Latest Industry Insights from Kerridge CS

What is a Digital Strategy and how do you create one?

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You know that we now live in an increasingly digital world. For businesses, initially this meant having a website, then moving into e-commerce, and more recently, having a social media presence. However, the most forward-thinking businesses have now moved beyond these elements and are busy adopting their digital strategy.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

eCommerce with your customers – why you should be thinking of mobile first?

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Did you know that in 2016, mobile devices such as Smartphones overtook PCs as the most popular device for surfing the net, and more search is carried out on Smartphones than on any other device?  We all vastly underestimate how much time we spend on our mobile devices (phones and tablets), sometimes by as much as 30%. In 2017, mobiles will be used to consume more content than televisions.

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Topics: E-Commerce

Business intelligence at your fingertips

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Chris Hirst, head of pre-sales at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains how using a computer system with a fully integrated business intelligence (BI) module can provide you with clear insights into every aspect of your business, help you spot trends and support you in making crucial business decisions.

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Topics: Business Intelligence

The benefits of ERP systems with integrated financials

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Sanjay Fatania, Financial Implementation Manager at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains how using a computer system with fully integrated financials - delivers greater efficiency, visibility and faster decision making to your business.

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Topics: ERP

Is it time to get on-line?

It's time to get on line

Tony Pey, Head of Sales Engineering at Kerridge Commercial Systems, explains the benefits of using eCommerce.

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Topics: E-Commerce

Why blended learning gets you the best software training

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When you invest in new software, you know that your staff will need training to get the best from the system. Most suppliers offer expert trainers who will train your employees at your business premises. Face-to-face training is valuable: your staff are fully engaged in the training, they can question the trainer and get one-to-one support with any difficulties. However it can be hard to organise, especially if you have more than one site. As well as getting the relevant staff together, you have to find an appropriate training room, and arrange other staff to cover for them, which can be disruptive. Given this, it is not surprising that many companies are using an approach called ‘blended learning’ which supplements face-to-face learning with e-learning.

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Topics: eLearning

What are B2B mobile responsive web sites and why are they important to you?

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What is a mobile responsive website?

A mobile responsive website is one that is designed to work just as well whether it is viewed on a PC or laptop, tablet, mobile phone or other device; either the layout or the content or both respond and adapt based on the size and orientation of screen on which they are presented to the viewer.

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Topics: E-Commerce

Does your software track your rebates?

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Mark Steggall, Head of Product Management at Kerridge Commercial Systems, explains the benefits of using a modern ERP system to manage supplier rebates.

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Topics: ERP

Six ways to drive profit whilst the pound is weak

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Sterling has depreciated against the US dollar and the Euro since the referendum in June, hitting a 31 year low against the dollar in October.  At time of writing, the exchange rate had climbed following hints from Theresa May that she will be looking for a transitional Brexit deal that will favour British businesses.  However sterling is still comparatively weak, which presents some challenges for merchants and distributors. For example, the price of imported construction materials is predicted to increase by 3%. It also means that inflation may increase, which adds to the uncertainty we are facing.

But challenging times also present opportunities. Here are five things that merchants and distributors can do to mitigate against, and even benefit from, the economic situation:

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Topics: ROI

How to boost your online sales this Christmas

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It may seem that the Christmas period offers marketing opportunities primarily for retailers with consumer customers; people don’t tend to buy building, industrial or automotive supplies as Christmas presents. However there are seasonal opportunities for merchants, distributors and wholesalers too, and especially for those with a B2B ecommerce solution.

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Topics: E-Commerce

8 Amazing ERP Statistics

8 Amazing ERP Statistics

If you're a regular reader of our blog, you will know the advantages of ERP systems to your business. But how do these advantages translate into cold, hard data?

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4 tips on how to select accounting software for your business

4 tips on how to select the right accounting software for your business

Managing your business’ accounts is not always an easy task, especially when you have to make sure that all of your numbers add up. Incorrect reporting could be the difference between you reporting a profit or a loss.

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What is delivery management software?

What is delivery management software?

With one report suggesting that customer delivery performance expectations are higher than they were two years before, it is imperative that you provide your customers with a smooth delivery process.

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How to improve stock control in 4 steps

How to improve stock control in 4 steps

As a company that manages the movement of stock, you will be fully aware of the importance of stock control in being able to provide great customer service. This is backed up by the fact that UK brands are estimated to be losing up to £15 billion annually due to poor customer service. We all know how annoying it is when an item you want to buy is out of stock!

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4 ways to reduce shopping cart abandonment on your website

4 ways to reduce shopping cart abandonment on your website

Shopping cart abandonment is one of the main issues for online traders. According to recent research, three quarters of the world’s online shopping carts are abandoned, which means that you are potentially losing a lot of business.

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What are the advantages of SaaS software for merchants?

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Tony Pey, Head of Sales Engineering at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), defines the advantages of SaaS and explains how it could work for your merchant business.

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Why choose cloud computing?

Why choose cloud computing?

When implementing ERP software, one of the most important questions to answer is where you would like your system to be hosted.

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5 reasons why ERP implementations fail

5 reasons why ERP implementations fail

Previously we discussed the many advantages of using an ERP system. However before you get to reap the benefits of the software, it needs to be successfully implemented. With one report suggesting that 21% of companies’ ERP projects had failed, it’s not always a straight forward task.

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4 ways to improve your warehouse layout design

4 ways to improve your warehouse layout design

Having an efficient warehouse layout, (alongside a fully integrated warehouse management system) could be the difference between processing your customers’ orders quickly or not.

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Trade online easily with K8 Ecommerce Software

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Tony Pey, Head of Sales Engineering at Kerridge Commercial Systems (KCS), explains how using multi-channel ecommerce software that is fully integrated with your ERP system delivers a more satisfying experience for your customers and makes life easier for your staff.

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An Infographic of Internet Firsts

An Infographic of Internet Firsts

Most people would agree that the internet has changed the world we live in immeasurably. But who created the first ever blog post? Which domain was registered first? What was the subject of the first ever blog post published? The below infographic by SSLs.com answers these questions and provides more extraordinary internet firsts.

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Five Automotive Aftermarket Recruitment Tips

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Recruiting in the automotive aftermarket trade can be tough. With a large number of people choosing to go to university, attracting top talent in your trade can also be a big challenge. That’s why we have put together a list of five automotive aftermarket recruitment tips to help you attract the best possible candidates.

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A History of Cloud Computing Timeline

A History of Cloud Computing Timeline

According to Gartner, the cloud computing market is forecast to reach £155 billion in 2016. But what are its origins as a concept? Below is a history of cloud computing timeline, detailing its key milestones over the past 50 years and more.

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5 tips on how to improve warehouse safety

Warehouse Safety

When working in an environment with large machinery, pallets and racking, warehouse safety should be considered a priority. According to a HSE survey, the estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions is £14.3 billion.

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10 Inspirational Data Quotes

10 Inspirational Data Quotes

Having accurate data that you can analyse is crucial to making informed business decisions. Here are some truly inspirational data quotes which give great insight into why having accurate numbers at your fingertips is so crucial.

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