Time is a non-replenishable commodity and I think everyone reading this blog would say that their time is extremely valuable. If you don't find this article interesting, it will be a waste of time!
In almost every industry there is a value to time.
How much time does it take to fill an order?
Do you waste time looking for information, or reconciling differences between systems
How long does it take to create a quote, or enter a hand created or faxed in order?
So is there an intrinsic value to time?
There are numerous reasons to say the answer is yes! There are economic theories used to value activities without time. A recent story on public radio asked people what they would need to be paid not to engage in free activities. Studies have valued Facebook at $48-50 per month because that was the median value of how much people would take to not login to the social media site. Surprisingly, and not so surprisingly, indoor plumbing and the toilet are the most valued commodity we don't directly pay for!
For SAP Distribution.com we look at our service as a valuable commodity. We add value in obvious and not so obvious ways.
SAP Sapphire is the annual end user extravaganza featuring SAP products, the America's SAP User Group (ASUG) and partner products for customer organizations looking to maximize their investments in SAP. SAP also holds a one day Global Partner Summit in advance of the meeting to preview content and explain their strategy to its ecosystem.
Over $ 600 million worth of these types of ceramic tile were imported into the United States from China in 2018. On April 10, 2019, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Ceramic Tile filed petitions with the U.S. Department of Commerce (“DOC”) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) seeking the imposition of antidumping (“AD”) and countervailing (“CVD”) customs duties on imports of ceramic tile from the People’s Republic of China. The antiduping filing charges that Chinese tile is being priced below market causing harm to US manufacturers and that these low prices are being subsidized by the Chinese government. Unfair trading practices not only hurt US manfuacturers, but also American importers who bring in tile from Europe and other countries.
When people think of SAP they typically think huge software for huge companies with huge budgets, and they would not be wrong! However, SAP has grown and evolved into one of the leading cloud software companies and has developed products specifically designed for smaller businesses. SAP takes all of the learning from the Fortune 500, where SAP dominates, and right sizes with software that is less complex and costly.
Coverings is the premier event for the tile & stone in the North America with more than 1100 exhibitors from around the world. 2019 represents the 30th anniversary of the event which also included a variety of educational experiences, networking and insights for architects, interior designers, builders and remodelors as well as fabricators and distributors.
In my role as leader of a Cloud ERP provider, I have the luxury and pleasure of research and learning from industry analysts such as Gartner, SMB Group and IDC along with leading publishers like Microsoft, SAP, Sage and Citrix. I listen to these companies and temper them with the experience of hundreds of customers to form opinions on products and services that will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our clients.
Durk's Farm Services buys and sells seed in bulk and in bags. Like many distributors that buy in one quantity and sell in another quantity, they were challenged to keep up with the pace of complexity in a growing business.
Ceramic Technics is an importer and distributor of tile and stone flooring, principally across North America as well as Panama and Dubai. The company’s legacy software was limited in flexibility, features and usability, so Ceramic Technics chose SAP Business One to provide the visibility, accessibility and scalability it needed to grow. The implementation was a prime opportunity to re-engineer the warehouse, improve existing business processes and obtain greater transparency of information, enabling the workforce to be more effective and productive.