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Why Should You Use a Load Order Optimization Tool?

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Local distributors have to do one thing and do it well: Get a retailers order to their location on time and undamaged. And the savviest of distributors use a specific tool to help them do the job right – a load order optimization tool. If you’re not familiar with this tool and how it can help you decrease costs and increase efficiency, read on.

TORONTO, ON – JUNE 17 – A pallet of empty bottles begins the refilling process on the depalletizer conveyer at Molson Breweries. The depalletizer removes the cases of empty bottles one row at a time and is the first stage of the refilling process. The Star followed this pallet of bottles from a Beer Store in Brampton that were recycled and back on the shelves at another Beer Store on the same day. June 17, 2013. Randy Risling/Toronto Star

What Are Load Optimization Tools?

When you’re loading a truck, you want load pallets that are stable, and place them appropriately on the truck to ensure cargo space is maximized, weight distribution is appropriate and it will simplify the driver’s job at time of delivery. A good load optimization tool will do all of that – and more.  Here are some of the ways these tools can help to ensure your trucks are loaded as safely and efficiently as possible.

Pre-Load Logistics

Once an order has been submitted by a salesperson, that order is sent to a load screen so technicians can confirm that it’s in stock and get a pallet ready to load. Our Orders to Load system takes the guesswork out of the process and ensures that after the order is committed, the remaining processes goes smoothly.

Pallet Planning

Building a pallet takes time and effort to ensure that you use the space most efficiently. But a load optimization tool, such as Palletization by eoStar, does the work for you. It helps you pre-plan the pallets and load build so everything is organized and stable before the loading begins. The beauty of this program is that once you set it up for a specific product and customer, you won’t have to do it again. It is truly a set-it-and-forget-it system.

Load Planning

Once your pallets are stacked, a load optimization tool will help you load the truck in a way that makes the best use of the cargo area. The tool will also ensure that the cargo is evenly distributed and in the order of delivery sequence. You will have access to graphs and charts that show you where every container is located. Load order errors will tell you if the bay and/or truck capacity is exceeded or if the balance is off.

Is Palletization Customizable?

Every local distributor works with those clients who demand that specific pallets are used or have other requirements that won’t work with a one-size-fits-all type of software. Luckily, our load optimization tools take all of that into consideration.

Here are some of the ways the tools offer customization:

Pallet Variety

Chances are when you load a cargo area, you will have more than one size pallet. The Palletization Tool takes that into consideration and supports multiple sizes. That means you can simply match the product sizes with the pallet size of your choice and let the software do the hard work.

Customer-Driven Sizes

When setting up a lot of pallets for one customer, you can choose to assign it a default pallet size. That way, every time you load pallets for that manufacturer, the system will automatically use that pallet size when configuring the pallet load.

Bulk or Aggregate

You can use the software for bulk or aggregate loads. Bulk loads will assign items from an order onto one or more pallets and will be sorted by pick sequence. Aggregate loads will contain products from a number of orders and will be organized based on pick groups. These pallets will also be sorted by pick sequence.

Manual Override

If there is a special requirement to the load, you can always override the bay-by-bay assignments and customize them to your needs at that time.

Load Optimization Tools Help You Work Smarter

You know the saying: Work smarter, not harder. These tools will help you reduce damage in your shipments by ensuring that the loads are stable. They can also help increase your efficiency with palletizing patterns and load planning capabilities at the push of a button.

If your goal is making loading pallets simpler, having a load plan that helps maximize cargo space, and easier loading according to delivery sequence—all with customization options, eoStar is your answer. 

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What Is Dunnage and How Can You Prevent Its Loss?

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Beverage Industry Dunnage And Types?

When looking for a dunnage definition, it depends on what industry you serve and whether you want shock absorption, the restraining of loose material, or you need plastic bracing. For instance, the dunnage materials you would use to protect a fragile item, such as bubble wrap, Kraft paper, and air pillows, won’t necessarily be used in the beverage industry. Some types of dunnage utilized within the beverage industry include plastic or wood pallets, hard cartons and empty kegs.

Back in 2014 when MillerCoors, now Molson Coors, decided to stop using disposable dunnage such as corrugated paper and began loading its products onto reusable dunnage, it saw a cost savings of $8 million a year. But since then, we’ve learned that switching to reusable dunnage is only part of the story. By transitioning to an electronic management process, you can ensure that all the dunnage you ship is tracked and returned.

Lost Dunnage Equals Fewer Profits

As a local distributor, you know all too well how costly it is when you have to call a manufacturer and report that their floor dunnage or other packing components are lost or are held at the store. It’s your responsibility to prevent damage to dunnage, to protect and follow its movement, and to make sure it gets back to the warehouse. If all of these things don’t happen, it negatively affects your bottom line.

What’s the Answer to Lost Dunnage?

Custom dunnage solutions, such as retail tracking, can take away the burden of manual tracking by automating the system. In a word: Dunnage retail tracking is a solution that not only saves you money by ensuring the dunnage is tracked and returned, but it can save in other ways, too.

Ensure you are tracking dunnage for the duration of its life cycle from the time you receive it from a supplier until the time you return it to the supplier.  This means your system will need to also be aware of what dunnage is used in the fulfillment process, meaning deliveries that you are sending to retail.  At any point in time, you should know what dunnage a retail account has so that you can actively manage the account to ensure its timely return to your warehouse.

At eoStar, we understand the value of the dunnage in your possession and how it can affect your bottom line.  Our fully integrated warehouse and mobile sales and delivery solutions provide you the ability to track dunnage throughout its lifecycle in your warehouse and its time at retail through our underload tracking functionality. 

Stop Profit Loss With the Right Dunnage Retail Tracking System

It doesn’t matter if your freight is being loaded onto cargo ships or driven just down the road, the dunnage it carries must be returned or you will be out-of-pocket. And today’s manufacturers have come to expect that local distributors have taken the steps to protect their assets.

Sure, you could outsource the procedure, but the cost of the service may eat up the savings you get from tracking and retrieving all of that dunnage. Instead, why not use in-house software that was designed specifically to help distributors like you maneuver the process yourself and keep the extra profit to grow your business? Be sure to connect with our sales team to discuss how to save on dunnage.

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E-Commerce Benefits Both Customers and Distributors

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In the past, distributors were slow to adopt e-commerce platforms because the existing methods of selling had always worked, with sellers going to customer locations. When distributors did choose to adopt e-commerce platforms, it was largely out of necessity, as a cost- and time-saving measure to avoid having to send sellers out to distant customer locations. The decision to adopt these e-commerce platforms was not strategic, and the platforms themselves were not particularly user-friendly, as they were lacking a lot of the information that customers would want to see and they were often hard to navigate.

Now the expectation from customers is that distributors will offer an e-commerce platform for ordering. Customers want the convenience of placing orders when it’s convenient for them and from any location and device. They expect seamless navigation and the ability to see their sales data, all of the products they can buy in easily searchable fields, and the promotions that are available to them, so that they can make the best buying decisions for their businesses.

Of course, the benefits of this move to e-commerce platforms isn’t just for the customers. Distributors can have their sellers focus more on strategic goals. Rather than acting simply as order takers who go to customer locations, they can focus on selling product. Sellers can work as partners with customers, coming up with the right strategic product mixes that enable these customers to sell more high value products, enabling a win-win situation for both the distributor and the customer. As your customers look for more order options, be sure to be ahead of their demands Talk to our sales team to find out how eoMarket can help you.

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How To Stay Competitive in the Digital Age

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At eoStar, we have witnessed a shift in the digital commerce space and recognize the need for a competitive e-commerce platform. We understand that you’ve made a promise to your customers to support their growth efforts. This is a hefty promise to keep while managing your own set of challenges; increasing competition, thin margins, and the demand for lower prices.

What solutions are you offering to increase your customers’ sales, improve margins on product sold, shape the shopper experience, and build shopper loyalty while planning for the unexpected?

Understand That Business Practices Are Evolving

A younger generation of shoppers is entering the marketplace, and for these younger buyers who were raised on the internet, e-commerce is now the expectation. Customers want to access product information twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week from anywhere. They need the ability to find items anytime, whether it be after closing time, or when they first enter the office.

Be On the Forefront of Change

You need a business partner to help drive the changes in the industry and help keep you competitive to meet these expectations, rather than someone who merely follows what others have done. At eoStar, we’re listening to your requests and concerns in order to act as a key strategic partner in moving your business forward. With us, you’ll be at the head of progressive developments in e-commerce and distribution.

Put Your Data into Action

Better data means better business.  Our advances in data analytics will help you anticipate your retailers’ needs and identify buying patterns, leading to an increase in customer sales. With eoStar’s business intelligence models, predicting sales and recommended products will be simple for your customers.

The Bottom Line

Before you can successfully establish a competitive advantage, you must first know your customers and what they expect.  The fact is that buying habits have shifted, and you need a partner to help you stay ahead of the curve.  The online shopping experience is not just a standard; it is an expectation. eoStar will help you meet and manage the demands of your customers by helping keep their shelves stocked, all while optimizing spending on trade promotion. Book a demo with one of our sales specialists, here.

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Add flexibility to simplify ordering with an ecommerce sales tool.

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In the past, distributors were slow to adopt e-commerce platforms because the existing methods of selling had always worked, with sellers going to customer locations. When distributors did choose to adopt e-commerce platforms, it was largely out of necessity, as a cost- and time-saving measure to avoid having to send sellers out to distant customer locations. The decision to adopt these e-commerce platforms was not strategic, and the platforms themselves were not particularly user-friendly, as they were lacking a lot of the information that customers would want to see and they were often hard to navigate.

Now the expectation from customers is distributors need to offer an e-commerce platform for ordering. Customers want the ability to placing orders when it’s convenient for them and from any location and device. They expect seamless navigation and the ability to see their sales data, all of the products they can buy in easily searchable fields, and the promotions that are available to them, so that they can make the best buying decisions for their businesses.
Of course, the benefits of moving to an to e-commerce platforms isn’t just for the customers. Distributors can have their sellers focus more on strategic goals. Rather than acting simply as order takers who go to customer locations, they can focus on selling product. Sellers can work as partners with customers, coming up with the right strategic product mixes that enable these customers to sell more high value products, enabling a win-win situation for both the distributor and the customer.

eoMarket provides a seamless sales experience for your customers and keeps your sellers free to upsell and recommend products. Customers will love the freedom to order what they need, when they want it, and prepare for events based on their own schedules. With sellers not having to add an additional stop or call, you save time and money and give your sellers the freedom to provide a higher level of service. Be sure to talk with one of our sales experts to discuss eoMarket and how it can benefit you.

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eoStar Has Inventory Tracking from Retrieval to Delivery

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A comprehensive inventory tracking system is an essential tool for any warehouse that wants to operate efficiently. An effective system will let you track your inventory across its entire supply chain, from the moment it arrives in your warehouse to when it gets sent to your customers. Accurate and easily accessible data regarding your supply chain will aid your warehouse business in seeing increased profits and productivity. In addition, an effective system will help you avoid errors, provide you with a variety of inventory alerts, help you optimize warehouse space, and more. 

At eoStar, we have customizable software that can be tailored to suit your needs. Our inventory tracking systems let you monitor your supply chain and ensure your operation is productive. Read on for a variety of elements that are essential to effective inventory tracking software, and what you should look for if you are considering replacing or upgrading your system.

Scalability

With the constant changes in American economics, there will be continuous change in warehouse processes. As your warehouse grows to satisfy demand, you will want to stay on top of tracking your inventory as it fluctuates. Failure or errors that arise during tracking can lead to compounded issues that surface later on. This will require backtracking and trying to fix all of the issues.

Instead of worrying about problems that arise from increased growth, you should consider implementing software that will scale with your business. This does not just apply to inventory tracking; scalability is applicable to all aspects of your warehouse business. 

Having inventory tracking that will scale with your business also means you can avoid having to replace or upgrade software multiple times in the future. Instead of searching for new products, you can transition into the increased productivity and responsibilities that come with increased growth. 

Dashboard

We recognize that your employees must have quick access to easily understandable data. Our inventory tracking system utilizes an intuitive system that will be easy to train new employees on. This will allow less time to be spent training or trying to decipher information. Our user-friendly dashboards will improve productivity and reduce the likelihood of human error or misunderstandings. 

Trends and Metrics

The inherent nature of any warehouse business is to get goods from one location to another. However, in order to do this effectively in our modern economy, analyzing trends and metrics of your inventory from retrieval to delivery is essential.

Inventory tracking will allow you to understand the degrees of demand for certain products and when that demand happens during the year. For example, there may be products that sell more frequently during the cold season, and your inventory tracking system can help prepare you for that. As the year progresses, your trends and metrics dashboard can prepare reports that will advise you to increase your supply of certain products that you have historically shipped a lot of during the winter season. 

A good inventory tracking system will also contain an alert system. These alerts can advise you on low or depleted inventory levels. As a result of being better prepared for low inventory levels, you can replenish your supply faster. This will reduce the lag time between getting products and then getting them to your customers. This benefit can also keep you apprised of future inventory levels so that you may be better prepared; as a result, you will not have to rely on an alarm system and instead can have the correct supply beforehand.

Inventory forecasting will also nicely complement the trends, metrics, and alarm systems present in an inventory tracking system. Like trends, inventory forecasting is analysis that can be performed on trending data and metrics. This takes the data and turns it into an actionable insight. 

EDI Integration

Our inventory tracking system has Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration to help your systems operate more efficiently. EDI integration allows users to exchange data electronically instead of through traditional means such as paper. While it is expected that you will likely use paper in some aspects of your business, it is still more efficient to use EDI in locations where it can be integrated. 

EDI integration will reduce the likelihood of errors, increase the speed of communication, and expedite processing. 

Loading Orders

When it comes to getting your orders out the warehouse doors, an effective inventory tracking system can help ensure your orders are accurate. When your inventory tracking software has EDI integration and an easy-to-understand dashboard, drivers will have an easier time doing their job. With these additional elements, drivers will have clearer instructions on their destination so they may acquire their orders. Clearer instructions lead to decreased likelihood of human error. 

Additionally, the workers in the warehouse will have a better understanding of what inventory they need to prepare for shipment. This will create a more effective synergy between preparing inventory for shipping and getting the inventory onto the fleet vehicles for transportation. 

Supplier Reporting

Inventory tracking also allows you to keep an eye on inventory when it is on its way to your warehouse. This can sync with your supplier’s data and allow you to be better prepared. As a result, warehouse workers can better prepare inventory space. This allotted time to prepare for inventory space can allow for your supplier’s transportation to more quickly and efficiently dock at your warehouse, deliver their goods, and be on their way. This reduces time spent trying to find space for new inventory, and also reduces congestion at the warehouse. 

Contact eoStar

At eoStar, we are happy to work with you to develop a customized inventory tracking system that will suit your needs. The warehouse industry is constantly developing and overcoming challenges, and eoStar stands ready to work alongside you. Our years of experience mean we have helped both small and large warehouse enterprises be set up for future success. Contact us today for a consultation. 

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Things to Know About ERP for Distribution

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Enterprise Resource Planning, also known as ERP, is an essential tool for any distribution business. ERP for distributors allows employees and managers to have a centralized network that operates multiple aspects of the business. This includes elements such as payroll, inventory, KPIs, marketing, and more. 

ERP is a suite of various software modules and components that are tailored to your business needs. Regardless of what sector of beverages you operate in, ERP will improve optimization of logistics and accounting. ERP for distribution provides an advantage over those operating via spreadsheets and paper. This is why ERP for your business is necessary if you want to grow and remain organized and efficient.

Here are some of the important aspects of ERP that may help your distribution company. These are aspects of ERP software suites you should research before purchasing an ERP suite from a vendor. 

Business Data

Utilizing an ERP can be a scary venture, especially if it is your first time. When you are first starting off, the idea of tracking trends over time may not be at the very top of your priorities list. Regardless, after you have established your baseline, you may discover that you need to start analyzing trends for market growth.

The importance of analyzing trends and business data is that it will give you a closer insight into your business’s performance. You may often find areas in which improvements can be made when you look at trends such as inventory tracking, employee performance, delivery routes, and so on. 

Business data and trends can be analyzed on a short- or long-term basis. This can show you how new products are doing or how employees have been performing. If you are looking to improve your business growth, even if things are going well, using an ERP to analyze business data will provide you with the knowledge to expedite growth.

Scalability

There are ERPs that are also scalable for your business. Ideally, most business owners want to see their businesses grow and prosper. Using an ERP to begin with will expedite that growth process; however, you will want to ensure that your ERP suite will continue to work optimally when your business grows. As more responsibilities, tasks, and logistical goals are created, your ERP suite must be able to accommodate the new workload.

There are multiple aspects to scalability that should be considered. Depending on the type of ERP you are using, additional hardware for your system may be necessary. This comes in the form of additional memory to store data, or perhaps additional processors to keep up with higher numbers of transactions or calculations. If you are shopping for a new ERP suite, you will want to make sure you can customize the hardware so it can physically keep up with your growth.

The software itself is another element that is important to consider. The software, its dashboard, and access to data must be able to accommodate the increase in workload. This means being able to change or update modules so they can handle additional data and usage.

Another important aspect of scalability is that it will likely cost you more in terms of time, money, and productivity to completely replace your ERP suite with another software suite to organize your business. During such an upgrade or replacement there will be downtime, new bugs or glitches to resolve, and new training that employees must undergo. Due to the fact that distribution businesses are prime candidates for later growth, scalability is an important aspect to consider when shopping for an ERP system.

Dashboards and Accessibility

Having an easily understandable dashboard for users is important for all distributors and their ERP. Easy-to-understand data and user interfaces will improve productivity because the user will spend less time trying to figure out how to find what they are looking for. Accessibility also reduces time spent trying to train new employees on how to figure out the system. If the ERP has an intuitive dashboard, users will feel more comfortable accessing data and compiling reports. 

Integration

When you are looking for a new ERP suite for your distribution business, make sure to research how easy it is to integrate and implement the product. A grand and complex ERP suite may be great, but if there is significant cost or conflicts of software, it may turn out that your return on investment will not be what you had hoped. It will be important to compare and contrast your different systems with your potential ERP product. 

When integrating a new ERP system, or any new tool or technique for your business, it is wise to consider your return on investment. While you can factor in the initial cost, you will also want to compare future cost/benefits of different aspects of your business performance and how it relates to your ERP. 

Lastly, while you are researching products to optimize distribution operations, be sure to research the vendor itself. Different vendors will provide different quality products, including long-term management and support. Integrating any new software suite will likely come with bugs or technical glitches; that is to be expected with any new system. However, if you purchase an ERP from a vendor who provides no support after the product has been integrated, you may find yourself struggling to overcome the challenges. Additionally, a good vendor may have other products that can accompany your ERP and further improve your small business’s efficiency. Creating harmony and synergy between your ERP and other third-party programs will be beneficial for your distribution organization. 

Contact eoStar 

If you are managing and operating a warehouse and are looking for a new ERP, contact eoStar. We can help you integrate a new and customizable ERP suite into your warehouse enterprise. We have been in the business of optimizing warehouses, both small and large, for many years and will be happy to help you grow.

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What You Need From an Inventory Tracking System

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An effective inventory tracking system is one of the most important tools for any warehouse management tool. An optimized system will allow you to track your inventory from its arrival in your warehouse to the customer’s hands. When you have accurate data about your supply chain that is easily accessible, your warehouse business will see increased productivity and profits. A good system will also help you avoid errors, provide you with alerts, help you with warehouse space, and more. 

Here are some of the most important elements that any inventory tracking system must have.

Alerts for Inventory Levels

Gauging supply and demand is a constant aspect of the warehouse business. A customizable inventory tracking system can provide you the opportunity to set alerts for inventory. These alerts can be set based on certain thresholds that you deem appropriate. With alerts for overstocked items, you can create promotional advertisements to clear those items out sooner. It will also allow you to reduce or suspend any pending orders for that item in order to avoid further overstocking. 

If you receive alerts for understocked items, you can preemptively review any pending orders. This can allow you to gauge whether or not you need to increase orders. Additionally, this can help prevent a lag in delivery time in your supply chain if you are able to mitigate the chances of the warehouse delaying shipments due to understocking. 

Having alerts in your inventory tracking system is a crucial part of ensuring your warehouse maintains efficient levels of inventory.

Metric and Trend Reports

While getting your products from your warehouse to the consumer is the quintessential element of a warehouse business, it is also important to have access to the data and metrics that are generated from your activities. Having access to data will allow you to see different trends that are occurring over time. It is generally easier to get a grasp of what is happening in the immediate moment; however, our memories are fallible and it may be challenging to know what the trends are without access to historical data. 

Trends can show you which inventory leaves your warehouse the most, the optimal price for that inventory, when that inventory leaves with the most frequency, and other metrics. When you have access to this data, you will be able to more effectively optimize your warehouse enterprise. 

In order to sustain long-term growth and profit, your inventory tracking system should include the ability to analyze and observe trends. Short-term and long-term trends can speak volumes about employee efficiency, optimal inventory levels, and more. 

Easily Understandable Dashboard

It is great to have a system that has lots of data; however, if that data takes a long time to read or understand, then that negates the point of having access to that information. Whether the employee or manager is a seasoned pro or a new hire in your warehouse, it is essential that they have access to easily understandable information. 

The less time employees spend trying to figure out what certain data means, the more time they can spend performing other productive tasks. Additionally, if you have an easily understandable dashboard, it will reduce the amount of time newly-hired employees will have to spend in training. This will save the warehouse time and money. It can also help reduce the amount of human errors if data is easily understandable.

An accessible and useful dashboard that provides understandable data and metrics is another key component for an effective inventory tracking system. 

Important Inventory Metrics

Different inventory tracking systems provide different types of data. However, regardless of how the system is used, there are a few critical tracking metrics that must be incorporated in the system. 

Your inventory tracking system must have the ability to track returns. Items that come back from customers may be siphoned into a “damaged goods” category, and sent elsewhere. Or perhaps the customer got the wrong item or is unsatisfied with what they received. Whatever the reason, you will have an item coming back to your warehouse and your inventory tracking system will need to know how to accurately measure this metric. 

Your system will also need to efficiently track items that come from your supplier. Some of your inventory may be on-site at your supplier’s warehouse or storage, or in transit to your warehouse. It is important to know where the items exist in the supply chain. If there are points in the chain in which the item’s location is unknown, it will ultimately lead to an error or miscalculation. Errors and miscalculations will cost you time and money.

Before integrating any new inventory tracking systems, be sure it includes the ability to track returns, damaged goods, and the location of items in the supply chain from your supplier. 

Scalability

As warehouses grow, so too do the inventory levels. Increased growth is certainly a good thing; however, with more inventory come more organizational and logistical responsibilities. It is a good idea to find an inventory tracking system that can grow and evolve alongside your enterprise. Having growth coupled with optimized organization and tracking will aid your warehouse in avoiding negative trends or significant logistical issues. Employees with access to customization options in the system can review trends involving growth and identify which types of modules or metrics to incorporate in the newly scaled system. 

One element of scalability is finding software that uses a cloud-based system. This will let you more easily back up your data, allow access across various locations, and you will not have to hire a large IT staff to maintain computer servers. 

Contact eoStar for a Consultation

If you are looking for help in developing an inventory tracking system for your warehouse, contact eoStar today for a consultation. eoStar has been in the warehouse optimization business for years, and we would be happy to help you increase efficiency with a custom inventory tracking system. 

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What Makes eoStar a Top Warehouse Management System?

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eoStar provides a wide range of enterprise resource planning features, professional services, and guidance to those in the warehouse industry. One of our leading products is the WMS module, headlined by our warehouse management handheld application: eoWarehouse. This software suite will grant you access to easily understandable metrics, optimize your space management, improve your inventory cycle/accuracy, and more.

These are some of the most essential elements you will need to optimize your warehouse enterprise. Read on to learn how eoStar fits into all those categories.

Easily Understandable Metrics and Dashboard

Having access to up-to-date information is crucial for managing an efficient warehouse enterprise. Managers and employees must be able to find the data they want in a short period of time, and then be able to understand that data without having to spend extra time trying to decipher what they are seeing. When users spend less time trying to find data, they will be able to spend that time elsewhere to improve workplace productivity. 

Another important tool in understanding data from your warehouse management software is being able to define metrics. For example, you can define a year as the metric you want to analyze so that you can look at long-term trends. Alternatively, you can customize looking at a daily metric if you want to see things like short-term trends, employee performance, and inventory tracking. 

When you spend time understanding trends and discovering weaknesses in your warehouse operations, you can improve customer satisfaction. The key element in retaining customers is on time, undamaged, and error-free delivery of their purchased products. Identifying why mistakes or failures happen will allow warehouse management to improve future productivity. 

eoStar’s WMS software suite that will grant you access to easily understandable metrics and data for your enterprise. eoStar also has a support team ready to stand by and help you. Upgrading or switching to an improved warehouse management system can come with bumps and hurdles; however, our team will be able to quickly assist you in order to reduce or completely avoid downtime in your system.

Space Management

Space management is another important element of managing an efficient warehouse. Some warehouses have to deal with empty space, disorganized space, or not enough space. As those challenges mount, whether it is due to business growth, human error, or changes in logistics, having an efficient warehouse management software system will help you overcome those hurdles. 

One of the keys in efficient space management is having accurate inventory location data. It is also important to have a clear plan when you are finding new usage for empty or new space. Additionally, an efficient warehouse management system will compute the most efficient path for employees to move inventory. When time is saved through using the most efficient routes, workplace productivity will increase.

In addition to eoStar’s WMS software its eoWarehouse software can help your business improve its space usage efficiency through its accurate inventory system. eoStar also recognizes that the manner in which your inventory cycle operates will greatly affect your space management. Therefore, eoWarehouse was designed with that in mind. eoWarehouse can also help you figure out where to place certain inventory as it relates to employee travel paths. Reducing the time spent retrieving items for shipment by taking the shortest or most efficient route is another space management optimization technique. 

Track Productivity

While it is clear that having easily understandable metrics is important, it is also important to be able to clearly track productivity and sales. When a warehouse manager is able to track trends in employee productivity, they will be able to identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement. They can also identify the timeframes that it takes for inventory to enter and exit the warehouse.

If a warehouse has FIFO inventory, time is an important component in ensuring the products get out the door. Without optimized productivity, FIFO inventory may end up as dead inventory, which cuts into your profit margins. 

Customer retention is determined through a number of factors, one of which is lead times. Reducing lead times without increasing errors is a goal that many warehouses strive for. In order to retain customers, a warehouse should reduce its lead time by using warehouse management system software that will accurately track inventory locations and levels. This will allow the warehouse to adequately meet customer demands. 

WMS will allow you to accurately track product movement, picking metrics, and general work productivity. It will provide you with both micro and macro analyses of inventory cycling, code date tracking, and how efficiently your employees are working. Having an understanding of your work productivity will help your warehouse managers and staff understand their impact on your business.. 

SKU Proliferation

SKUs can be a double-edged sword in warehouse management systems. They can allow you to become more organized, identify nuanced products, and improve efficiency. However, too many SKUs that are left unchecked can complicate and slow down a supply chain, reduce workplace efficiency, and reduce profits. 

While it is important for warehouses to add new products to satisfy customer demands, it is also necessary to stay on top of organizing the SKUs. New and increased inventory has the potential to increase your revenue; however, that revenue could be reduced through increased operational costs if SKUs are mismanaged. 

eoWarehouse offers tools and modules that will allow you to efficiently organize SKUs, especially if an influx of SKUs arrives at your warehouse doors. eoStar recognizes how important it is to both grow your business and inventory stock while also staying organized. Using eoWarehouse will help you accomplish both of those goals. 

Contact eoStar

eoStar has been helping warehouses through providing professional services and optimization software for years. On top of our services, we will back up our products with a readily available IT team. We believe our WMS software and eoWarehouse is the top software suite for warehouse businesses to optimize their enterprises. If you would like a consultation about WMS, eoWarehouse, or any of our products, contact us today. 

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Luis Loyola, Bringing Passion to eoStar

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eoStar is a business that has been growing exponentially over the years. As the business grew, new opportunities became available to help customers use the software to become more efficient and improve their bottom line. Inside Sales Rep Luis Loyola is someone who switched roles within eoStar and has seen the business grow through a variety of different lenses as his position has evolved over the years. We got a chance to sit down with Luis and learn more about his role on the sales team and his overall passion for eoStar.

Joining eoStar

Luis joined eoStar 3 years ago. When he first joined the company, it was a lot smaller and didn’t have a sales team. He was hired as a Customer Success Manager (CSM). In this role, Luis spent a lot of time working with customers to ensure that they were set up for success. As he continued to grow in his role, it became clear he had a knack for sales! Luis was frequently acquiring new business through avenues like plugin sales, additional professional services, and more! 

Luis’ Current Role

Between Luis’ passion and his evident talent for sales, it became clear that a sales position would be perfect for him. As the company grew, a sales team formed and Luis became a part of it as of June 2020. His official title is Inside Sales Rep. 

Sales and Beyond!

Luis mentioned that one of the great parts about working for a company the size of eoStar is that he can see the impact that his work has on the company and on the customers. In addition to sales, Luis works on other projects to help the company further grow. One side project Luis worked on was doing consulting for businesses to help them better determine how to use the eoStar software. The goal is to help the businesses learn how using various parts of the software can improve efficiency and their bottom line. Another exciting recent project for Luis was presenting at eoStar’s annual convention. At this conference, he was able to share with customers new forecasting capabilities. 

Outside of Work

Outside of work (pre-pandemic, that is), Luis enjoys attending music festivals, especially those with EDM music. He also enjoys going to the gym. 

We’d Love to Hear From You! 

As attested by Luis, eoStar is a great company to work for. If you are interested in employment opportunities or if you are interested in eoStar’s software products and services, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!