities of components in the assembly process and the spare parts for repair. Many companies struggle to consolidate all of this information, especially companies that both manufacture and sell products. Component reporting using data analytics is a simple way to tackle BOM to gain clarity and streamline order processes.

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Topics: Industry - Manufacturing, Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

What Does Omni Channel Mean For Operations?

True Omni Channel means that the customer has the same experience regardless of where they purchase. It also means that the customer can buy anywhere and have it shipped or picked up anywhere – click and collect, buy in store and send, buy in one store and pick up in another. Speed matters. There has to be complete transparency within the systems with the ability to see live data. Prices have to be identical to be truly Omni Channel.

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Topics: Strategy, Management and Performance, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

Exception reporting is one of the reasons Savona selected Phocas BI

 

Savona, an independent British food distributor, wanted a BI tool that reviews sales information includes human resources data and brings together online and offline orders into one version of the truth. The team also plans to use the functionality in Phocas for the management of daily exception reporting to send to users rather than having it recreated in the ERP system. Exception reporting in Phocas highlights where actual results diverge significantly from the budget, usually in a negative way. Savona will use the outcomes to focus its team on the areas of its business that need immediate attention.

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Topics: Case Study, Industry - Food and Beverage, Industry - Wholesale Distribution, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - IT, Job Role - Inventory/Operations

How to get your KPIs on track with data analytics

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Many data analytics vendors give users the ability to measure everything but offer little guidance.  Too much choice can be overwhelming for new users. Instead, we recommend determining the metrics that matter to your business and to get you started; Phocas helps you establish KPIs in the data analytics solution.We have three pillars that serve as guideposts to help you decide what to measure. So every area of your business from sales, inventory management to finance is measuring core KPIs that contribute to the overall success of the business.

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Topics: Business Intelligence Basics, Job Role - Sales, Job Role - Executive, Job Role - Inventory/Operations, Job Role - Marketing

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