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Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) Ltd chooses eoStar and Microsoft to replace SAP

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Holland, MI, September 16, 2020: eoStar announces it has integrated with Microsoft to provide Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) (CCBA) the opportunity to meet sales and delivery needs across their value chain from order generation, picking and distribution throughout their organization.  This digital transformation project modernizes the way Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (Pty) (CCBA) uses technology across its entire IT landscape.

CCBA is Africa’s largest Coca-Cola bottler and 8th largest in the world. With 35 bottling plants in 13 countries, serving over 600,000 outlets, the need to streamline sales and distribution was essential. eoStar is a Route Accounting Software that will manage all the sales, distribution and advanced warehousing for finished goods, while D365 covers the financials, manufacturing and human resources functionality.  This integration between eoStar and Microsoft allowed CCBA to completely replace SAP.   

“CCBA will be leveraging eoStar to mobilize our sales and distribution workforce, increasing their effectiveness in the trade. eoStar will be deployed across our internal sales force, our own primary distribution capabilities and as the system of choice for our Official Coca-Cola Distributors (OCCDs) and our Logistics Distribution Partners (LDPs)”, according to Joshua Motsuenyane, Chief Information Officer for CCBA.

The challenges of adapting the eoStar software to successfully navigate an international market provided the company the opportunity to expand eoStar’s already robust skillset to accommodate international weights and measures, as well as the multi-currency pricing (MCP) present in Africa.

Paul Rutherford, President of eoStar, commented that, “eoStar is incredibly excited to partner with a world class bottler like CCBA, who are innovative and on a tremendous path of growth.  Leveraging eoStar’s sales, delivery and warehousing solutions ensures they will be equipping their amazing team of employees with the tools to execute at the level necessary to take their business to the next level.”

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5 Things You Need from Your Warehouse Management Software (WMS)

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eoWarehouse provides beverage distributors with an end-to-end accounting solution. Our warehouse management software (WMS) helps keep your operations running efficiently and effectively, saving you time and money in the long run. For almost 20 years, we have worked with distributors using SaaS-based business management solutions. We are very knowledgeable about the beverage industry and have created WMS to reflect the daily needs of distributors. In fact, we now serve over 11,000 users in the distribution industry with our software. Read on to learn about 5 things you need from your Warehouse Management Software and how our software helps to get those things done.

Automation

Doing day-to-day warehouse processes by hand is inefficient, costly, and can lead to errors. The eoWarehouse platform automates many of your warehouse processes and leads to a 50% reduction in time spent on administrative duties. Through the automation of our software, paperwork can be completely removed, and there will be an increase in delivery accuracy.

Our software provides distributors with real-time inventory levels and locations. In addition, it automatically tracks and manages tasks to make sure full efficiency is reached. The automation of the software will give your sales force real-time data while expediting the order fulfillment process. Since our system is cloud-based, your employees can access important information from computers, phones, and iPads. The software helps distributors in the warehouse through high-tech features like voice picking, auto depletes and replenishes, and palletization.

One area where mistakes can happen is with inventory management. When inventory is moved between locations, sometimes the numbers can be off and cause issues. eoWarehouse software standardizes procedures involving inventory movements and location, making inventory much more accurate.

Detailed Analytics

Detailed Analytics

Having reliable, automated analytics is essential so distributors can accurately forecast their needs. eoWarehouse software provides distributors with detailed data so that they can analyze and properly plan for consumer demand. It is critical for distributors to have the inventory they need when they need it. In fact, our WMS reports inventory levels and location up-to-the-minute, leaving no room for error.

The eoWarehouse software reports things like products and SKUs, demand variability, inventory balances, and also automatically buffers stocks requirements to avoid a certain product going out of stock. This type of data takes the guesswork out of purchasing inventory. Distributors can easily view stock levels to see what needs to be ordered. The software also tracks various warehouse/inventory-related metrics to configure tasks and maximize output and efficiency.

In addition, the software provides distributors with information about business demand, inventory investments, sales history, and probable product demand. All of these things help with planning purposes and budgeting and better managing your warehouse..

Streamlined Sales

A WMS should be designed to create a premier distribution experience while streamlining sales. Our software will give your sales and delivery team the ability to access real-time reporting from mobile devices. This is very helpful since they spend a lot of time out on the road. The sales side of the software also expedites order fulfillment from start to finish. It contains POS management as well as single-screen settlement.

It can also provide flexible rule-based pricing, promotions, and supplier rebates. In addition, the software provides the sales team with product performance surveys, so they know and understand what consumers like and dislike about products. In addition to streamlining sales, the software streamlines delivery, saving you time, money, and allowing you to get product to your customers faster. The software integrates scheduling and routing tools to ensure that your deliveries are as efficient as possible.

Customer Loyality

With eoWarehouse’s platform, not only can distributors decrease costs and increase revenues, but they can also build and improve relationships with customers. Due to the automation of the platform, manual errors are eliminated, meaning you aren’t making mistakes that affect your customers. By using this platform, you will become a trusted advisor to your retailers. They know that they can trust you to keep their shelves stocked with the correct inventory and that it will be replaced in a timely manner when it runs low. Your customers will also be pleased with the ease of the ordering system. No more time spent navigating cumbersome order forms. eoWarehouse’s platform makes ordering easy!

Additionally, the software allows you to serve as a consultant to your customers, providing them with business insight, recommendations, and current information on pricing, promotions, and market trends. Your customers will greatly appreciate how accurate your service is and the fact that you can provide them with evidence-based advice about inventory and sales.

Implementation and Technical Support

Every WMS system should provide distributors with implementation and technical support, and that is exactly what we do at eoWarehouse. Our goal is to provide distributors with ongoing support to ensure the software is being used to its highest potential. During the implementation phase, we work closely with your team to design the software to fit your custom needs and build customized standard operating procedures and reports.

Next, we test the system to ensure it is working exactly how it should and then we deploy it! Once deployed, we provide distributors with 24/7 support. Need help with your software any time of day or night? Give us a call and we will help walk you through any issues you may be experiencing. We also offer product training so that all your staff knows how to use the new software.

As a distributor, it is crucial to the success of your business that you have a strong warehouse management software (WMS) system that helps make processes more automated. The automation gained by a good software system helps distributors to save time and money while also reducing the chance of human error. Our software makes warehouse processes more efficient, streamlines sales, and provides users with detailed analytics to help with forecasting and budgeting. In addition, we are available to provide support 24/7 to answer any questions you have or to troubleshoot issues. For more information about our software and how it can help you, contact eoWarehouse today.

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Rutherford & Associates Welcomes Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Erich Colberg

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June 1, 2020– Rutherford & Associates is the creator of eoStar, a comprehensive ERP route accounting software for global modern beverage distribution organizations, announced today that Erich Colberg has joined the executive team as the new Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Erich is a top-performing enterprise sales leader and an award-winning senior executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in the enterprise software solutions space. His depth of industry knowledge and his proven ability to build high-performance teams will be a key in accelerating the company’s growth, structure, and direction in both operating and strategic matters.  Prior to joining R&A, Erich gained expertise growing and leading high-performance sales teams at Infor, Linkfresh, IndustryBuilt, Intuit, and was the co-founder of JetStar Courier Transportation & Logistics

Responsible for leading and managing the organization’s sales and marketing initiatives, Erich will oversee sales business process and funnel management as a core discipline of the organization. He will be the Sales and Marketing champion to build awareness and rally the company around client focused initiatives to drive sales and position the company as a leader in the beverage RAS and WMS markets.

“Erich brings a high-level of energy and enthusiasm to the organization, with a proven record of building strong, profitable client relationships. His entrepreneurial background and expertise as a top individual contributor and sales leader is an outstanding addition to our executive team. This is an exciting time for us. It’s my expectation that Erich will make significant contributions to our company and to all those that work with him,” said Jim Clishem, Chief Executive Officer.

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Increase Efficiency with eoMarket

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The distribution industry is changing on many levels, and chief among them is a shift in customer expectations. With the rise of online shopping trends, customers have come to expect comprehensive and simple ordering platforms in all areas of their lives. To aid your distribution business in meeting this expectation, Rutherford & Associates is proud to offer eoMarket: our B2B e-commerce solution that makes online ordering easy for your customers. Available on all devices with its responsive design, eoMarket gives your sellers and their customers the freedom to streamline their ordering processes.

eoMarket’s features offer a multitude of benefits to your business. This cloud-based solution is available anywhere you or your customers need it, and it’s designed to be seamless and easy to use on all platforms. eoMarket utilizes a familiar user-friendly design to create a smooth, hassle-free ordering experience for your customers. Your organization can even customize your eoMarket portal to provide a fluid brand experience to your customers. Best of all, eoMarket sites are deployed by the eoStar team, saving you time and trouble.

Perhaps the greatest boon of eoMarket is its efficiency. By placing ordering power into your customers’ hands, your salespeople will be freed up from the hassle of manually taking and entering customer orders. Instead, they will be able to use eoMarket’s insights and reporting tools to guide customers in their purchasing decisions by recommending top selling products, generating more revenue for both your business and your customer.

If your organization is interested in discovering what eoMarket can do for you, contact sales@eostar.com or call 800-270-7558 today.

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Rutherford & Associates Promotes James VanHall to Vice President of Engineering

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Holland, December 12, 2019 – Rutherford & Associates announced today that James VanHall has joined the executive team as the new Vice President of Software Engineering. James VanHall recently served as Rutherford & Associates’ Director of SaaS.  

James will be responsible for all facets of producing software solutions that deliver innovation, reliability, functionality, and the user experience necessary to make Rutherford & Associates the premier provider of DSD solutions. James will be responsible as the production leader for the entire software development process and management of all eoStar software releases to the market. Working together with the CEO and the entire Rutherford senior leadership team, he will help to ensure alignment with the organization’s broader business strategy.  

James has over ten years of experience in leadership, serving as the technical lead and architect for enterprise solutions. Some of his successes include the development of an enterprise TMS System, customized web and mobile solutions, and the architecture for the Great Plains integration point for WMS for Nissan Motor Company. James’s onsite experience, serving as the software engineer for several go-lives and implementations has provided insight and empathy for the customer and end-user. 

“James is an exceptional leader, passionate about performance and innovation, and committed to delivering a premier solution! I am very excited for James and believe that he will have significant opportunity to make a true market impact for Rutherford and for all those that work with him in the role,” said Jim Clishem, Chief Executive Officer. 

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Rutherford and Associates Secures Strategic Growth Investment from Seaport Capital

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Seaport Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, announced Monday, October 22, that it has made a strategic investment in Rutherford & Associates, Inc. to support the continued growth of the company.

“We’ve been looking for the right strategic partner to take our business to the next level,” said company founder Mike Rutherford. “Seaport has a proven track record of providing the necessary growth capital and operational resources to successfully grow recurring-revenue businesses such as ours. I am looking forward to working with Seaport to continue developing our market-leading platform to better serve and expand our client base worldwide.”

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