recently ordered the new 500 RPM Unisys LX7150 system. According
to all reports, the LX7150's really scream.
With business picking
up for most distributors, this might be a good time to look at making
some productivity boosting investments in add-on modules. It should
also be noted that there are various tax incentives in place for technology
investments that expire later this year.
Some add-on modules
- From our business
partner Expert Systems Consulting (ESC) – Signature Capture. This
module allows you to store customers' signatures for deliveries electronically
rather than storing the hard copies of pick tickets. You can either
scan the signatures in off of delivery receipts, or you can eliminate
delivery receipt copies of your form altogether and have your customers
sign a palm type of device.
- Also from ESC is Contractor
Connect. This module runs on both yours and your contractor'(s) systems
allowing you to electronically send shipping and/or billing information
into the contractor's accounting system. Currently, Contractor Connect
works with the following contractor packages: GEAC, Timberline and Quickbooks.
ESC has agreed to interface with other popular packages.
The advantages of
this module include:
- By saving customer
the labor of entering data into their systems, should be able to get
a higher percentage of their business.
savings on postage and handling of invoices.
- Might get paid
a little faster.
- From another business
partner, Informediate, is In Control. This is the same outfit that
supplies Execusense – an Executive Information System. In Control
is more general purpose and allows you to easily create and manipulate
inventory and sales reports, graphs, charts, etc. You can sort, summarize
or sub-total at whatever levels you want.
In Control requires SQL Server. The cost of both In Control
and the server hardware needed to run it has dropped significantly in
the past few years.
If you are interested in a demo or more information about any
of these modules, please give us a call. And don’t forget Trade Power's
Web Customer Service Center.
calls for 2003 totaled exactly 1,500, down 14% from 2002, but up from 2001.
Average response time was 29 minutes, up from 25 minutes in 2002. Our
goal is 30 minutes or less.