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Bridging the gap in data analytics by machine learning and AI

Bridging the gap in data analytics

Machine Learning and AI are two exciting application areas that enable programs to automatically learn and improve from experience

Location data has become by default for businesses as well as private consumers. Although, consumers are experiencing exponential digital developments through major technology giants, the digital transformation for governments and industries is slowing down.

A major survey by McKinsey shows that less than 1% of all data collected is analyzed. Data grows quickly, and all data has a location factor. However, only a fraction of this data is analyzed for smart decision making. We translate data from the dynamically changing environment to make data-driven decisions. This is done by converting real-time data into usable information; while self-learning algorithms embedded in our solutions help continually improve predictions.

Machine Learning and AI are two exciting application areas that enable programs to automatically learn and improve from experience. Our customers have greatly benefited from Machine Learning to create sustainable and light solutions.

Towards Sustainability 

In the Netherlands, the government has an initiative called ‘common ground’ that strives to create a future-proof municipal IT infrastructure. IMAGEM contributes to this initiative for all government customers through the VALLEY – a concept of reusing applications and pay per use models. Our model supports the development of society in collaboration with government, industry and citizens.

Source: Wouter Brokx


 

Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many enterprises and organizations in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

The Potential of ERP Amid a Pandemic

The Potential of ERP Amid a Pandemic

Automation on the plant floor can keep production flowing to refill store shelves. But the biggest problem manufacturers face right now is a disruption to the supply chain.

In the middle of a global health crisis, the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic portends a drastic shift in the way the world will work in the future.

Whether it’s the need to ramp up production of hand sanitizer or convert automotive plants to produce more respirators, manufacturers are under pressure now more than ever to do more with less. The production floor is operating with skeleton crews to minimize possible exposure to the virus, and plant managers are in need of a better way to maintain visibility into the process. All of this points to the potential of implementing more automation on the plant floor.

In fact, the making of toilet paper is a highly automated process, as shown in the National Geographic documentary “Chasing Paper,” which highlights Sofidel, a manufacturer of toilet paper and paper towels. So, even if operators aren’t in the plant, more paper is on its way, people, do not panic.

The biggest bottleneck in the great paper chase—or for any product right now—is the supply chain. New research indicates that a weakened supply chain is the biggest business disruption related to COVID-19.

According to ABI Research, the impact of Coronavirus is both global and unpredictable, and the supply chain shock it is causing will most definitely and substantially cut into the worldwide manufacturing revenue of $15 trillion currently forecasted for 2020 by the global tech market advisory firm.

The virus will have both short- and long-term ramifications for manufacturers. “Initially, plant managers and factory owners will be looking to secure supplies and be getting an appreciation of constraints further up the supply chain plus how much influence they have on their suppliers,” explains Michael Larner, principal analyst at ABI Research. In the longer term, manufacturers will need to conduct an extensive due diligence process as they need to understand their risk exposure, including the operations of their supplier’s suppliers. “To mitigate supply chain risks, manufacturers should not only not source components from a single supplier but also, as COVID-19 has highlighted, shouldn’t source from suppliers in a single location.”

As a result, ABI Research forecasts that the supply chain impact of COVID-19 will spur manufacturers’ spend on enterprise resource planning (ERP), to reach $14 billion in 2024. While many ERP platforms include modules for inventory control and supply chain management, in light of the outbreak, many manufacturers will also turn to specialist providers. “Supply chain orchestration requires software to be more than a system of record and provide risk analysis and run simulations, enabling manufacturers to understand and prepare for supply chain shocks,” Larner said.

ERP providers agree that COVID-19—and panic buying which quickly exhausted the supply chain—has exposed a major vulnerability in manufacturing operations.

“Business processes need to be re-evaluated as this situation has turned the supply chain on its head,” said Steve Dombroski, senior manager for the consumer, food, and beverage market at QAD, a provider of adaptive ERP software. “Traditional methods of building safety stocks and buffer inventories have been replaced with Just-In-Time (JIT) item location forecasting to minimize re-deployment of inventories and to minimize inventory costs. Running JIT on inventories down and upstream through the supply chain caused delays.” This points to the need for manufacturers to address adaptability across the supply chain. “Manufacturing companies utilize two supply chains today; the physical supply chain consisting of all products and the digital supply chain that contains all information. Synchronizing both supply chains with all manufacturing, distribution, and procurement processes will enable companies to be flexible and agile.”

So, while all eyes are on automation, like robotics and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) sensors, to flow product through the line, none of that matters if the manufacturer doesn’t have a steady flow of raw materials. “COVID-19 demonstrates that manufacturers need to be as focused on their supplier’s capabilities as they are on their factory floor,” ABI’s Larner concludes.

Source: Stephanie Neil


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturingdistribution, and retail in Vietnam and China. Particularly, the supply chain management module of Epicor ERP is one of the strongest features of this solution and has been utilized and continously improved for over 40 years, even during this Covid-19. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

Epicor ERP for cosmetics manufacturing in Dubai

Dubai-based cosmetics manufacturing firm enhances operations with Epicor ERP

Epicor Software Corporation has announced that Epoch Cosmetics and Toiletries has selected enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP, to improve manufacturing and warehousing operations and streamline information flow across the company.

                                        Amel Gardner, Epicor

Epicor partner, Cork Information Technology, will work with Epoch Cosmetics and Toiletries’ stakeholders to bring the full power of the Epicor platform to the company and its employees.

Dubai-based Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries produces aerosols, deodorants, air fresheners and cosmetics for markets all around the world—including its native United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, West Africa, Egypt, Oman, the UK, France, and the US.

The company supplies major brands—such as Elegant, Inspire, Pleasure, Hot & Cold, Mehas and The Scent—to distributors, and also offers contract manufacturing to other brands.

Having grown from a handful of employees to a monthly production capacity of more than two million products in just 10 years, Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries realised they would need to replace their existing ERP solution to continue to expand and grow.

“As we grew, our legacy system was not catering to our needs, especially in manufacturing, warehousing and sales,” said Abbas Hamid, director at Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries.

The company’s warehousing issues stemmed from a lack of real-time accuracy and visibility for on-hand stock levels from the front-end system. The necessity to implement manual workarounds was impacting productivity, and inaccuracies were affecting stock valuation.

In addition, stock retrieval was employee-driven, rather than system-driven, leading to further inaccuracies if goods were not correctly stored. Other complications existed based on the absence of a stock-taking module in the legacy ERP, requiring warehouse employees to perform an entirely manual reconciliation.

“In addition, the manufacturing module within the legacy system only captured the cost of materials, so labour costs and direct costs were never captured. These had to be generated through manual calculations and estimations, which affected our financials,” added Hamid.

Reporting was also cumbersome, with pending PO reports and shipment tracking requiring manual preparation, and the system offered no capability for real-time reporting.

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries decided it needed an ERP system that was tailored to their business operations, was easy to deploy and use, and would be flexible enough to allow the company to grow unimpeded. After considering four major ERP vendors, Hamid and his team selected Epicor ERP due to the manufacturing-centric focus and native functionality of the solution.

“While we obviously needed some level of customisation, we were very clear that we wanted to adapt to a system and be in line with best industry practices, rather than the other way around—where the system has to adapt to us,” added Hamid.

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ stakeholders were particularly drawn to the real-time reporting functionality of Epicor ERP, as well as its multi-region capabilities, so that future expansion plans would not be hampered and that consolidated reports could be easily compiled.

Implementation is expected to be completed by May 2020, and the company’s project team is currently working with regional Epicor partner, Cork Information Technology, to deploy the new solution to more than 40 users in the UAE. Supply chain, sales, CRM, manufacturing, finance and asset management will all be key areas of functionality that are expected to help enhance Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ operations.

“All across the Middle East and North Africa region, manufacturing companies are trying to digitally transform, so that operations are optimised continually,” said Amel Gardner, regional director, Middle East, Africa and India (MEAI), Epicor. “Processes that are overly manual impede growth, so digitisation is the key to agility. Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries realised its legacy architecture was holding back the fulfilment of its regional ambitions. When you have the vision to shake off the old and embrace the new, extraordinary things can happen. We are confident that with Epicor ERP in place, the company will march quickly towards a new horizon.”

Source: Tahawultech


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many manufacturing businesses in Vietnam and China. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

German machine tool industry returns

German machine tools to support industrial boom in Vietnam

The good news is Germany and German products enjoy an excellent reputation in Vietnam.

The VDW Symposium, which took place in Ho Chi Minh City on 14 May 2019, attracted some 100 high-calibre Vietnamese industry representatives. (Source: AHK Vietnam)

Confirming this at the recent VDW Symposium at Mekong Delta was Marko Walde, the executive director of the German-Vietnamese Chamber of Foreign Trade. The chamber is also a co-operation partner of the second VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) Symposium at Mekong Delta. The VDW Symposium, organized twice yearly since 2004, is to develop markets sustainably and repeat events regularly.

According to VDW, Vietnam’s economic development is continuing its upward trend and economic researchers are expecting the country’s GDP to have increased 7% in 2018. A further 6% growth has been predicted for 2019. New free trade agreements are opening up markets and attracting foreign investors to Vietnam. In 2018, the eight most important customer industries for machine tools invested 18% over the year before. Another 8% increase is expected this year and the growth is broad-based.

The aviation, medical technology, electrical/electronics, metal production, and processing industries and the mechanical engineering sector are investing disproportionately high amounts. “This is why now is the right time for the German machine tool industry to return to Vietnam to showcase its strengths,” said Klaus-Peter Kuhnmünch, organiser of the VDW Machine Tool Association’s foreign symposia.

Eleven manufacturers presented their manufacturing technology innovations in Ho Chi Minh City, namely Alzmetall, Chiron-Werke, Gleason Corporation, Grob-Werke, Heller, Index-Werke, Kapp Niles, Röders, Siemens, Trumpf and J.G. Weisser. “I was most impressed by the presentations and the selection of German companies,” said Nhat Pham, senior manager of Strategic Sourcing Marlow Vietnam, Company II-VI.

Potential for German machine tool manufacturers

Vietnam has established itself as an important link in international supply chains, meaning its manufacturers must be globally competitive, both qualitatively and price-wise. As such, the demand for sophisticated production technology is high. Machine tool consumption, an important indicator of the industry’s modernization efforts, is predicted to grow 8.2% this year, VDW says.

Mechanical engineering in Vietnam is not well developed. Local manufacturers only produce simple devices until now. Thus, progress to establish a modern, efficient industry is heavily dependent on machine tools imports.

Vietnam ranks 10th as importing nation

Internationally, Vietnam already ranks 10th as an importing nation, buying products up to a value worth €1 billion. Together with the U.S., Germany is one of the few Western suppliers selling machines to Vietnam, while South Korea, China, Japan, and Taiwan are dominant in this area. Since 2014, the German machine tool exports to Vietnam have risen by over 150%, recording a 215% increase alone in 2018. And, orders from Vietnam have more than tripled recently.

The German machine tool industry offers technologically sophisticated solutions that stand out from the mass-produced offerings of Asian competitors, Duong Tuan Ngoc, vice general director of Hong KY, Ho Chi Minh City noted. Duong: “We have already purchased machine tools from Switzerland this year. In the future, we will be taking a keen interest in high-precision milling machines from Germany.”

Kuhnmünch said: “In view of the Asian dominance and the great potential of the Vietnamese market, German manufacturers must take urgent action if they want to share in the Vietnamese boom.” And General Director of Trumpf Vietnam, Patrick Kemnitz, added: “Having a local presence is important for customer proximity. Service and after-sales are the core elements for ensuring further growth.”

Soltau-based Röders, which is already actively servicing the market, took part in the VDW symposium for the first time. The company has been operating a contract manufacturing plant in Vietnam since 2013.

The VDW Symposium was well attended, attracting some 100 participants. Interest levels were high and discussions were lively. Included too were 42 bilateral talks. Dirk Prust, chairman of Index-Werke noted: “The B2B meetings are a very useful addition to the presentations. The individual meetings provide a convenient opportunity to get into closer contact.” He added that one gets a lot about views, experiences, and abilities of potential customers here, which help in assessing needs and providing professional advice.

Source: Briggette Jaya


High-quality industrial tools separately, however, do not secure the productivity or the company’s position in international competition at the moment. They need to be ready to integrate into a system that reduces manual and tedious work while boost productivity to the level able to disrupt the market. In other words, it is optimal to install ERP-compatible machines.

Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many enterprises and organizations in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

signs to replace ERP software systems to enhance manufacturing

5 telltale signs it’s time to replace your ERP system

New software, systems enhance responsiveness, save time for stampers and other manufacturers

Most stamping manufacturers have integrated an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system of some sort over the last decade. Most likely it ushered in operating system improvements and efficiencies not experienced before. However, modern technology improvements—especially Industry 4.0—may have made those legacy ERP systems obsolete.

Now it’s easier than ever for manufacturers to update their systems using the features of Industry 4.0 so they don’t have to rely on outdated ones. Today’s ERP software harnesses data so that manufacturers can make better decisions, faster.

Here are five signs that your ERP system is outdated.

1. Lack of Real-time Data

Speed to market and critical decision-making during the production process are competitive advantages. That means every minute counts. Time is money, and digging through data is tedious and time-consuming.

That critical time is wasted when staff on the production floor and in the front office have to wait for reports to be generated to make their next moves. Modern manufacturing ERP software offers individual users access to the reports they need at the click of a mouse from their own dashboards.

Cloud access and mobility features are also important for those in the field, whether for the sales team, remote employees, or technicians serving a client. Having up-to-date business intelligence about inventory levels, sales orders, and where things are in the production cycle is critical.

Your ERP system should allow access at the touch of a button and on any mobile device to these and other types of information to help you make better decisions, capture more sales, and satisfy customers.

2. Too Complex for Users

Is everyone across your organization comfortable using your ERP software? Do they use it at all? Or are you finding more and more employees using workarounds to accomplish tasks that your ERP system should be capable of handling?

You also may find yourself hiring software programmers to write new capabilities into your ERP software. Inevitably, such efforts will likely make it, even more, complex—depressing user adoption instead of enhancing it.

Lack of employee buy-in and chronic complaints about how challenging a system is and how much time it takes to enter and extract data are telltale signs of an ineffective ERP system.

ERP software today is equipped with intuitive interfaces, making them easy to catch on to and use. For example, role-based configured dashboards turn data into usable information without tapping into IT capacity. Automated work instructions address workforce succession. Merging machine data and financial performance can pinpoint where true profitability is or is not occurring. ERP software includes customizable reporting tools. Its anywhere-accessibility supports quick responsiveness, and that equates to time savings and better customer service.

In addition, reputable ERP system providers will include training as part of their ERP implementation and provide support to encourage user adoption. Be sure to take advantage of it.

3. Reliance on Multiple Platforms

One of the biggest benefits of current ERP software is its ability to minimize duplicate data and duplicate work. A major goal of any ERP system is to create efficiencies and make sure everyone is on the same page and working together as a team toward the same goals. When individuals and departments use multiple systems or add-on tools that are not integrated into your ERP system, that is a recipe for miscommunication.

If you are using nonintegrated systems or a separate customer relationship management (CRM) tool, you’re likely missing productivity and profitability opportunities.

Modern ERP systems unite various departments with a single technology system rather than separating them into silos with their different management tools. But that doesn’t mean you need to abandon systems that are working for you. If you like, for example, the simplicity of QuickBooks®, newer ERP technologies can integrate seamlessly with many existing platforms and do not have to be complex and difficult. Workflow automation in these new systems has pushed complex routines behind the scenes, allowing users to analyze data; make decisions fast; and avoid lengthy, frustrating keystrokes.

4. Still Performing Manual Processes

In an age when reliance on computers and online connectivity has become a part of our daily lives and imperative for business success, it’s unnecessary for manufacturers to still rely on manual business processes.

Your finance department may run manual end-of-the-month reconciliation reports. The sales department may send orders through interoffice mail. Engineers might route papers for approvals with no way of tracking where they are in the approval process or whose desk they’re sitting on.

ERP technology is intended to automate labor-intensive processes and keep workflows running smoothly. When your ERP fails to achieve these most basic functions, it’s time to look at an upgraded system.

5. Lack of Support

As legacy systems age, they often require more calls to the software vendor’s customer support center or help desk. To resolve problems, technicians often need to perform upgrades or maintenance.

Eventually, however, the computing power of legacy systems simply cannot keep up with the mountain of data that is generated in today’s business climate.

This can lead to slower performance, increased downtime, and susceptibility to security breaches or cyberattacks. Some ERP software applications may even become obsolete or no longer be supported.

A lack of available support isn’t a problem just with legacy ERP systems; it’s also critical to ensure that your new ERP system has people who will be there to stand behind it. Choosing the right ERP vendor is just as important as choosing the right software. The vendor can help you through each phase, including discovery, selection, implementation, customization, user training, and ongoing support.

Source: Mark Stevens


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturingdistribution, and retail in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

Epicor Ace Hardware partnership extension

Epicor and Ace Hardware Extend Strategic Partnership

The expanded partnership includes a 5-year commitment to continue an exclusive point-of-sale endorsement, support Ace Retailers, and introduce next-generation retail cloud technology.

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced the expansion of an exclusive partnership with Ace Hardware, the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative. Ace Hardware has officially selected Epicor Eagle as its designated point-of-sale (POS) solution, currently installed at more than 3,400 Ace Hardware stores.

Based on the success of the Epicor Eagle POS partnership that kicked off more than two decades ago, Ace Hardware has expanded the venture to include a 5-year commitment to exclusively use Epicor Eagle. Epicor’s technology and vision, along with domain expertise and deep vertical market knowledge, helped secure Ace’s decision to move forward with the partnership.

“It only made sense to expand our partnership with Epicor as we continue to build momentum as a brand and retailer. Epicor’s vision for, and commitment to, the independent retailer, coupled with its industry-specific technology, set the company apart from the rest,” said John Venhuizen, President and CEO, Ace Hardware. “Today marks the start of an expanded relationship and we’re excited about the potential and future developments that this will bring.”

This partnership underscores Epicor’s continued dedication to providing innovative and seamless solutions for its retailers. Epicor Eagle’s functionality, flexibility, and integration capabilities provide Ace retailers with the tools they need to succeed at business processes – operational efficiency, customer service, and bottom-line profitability.

“Over the past three decades, Epicor Eagle has delivered strong point-of-sale solutions to our customers. Despite the big-box competition, with this software retailers are thriving through superior customer engagement and greater efficiency – including Ace retailers,” said Steve Murphy, CEO, Epicor. “We’re delighted to continue our partnership and are proud to be the only point-of-sale software exclusively endorsed by Ace Hardware.”

About Epicor Software Corporation

Epicor Software Corporation drives business growth. We provide flexible, industry-specific software designed to fit the precise needs of our manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industry customers. More than 45 years of experience with our customers’ unique business processes and operational requirements are built into every solution―in the cloud or on-premises. With this deep understanding of your industry, Epicor solutions dramatically improve performance and profitability while easing complexity so you can focus on growth. For more information, connect with Epicor or visit www.epicor.com.

Epicor and the Epicor logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epicor Software Corporation, registered in the United States and other countries. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners. The product and service offerings depicted in this document are produced by Epicor Software Corporation.

About Ace Hardware

Ace Hardware is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world with more than 5,300 locally owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries operate an expansive network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Since 1924, Ace has become a part of local communities around the world and known as the place with the helpful hardware folks. For more information, visit acehardware.com or newsroom.acehardware.com.

Source: Raelle Alfaro


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturing, distribution, and retail in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

Epicor ERP for Epoch Cosmetics

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries enhance efficiency with Epicor ERP

UAE-based manufacturer drawn to manufacturing-centric and multi-region capabilities of the market-leading solution.

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, has announced that Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries LLC has selected Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP, to improve manufacturing and warehousing operations and streamline information flow across the company.

Epicor partner, Cork Information Technology, will work with Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ stakeholders to bring the full power of the Epicor platform to the company and its employees.

Dubai-based Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries produces aerosols, deodorants, air fresheners and cosmetics for markets all around the world-including its native United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India, West Africa, Egypt, Oman, the UK, France, and the US.

The company supplies major brands-such as Elegant, Inspire, Pleasure, Hot & Cold, Mehas and The Scent-to distributors, and also offers contract manufacturing to other brands.

Having grown from a handful of employees to a monthly production capacity of more than two million products in just 10 years, Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries realized they would need to replace their existing ERP solution to continue to expand and grow.

“As we grew, our legacy system was not catering to our needs, especially in manufacturing, warehousing, and sales,” said Abbas Hamid, Director at Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries.

The company’s warehousing issues stemmed from a lack of real-time accuracy and visibility for on-hand stock levels from the front-end system. The necessity to implement manual workarounds was impacting productivity, and inaccuracies were affecting stock valuation. In addition, stock retrieval was employee-driven, rather than system-driven, leading to further inaccuracies if goods were not correctly stored. Other complications existed based on the absence of a stock-taking module in the legacy ERP, requiring warehouse employees to perform an entirely manual reconciliation.

“In addition, the manufacturing module within the legacy system only captured the cost of materials, so labor costs and direct costs were never captured. These had to be generated through manual calculations and estimations, which affected our financials,” said Hamid.

Reporting was also cumbersome, with pending PO reports and shipment tracking requiring manual preparation, and the system offered no capability for real-time reporting.

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries decided it needed an ERP system that was tailored to their business operations, was easy to deploy and use, and would be flexible enough to allow the company to grow unimpeded. After considering four major ERP vendors, Hamid and his team selected Epicor ERP due to the manufacturing-centric focus and native functionality of the solution.

“While we obviously needed some level of customization, we were very clear that we wanted to adapt to a system and be in line with best industry practices, rather than the other way around-where the system has to adapt to us,” said Hamid.

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ stakeholders were particularly drawn to the real-time reporting functionality of Epicor ERP, as well as its multi-region capabilities, so that future expansion plans would not be hampered and that consolidated reports could be easily compiled.

Implementation is expected to be completed by May 2020, and the company’s project team is currently working with regional Epicor partner, Cork Information Technology, to deploy the new solution to more than 40 users in the UAE. Supply chain, sales, CRM, manufacturing, finance and asset management will all be key areas of functionality that are expected to help enhance Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ operations.

Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries’ management team is hopeful that, with Epicor ERP in place, its operations will be streamlined, allowing it to expand as needed and implement international best standards in manufacturing. Also, given the ability for Epicor ERP to integrate with multiple third-party solutions, the company plans to work with Epicor to integrate modules for business analytics and intelligent manufacturing.

“All across the Middle East and North Africa region, manufacturing companies are trying to digitally transform, so that operations are optimized continually,” said Amel Gardner, Regional Director, Middle East, Africa and India (MEAI), Epicor.

“Processes that are overly manual impede growth, so digitization is the key to agility. Epoch Cosmetics & Toiletries realized its legacy architecture was holding back the fulfillment of its regional ambitions. When you have the vision to shake off the old and embrace the new, extraordinary things can happen. We are confident that with Epicor ERP in place, the company will march quickly towards a new horizon.”

Source: Mark Bowen


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many manufacturing businesses in Vietnam and China. For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Ace Hardware Epicor Partnership

Ace Hardware doubles down on POS partnership

Ace Hardware Corp. is expanding collaboration with Epicor Software Corp. to exclusively recommend the Epicor Eagle POS solution to its members for five years. Ace has been leveraging Epicor as a POS partner for two decades, and more than 3,400 of its 5,300-plus locally-owned and operated hardware stores in approximately 70 countries currently run Epicor Eagle. In other words, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world is committing to a platform that supports POS, inventory and order management, and data analytics.

In addition to supporting POS operations, Epicor Eagle N Series retail business software features integrated inventory management, purchasing and receiving tools. It also provides analytical tools that enable custom reporting with intuitive, on-screen metrics such as inventory, accounts receivable, and sales.

“It only made sense to expand our partnership with Epicor as we continue to build momentum as a brand and retailer. Epicor’s vision for, and commitment to, the independent retailer, coupled with its industry-specific technology, set the company apart from the rest,” said John Venhuizen, president and CEO, Ace Hardware. “Today marks the start of an expanded relationship and we’re excited about the potential and future developments that this will bring.”

Ace Hardware is headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill. Ace and its subsidiaries operate a network of distribution centers in the U.S. and have distribution capabilities in Ningbo, China; Colon, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Source:DC Velocity


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturing, distribution, and retail in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

Epicor analytics for decision making

Modex 2020: cloud-based Epicor ERP offers analytics for decision making

The cloud-based Epicor ERP system offers analytics for decision making of small- to mid-sized manufacturers, distributors, as well as retailers. 

Helping small- to mid-sized manufacturers, distributors, and retailers gain the functionality of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system without a hefty price tag, Epicor’s ERP is cloud-based, explained Steve Coolidge, senior product manager, business intelligence and reporting. The company is highlighting its ERP solution in booth 7985.

“Hosting an ERP in the cloud makes it more affordable for companies, as they no longer have to maintain servers and manage updates like traditional, site-hosted ERPs,” he said. “That also allows an organization to redeploy their IT staff to manage other tasks that are more beneficial to the business.”

Some of the newest modules within the cloud-based ERP include business intelligence and data analytics functionality. “These help a user to make valuable business decisions based on actual information rather than intuition,” Coolidge continued.

Additionally, Epicor has made the information housed in the ERP more accessible to anyone within an operation (who has permission), even without a computer.

“We’ve geared it to enable the mobile worker to have an actual, verbal conversation with the ERP—so they can find out mission-critical information without being in front of a computer screen,” he noted. “Instead, they can use their phone to ‘call’ the system and ask a question, such as how much inventory is available for a given product, and get an instant answer.”

That capability is intended to increase both the value of the system and its ease of use, concluded Coolidge. “It’s just another way we help our customers grow.”

Source: DC Velocity


Data V Tech is proud to be one of the leading ERP vendors in the Asia Pacific. We have implemented Epicor ERP for many businesses in manufacturing, distribution, as well as retail in Vietnam and China. For direct consultation, please feel free to contact us.

Anchor Fabrication with Epicor

Anchor Fabrication Improves Productivity by 200% with Epicor

Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth, today announced Anchor Fabrication, a Texas-based one-stop metal fabrication shop, has improved its productivity by up to 200% through the help of the Epicor ERP solution. Epicor ERP empowers a frictionless inventory and order management solution offering the flexibility to deliver world-class customer service while taking on a higher volume of daily transactions.

Anchor Fabrication caters to a wide variety of customers with a range of product needs – from plasma- and laser-cutting to machining, welding, and assembly work. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Anchor Fabrication has more than 1,000,000 square feet of manufacturing space across six facilities.

“We’ve built a reputation within the metal fabrication industry based on our efficiency and ability to quickly execute on a variety of services,” said Hector Robles, VP of manufacturing at Anchor Fabrication. “During site visits, customers often tell us they appreciate our ability to quickly lookup almost any particular part’s manufacturing history along with the number of times we’ve built those specific parts.”

 

Drastically reduced-order planning costs

Epicor ERP allows Anchor Fabrication to combine all work order data into a single job without the need for manual human entry – ultimately reducing order planning costs by over $100,000 each year.

“Anchor likes to inform employees with the most concise data and the best information possible for every job that goes to the floor. Epicor really helps to keep all that information together in one spot,” said Jason Davis, VP of sales at Anchor Fabrication.

Anchor Fabrication’s rapid delivery of manufacturing orders is due in part to their ability to perform dynamic nesting, made possible by the Epicor ERP platform, which allows the metal shop team to take work orders and perform them concurrently through integration with Service Connect. The software system examines all orders that are assigned to a certain machine and notifies the Anchor Fabrication team if any orders are a fit for simultaneous execution.

“Many metal fabricators only perform a single service – welding, cutting, coating – but Anchor Fabrication saw an opportunity to differentiate themselves from the competition. They’ve strategically positioned themselves as an all-in-one metal fabrication service provider, and as a provider that can complete customer orders faster than single-service competitors,” said Terri Hiskey, VP of global product marketing at Epicor. “We’re very happy to see that our vertical industry specialization and product knowledge and capabilities have enabled Anchor Fabrication to work smarter, not harder – making a marked difference in the company’s business, productivity, and revenue.”

An effortless, adjustable fit

Anchor Fabrication began using Epicor ERP solutions in 2007 after determining that their previous software solution could not provide the required flexibility when it came to scheduling orders and making needed changes to orders in process.

“Epicor can tailor software solutions to fit the needs of the customer, whereas most ERP solution providers force customers to adapt to their software capabilities,” said Steven Pybus, VP of engineering at Anchor Fabrication. “They have a support team that really knows the product and solution.”

Source: Financial Buzz


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