Category Archives: Inventory Management

The Wisdom of Backup with SIMMS 2018

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SIMMS 2018 Inventory Management system enables users to keep confident control of the security of their data and system.

  • Backing-up SIMMS Installer files should be made each time a service pack or full version is released;
  • Your company files (SIMMS databases) should be backed-up based on the standard backup schedule of your IT Department. If dozens of transactions occur each week then weekly backups are advised and can be performed manually by any administrative user.

Contact us today to learn the simple step to accomplish true security of your SIMMS system. We take great pride in continuing to build the evolving and practical software package you need to help your business grow.

If you’re new to SIMMS, give it a free trial here: http://simmssoftware.com/inventory-software/Download-Trial.aspx

 

Software Customization from KCSI

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At the end of the day, your business software should be your strength and not weakness and it should make things easier for you rather than making them difficult. If you follow the above strategies, you will definitely be able to set your business apart and create a safe niche for yourself in this competitive market. In case you find this whole process quite daunting, you can always get in touch with a software development company to provide you with assistance. In this highly competitive and dynamic world of online marketing, it is very important to be able to evolve with time and for this, you need to have a clear strategy that will help you get an edge over your competitors.

We are KCSI, a software development company in Canada offering a wide range of services like mobile application development, software development, website development, website designing, and online marketing services. For any assistance, feel free to get in touch with us by emailing sales@kcsi.ca or visit www.simmssoftware.com.

Apparel Tags in SIMMS 2018

[This question was submitted by a desperate clothier a while back]
A great many businesses selling apparel want more data on their product tags, whether they sell shoes, t-shirts or in this case, jackets. The modern science of barcoding usually solves this challenge for them by printing off SKU numbers, which allow for multiple bits of information to be combined within the SKU.

For example, MAJAN is a possible section of a SKU number that provides two characters for the manufacturer’s name (MA for Marshall), two characters for the product (JA for jacket) and one character for material (N for nylon). In addition to NRF (National Retail Foundation) codes, manufacturer’s lot information can appear on the tag (such as 01-BK-L, which represents style 1, color black and size large) and many such barcode labels (tags) can be formatted to contain almost any information the seller requires.

One example produced for the person who asked the question is as follows:

Tag for customer's jacket

In it, the customer wanted the item price, size and color information, SKU info and the item description, and that’s precisely what she got, in the layout style she needed. SIMMS Inventory Management software uses Crystal Reports to edit the content and design of the barcodes to fit dozens of industry-standard barcode tags, and customization can go beyond the established list to suit any company’s size and layout needs.

Contact KCSI today to learn more about how the details you want on your price tags can be added with speed and ease if you use SIMMS as your barcoding/price tagging solution.

The Custom Software Advantage

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Using an out-of-the-box software solution is like trying to fit a slot head screwdriver into a Phillips screw. Ready-made software just doesn’t handle the nuances of your business the way that you need. It’s designed to appeal to the mass market and to work for the average business – but your company’s needs are not average, they are very particular and specific, and you need your business software to work from the first moment it is installed.

Custom applications are produced to accommodate the needs of your specific business, your team, and your customers.

Custom built solutions enable you to close the holes in your workflow and bypass them without wasting time and money on software that does not answer a single challenge that you have. Companies encounter bottlenecks in different ways as part of their process. Project Management is taking up too much time and is spread out over too many systems. Paper Processing and Data Entry command far too much time from your work day, and focus is pulled from higher level work.

When you employ off-the-shelf solutions, you may not get the processes you need in the areas you actually need them most. What results from that is the addition of more software to handle the bits the first package cannot do, and that means higher costs before you are even close to being efficient, let alone before you can take your business to the top.

For the software solution you need, contact KCSI for a conversation that can help put your business in the lead. Email here with your questions or needs, and let us help you get started with the custom package to satisfy them.

Reducing Stock Safely with SIMMS 2018

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SIMMS Inventory Management software helps the implementation of reduced stock levels, but such a move requires both pre-planning and specific steps to ensure that neither your suppliers nor your customers wind up bearing the brunt of the strain.

While many advantages exist behind the concept of inventory reduction – not the least of which is the reduction of expenditures involved in maintaining a high stock count – a sudden change to reduced on-Hand quantities can be a risky step. You need to assess accurately the diminishing need for certain items but have the additional empty space filled soon after by items that you do move more often and those that move larger volumes.

Give SIMMS 2018 a free trial here, and learn how SIMMS can help you safely transition to the future while establishing a sound system of stock reduction and replenishment.

Old News is Good News

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3500 BC          The Phoenicians develop an alphabet. The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing-pictographs of accounts written on clay tablets. The Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing.

1775 BC          The Greeks use a phonetic alphabet written from left to right.

1400 BC          Oldest record of writing in China, on bones.

1270 BC          The first encyclopedia is written in Syria.

900 BC            The very first postal service, for government use, in China.

776 BC            First recorded use of homing pigeons used to send a message the winners of the Olympic Games to Athenians.

530 BC            The Greeks start the very first library.

500 BC            Papyrus rolls and early parchments made of dried reeds-first portable and light writing surfaces.

200 BC            Human messengers on foot or horseback common in Egypt and China with messenger relay stations built.. Sometimes fire messages are used instead of humans.

14 AD  The Romans establish postal services.

KCSI’s Custom Programming

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KCSI’s devoted team of gifted developers create custom online solutions for marketing departments and sales teams. From building an enterprise application or expanding an existing program, our Microsoft Certified developers are ready for the task. We at KCSI focus on the specific needs and aims of our customers to create customized web solutions that make things happen and improve their businesses.

While the Internet grows and changes, the needs of your business and websites follow suit. Custom web programming – and its customization – synchronizes your data, integrates data systems, and implements dynamic content and the flexibility it brings. As with everything we do, KCSI’s web solutions are built to your specific needs. Your vision and ideas define what we build. Small, medium or large, your project is the perfect size for us and just the kind of project we enjoy.

For more information, contact KCSI today by visiting www.kcsi.ca or by emailing sales@kcsi.ca.

Meet the Future with Custom Software from KCSI

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If it’s a decade since you purchased a software package you are currently using a package that is likely past its prime. Unlike computers, which improve by a factor of two every year, software is usually not as quick to show improvement. Packages cannot emerge as instantly perfect as a mere machine — they need strict testing after including dozens of new ideas and refinements.

Therefore, in the ten years since you bought your package, then you need something newer and more versatile. Software in a decade, has the potential to be five times better, with five times as many features as were possible before. And it probably runs five times faster…or even faster still on a newer machine.

Software is an organism, like a creature examined under a microscope. It grows, it survives and often thrives — due to its users’ best ideas, dedicated developers and the desire to make each new version as close as it can be to this:

For an example of software with these same goals and ideals, consider custom software from KCSI to suits your business and inventory needs. Why keep an elephant when you can have a cheetah? Surge ahead of the competition with speed and style with custom software at lightning speed.

Manufacturer’s Lots

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When receiving items into inventory that will be used on a specific project, the project name and number can be entered in as those items’ manufacturer’s lot information. This simple practice enables the easy selection of the stock for that project or order, merely by looking for the number of items in stock with the specific manufacturer’s lot number.

Lots can be employed using a vast variety of details and information. Some are multi-digit numbers, some are nothing but letters that spell nothing sensible to you. Some are a mix of the two. The use of manufacturer’s lots — and in-house production lots — can add much to the process of inventory accuracy while increasing tracking capabilities of any items so designated.

SIMMS 2018 Inventory software provides similar tools to further enable the accuracy and ease of item selection. Give SIMMS a free trial today by clicking here.