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SYSPRO ERP Enables Arctic Manufacturing to Tighten Inventories, Achieve Operational Efficiencies, Enhance Customer Service

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In general, with SYSPRO, we're getting more accomplished, with fewer people, than has ever been possible before. Our inventory control has tightened considerably, without having to add additional people or increase anybody's workload.

SYSPRO, a leading, worldwide provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, has today announced that Arctic Manufacturing is riding out a decreased demand for forest products by fully leveraging the company’s utilization of SYSPRO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software. Arctic, a private company headquartered in Prince George, British Columbia, fabricates a variety of stock and custom-designed commercial trailers used primarily for log transportation.

According to Blair Stunder, Arctic General Manager, the current building decline in the States has dramatically decreased demand for forest products, causing Arctic to seek ways to operate more efficiently while still maintaining top customer service. Says Stunder, “In general, with SYSPRO, we're getting more accomplished, with fewer people, than has ever been possible before. Our inventory control has tightened considerably, without having to add additional people or increase anybody's workload.“

Exemplary of Arctic’s emphasis on utilizing SYSPRO to provide management with a greater insight into operations is the company’s use of the SYSPRO Work in Progress (WIP) module for overall expense tracking. “Because of the ability of the WIP database to track labour, as well as stocked and non-stocked parts for job costs,” says Stunder, “we can set up a piece of equipment in the WIP and track its maintenance throughout the year. Similarly, at the end of the each month we can look at our building maintenance and cleaning costs, and it gives us an almost live look at our real expenses.”    

Not only has SYSPRO helped to keep Arctic competitive, it's done so within a framework of simplicity, claims Stunder. “Many of our employees have worked with other ERPs,” he says, “and are impressed with SYSPRO's ease of data retrieval. Our employees also appreciate how simple it is to customize the interface. At the warehouse level, the user has manipulated the screen set so he sees strictly what's important for his job. In the accounting office it's completely different. It's great to see employees customize the user interface to optimize their workflow.”    

Stunder also credits SYSPRO with improving the company's relationships with suppliers and customers. “Over the last few years we've switched to e-mailing our Purchase Orders in MS Word format. Not only has that cut down on long-distance phone calls, it's greatly reduced the number of order entry errors.”

Despite the efficiencies SYSPRO has produced at Arctic, Stunder believes that there are yet additional ways Arctic can leverage SYSPRO software to streamline business practices even further. He notes that the company is considering the implementation of bar codes and scanners to facilitate tracking in the factory.

About Arctic Manufacturing

Arctic Manufacturing Ltd., established in 1974, has grown over the years to a 35,000 square feet facility in Prince George. Today, Arctic utilizes the latest in design engineering and manufacturing technology to produce the finest stock and custom-designed commercial trailers available. For more information on Arctic Manufacturing visit: http://www.arcticmfg.com

About SYSPRO

Since its inception in 1978, SYSPRO has been delivering state-of-the-art business solutions to some of the world's leading companies. As a global leader in the production of world-class ERP software, the company now caters to the specialized needs of 14,000 licensed companies in more than 60 countries worldwide. SYSPRO is marketed globally through regional territory distribution centers and a global reseller network in the US, Canada, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia and the UK.

SYSPRO is a fully integrated business software solution that provides complete control over the planning and management of all facets of business including accounting, manufacturing and distribution operations in a variety of industries.

For additional information on SYSPRO, email odete(dot)passingham(at)ca(dot)syspro(dot)com or call her at: 604-451-8889 ext 228 or go to: http://www.syspro.com

All company names and products mentioned in this release are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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