How to Manage Complex Products with QAD in Food and Beverage Operations

Posted on: January 14, 2021 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

With the vast product lines inherent to food and beverage operations, Chief Operating Officers, Plant Managers and other operations leaders are under pressure to manage a bevy of resources  needed to create, package, and execute a complete product. There are seemingly infinite combinations of different products, sometimes just varying by an ingredient or a single packaging material. QAD is fully equipped to keep an eye on it all. Manage Complex...


Best Budget Management Practices for Consumer Product Manufacturers Using QAD EE

Posted on: January 7, 2021 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

A good budget process is essential to effectively managing a business. Budget management is the process of projecting and developing estimates for future financial results. While budgets are used to manage and track incomes and expenses, sales side people often refer to revenue budgets as “projections” while cost-side people typically stick to the word budget. The overall budget process usually starts with the creation of an annual fiscal year sales...


Configuration Management and Product Configuration in the Medical Device Industry

Posted on: December 15, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

Configuration Management Configuration management is “a process for establishing and maintaining the consistency of a product’s performance, functional and physical attributes with its requirements, design and operational information throughout its life.” Configuration management streamlines the quote-to-delivery cycle for to-order medical device manufacturers because it enables the generation of items, bills of material, engineering drawings, routings, and instructions. Additionally, configuration can create and/or enable required attributes, characteristics, and specifications for the...


4 Key Statutory Requirements for Operating Your Business in Mexico

Posted on: December 10, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process

There are many advantages and incentives to expanding business operations to Mexico, the second largest trading partner of the United States. However, for manufacturers to take advantage of Mexico’s operational benefits, they must ensure they remain compliant with all of Mexico’s statutory requirements. Below are four key legal statutory requirements that apply to manufacturing operations in Mexico. 1. Electronic Invoicing The first of the major statutory requirements is electronic invoicing. Any business...


Top 5 Year-End Closing Activities for Manufacturers

Posted on: December 10, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

It is vital for any manufacturing organization to execute the year-end processes properly and on time. In this list, we’re going to cover five crucial aspects of financial year end activities—and how QAD can provide solutions. 1. Inventory Reconciliation In order to ensure that a manufacturing organization has a successful year-end close, it must follow the typical process of inventory reconciliation, which we outline in the following steps: Count the...


Managing Financial Outcomes in Today’s Medical Device Marketplace

Posted on: December 3, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution, Professional Services

Recent decades have witnessed major advances in medical technologies that have been responsible for earlier and more accurate diagnoses, more effective treatments, and the ability of people to live longer, healthier lives. But because new technology is the primary driver of rapidly rising health care expenditures, these advances do not come without risks and costs. To minimize risk and control costs, health care facilities are now being more selective in...


Top 7 Year-End Closing Activities for Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Posted on: November 24, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process

It is vital for any food and beverage organization to execute the year-end processes properly and on time. In this list, we’re going to cover seven crucial aspects of financial year end activities—and how QAD can provide solutions.   1. Inventory Reconciliation – with Lot Control/Expiration In order to ensure that a food and beverage organization has a successful year-end close, it must follow the typical process of inventory reconciliation,...


Operating Your Automotive Business in Mexico: 4 Must-Know Statutory Requirements

Posted on: November 5, 2020 | By: Ethan Naegele | QAD Financials, QAD Manufacturing

There are many advantages and incentives to expanding automotive business operations to Mexico.  Mexico has free trade agreements with 50 countries including the United States, where roughly 80% of its exports go. In addition, Mexico takes a strong initiative toward growing its automotive industry, and there is always an ongoing interest in Mexico for more automotive exports, which are crucial for the Mexican economy. In fact, in 2018, Mexico was...


QAD User Group Virtual Fall Conference – Logan Consulting

Posted on: September 30, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

Having presented a session with a great client and attended other sessions, I view this conference as a success. Although we missed the personal interaction and side conversations with clients, vendors and QAD during the normal course of an in-person conference, the board did a good job of structuring and organizing this event. Logan Consulting appreciated being able to lead and participate in the following sessions: Success Story: GHSP Upgrade...


ERP Implementation – Go-Live Metric Definition and Utilization

Posted on: September 28, 2020 | By: Tim Lovely | QAD Financials, QAD Practice News, QAD Manufacturing, QAD Business Process, QAD Distribution

As this is continual area of emphasis for ERP go-lives that we are involved in, we thought we would re-iterate the importance of this topic, written about back in 2014 as the importance of it has not diminished! The cutover to a new ERP system, or Go-Live, is often a difficult and stressful event for those involved. As the typical cutover weekend approaches and passes, teams often neglect the definition...