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Celebrating the launch of BNZ MyBusiness Live

In anticipation of the launch of BNZ’s new MyBusiness Live Dashboard (powered by 9Spokes), ALTSHIFT was invited to Wellington to represent TradeGecko at a networking event designed to connect app partners of the 9Spokes eco-system with senior BNZ partners. With the uptake of cloud software in business, BNZ is at the forefront offering a free BI dashboard to BNZ and non-BNZ customers alike....

November 2, 2018

Client Spotlight: Our Time with Epiphany

Epiphany Cafe is a steadily growing franchise of cafes headquartered in Te Rapa, Hamilton. With 8 locations (and more on the way) they are steadily acquiring a cult following with their Donuts, Muffins and Scones. They are moving into a brand new factory to keep up with demand, and as a part of this process they also made the conscious decision to implement back-office systems to serve as a platform for their future growth. Upon meeting with Epiphany for a consultation, it was decided that Unlea...

October 23, 2018

Why should my business use a 3PL?

One of the most complex components to effectively scaling up a business is the management of an efficient supply chain. As a product-based business grows, so too does the throughput of product through an ever thinly stretched supply-chain. All of the moving pieces in your supply chain must continue to operate in perfect alignment to avoid bottlenecking in process, and unfortunately in the costs associated with deploying a new fulfilment/dispatch location can be quite high. Thankfully the option ...

October 15, 2018

What is EDI?

EDI, standing for Electronic Data Interchange, is the electronic transaction of business data between business partners that follows a standardised format. EDI facilitates the ability for one business to send information to another. Many business documents are transacted through EDI, however the two most common are purchase orders and invoices. The expenses incurred with traditional business communication (mail handling, paper, reproduction, filing, storage and retrieval) are effectively elimina...

October 10, 2018

How to scale your small business

A common misconception in the business community is that the “start-up” phase is typically the riskiest stage, when in actuality small businesses are at most risk of failing in their growth phase. With growth comes an increase in critical mass, significant capital investment and an increase in overhead costs. A business operating with more staff, more locations and more revenue shows growth on paper. However the truth lies in the Profit & Loss, this same example could well be making the same...

October 4, 2018

ALTSHIFT to become a Xero Platinum Partner

We're not usually driven by titles but this one means a lot to us. It’s a very proud moment to become a Xero Platinum Partner because it represents a coming of age for our business - we’ve reached a level of maturity and that’s something to celebrate for any small business.  In 2010 we brought on our very first Xero customer, today we service more than 400 customers in 4 different countries. During that time, app trends have changed, SaaS companies have come, some have gone, but one t...

September 25, 2018

Effective demand forecasting models

Demand forecasting is the complicated science of hypothesising expected sales demand for a given product or series of products. Typically demand forecasting consists of assessing future demand based from historical sales data, and is used to aide businesses in making decisions on what inventory should be held to make best use of cash. The absence of demand based forecasting leaves businesses vulnerable to lost opportunities through stock-outs, or could leave your business with a surplus of stock...

September 20, 2018

Flicking the switch on your new ERP

The beginning of the end of your ERP implementation project is go-live day, this is where you start to use your new system in your business. The many man hours spent on scoping, configuration, data entry, testing and training amount to the execution of this day. Most business owners fear this day, as it’s execution will make or break the entire project. There are three methods that “go-live” is typically executed with; all-in-one, parallel or phased. Each method has their own positives and...

September 12, 2018

E-Commerce: Why you should integrate into your ERP

According to Statista, we’re projected to hit $2,842 billion (USD) in worldwide e-commerce revenue in 2018 alone (with that number almost doubling to $4,878 billion by 2021). Is your business ready for this unprecedented demand? Having your e-commerce platform integrated into your ERP system is commonly overlooked due to the perceived disruption a change like this can cause to the business. Unfortunately not having these critical sales channels tightly integrated into the rest of your operatio...

August 27, 2018

Improving warehouse efficiency

As more and more businesses move into omni-channel distribution, the efficiency of ones inventory operation becomes relevant. But one may ask, when is a warehouse considered to be at capacity? The answer to this may vary, but typically a warehouse is at peak efficiency where space utilisation is at 80 - 85%. Breaching this threshold will see diminishing efficiency from a movement and space perspective. Pallet movement is restricted making each replenishment take more steps to complete, temporary...

August 22, 2018

What does an ERP implementer do?

When it comes to business software, the options are truly endless. Software to serve a particular purpose can come in all shapes and sizes requiring business owners to make snap judgements on which to purchase. Fortunately a cloud implementer can make this process easier. Cloud implementers are vertical experts that comprehensively understand the wider app ecosystem, and how these business apps can interface with one another. A good cloud implementer has an understanding of the issues you may be...

August 13, 2018

Maintaining lean inventory for distributors

In today’s economic climate, businesses are on a constant rolling diet. Owners and inventory controllers strive to pilot the leanest possible operation with next to no liabilities. Particularly in the Distribution scene, these companies are being run on extremely lean inventories - thus reducing the amount of capital tied up in inventory. Other companies will stock up in order to always have what the customer ordered. There are pros and cons to both of these strategies, when a company chooses ...

August 10, 2018

Why mobile should not be overlooked in B2B

Imagine the ability to quickly bring up a catalogue of your products in front of a customer, know how much stock you have; and be able to place an order in seconds without a Wi-Fi connection. Unfortunately many businesses leave revenue on the table by failing to implement this level of visibility into their sales process. According to Statista, there will be almost 5 billion mobile phone users globally by the year 2020. Of those 5 billion users, nearly 85% will be using smartphones. With the rat...

August 6, 2018

Calculating the cost of a new ERP system

You may have an ERP system in place at your business such as MS Dynamics, Sage, Pronto, Netsuite, Accredo or one of the many other incumbent solutions. The reality is that this ERP system may not be serving your business as well as it did when it was first implemented. This poses two courses of action: Continue to maintain your existing ERP systemImplement a modern ERP system and reap the benefits Granted that committing to a new ERP system can be costly, but how costly exactly? There are plenty...

July 30, 2018

How to select an ERP System

Nothing will impact a businesses ability to maintain long-term growth like the implementation of an effective ERP system. However when it comes to selecting and implementing an ERP system, if you get it wrong you’ll pay the price. Replacing an ERP system is akin to performing brain surgery while the patient is awake and solving a Sudoku. Not only are you severely overhauling every process in place within your business, but you are also attempting to continue trading like normal. Fortunately it...

July 23, 2018

Replacing your ERP System

Your ERP system is ingrained in everything your business does, understandably the notion of replacing your ERP may send shivers down your spine. Yet if the very lifeblood of your business is affecting your agility in responding to market/competitor trends, then quickly the idea becomes a necessity. Since the implementation of a new ERP system is a massive commitment of time and resources, how can you gauge whether a replacement is required?...

July 16, 2018

Why move your business to the Cloud?

Cloud computing is quickly becoming one of the biggest and most revolutionary technological movements in business. “Cloud” is a catch-all term that encapsulates everything from storing files on a commercial service like iCloud or Dropbox, right down to remotely hosting and maintaining the entire internal infrastructure of a Fortune 500 company. At its most basic definition, cloud computing is the outsourced rental of storage or processing resources, as opposed to hosting/managing your own ha...

July 9, 2018

Tire of loose receipts and paper invoices?

Going fully paperless is a real possibility with Receipt Bank - the revolutionary tool that makes processing accounts payable and credit card expenses effortless.Receipt Bank helps to save valuable hours by scanning information from receipts and invoices and publishing them as bills in Xero.Easily submit all your receipts and invoices by taking a photo via the mobile app,or share your unique Receipt Bank email address with your suppliers and their invoices will flow straight into ...

May 14, 2018

Want to join our team?

We're looking for someone proficient in configuring cloud solutions. We have some great projects in the pipeline: https://www.seek.co.nz/job/341......

August 19, 2017

Let the tool do the work.

Learning to use a handsaw when I was young my Dad would tell me not to strain the tool. He would preach "let the saw do the cutting". He was right, technique was more efficient than effort but I always wondered what was in that box labelled 'Makita Circular Saw'. The same can be said for managing invoices and overdue debtor accounts. Absolutely there's a time to use the art of relationship management or exercise discretion but for this business chore sometimes technology is simply easier, more ...

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