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ERP Data Quality Issues Can Harm Your Business

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For modern manufacturers, the need for accurate, reliable, and timely data cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, some custom manufacturers struggle with data quality issues within their ERP systems. This can cause problems such as running out of inventory and making mistakes in production, which can hurt your company. The efficacy of an ERP system hinges on one crucial factor: data quality. This post will explore how data quality impacts business operations. Plus, discover solutions for fixing quality issues to get…

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How to Reduce Your Metal Service Center Costs

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Running a steel or metal service center comes with its fair share of challenges. From managing inventory and optimizing production to maintaining quality and meeting customer demands. In this highly competitive industry, finding ways to save money without compromising on efficiency and service quality is crucial. That’s why it’s important to use software applications that can help optimize resources and streamline operations. In this post, we will explore the benefits of ERP, CPQ, and MES systems and how embracing…

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Effective Returns Management for Custom Manufacturers with ERPs

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Unlike mass-produced goods, make-to-order products often come with special circumstances regarding merchandise returns. Many products cannot simply be restocked and resold because they are custom-built based on a customer’s preferences. However, custom manufacturers still need to process returns for damages, quality issues, or order errors. From initial customer requests to product rework, an efficient returns process is essential for businesses today. Not only does this process help to maintain customer satisfaction, but it also ensures that your operations run…

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Maximize Efficiency with Woodworking Design Software and ERP Integration

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Nothing says quality like custom-crafted wood products, whether it is state-of-the-art cabinetry, ornate entry doors, or one-of-a-kind furniture. Woodworking and the manufacture of wooden products have come a long way from the days of hand tools and simple machines. Today, modern shops use advanced woodworking design software to enhance their creative techniques. They also may use software for manufacturing and for accounting. But in many cases, these are siloed tools that are not connected.  Even with a more comprehensive…

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Solve Your Commercial-Grade Furniture Configuration Challenges

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Furniture manufacturers face many challenges with product configuration. This is particularly true for commercial-grade furniture companies that offer complex product customizations. As more companies seek unique, tailor-made furniture for their spaces, custom manufacturers often navigate complicated design and production requirements while trying to maintain high customer satisfaction levels. Whether you manufacture arena seating like ‘The Wall’ for Clippers’ fans, retail fixtures for a new chain of clothing stores, or the latest designs for medical waiting areas, using the right…

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8 ERP System Myths You Should Never Believe

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The right tools can make all the difference for manufacturers looking to streamline operations and improve efficiency. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems stand as the pivotal technology-driven choice to achieve those goals. Despite their widespread adoption and proven benefits, however, ERP systems still face their fair share of misconceptions that are simply not true. Let’s debunk some of the most common myths and explore the true advantages of ERP systems for better business processes. Myth 1. ERP Systems Use…

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CPQ Solutions That Drive Window Sales

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Welcome to the world of CPQ solutions, where boosting custom window sales and enhancing customer satisfaction go hand in hand. In today’s competitive market, window manufacturers need cutting-edge tools to streamline their sales processes. CPQ solutions empower sales teams to efficiently configure custom products, apply pricing, and generate precise quotes in no time. This blog explores how CPQ can enhance your sales strategy, driving higher efficiency, customer satisfaction, and your bottom line. Dive in to discover the transformative power…

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10 Steps to Efficient ERP Product Costing Management

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Efficient product costing management is vital for manufacturers to stay competitive in their respective industries. No matter if you manufacture uniquely designed coffee tables or custom entry doors, it factors into your company’s financial health and profitability. Navigating the complexities of product costing can be quite challenging for manufacturers. Fluctuations in expenses, production process variables, and insufficient data management are just a few obstacles that some may face. However, companies can overcome these challenges with the right strategies and…

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The Best ERP Systems for Manufacturing are User-Friendly

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Custom manufacturers implement Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to increase efficiency and optimize processes. However, using an ERP system for manufacturing with a complex user interface is counter-productive. Note that all ERP systems are not created equal. The best ERP systems for manufacturing are those that include user-friendliness along with their valuable features. Red Flag Scenario Have you ever had this frustrating experience? EmployeeX’s job is to generate ERP reports, however, they are out sick today. You need a…

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How Digital Transformation Impacts Sustainable Manufacturing

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We live in an era defined by technological innovation and environmental consciousness. Businesses are facing pressure to adopt more sustainable manufacturing methods. In response, manufacturers are implementing digital transformation as a path to reach their sustainability goals. Many are shifting to ERP software solutions to help them digitize operations while advancing their sustainability objectives. What Does Digital Transformation Mean? Digital transformation encompasses a wide array of technological advancements and innovations, each aimed at optimizing business operations and unlocking new…

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Q&A: Production Tracking for Cabinet Manufacturing

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Custom cabinet manufacturing involves many different processes from the initial quote to the finished product. One such process is production tracking. Tracking isn’t just about keeping records; it’s about analyzing operations, maintaining quality, and meeting customer demands effectively. Efficient production tracking is essential for cabinet manufacturers to monitor and cost-effectively control their operations. Whether you’ve been manufacturing cabinets for a long time or just starting, monitoring your manufacturing processes is important. Read on for answers to the most common…

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ERP + CPQ Tools Strengthen Sales Order Management

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Custom manufacturers rely on efficient sales order management to maintain customer satisfaction and drive revenue growth. However, traditional sales software does not provide the necessary features for managing sales of complexly configured products. Many make-to-order manufacturers find that an ERP system with powerful CPQ tools (configure, price, quote) is better suited for managing complex orders than traditional programs. Understanding Sales Order Management Sales order management involves the process of quoting, processing, and fulfilling customer orders. It encompasses quote generation,…

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9 Signs It’s Time For a New ERP System

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Does your current ERP system struggle to keep pace with the needs of your organization? As your company grows and adapts to new challenges, the tools you use must also evolve to meet market demands. That includes your ERP software. But how do you know when it’s time for a new ERP system? In this blog post, we’ll explore critical factors that indicate that it’s time to upgrade or replace your ERP. You will also learn what to look…

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Engineer-to-Order ERP: Unlocking Manufacturing Efficiency

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Custom manufacturers frequently seek innovative solutions to streamline their operations and enhance efficiency. One such powerful solution tailored to meet the distinct demands of these businesses is Engineer-to-Order (ETO) ERP software. This specialized software is designed to unlock manufacturing efficiency by offering a wide array of comprehensive features that are specifically crafted to optimize processes, reduce bottlenecks, minimize errors, improve resource allocation, enhance supply chain management, and ultimately propel sustainable growth within the manufacturing sector. Leveraging the capabilities of…

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Dealer Quoting Software Eliminates Common Ordering Issues

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Manufacturers often face many challenges when dealers place custom orders for their clientele. Communication breakdowns, delayed timelines, and manual entry errors can create significant hurdles. These issues underscore the critical need for a dealer quoting software solution to improve the ordering process. No matter the chosen software, it must align with the company’s ERP for data integrity and streamlined operations. In this blog post, we’ll review common ordering issues and how dealer quoting software with ERP integration can solve…

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A Guide to Choosing the Right Promotional Products Software

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Promotional products, branded merch, ad specialties, tchotchkes, or swag. No matter what you call the items, competition in the personalized product giveaways sector is fierce. From branded shirts and signage for a store opening to coffee mugs and pens for a new campaign, customers will request anything. That is why using well-developed promotional products software is essential to manage and process their requests. Selecting the right software solution is pivotal for sustained growth and efficiency for any business. This…

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How Shipping Software Integration Boosts Control, Savings, and Customer Satisfaction

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Discover how shipping software integration with Frontier ERP reduces frustrating bottlenecks. In today’s fast-paced world, efficient shipping is critical for delivering on customer promises. Yet, for many companies, this final hurdle can become a frustrating nightmare due to order delays, inaccurate deliveries, and rising costs. If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The challenges of manual data entry, fragmented workflows, and limited visibility plague businesses of all sizes. These pain points translate into real consequences like error-prone processes, time-consuming tasks,…

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The Best Quoting Software for Manufacturing

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Custom manufacturing caters to the individual demands of clients. These buyers seek distinctive designs that showcase their unique style, from custom bathroom cabinets to handcrafted furniture to unique shower doors. While individual design is their forte, providing an accurate quote can pose significant challenges for make-to-order businesses. The intricacies of a custom order can vary, making it somewhat difficult to provide accurate pricing swiftly. Therefore, companies in the custom design industry must have the best quoting software for quick and…

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A Guide to Lean Manufacturing and CPQ

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Lean manufacturing principles are a cornerstone for businesses aspiring to optimize their processes. The benefits of this theory include diminishing manufacturing waste, boosting productivity, and delivering enhanced value to customers. A crucial ally in achieving these objectives is Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) software that enhances efficiency and improves processes. What is Lean Manufacturing? Lean manufacturing operates on a systematic approach derived from the famed Toyota Production System. The central rule of lean is to maximize customer value while minimizing…

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Demand Rises for Custom Smart Home Products

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In an age marked by rapidly advancing technology, the smart home is at the forefront of modern living. Homeowners and business owners increasingly seek intelligent solutions that extend beyond conventional interior design. They desire custom smart home products that showcase their style and add convenience to their lives. This trend paves the way for custom manufacturers to play a pivotal role in the future of decor automation. From custom smart blinds to smart furniture, windows, and doors, intuitive interior…

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3D Product Visualization: How to Strengthen the Buyer Bond

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In a world where unique design is increasingly important to buyers, custom-manufactured products have gained immense popularity. From custom window treatments to distinctive bathroom cabinetry, consumers want designs that reflect their individuality. For custom product manufacturers, one thing remains constant amongst their customers. They want to see what their custom orders will look like before purchase. How can that be accomplished? Traditionally, contractors or dealers provide the consumer with static images or 2D drawings during the design phase. This…

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Manufacturers Can Increase Customer Satisfaction with CPQ 

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It’s no secret that customer satisfaction can make or break a company’s reputation. Even one bad experience can spread like wildfire online, leading to many headaches for a manufacturer. Businesses are increasingly recognizing the importance of providing a positive customer experience. The challenge lies in how to increase customer satisfaction metrics without hurting manufacturing efficiency and company profitability. Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) software with ERP product configuration addresses both sides of this equation. Discover how CPQ and product configuration…

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Top Trends for Custom Window Treatment Manufacturing

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It can be challenging to stay ahead of trends while maintaining efficiency in the dynamic world of custom window treatment manufacturing. Every year, new trends emerge. Manufacturers of window fashions, shades, blinds, shutters, and other window treatments will know that today’s buyers are trending towards more sustainable materials, wireless controls, and bold statements for their window treatments. Custom window treatment manufacturing companies are turning to advanced solutions in technology to optimize operations and meet customer demands. Configure, Price, Quote…

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Custom Millwork Software: The CPQ Advantage

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In the world of wood and metal millworking, craftsmanship meets technology in a true partnership of creativity and precision. Manufacturing quality and efficiency are crucial, whether crafting wood or metal railings, custom cabinetry, furniture, windows/glass, doors, or window treatments. This delicate balance can be challenging to maintain. The industry has its unique needs, such as custom orders and a myriad of design variations. However, a solution is available to streamline operations and deliver outstanding products while reducing errors. Enter…

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ERP Makes Production Scheduling Easier

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Production scheduling is a critical aspect of any manufacturing process. It involves coordinated resources, detailed processes, and on-time product delivery to meet customer demand. However, it can be a daunting and complex task, often requiring careful planning and adjustments. Fortunately, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have emerged as a powerful solution to streamline production scheduling, specifically those that include manufacturing production scheduling software. It works for various manufacturers, making their scheduling effortless and more efficient. Let’s explore how manufacturers…

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CPQ Software for Furniture Manufacturing

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In today’s rapidly evolving furniture industry, the demand for customized furniture solutions is on the rise. This trend has led to the adoption of technology to improve operations and enhance efficiency. This article explores furniture industry trends, the benefits of ERP and CPQ software for furniture manufacturing, and ways to enhance business operations. Trends in Furniture Manufacturing The furniture industry continues to evolve to meet changing consumer preferences and technological advancements. Here are some notable trends: Sustainable Furniture: At…

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How CPQ Improves Materials Management

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Manufacturers using ERP software with CPQ find greater success in materials management Manufacturing is a highly complex industry, requiring meticulous orchestration of various components to produce high-quality products efficiently. One of the most critical aspects of this process is materials management. This is the area that must handle resources, supplies, and inventory effectively. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of materials management. We’ll define Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ), and detail how combining CPQ with your Enterprise Resource…

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CPQ for Window and Door Manufacturers

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Transform window, door, and glass manufacturing with the power of CPQ and ERP software. Precision, customization, and operational efficiency are paramount for manufacturers of windows, doors, and glass. This article discusses how configure, price, quote (CPQ) systems in today’s ERP software are changing manufacturing to tackle industry-specific challenges. We’ll focus on the needs of custom manufacturers of windows, glass, and doors, and discuss the benefits of CPQ and a parametric product configurator for complex products. You’ll also learn where…

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Solving Your Order Management Nightmare

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Order Entry Frustration: From Pain to Plan Dear manufacturing order management team, We get it. The daily grind of manually re-entering order data from various sources into your manufacturing ERP can be maddening. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, over and over again. The inefficiency and potential for errors can be soul-crushing, and you’re not alone in this struggle. We’ve heard your cries of frustration, and we’re here to tell you – we…

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CAD + ERP = Better CPQ for Custom Manufacturing

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In the competitive world of custom manufacturing, combining CAD tools with your ERP system is a move toward greater efficiency and accuracy. Integrating 3D modeling and CAD with your manufacturing ERP software can give your company a significant advantage. This is especially true for configuring, pricing, and quoting … or CPQ for custom manufacturing and specialized product offerings. This article explores the benefits of integrating 3D modeling as part of a CPQ for custom manufacturing. Connecting CAD programs directly…

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Crafting Efficiency: 3 Ways to Connect Cabinet Design Software to Manufacturing

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Today’s successful cabinet manufacturers use online cabinet design software to give customers more information, more options, and greater satisfaction in specifying their finished products. But giving customers lots of options can cause lots of headaches for manufacturing. That’s why it’s essential to connect the data captured online with your inventory levels, back-end production scheduling, and engineering. Manual Data Transfer Doesn’t Work No successful company of any scale can compete for long using a manual approach, where the customer data…

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9 Ways CPQ Software for Manufacturing will Transform Your Business

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Delivering accurate pricing and delivery estimates are vital components of a successful business. That’s especially true if you make custom kitchen and bath cabinets, furniture, or other build-to-order, configured products. Fortunately, an ERP that includes CPQ software for manufacturing operations may be the key to unlocking growth for your business. What is CPQ? CPQ stands for Configure-Price-Quote. CPQ is an essential component of the custom manufacturing process. CPQ software for manufacturing streamlines the configuration and pricing of customized products,…

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