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E2 and QuickBooks: An ERP Partnership

Often, when shops are looking at getting an ERP system, they have some solutions that already work for them. While an ERP system can take care of most aspects of manufacturing, sometimes shops have grown attached to their accounting software, which is seen frequently with QuickBooks users. Shoptech continues to see benefits in helping users…

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3 Great Things about ERP on the Cloud

When hearing about something great, it can be hard to picture yourself there. For example, you may have heard wonderful things about a local theme park, but it’s hard to know how fun it will be until you’re there. You might not decide to go until you hear from some of your friends how great…

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On-Premise vs. Cloud-Based ERP System

When you’re looking to buy an ERP system, there’s a lot you have to consider. You need to know what you want the software to accomplish and what improvements you want to make in your shop. You need to decide which software company to pick. You also need to decide whether you want your software…

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How to Bring in New Customers

The idea of marketing your shop can be intimidating. After all, big companies have entire marketing departments to promote your business, while you might be on your own. Instead of worrying about “marketing,” here are three steps to get people to speak positively about your shop and bring in new customers. 1. Pick Your Strengths…

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Section 179: A Shop’s Best Friend

There are many reasons that this is the most wonderful time of the year. Of course, the holiday cheer is infectious, but for manufacturers, it can mean finding unspent money in the yearly budget. In addition to this possibility, the deadline is fast approaching to make any purchases that can be used for tax deductions….

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Shoptech Stands Out From the Crowd

There is no doubt that an ERP system can do great things for a shop. Using this technology can save shops time and effort and let them run far more efficiently. However, in order for an ERP system to live up to its reputation, it has to be backed by an excellent vendor. Shoptech has…

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3 Ways to Fill the Skills Gap

We all know it’s coming. The skills gap is an unfortunate side effect of the “silver tsunami.” More baby boomers are retiring from manufacturing than new hires are coming in to replace them, and those new hires don’t have the same skills and years of knowledge the baby boomers do. One of the biggest problems…

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4 Things Millennials Wish Your Shop Would Do

Millennials in your shop

As more baby boomers begin retiring, the percentage of millennials working in manufacturing is only going to increase. With unemployment so low, the job market is becoming more competitive, so it’s up to manufacturers to make their shop as appealing as possible, and it will be most helpful to appeal to millennials. While not every…

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Scheduling: Your Shop’s Superhero

Scheduling can be one of the most complicated parts of running a shop. Each job is just a little different, particularly if you’re running a job shop. That can make it hard to schedule and make sure that each job finishes by the due date. This process gets even more complicated when you’re trying to…

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5 Tips to Grow Revenue for Made-to-Order Shops

Just like so many other industries with faceted, multi-approach business models, the manufacturing industry has many types of players in the game. From a plant with 60 machining centers to a 7-person, custom-build job shop, each business-type faces their own challenges and require creative solutions to issues of growth, management and customer demand to name…

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2 Reasons To Replace Paper and Spreadsheets with ERP Software

In the early 1900’s, Americans changed from horse-drawn carriages to automobiles. Once they made the change, drivers saw how much easier a machine was to deal with than an animal that required rest, feeding, and clean up. Automobiles only required fuel. There is a similar revolution underway in today’s shops. In this case, the horse…

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Why Your Shop Should Buy ERP Software Now

It’s almost over. In just under three months, another year will be in the books. How has your shop fared this year? Have you met – or even exceeded – your goals? Or has it been more of the same? Have you barely met customer quality and deadline demands? Have you struggled to move product…

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A Manufacturer’s Guide to Social Media Part 2: Picking a Network

This is the second post in A Manufacturer’s Guide to Social Media. Read the first post here. Running a social media account for your business can be intimidating. Each social media network has its own personality and purpose, so how do you know which one to use? Don’t panic. The differences are easy to explain….

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Why Your Shop Should Host an MFG Day Event

MFG Day, according to their website, “is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers…”  This celebration has happened on the first Friday in October since 2012. Manufacturers are looking for ways to close the skills gap, and that’s one of the primary goals of MFG Day. If your shop…

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Manufacturing & Marketing

You might think the only thing those two words have in common (Manufacturing & Marketing) is that they both start with the letter “M.” But you’d be wrong. The reason I know this is because of first-hand experience with how marketing your business can play a big role in growth, no matter if you’re a…

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Love and Machining: The Importance of Delegation

Perhaps this will sound familiar to many of you. You started your shop from nothing, just you and a couple of folks to run the machines. Now your shop has gotten bigger and as your shop has grown, so have your headaches. There isn’t enough time in the day anymore to finish everything and it’s…

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An ERP System: The Most Efficient Employee

If you’re like most shops, you keep yours running as efficiently as possible. However, there are some areas you could improve upon. Wouldn’t it be great if you could hire one employee to organize everything from your accounting department to the entire shop floor? This one person could instantly give you the information you need…

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ERP Software — What Can It Do for a Shop Like Mine?

With recent optimism in the manufacturing industry, you might be one of many small to mid-size businesses looking to capitalize on the upward trend happening in the marketplace. From growing your employee base to reaching out to new prospects to adding new equipment, many companies are searching for opportunities to expand and take advantage of…

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Buying Guide: Get Only Features You Need – Part 4/4

This is the final installment in our blog series about what to consider when buying an ERP system. The previous posts were ERP Benefits and Capabilities, Vetting the Software, and Vetting the Vendor. It is almost inevitable that ERP systems will offer more functions than your shop needs. It’s easy to get swept up and…

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Buying Guide: Vetting the Vendor – Part 3/4

This is the third blog post in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. The first blog post was about ERP benefits and capabilities, and the second post was about vetting the software. This post is about vetting the software vendor. When vetting a vendor, you want to check…

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Buying Guide: Vetting the Software – Part 2/4

This is the second installment in a series about what to consider when looking for a new ERP system. In the last post, we discussed ERP benefits and capabilities for your shop. In this post, we’ll explore some of the key points in vetting the ERP software you’re considering. The software needs to be easy…

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Buying Guide: ERP Benefits and Capabilities – Part 1/4

As technology advances in other areas of our lives, it makes more and more sense to get the benefits from technology in your shop. Some of you may already have an ERP system, but some of you may not. If you want to remain competitive, it is essential that you have the most up-to-date ERP…

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What the ISO Update Means for Your Shop

If you are currently ISO certified, then you already know that on September 15th of 2018, the 9001:2008 version of ISO will no longer be valid, and you will need to update to ISO 9001:2015. After ISO released their most updated version of ISO 9001 in 2015, they gave users 3 years to update, and…

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