Solutions for Data maintenance
Andrea Schulte from Miller Ltd. is responsible for maintaining items and assortments.
Sample solution: Location-independent data maintenance
Mrs. Jones, clerk for occupational safety, works from home half-day. Her task is data maintenance for the newly developed collections. Her colleague Mr. Baker works for a partner company in Brussels and is responsible for the data care of hoses. He would like to be able to access the current product data on the go to give customers detailed information.
Both Mr. Baker and Mrs. Meyer access the product data via the online interface. Ms. Meyer can even implement texts in two languages at a time by displaying her favorite language texts side by side. Translations become such a breeze. Mr. Baker can in turn access this data in detail at the customer review - from any computer with internet access.
Sample solution: PIM for medium-sized businesses
Miller Ltd. is a technical trade company and has 120 employees. The company has some ERP system. There, master data such as article numbers and prices are kept. All product images and the technical details are scattered in the company - depending on the production area, they are locally managed by individual stakeholders.
The paper catalog of the Miller Ltd. is generated manually by an externally hosted graphic designer every year. To ensure that all data is up-to-date and correctly represented in the catalog, up to four manual correction runs must be performed. A big customer recently requested a catalog in the BMEcat format - the managing director does not even know if his IT employees can realize that besides their daily work.
Miller Ltd. uses a central product information management system. All data that is to be available later as information for customers is maintained there. By a link to the ERP all master data can be accommodated instantly in the system and does not have to be maintained twice.
Various export options enable the automated edition of a daily updated catalog - be it a paper catalog, a BMEcat or a shop on the Internet. Also pictures and documents are linked to the product information management system and loaded live from the database for each publication.
- Product Information Management System: MeDaPro
- link with the ERP (optional): MeDaPro ERP connector
- internet shop: TradePro
- Content Management System for editorial content care: TradePro CMS
- Create electronic catalogs, e.g. BMEcat: MeDaPro BMEcat
- Create a paper catalog: MeDaPro Publish
- Transfer orders: ConnectPro
Sample solution: Maintenance of assortments
Miller Ltd. has a partner company in Belgium. From there, the assortment of 'hoses' will be delivered. Both companies manage their own product range. These should be aligned for doing a common catalog.
Both companies use a central product information management system that can be synchronized over the internet. In this way, every clerk can maintain his companies assortments and exchange the updates with the partners overnight or via online connection.
Sample solution: Supply offer sheets to the dealers
The company Billings Ltd. regularly purchases goods from Miller Ltd.. Special offer prices, which Miller defines every month for certain products, are to be sent to Meyer and the other regular customers every month from now on - preferably in the form of a clear, illustrated price list, which the sales staff can create themselves at short notice.
The sales staff define a product selection to appear on the current price list and create an output template in MeDaPro FastPage. Optionally, predefined layouts can also be used. The selected product data and images are automatically transferred to the template. Afterwards, the created list is output on the colour printer and can be sent out immediately.
Sample solution: Delegate tasks within teams
Sales Manager Oliver Ames notes that article information is incorporated in a customer catalog unevenly. In addition to inconsistent spellings also missing different product images, even the catalog structure is not perfect yet. In some products, the technical article information seems to be outdated. In a week the distribution already needs a new catalog, as an annual meeting is pending with the customer.
The catalog manager of Miller Ltd. transmits the error list of Mr. Ames as tasks in the MeDaPro Work Manager. For this purpose, the wrongly maintained article is marked and delegated within a task to a competent employee. To update images and information, Employees can jump to the article from their cockpit directly. Meanwhile, the catalog manager has an overview on his own always and delegates tasks as well as work progress by his MeDaPro Cockpit. As soon as all the points are done, he can approve production start of the new catalog.