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Meet Sammy Kolt, Vice President of Portfolio Operations

For Sammy Kolt, no two days are alike as he combines his passion for people with his enthusiasm about operations and enablement. He filled several different roles at Aptean, a great benefit when it comes to leading Portfolio Operations - a group that encompasses a number of very different areas from product management to M&A integrations to Customer Success.

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Using Your Manufacturing Execution System to Engage Employees

According to Gallup's 2017 State of the American Workplace, only 25 percent of U.S. manufacturing employees are engaged, meaning they are involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and employers. An equal percentage are actively disengaged. These disengaged employees negatively impact their coworkers and cost employers anywhere from $483 billion to $605 billion each year in lost productivity.

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Leadership, Training, and Processes Key to Aptean TabWare EAM Implementation at UFPI

Getting a company with 130 independent locations up and running on a CMMS/EAM system sounds daunting. However, recent implementations by Universal Forest Products across its large, distributed organization prove it can be done. The keys: dedicated leadership, effective training, and standard processes.

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GS1 Standards: A Better Trail of Breadcrumbs for Supply Chain Management

GS1 Standards: A Better Trail of Breadcrumbs for Supply Chain Management

By Jack Payne, VP, Product Management & Solutions Consulting

Those who remember the tale of Hansel and Gretel probably recall that they left a trail of breadcrumbs through the woods to help them find their way home. But do you remember what happened to those breadcrumbs? That’s right: Birds ate them and the brother and sister ended up lost.

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Meet Sammy Kolt, Vice President of Portfolio Operations

For Sammy Kolt, no two days are alike as he combines his passion for people with his enthusiasm about operations and enablement. He filled several different roles at Aptean, a great benefit when it comes to leading Portfolio Operations - a group that encompasses a number of very different areas from product management to M&A integrations to Customer Success.

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Green is the new black: How ERP and EAM aid in sustainable manufacturing

Whether we’re talking about recycled materials, genetically modified foods or conflict diamonds, it’s fair to say that more and more people are aware of – and care about – the origins of the materials they use. Cost is still important, but it isn’t necessarily the first criteria consumers consider when spending their hard-earned cash. They want to know their clothes weren’t produced in sweatshops using child labor or diamonds weren’t mined in war zones. They support manufacturers that strive to limit the impact their processes can have on the environment.

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PEZ Candy Inc. and Aptean Ross ERP

In a time when instant gratification has become the rule, not the exception, consumers often base their buying decision on convenience; we want easy access to products, and we want them now. So it should be no surprise that every company at one point or another has grappled with identifying new ways to incorporate real-time information into their processes to stay competitive.

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April 12, 2018 Jill Smith Jump to Comments

A Look Back: What Interning at Aptean Taught Me

When I started planning my senior year at Mercer University, I also began looking for an internship. Internships allow college students to immerse themselves in a particular field and can start them on a career path. Students can explore internships that spark their interest, challenge them and help them develop their skills and expertise.

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The Evolution of Maintenance

Maintenance has been around as long as humans have existed. From the routine sharpening of man’s earliest spears and tools to the repair work needed for modern technologies, our tools and machines have needed upkeep and repair. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” is an adage that has been repeated for decades. But is that a viable approach in today’s plants? For the most part, the answer is no, especially when it comes to asset-intensive industries and smart factories. To illustrate that point, let’s consider three different maintenance strategies, when they’re effective and when they’re not – and how data can help improve them.

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March 29, 2018 Kay Jenkins Jump to Comments

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Introducing Allison Fellner, Aptean’s New Chief Human Resources Officer

Allison Fellner took a sideways turn from a consulting career into human resources and never looked back. She loves being able to combine strategic, problem-solving, and operational skills into one role at a company like Aptean “because people are the cornerstone of how you’re going to be successful as a business.”

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Overcoming the Challenges of Direct-to-Consumer Shipping With an ERP Solution

By John Weber, Director of Business Development and Product Management, Aptean

With ecommerce growing 23% year-over-year, the preferences of customers are changing as well, specifically amongst younger demographics. 50% of Gen Xers and 70% of Millennials prefer shopping online, and that trend is expected to continue. Because of this, distributors need to be prepared to meet the expectations of the next generation of customers as well as their retail partners. And that comes with some new challenges:

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March 15, 2018 John Weber Jump to Comments