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25 July, 2014

Do you know what’s in your warehouse?

Michael Burnham

In today’s fast-paced marketplace, you need to have an accurate count and location of your inventory which is no easy task. With 24/7 customer orders, multiple warehouses, and bin changes, stock count can change in a moment which can have repercussions. As your inventory increases in volume, so can the complications. It may be time for a better inventory management system.

As your business grows and you expand product lines, it can be difficult to track inventory as it’s coming and going. Manufacturing operations may increase to keep up with customer demands and before you know it, inventory is getting lost, misplaced, or miscounted. A robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP, offers robust warehouse and inventory management features. However, you can give your warehouse technology and your team a bigger boost with PanatrackerGP.

Replace inaccurate, paper-based inventory tracking with a more modern technology to improve warehouse productivity and the accuracy of inventory movements. Your team will appreciate the added mobility and ease of using handheld computers and barcodes to track inventory and warehouse managers will appreciate the real-time data. Your warehouse team can track inventory at the point and time it’s received, handled, and shipped with PanatrackerGP software. Track adds, moves, and counts including bin and site transfers. You can also integrate order fulfillment, product assembly, and shipping and receiving operations.

PanatrackerGP is also fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics GP. Your sales team can check on real-time stock availability for customers, for example, and procurement can make strategic inventory decisions that can save money and improve profit margins. Adding automation to warehouse activities with a solution like PanatrackerGP can provide the control and insight you need to improve both warehouse operations and inventory management.

Today’s manufacturing and distribution marketplace is fast moving and highly competitive. Greater inventory control is essential for maintaining superior customer service and protecting your bottom line. Contact Panatrack Inventory & Asset Tracking for more information about using PanatrackerGP to keep track of your inventory with greater efficiency and accuracy.

27 June, 2014

Connect Field Service Teams with the Office

Michael Burnham

Your sales representatives may do some of their best work in the field, at customer offices, or at work sites.  Fruitful outside sales, combined with busy in-house sales activities, can wreak havoc on inventory control.  Connect your teams, wherever they are located, with your inventory and with a business management solution that can improve productivity and sales insights, as well as inventory control.

It can be challenging to track fast moving inventory in the warehouse and even harder to track inventory when it’s on the move with sales and field service teams.  Sales representatives may be participating in conferences or trade shows and field teams may be working on customer projects.  Each group may have a selection of inventory items that could be used or sold on the spot.  The more inventory you have in the field, the harder it can be to track with the inventory in the warehouse.  Over time, lack of insight and control over inventory that’s on the move can lead to poor procurement decisions, stock-outs, and unsatisfied customers.

Introducing a mobile solution will make it easier to maintain real-time inventory numbers, no matter where your inventory is located.  The PanatrackerGP Field Sales and Inventory solution can be added to your enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP.  Your field teams can record inventory used or sold at job sites, conferences or tradeshows, or at customer offices – wherever there is a network connection.  The updated inventory figures can then be synchronized with those at the warehouse so that you always have real-time inventory data.

In addition to keeping accurate inventory counts, your sales and field teams can use PanatrackerGP Field Sales & Inventory to accept cash or check payments for transactions made in the field.  They can also manage deliveries, including delivery confirmations with signature capture, from this same mobile solution.  Payments can be automatically deposited in Microsoft Dynamics GP so you can also have real-time sales figures.

Instead of processing paperwork at the end of each day, your field teams can use PanatrackerGP Field Sales and Inventory software to process inventory and accept payments as they happen.  Contact us for more information about using a mobile solution to stay connected with your sales and field teams and have greater inventory control.

18 June, 2014

Webinar for Barcode Inventory Management with Vicinity Manufacturing

Michael Burnham

We recently presented a webinar with our friends at Vicinity Manufacturing that demonstrates how easy it is to add barcode inventory management to Dynamics GP and Vicinity Manufacturing software. Below is the recorded version of the webinar.

This informational webinar demonstrates how barcode scanning simplifies inventory management. You will be introduced to the benefits of barcode technology — the key tool to efficient inventory tracking. We walk you through the life of inventory tracking from receiving, stocking, usage, and order fulfillment using PanatrackerGP and directly updating Dynamics GP and Vicinity Manufacturing.

Gaining confidence in your inventory is easier than you may think. Provide your workforce with an easy-to-use tool to record inventory transactions as they occur. We hope you enjoy the webinar.

25 March, 2014

Is it barcode or bar-code?

Michael Burnham

Barcode or Bar Code

It amuses me that Panatrack has been in the business of developing barcode-enabled solutions for many years, yet still often debate internally over how to spell “bar-code”. In a recent update to our PanatrackerGP WMS Inventory whitepaper, we even found a few inconsistencies in the same document.

Thinking as a software guy for a moment: let’s temporarily go with barXcode, and postulate that “X” can be null.  Plus, it is fun to say barXcode, as it makes me think of labeling yappy little dogs.

Aren’t we all trained as schoolchildren to “look it up”? Well, the Oxford dictionary definition of barcode states that it is one word. Solved. It’s Craft Brew time.

Hmmm…except the Merriam-Webster dictionary claims it is “bar code”.  Well, that “authoritative dictionary plan” unravels faster than a cheap sweater.

Surely, the authoritative GS1 Organization, known as the “world’s official provider of bar code numbers for retail”, can help us. Looking on their  Need A Barcode page, I notice their inconsistent usage of “bar code“, “barcode“, and “BarCodes“. Seriously? That last one is just cheating.  

I make the following case for a single word spelling:

        • As a verb, as in “let’s barcode that Chihuahua”, it is much less confusing than “to bar <slight pause> code something”.
        • As a noun, as in “slap a barcode on that Chihuahua”, it is also less confusing without the space.
        • As an adjective, as in “that zebra looks kinda barcodey”, it just plain works.

People drive “pickup trucks”, they don’t drive “pick up trucks”. It’s a weak argument, but it seems to support my case.

The reality is that as long as people might do a web search for barcode or bar code, it’s best if we go either way. If you landed on this page because you were also confused, then it worked. Welcome to Panatrack. We create solutions to track inventory and assets using technologies such as barcoding. Or is that bar coding?

10 March, 2014

Another great Convergence show in Atlanta

Michael Burnham

Panatrack Convergence 2014We’d like to thank everyone that stopped to visit with us during the Microsoft Dynamics Convergence expo in Atlanta last week. It’s always great to visit with our partners and customers, as well as meet some new friends. 

This year’s event was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. For those of us that attend the show regularly, we have been to this hall a few times before. Atlanta is a great venue for the event and the get-togethers in the evening hours. There were great keynotes and seminars, and the expo hall was as amazing as it always is.

We were delighted to receive so many positive comments on our new booth design. To quote the “A-Team” television series, I love it when a plan comes together.

See everyone in Chicago next year!

 

2 February, 2014

Panatrack participates in ISV Summit

Michael Burnham

Panatrack was delighted to participate in the annual Independent Software Vendors (ISV) Leadership Summit was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico January 26th-28th. As you likely know, an independent software vendor is a company specializing in developing software that is designed for a specific horizontal or vertical market. Microsoft Dynamics has a comprehensive ISV program and includes software for manufacturing, human resources, payroll, barcode scanning, fixed asset tracking, business intelligence and more.

The ISV Leadership Summit is a round-table gathering of leading Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in the Microsoft Dynamics Channel. Its attendees share their business strategies ranging from leadership, sales, marketing, and business development. The goal: learn from each other and enrich each participating business.

The event was founded by Mark Rockwell of Rockton Software, who crafts solutions to make Microsoft Dynamics GP work simpler and easier. Mark explains the genesis of the ISV Leadership Summit by saying, “I wanted to get like-minded business owners together to discuss the hard realities of running businesses. Talking together, we’ve inspired one another to do things differently and shared ideas that have helped each other work differently and better. Ideas we’ve shared have even launched whole lines of business for some of us. Because we all do the same thing, we get to share how to make processes more efficient, commiserate about the challenges of business management, swap great vendor recommendations, and being a part of the Microsoft channel.”

The event involves networking between partners, sharing and creating new ideas through discussions facilitated by the summit. New this year, attendees were invited to participate in the Microsoft ISV Showcase, at Microsoft Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ISV Showcase gave each member of the ISV Summit the opportunity to give a brief presentation of their products and services with businesses and Microsoft partners in Puerto Rico and neighboring islands.

This year, partners participating in the event included Rockton Software, Solver, Inc., Panatrack, Horizon’s International, Olympic Systems, Integrity Data, Vicinity Manufacturing, Njevity, and GPC Systems. We gained a lot of value spending time with these other companies. We also got to spend a week where the temperature was almost 100 degrees higher than it was at home in Wisconsin. That’s a win.

 

26 November, 2013

Obtain a Team of Experts with the ISV Solution Network

Pam Burnham

Dynamics GP is a great core ERP solution. As many know, there are A LOT of add-on solutions available in the market to enhance that core solution investment .Some companies invest in a few of these solutions and for others, the investment is larger to build an enterprise solution.

One of the perceived drawbacks for a core ERP system is the number of independent solutions that a company may need to invest in to create their ideal solution. However, there is another point of view to consider. If you were to build a house, you would hire a general contractor. Consider your Dynamics GP partner the general contractor.  The general contractor would then coordinate and contract the skills to complete specific work… the electrician, the plumber, etc.  Each of these independent contractors has the specific knowledge and skills in their specialized area to get the work done right and to the current code.

Another analogy would be medical care. You may have a general family practitioner (again correlate to your Dynamics GP Partner), but if you had a specific issue, you would be referred to a specialist. There is a network of specialists that work together to provide you the specific care needed.

These analogies can be applied to the various solutions that you add to GP. By investing in companies with solutions that specialize in specific areas, you are investing in a team of experts; each with their specialized knowledge and skill. Panatrack for example, specializes in inventory and asset tracking. We can offer the extensive knowledge in that area starting with the inventory functionality available within GP, the specific mobile and barcode technology, and overall best practices. If you have complex sales tax requirements, you would want to invest in an organization with solutions specializing in tax. Need credit card processing? Wouldn’t you want to work with a company that understands the compliance and security requirements?

Working with several vendors can also seem counter-productive. However, the ISV network of solution providers can offer you a team of experts. This team is in a position not just offer you tools to make your job easier, but best practices to make your business run smoothly and efficiently. Many of the solutions use Dynamics as the host database which resulting in maintaining a seamlessly integrated system. For example, if you use requisitioning software, the end result will be the creation of the purchase order in GP. From there, you can use our PanatrackerGP Receiving transaction to label and  create the receiving transaction back to GP without the overhead of additional integration requirements. The systems are natively integrated with Dynamics as the host database.

The ISV network for Dynamics GP not only serves as an extension of the partners, but also work well with each other to deliver a unified solution. Our PanatrackerGP solution has integrations with WennSoft for tracking inventory against a job or service activity; V-Technologies StarShip, Binary Stream’s Multi-Entity Management solution; and Vicinity Manufacturing for capturing inventory issued and produced.  Even if an integration doesn’t currently exist, you will find this network of solution vendors is willing to pull together to deliver a tightly integrated solution experience to the users.

14 November, 2013

Visit us at the Arizona GPUG Regional Chapter Meeting

Michael Burnham

Join us in Phoenix for the next Regional Chapter meeting of GPUG on November 19th. Panatrack is delighted to sponsor the meeting and lunch.

All Dynamics GP users and prospects are welcome and encouraged to attend. Regional Chapters enhance your membership in GPUG by offering face-to-face interaction and knowledge-sharing with other Microsoft Dynamics GP users in your region. Join us so you can optimize the functionality, flexibility, performance and return on investment offered by GP and get better results from your GP implementation back home. Feel free to invite GP colleagues and other users within the region.

Agenda:

  • - 12:30: Lunch, Introductions – Lunch Sponsored by Panatrack
  • - 1:00: Member Showcase – I/O
  • - 1:20: Panatrack Fixed Asset and Inventory Tracking Solution
  • - 2:20: Break
  • - 2:30: Summit Review & Highlights (Roundtable Discussion)
  • - 2:45: Year-End Tips & Tricks*
  • - 3:45: Planning for February Meeting: Tentative Date, February 19
  • - 4:00: End of Meeting

Thanks to the kind organizers of this event for asking that we be part of their meeting. A bigger thanks for the weather you are providing in Arizona, which makes this trip VERY attractive for those of us in Wisconsin during November.

Sign up here: Arizona GPUG Regional Chapter Meeting

20 September, 2013

Dynamics GP partner events happening now

Michael Burnham

Wow, there’s a lot of DynamicsGP partner events in the next couple months!

We are proud to sponsor several upcoming Dynamics GP partner events throughout the United States. McGladrey, Socius, InterDyn, OTT, DFC Consultants, WennSoft and others are holding events over the next two months. You can be sure that Panatrack will be in attendance to answer any questions you may have regarding inventory and asset control.

Remember that your GP Partner plays a vital role in maintaining and supporting your ERP installation. As a Microsoft Dynamics GP Certified ISV, Panatrack is well equipped to work with you and your partner to ensure a fast and easy implementation of our robust solutions. If you are attending any of the below events, please stop by the Panatrack Booth and say hello. Our team is happy to discuss your current inventory management struggles and investigate how our solution may be able to help streamline and simplify your process.

Here’s a sample of the upcoming events.

Please check our event calendar for the latest updates.