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Archive for November 2012

NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Edition is the only cloud-based integrated business suite that focuses on your needs

23rd November 2012

Everything for wholesale and distribution in one application

NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Edition packages all the tools that wholesale distributors need into one convenient integrated application. Quite simply no other ERP solution provides such comprehensive support for the business processes of wholesale and distribution businesses and offers the best value by leveraging the benefits of the cloud.

End-to-end business process management

If we look at the end-to-end business process in wholesale and distribution then for many companies it looks like this:

Market > Sell > Order > Ship > Bill > Cash Management to General Ledger > Maintain > Support > Upsell/Reorder

NetSuite manages this lifecycle from one end to the other, and importantly it hands over seamlessly from one step to the next. This eliminates errors that may occur when using a manual approach while increasing speed and efficiency through automation.

Convert leads to orders, orders to shipments and shipments to revenue

One section of this lifecycle that really demonstrates the benefit of NetSuite is Sell > Order > Ship. Within the application NetSuite streamlines and simplifies this section of the end-to-end process. NetSuite automates and streamlines this by converting leads to orders, orders to shipments and shipments to revenue. Before this in the process lifecycle, NetSuite provides ecommerce and SFA (Sales Force Automation) capabilities to drive sales and marketing.

The other key benefits include the ability to monitor and manage your business; gain a real-time, 360-degree view of your customers; grow revenues, enter new markets and improve channel partner engagement and manage webstores and online business. Delivering NetSuite from the cloud means cost savings and fast ROI from reduced IT infrastructure and rapid time to market.

BlueBridge One custom fits NetSuite for wholesale distribution

BlueBridge One specialises in the wholesale and distribution market. Our extensive experience of the sector means that we are able to quickly get up to speed with your specific needs. As one of only 2 NetSuite 3 Star Award winners in the UK, NetSuite recognises our ability to tailor the solution to help customers obtain the full benefit. Why not contact us today to discuss your needs in detail?

Outcome of US election 2012 strongly influenced by jobs and supply chain issue

9th November 2012

US has 25% of China’s population but double the GDP

Despite the rapid growth of BRIC countries and the shift of economic power to the Far East, the US is still an important player in the global economy. Behind China and India the US remains the world’s third most populous nation, even if it does trail in someway behind with around 315 million people - about 25% of the Chinese total; however, rated by four key authorities, US economic output is the world’s highest with double the GDP of China.

This week’s US election was a close run thing. When all the stats are confirmed only around 2% of the popular vote (those cast by ordinary voters) will separate the candidates. With many states predictably aligned as either Democrat or Republican the result of the election remains in the hands of a small number of swing states. Ohio is seen as something of a bell-weather state, as now, for the last 13 elections, it has been on the side of the winner.

Jobs and supply chain a central issue

Jobs occupy a pivotal role in determining prosperity and the supply chain is a central issue. Some political commentators identify that Ohio voted to re-elect President Obama because of Governor Romney’s gaffes over job issues. Early in the campaign the Governor criticised the Obama administration’s bail out of US motor manufacturing. He also used the phrase “build Jeeps in China” as an allusion to job losses at Chrysler plants in Ohio, which was a misrepresentation of the facts.

Like the UK the US has transitioned into a knowledge economy where professional, business, media, scientific and engineering jobs employ almost one-third of the working population. At the same time globalisation has seen manufacturing jobs migrate to lower cost labour economies, leaving just 6.5% of Americans involved in directly producing products.

If you are the government then this raises a question over the wisdom of letting manufacturing jobs move to lower labour cost economies; however, if you operate a supply chain in a cost sensitive and competitive sector, then it is simply a business decision.

See if you can support local jobs with NetSuite

In an uncertain economic climate wholesale distribution businesses need to support national employment, but in order to remain competitive and profitable they must also configure their supply chains as necessary. NetSuite helps you see if the needs of your business align with the need to support local jobs. Your business may be able to better configure its supply chain to support job creation in the UK, but to see if this works for you the business needs accurate real-time information.

NetSuite's OneWorld business management suite, implemented by BlueBridge One offers growing and mid-size global organisations clarity of vision across all its business to remain competitive and profitable. NetSuite is cloud based offering the benefits of a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approach with much lower costs than legacy on-premise ERP systems which require significant capital investment. BlueBridge One works with customers to optimise and configure NetSuite to meet their needs.

NetSuite OneWorld solution implemented by BlueBridge One lets home based growing and mid-size global organisations support local jobs by managing a global supply-chain, a supply chain issue that strongly influenced the US election.