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How Manufacturers Can Make Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Cloud-Based Inventory Management
July 2, 2019

Summer is here and manufacturers are spending the Fourth of July holiday relaxing with family and friends. Actually, we can’t speak for all manufacturers, but we know this is a true for the A&K Finishing team.

The company provides painted interior automotive components that are installed by some of the nation’s largest automakers. In 2017, A&K Finishing went live with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud and essentially said good-bye to manual data entry and physical inventory counts. Gone are the handwritten notes and multiple spreadsheets that used to calculate paint depletion. Plex keeps track of paint depletion based on bill of materials (BOMs) entered into the system—and the information is accurate.

Real-time inventory management means that all inventory is accounted for during production, so physical counts are no longer necessary. In addition, audits went from being a resource-intensive, stressful event to welcome opportunities to shine. The A&K Finishing team now has everything needed to answer auditor questions right at their fingertips.

Since achieving all this efficiency, the company has used the profits to give back to its hardworking team. Every year the company shuts down operations between Christmas and New Year’s Day—and the week of July 4—offering all employees paid vacation time.

Here’s to another year of fireworks, festivities, and fun. Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day, from the Plex team.

About the Author

Lori Zoellner Director of Corporate Communications, Plex Systems

Lori is responsible for managing and directing Plex's communications strategies. She works closely with Plex customers to ensure that their stories are told and also manages the Plex Customer Advisory Board. She has 20+ years of experience in communications, public relations, advertising, and marketing. Lori has a bachelor’s degree in English from Michigan State University.


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