uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=464982014-10-31T19:17:57Zuuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46499International Business Systems Introduces IBS Business Suite 2015, Helping Distributors Manage Inventory Levels and Cost Throughout Their Supply ChainsSecond Generation Platform Improves Productivity Through a More Connected Enterprise, Leading to Greater Visibility for Better Business Decisions 2014-10-31T00:00:00+01:002014-10-31T00:00:00+01:00SOLNA, Sweden, October 31, 2014 – International Business Systems (IBS), a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain technology provider, today announced the release of IBS Business Suite 2015, a second generation supply chain platform that helps companies manage inventory levels and cost throughout their distribution channels, minimizing operating cash requirements and enhancing customer service for improved revenues. IBS is the trusted industry leader of ERP and WMS distribution software, preferred for consistently improving operational efficiencies and business performance for mid-market companies challenged by the complexities of managing distribution. The full suite includes IBS Enterprise (ERP), IBS Dynaman (Warehouse Management), IBS Bookmaster, IBS Mobility, IBS Netstore (eCommerce), and IBS Sales & Operations Planning geared to mid-market distribution companies with complex operations in Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverage, Publishing, Automotive Aftermarkets, 3PL and Wholesale Distribution. “Our second generation software offers a cohesive suite of products with additional features, including ease-of-use and open interfaces that drive better business processes,” said Mike Verdeyen, IBS CTO. “Our Sales & Operations Planning module offers more exception-based planning, enabling organizations to focus on the product areas where they can realize the greatest return.” IBS Business Suite 2015 also delivers best-of-breed transportation management and labor management capabilities through strategic partnerships. The industry-specific functionality gives users the power to plan and execute their supply chain strategies faster and more effectively for achieving business growth. In addition, IBS Business Suite 2015 is seamlessly integrated with IBS Analytics powered by QlikView for graphic visualization of complex business data; at-a-glance, users can quickly read, predict, and react to information, make faster, more proactive business decisions, and achieve strategic objectives that maximize profit. “Business intelligence is a tool set that continues to evolve from backwards looking to predictive and proactive,” said Steve Banker, Service Director for Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group. “The greater the visibility into the supply chain, the easier it is for a company to make course corrections toward business success. IBS is building out that capability in its latest release.” “IBS continues to make technology investments to deliver greater business value to our customers,” said Doug Braun, IBS CEO. “Our goal continues to center around making the user experience as intuitive and productive for people as possible.” About IBS International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, the company has helped customers such as Geiger, ICS, Golden Eagle Distributing, Fidelitone, Totes Isotoner, WORLDPAC, and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency. For more information, please visit www.ibs.net or contact: Marriam Kinny 1-916-365-1060 Marriam.Kinny@ibs.net uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46500Technology Newsmaker Q&A with Joe SwaimThe right technology can be a huge business advantage for mid-market automotive aftermarket companies. In this recent Q&A Session with Aftermarket Business World, IBS Director of Pre-Sales Consulting Joe Swaim discusses some of the challenges faced by small- to mid-sized distributors in the automotive aftermarket space, and how they can overcome those issues with integrated, automated supply chain technology solutions. 2014-10-27T16:39:00+01:002014-10-27T16:39:00+01:00Read more at Aftermarket Business World. uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46501IBS Migrates 5 customers to IBS Analytics Powered by QlikViewIn this recent Industry Announcement, DC Velocity highlights 5 IBS Customers who have migrated to IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView. The QlikView Business Discovery platform from Qlik, which is recognized by Gartner in its 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, has been integrated into the IBS Business Suite allowing IBS customers to explore complex data, detect patterns, share and compare information and make proactive business decisions. 2014-09-10T17:29:00+02:002014-09-10T17:29:00+02:00Read more over at DC Velocity , or download our IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView brochure to learn more today! uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46502Managing Brands Through Effective Supply Chain ManagementMore than ever, supply chain leaders play a crucial role in supporting and protecting the brands they deliver to customers. Delivering quality and consistency, besides the products themselves, affect brand reputation. 2014-09-03T21:54:00+02:002014-09-03T21:54:00+02:00In this recent article appearing in SupplyChainBrain, IBS Global Director of Product Development, Bill Tomasi, discusses how integrated planning across supply chain operations and requisite tools are necessary to adequately deliver on a brand’s promise. Read the full article here . uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46503IBS Customers Migrate to QlikView Business Discovery Platform as IBS/Qlik Partnership FlourishesNew Insights, Rapid Time-to-Value Complement Supply Chain Qualities of IBS Distribution Software 2014-09-08T00:00:00+02:002014-09-08T00:00:00+02:00SOLNA, Sweden, September 8, 2014 – International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain provider, today announced the migration of five customers to IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView, the result of the company’s partnership with Qlik , a leader in data discovery. These companies can now benefit from a whole new level of insights into their operations, suppliers and customers. “IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView turns raw data into intelligence about customer sales trends and margins, suppliers and partners that drive improved decision-making,” said Tim Conroy, General Manager of the Americas, IBS. “Our commitment to leveraging best-of-breed technologies is a testament to our desire to help clients maximize the productivity of their supply chains.” IBS is the trusted industry leader of ERP and WMS distribution software preferred for consistently improving operational efficiencies and business performance for mid-market companies challenged by the complexities of managing distribution. IBS customers who have already made the decision to invest in IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView include: Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd, Marshall Cavendish Education Pte Ltd, Makita (Australia) Pty Ltd, Metro Medical Supply, Inc., and Totes Isotoner (UK) Ltd. “We deployed IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView to our field sales team within weeks of installing the software,” said Tom Bennett, IT Manager at Makita Australia. “The results are unprecedented insights into our customers and comparative data that support a more meaningful sales engagement process, leading to increased order volume and range.” The QlikView Business Discovery platform from Qlik has been integrated into the IBS Business Suite of products to create IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView, serving customers in key verticals like pharmaceuticals, food & beverage, automotive aftermarkets, 3PL, publishing and wholesale distribution. It enables businesses to freely explore and find connections, patterns and outliers in data without having to model those relationships in advance. “Driving revenue, productivity and strategic thinking are just some of the benefits of IBS Analytics Powered by QlikView,” said Christof Majer, Vice President of Global Partner Sales and Partner Network at Qlik. “Our partnership with IBS is flourishing as a result of the favorable ways that IBS’ clients are improving supply chain visibility and customer care.” About IBS International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as Geiger, ICS, Gold Eagle, Fidelitone, Totes Isotoner, WORLDPAC, and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency. For more information, please visit www.ibs.net or contact: Marriam Kinny 1-916-365-1060 Marriam.Kinny@ibs.net uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46504In it to Win it: Protecting Your Brand with the Help of 3PLsWhat does the World Cup and Logistics have in common? More than you may think… 2014-08-28T17:25:00+02:002014-08-28T17:25:00+02:00Just as banners, jerseys, flags and face paint represent the brand that is the World Cup - In today’s globally connected world, 3 rd Party Logistics Providers are playing an increasingly important role in supporting and protecting the brands they represent. In this recent article written for 3PL News, IBS Global Director of Product Management Bill Tomasi explores how forward thinking companies are tapping innovative 3PL’s for their expertise in supply chain visibility and execution to help manage their brands and improve customer service in today’s global marketplace. Read the full article here . uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=465053 Things to Consider to Mitigate Risk in the Food Supply ChainFacing a product recall can be a daunting task for a distributor. 2014-08-22T17:44:00+02:002014-08-22T17:44:00+02:00With new regulations in place due to increased government oversight of the food supply chain, and a global populous more educated than ever about how and where they get their food, distributors in the food supply chain must be hyper aware of the systems needed to comply with new laws and changing customer habits in the event of a recall. In this recent article published in Food Manufacturing Magazine, IBS’s Bill Tomasi discusses 3 areas to consider for risk mitigation in your recall plan, and how each of these factors poses an opportunity for positioning your company as a responsive, proactive leader in mitigating risk. Read the full article here . uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46506Winning Supply Chain Strategies Turn Brand Protection into Opportunities for AugmentationIn today’s buy-on-demand world, there’s no room for mistakes when a consumer is just a few taps away from finding a product elsewhere on their smartphone. 2014-08-12T16:49:00+02:002014-08-12T16:49:00+02:00In this recent blog post authored for Logistics Viewpoints, IBS’ CEO Doug Braun takes a look at how effective Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) combined with analytics can help you proactively plan for customer needs and protect your brand reputation. Click to read the full article . uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46507The Role of SCM in Reputation and Brand ManagementIBS’s Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Development, was recently interviewed by Jean Murphy, Editor Emeritus for SupplyChainBrain, at the Eyefortransport 3PL Summit & CSCO Forum. 2014-07-15T20:20:00+02:002014-07-15T20:20:00+02:00In this interview , Bill Tomasi expounds upon recent trends in the industry and the role of supply chain management in reputation and brand management. Please feel free to create an account at SupplyChainBrain, or use our login credentials to watch the video. LOGIN: User Name: IBS_Distribution Password: watch Click here to watch the video. uuid:56819849-787b-4833-a14d-f052d1b3d707;id=46508You Don’t Have to be Road Kill in the Logistics Capacity RaceIn this article recently featured in Material Handling & Logistics, Bill Tomasi, Global Director of Product Management at IBS, and Dan Vertachnik, Executive VP and COO at IBS’ partner MercuryGate were interviewed on the state of transportation and warehousing. 2014-07-09T23:18:00+02:002014-07-09T23:18:00+02:00MH&L Editor Tom Andel references the recently released annual state of logistics report and the difficulties that shippers face with respect to capacity and talent to move shipments, and goes on to discuss the opportunities for 3PL’s to meet the rising demand. Our own Bill Tomasi details the growing trend of 3PL customers buying materials handling equipment to track movement and streamline billing, while MercuryGate’s Dan Vertachnik calls for supply chain collaboration among shippers, carriers and intermediaries as the transactional and brokerage markets converge. Read the full story here .