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Your job in the distribution industry has become more overwhelming than ever. Warehouse management and inventory management aren’t easy. Third-party logistics (3PL) and shipping are a challenge, especially in today’s environment when many businesses have been working overtime to meet shipping deadlines. And at the same time, your customers expect the lowest possible prices.

Today’s distribution professionals need real-time visibility to keep up with this do-more-with-less environment. This isn’t possible if your technology isn’t up to the task.

We get it. We’ve worked with a lot of businesses like yours to help them find the right technology that streamlines operations, eliminates manual tasks and makes the order entry to shipment process easier.

warehouse worker - order entry to shipment challenges

These are some of the most common order entry to shipment challenges we’ve come across when talking to our customers:

  • Streamlining of the order entry process – B2B portals, customer portal, employee portal, integration to shopping carts
  • Blocking deliveries for customers who are proforma/payment required up front
  • Omni channel integration with sales – having all sales channels coming into a single source of record
  • Optimizing the warehouse for better flow
  • Managing inventory and large numbers of SKUs

order entry to shipment solutions for distribution industry

Small Changes, Big Impact: Order Entry to Shipment Automation & Integration

You’ve probably heard the term digital transformation - but you might be wondering what it means, and even more so, what does it mean for your business. Think about it like this: You are likely overwhelmed with decisions more than ever - and looking at new ways to do business to bounce back from a changing world. That can seem like too big an obstacle to take on – but it doesn't have to be that way.

 

Many of our clients have started with just one single step – making the dive into digital transformation a little less complicated. They didn't try to solve all their problems in a day. They just took one step forward asking themselves - what can I automate or integrate to make this one business area run better? Making even one small change to your technology can have a big impact in your business. For example, digital transformation could mean implementing simple but powerful portals that offer your customers, employees and vendors self-service convenience – saving you time and administration effort. It’s simply embracing technology to help run your business better.

digital transformation ebookDigital Transformation eBook

Get our free Understanding Digital Transformation eBook to learn how technology can enable new ways to do business, build resiliency, and help you operate more efficiently.

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warehouse management system assistOn-Demand Webinar: The WMS Assist for Next Normal Profitability

Whether you’re experiencing dips in demand or struggling to keep products in stock, a WMS can keep your business up to speed with any changes coming your way.

Tune into this on-demand webinar to learn how you can access real-time data, make quick decisions about routes to market and automate your key processes.

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Explore Our Blog

Explore Our Blog for More About Order Entry to Shipment

Poke around these brief, informative posts about order entry to shipment challenges and how to overcome them. You’ll find lots of free resources, too.

supply chain management resiliency4 Factors That Increase Supply Chain Management Resiliency

This year has taught us that what’s needed now more than ever is a flexible and transparent supply chain.

If you rely on a global supply chain, these four things will improve your supply chain management resiliency and lead to supply chain recovery. Check out the video at the end of the post, too.

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solve supply chain management problems5 Ways WMS Solves Your Supply Chain Problems

An integrated business management solution combined with a warehouse management system (WMS) functionality out of the box, can position your business to address many of the challenges commonly associated with outgrowing your current systems.

This blog explores five of the top supply chain problems you can overcome with a WMS solution. There’s a great in-depth video demo as well.

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ERP and WMS integration for warehouse automationWhy ERP and WMS Integration is Key for Warehouse Automation in Distribution Companies

Many small to midsized enterprises (SMEs) – particularly those with high-volume and highly-automated distribution facilities – invest in a dedicated WMS to digitize and automate all aspects of their inventory control.

This blog examines the need for integration between your systems and includes a free solution brief too.

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Success Stories

See How Businesses Like Yours Overcome Order Entry to Shipment Challenges

Hit the play button on quick, inspirational videos and read success stories to see firsthand how some of our awesome customers have dealt with their order entry to shipment challenges.

 

Customer success story - Saddlebacks order entry to shipmentSaddleback

One of Saddleback’s first add-ons addressed their stock control issues. Leveraging SAP Business One and the Boyum Usability Pack, they quickly seized control of their stock tracking and movements while gaining benefits like easier pricing and currency translation functions.

“With SAP Business One, there are so many functions and benefits you don’t realize are there when you first evaluate it,” said Wager.

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Customer success - Tolteca Foods warehouse and dispatchingTolteca Foods

Before implementing an ERP solution, Tolteca Foods didn’t have a handle on its inventory and was in a need of a powerful solution that could manage its entire operations.

Tolteca Foods’ sales department, warehouse and dispatching center are now seamlessly connected. Watch this two-minute video to see how Tolteca Foods is driving profit and growing 5% consistently year-over-year.

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Customer success - Native Trails for inventory managementNative Trails

Increasing demand for Native Trails distinctive pieces required products to be in stock at all times, but the company struggled with poor inventory management.

Watch this three-minute video to see how an ERP solution with Material Requirement Planning (MRP) has enabled Native Trails to anticipate customer demands for increased accuracy of materials and inventory, and how warehouse and inventory management is now completely streamlined.

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Customer success - Connectrac ERP solutionConnectrac

Connectrac is a cable management systems provider that sells its products through electrical distributors, AV channels, contract furniture dealers, and others throughout the world. Connectrac’s small business accounting solution couldn’t keep up with the company’s 40% year-over-year growth.

Read this success story to learn how an ERP solution has untangled Connectrac’s business complexity and allowed the company to provide superior customer service.

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Additional Resources

Access Resources for Supply Chain Management & More

Here are even more resources for you to explore, including webinars about warehouse management systems, demos of technology, and an information-packed eBook to help you run your warehouse better.

If you have any questions or would like to chat about any of these order entry to shipment resources, please feel free to drop us a line or chat with us.

SAP Business One info kit onlineInfo Kit: Manage Your Entire Business with One Integrated System

Allow us to introduce you to SAP Business One, a solution that has the functionality to help you transform your business by leveraging information to maximize efficiency, reach new customers and drive profitable growth.

We’ve pulled together the latest and most essential pieces of information about SAP Business One for you to explore. In one easy-to-use kit, you can access solution briefs, videos, demos and a webinar series.

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Saltbox platform demo for order entry to shipmentDemo: The Saltbox Platform

Your business relies on a lot of applications to stay organized, collaborate with your team, and run your operations. If those stand-alone applications and systems can’t talk to each other, you’re wasting time and money. 

Learn about the Saltbox Platform, Vision33’s very own born-in-the-cloud Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) solution. Simply put, the Saltbox Platform can connect just about anything.

See the Saltbox Platform in action and understand how you can do more with what you already have.

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warehouse and supply chain management guideWarehouse Management 4.0 Guide

Scroll through this eBook to learn how an ERP solution can help you improve workflows between departments, reduce errors and uncover new opportunities. You’ll also understand how it’s possible to eliminate tasks associated with checking the status of orders, generating packing slips and customer invoicing.

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inventory management webinarOn-Demand Webinar: Transforming Inventory Management

Today’s consumers want more choices, fast shipping, and low prices. And your head is probably spinning with inventory picking, order fulfillment, and getting your merchandise out the door.

It’s possible, though, to better run your warehouse, keep your customers happy and make a nice profit. Give our free Warehouse Management 4.0 Guide a read.

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SAP Business One portal demoDemo: Vision33 Portals

We live in a self-service world – we expect the information we want anytime we want it. The Vision33 web portal add-ons for SAP Business One enable self-service access to real-time information in SAP Business One anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

See the Employee, Customer and Vendor Portals in action in brief on-demand demos.

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IT and process automation for order entry to shipment and supply chain managementPodcast: Boyum IT on the Role of Process Automation, and Integrations in a Data-Driven World

Each week, Vision33’s Carl Lewis interviews bright minds and industry thought leaders about technology and what’s coming next.

We thought you might enjoy this episode featuring Mikael Boyum of BoyumIT. Carl and Mikael chat about process automation, ERP solutions and the cloud.

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