What Is Enterprise Direct Store Delivery?

“We believe the new standard of business management technology for companies reliant on Direct Store Delivery as a primary distribution method, is building all the DSD functionality and business rules natively into global, cloud-based ERP. We refer to the concept as ‘Enterprise DSD’ and we think it’s something the market will really respond and adapt […]

What Is Direct Store Delivery?

What is Direct Store Delivery? Direct Store Delivery (DSD) is a business process that manufacturers and wholesalers use to both sell and distribute goods direct to the point of sales or point of consumption.  This often can include additional product and market related services such as merchandising, information gathering, or equipment service. Contrast this to […]

B2B Mobile Survey Says

When I was a kid one of the game shows I enjoyed was Family Feud. In the show, the two feuding families would brainstorm the answers to silly trivia questions, and host Richard Dawson would reveal the answers by calling to the big board with the words “Survey Says!”. Mobile Surveys for B2B Leveraging B2B […]

Route and Van Sales Basics

Defining Route and Van Sales Understanding route and van sales basics is pretty…basic. Route sale drivers are simply sales reps who captain a mobile warehouse. The goal is to visit as many customers as they can during the course of a day, selling products directly off the truck to B2B customers.  You see them zipping […]

Reasons for Obtaining Proof of Delivery

For B2B manufacturers and wholesalers there are several reasons for obtaining proof of delivery. Consumer Pressure (aka Amazon) Obtaining proof of delivery is something you naturally expect when using FedEx or UPS, but it’s still not a given for mid-sized B2B wholesalers and manufacturers. Increasingly however, B2B companies who do their own delivery are feeling […]

Overview of the B2B Delivery Process

For most manufacturers or wholesalers reliant on their own fleet of vehicles to get products in the hands of B2B customers, the processes break down something like this. Pre-delivery process Orders are accumulated Delivery routes are established Inventory is picked Trucks are loaded Driver checks out of the warehouse Delivery execution Route is confirmed (or […]

xkzero Announces HQ Move

Leading ERP software publisher and supply chain consulting company xkzero has announced the move of its headquarters effective May 15, 2022.  The new location is One Overlook Point, Suite 120, Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069. The new headquarters is located about 20 miles north of Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and its former office in Des Plaines, Illinois. […]

The face of customer service

For fast moving consumer packaged goods companies, Route Sale drivers are literally the face of customer service. Route Sale drivers (who may also be referred to as Van Sale Drivers, or Direct Store Delivery (DSD) drivers) are traveling sales reps making regularly scheduled visits to their customers, making sales right off the truck. The tools […]

How to Add a Custom Task to Your Sage 500 Menu

Did you know you can create custom tasks on your Sage 500 menu?  You can!  Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do so. What kind of tasks can I add? Custom BIE (Business Insights Explorer view) Custom report (Crystal Report) Word, Excel, etc. document or shared folder Website URL How do I create a […]

How to automate truck loading

Eliminating the bottlenecks at the loading dock is just one of the ways you can benefit by automating truck loading with your ERP system.  This is especially important in Delivery Distribution operations. Start with the basics Essential to effective truck loading for Delivery Distribution is the planning that is done prior to picking. Assignment of Orders […]

Delivery, Meet ERP

*Ding-dong* *Ding dong* A smiling delivery person is at the door asking for a signature. In a matter of moments I’ve confirmed that I received my package with an easy swirl of my finger on their smart phone. A couple of taps later and the driver nods goodbye, on their way to the next stop. […]

What’s new in Sage 500 2021

Sage 500 ERP 2021 contains updates that improve your workflow and business processes. We cover some of the highlights of the new features and enhancements below. Need help upgrading your current Sage 500 ERP to 2021? Contact us to discuss. Here is what has changed or added in Sage 500 ERP 2021, broken down by […]