Monday, May 28, 2012

A Business Transforming Decision

Robert Wist, CEO of Wist, summed it up best, “For Wist, the payoff has been substantial. In just 2 years, we’ve recouped the packages implementation costs and S2K has provided a 10% reduction in employee overhead, while gross margins have increased by about 4%-- both considerable benefits for our company.”

Quite simply, the industry specific ERP package that Wist was utilizing had become obsolete and forced the company to make an important, business transforming decision.  Either Wist could convert to an updated version of a package that lacked the features and flexibility that the growing distributor needed, or it could seek out a new solution.


The company had grown significantly since implementing its original distribution package and what had once provided ample functionality, now ate up valuable employee time for simple data entry tasks.

Wist no longer runs an opinion-based purchasing system. S2K takes the guesswork out of the equation with a user-friendly, data rich suggested purchasing module, which keeps inventory levels lean, but still ample to meet customer demands.

VAI’s S2K for Distribution has helped Wist reduce inventory levels, streamline operations and decrease overhead cost.

“The Warehouse saw a dramatic decrease in labor,” said Mike Gallagher, Project Director, VAI. “With VAI’s advanced warehouse automation features including picking and order verification, Wist has replaced its manual processes with an efficient system that not only saves time, but also saves money.”

As Wist continues to grow, S2K for Distribution is flexible enough to grow with the company.

The right partner really makes a difference.  Wist evaluated more than one solution.  VAI’s teamwork approach and attention to detail contributed to the success that Wist now enjoys.  Expertise and Industry knowledge are other key components the contributed to their success.  True enterprise solutions delivered affordably.  Their old industry specific system suffered from a lack of flexibility and the ability to implement process improvements.

This is a great example of teamwork.  Take the time to know each other, define the challenges and match that to an affordable solution.  Dolvin Consulting works with VAI and IBM to deliver solutions to businesses.  Contact us today to see how we are different.  No sales pitch, no pressure, just question and answer to find out what works and what does not.  I know what you are thinking.  This success story is an exception and not the rule.  My business is different.  We will not know that until we talk.  Maybe you are right and maybe there is reason for hope.

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