Another NAV Summit has come and gone, and as we packed up for home we reflected on what has certainly become our favorite show of the year.

Why the best? One reason is that it is an intimate gathering of people like you; like-minded professionals all focused on unique pieces of the larger Microsoft Enterprise puzzle. For us, this intimacy means we get a unique opportunity to connect in a real, enriching and enlightening way.

Here in our post-NAV Summit missive, we count down the 5 Reasons YOU make NAV Summit the best.

Simply put, a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is a software used to monitor and document the transformation of raw materials into finished products. Its primary objective is to ensure effective execution of manufacturing operations, while providing real-time data to decision makers for production optimization.

The MES controls multiple elements of the production process, including:

When Chapman’s Ice Cream implemented a new warehouse management system, executives expected better inventory management. What they didn’t foresee were all the ways the new inventory controls would improve service for their customers.

The founders of Chapman’s Ice Cream started their company in 1973 with a shrewd decision. They chose to make a product that millions of Canadians love. But delighting ice cream lovers is one thing. Serving businesses that sell ice cream is quite another.

Welcome to our primer the warehouse management system (WMS), and the key building blocks for a WMS business case.

Though WMS come in varying degrees of complexity, scalability and integration with other systems, most importantly enterprise resource planning (ERP; aka finance system), they all share a common goal: Driving down costs, improving operational efficiency by directing people, places, product, and processes

In this article, we unpack the core features and value proposition of a tier-1 WMS.

Supply Chains are a complicated affair and as they become more so some key technologies come into play to streamline the process. One of the most complex demands of the modern supply chain is traceability, and for companies in the highly regulated food and drug industries, it is more than a mere requirement for compliance, but a risk factor for the very survival of their businesses. We’ve all read the headlines about massive food or drug recalls that have sent consumers into a panic and producers running to call their lawyers. It’s very easy to see the challenge; any final consumer-ready food or drug product may draw ingredients and components from a grapeshot array of different sources, only to pass through many more hands and processes on the way to the pallet, shelf or porch.

Never in the history of American enterprise has the lifeline of supply been so fragile, or seemingly so. This may not be a true statement, but for a multi-generational work force spanning Boomers and Millennials, nothing in memory can compare to the uncertainty now faced across quite literally every industry from car parts to semi-conductors. When we think back to our youths, and this is an ‘Xer’ talking, we may recall the experience of going down to the corner electronics store, laying down some cash and walking proudly home with a brand new Zenith. We may forget however, all those sparks and strange colored smoke that would emerge or the tell-tale black hole like wisp of a fried tube.

With the most severe labour shortage in a generation, Warehousing companies need to develop effective strategies for attracting and retaining talent in the tightest of markets. What can they do to make their company appealing to potential condidates, often millenials, who were literally brought up with smart devices in their hands. Genertix Group Senior Sales Executive Lori Kesten offers a frank perspective, arguring that "nobody wants to work in a dumb warehouse", and that means investing in technology that align with younger workers expectations.


Generix Group Delivers Change-Ready Supply Chain Execution Solution

Enabling advanced Feature-as-a-Service framework the Generix Supply Chain Hub answers demands of rapidly changing industries

Chicago, Montreal, Paris, April 9th, 2019 – Generix Group, a leading provider of agile Supply Chain-Execution (SCE) solutions is pleased to herald its continued ascent of the rapidly evolving North American Supply Chain Management markets at this week’s Promat conference in Chicago, April 8th-11th. On display at the Generix Group pavilion, stand #S3871, the company will showcase its enhanced, highly adaptable SCE solution, Generix Supply Chain Hub.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s issued ultimatums and threats to Mexico to shutter sections of the US-Mexico border, industry watchers warn of dire economic consequences, particularly for the automotive industry. In a continuous cross-border interchange of parts, partially completed components and finalized vehicles themselves, the sheer volume of materials for automotive alone has been estimated at $20 Billion a month. Observers close to the industry say that such a move would bring automobile production to a screeching halt. That’s because, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Michigan. "Mexico is a source of 37 percent of all imported auto parts to the U.S. Every vehicle has Mexican parts in it."

Are you really offering the omnichannel experience your customers want? In a recent global survey of retailers, 50% of respondents said it’s too hard to adapt their legacy systems and processes to omnichannel supply chain needs. In this session, Generix Group offers 9 ways to overcome the top challenges.

Speakers :


Will your food traceability systems help your company avoid the many risks in the path of most food brands?

You’ll sleep better if you know your company has thoroughly assessed your current capabilities and needs.

The frequency of food recalls in the United States has been on a slight upward trend overall, though it declined somewhat since 2016.



Please join us as we present these highly informative and engaging sessions:

SCM86 - Hot Topic: Is Your Supply Chain "Future Ready"?

Presenter:  Phil Gautrin, VP of Customer Success, Generix Group

Heard of Industry 4.0 or the digital supply chain? Amazon and the other industry leaders have been driving this revolution for years now, and soon anyone not embracing the capabilities of having technology embedded throughout their supply chain will be left in the dust. We’ll discuss the latest innovations and resulting capabilities being recognized, then drill down to real actions your small to medium-sized business can afford and execute.

Tuesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15, Rm. 156 South

Trade War

16 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare for Disruption

A trade war began threatening global supply chains just as the 2018 hurricane season got underway.

Trade wars and hurricanes are, of course, unrelated. But both can disrupt supply chains, and both demand readiness.

The process of preparing for hurricanes offers a useful metaphor for how companies can prepare for trade wars.

What can you do to prepare? This article shares one caution and 16 ideas from diverse sources.


First came ecommerce, then multichannel. Now most consumers expect omnichannel commerce, or what Gartner calls unified retail commerce.

Increasingly, B2B customers also want an omnichannel buying experience.

In the transitions from ecommerce to multichannel and omnichannel, warehouse operations must change – sometimes dramatically.

In this article, we explore the top six challenges distribution companies often struggle to address as they adopt omnichannel commerce. Then we offer tips on how to overcome each of the hurdles.

This fall, step away from your screens, pack up your big ideas, and head to BCUG/NAVUG Summit Phoenix, the most comprehensive and impressive conference of the year. As a proud PREMIER SPONSOR, Generix Group North America is excited to share this experience with you.

Why you should attend:

BCUG/NAVUG Summit is THE go-to conference that brings industry experts, software development vendors, and everyday users together to discuss important issues, trends, product updates, customer pain points, and genuine solutions.

The value of BCUG/NAVUG Summit is endless! Here are a few more reasons why you should attend:

Digital transformation is a hot topic in the aftermarket trade media. But how many companies are really doing it?

Part 1 of this series defined the differences between digitization and digital transformation.

Digitization, we said, occurs when companies use digital technologies to optimize their current business.

Digital transformation drives radical change. It occurs when a company uses digital technology to disrupt its own business or an industry.

A company may disrupt by developing new revenue sources, by redefining the competition, or by realigning relationships among players.

Do you want to increase your OEM auto parts sales in North America? If so, you might tear a page from the playbook of Volkswagen Spain.

The Spanish affiliate of the world’s biggest car maker was losing OEM sales to independent aftermarket suppliers (or IAMs).

The problem was that IAMs could deliver non-OEM parts faster and more reliably. They also had a price advantage. 

This is the story of how VW Spain pioneered a way to grow their lucrative OEM parts business by increasing sales to independent repair shops. 

They did so through a supply chain initiative that improved service to all of VW’s customers in Spain. And they achieved their goals without cutting VW dealers out of the picture.

The number and size of food recalls are rising in North America. Regulatory agencies are more likely to force recalls early, before many people are at risk.

Together, these trends makes it more likely that your company will participate in a recall sooner or later.

Your food company doesn’t even have to be at fault.

You could easily find your brand in an ugly news story that threatens its survival.

The best advice for food companies is to confront the risk head on rather than trying to minimize or ignore it.

Food Recalls: 8 Ways to Contain the Staggering Costs

Food recalls are increasing in frequency. In this article, you’ll read eight suggestions for food brands and manufacturers to reduce the likelihood of their products being recalled.

You’ll also read about current trends for food recalls in the United States and Canada, with an estimate of the typical costs of a single food recall.

This post opens by  the continuing toll of a 2017 food recall in the United States and Canada. The cause was E. coli contamination in soy nut butter. The product sickened 32 people in 12 states.

The article ends with a list of suggested resources and further reading.

Imagine the most stressful time of your career.

If you work for a food company, it may well be a product recall.

Nightmare Food Recall: How E. coli Destroyed a Small Brand

After a brief absence, the E. coli bacterium is back in the mainstream North American news media. It reappeared in headlines in April and May, with the recall of contaminated romaine lettuce.

This time, E. coli is blamed for sickening at least 197 people in 35 states, with five deaths. And 60 people in five states are sick with Salmonella contamination, apparently from sliced melons. 

The news media report the most attention-grabbing elements of food recalls. In contrast, this article provides both a food-industry perspective and a human context that’s often missing from consumer news coverage.

How much progress has your company made toward digital transformation?

If you’re not quite sure what that means, don’t worry. You’ll have a clearer idea in a moment.

If you think progress in your company has been slower than it should be, you’re not alone.

You’ll see here that relatively few companies across industries have achieved digital transformation.

And many companies, despite their good intentions, are unaware they are not on a path that leads to real transformation.

This is the first in a series of articles about digital transformation. Future posts in the series will address these topics:

GENERIX GROUP is excited to be exhibiting at MODEX 2018 in Atlanta!

April 9-12, 2018
Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center

As the speed of manufacturing and supply chain operations continues to accelerate, the future of our industry depends on today’s forward-thinking decisions. From illuminating education to next-generation technology and equipment in action, MODEX lets you see what’s coming — and take advantage of it to FUTUREPROOF your supply chain for years to come.

Powered by MHI, MODEX 2018 will allow you to make new contacts, discover cutting-edge solutions, and learn the latest trends that are sure to give you a leg up on the competition. Here, you’ll encounter the best our industry has to offer to:

Canimex Group Inc has selected Solochain as their solution of choice for warehouse management and manufacturing execution. Solochain will be implemented in three of Canimex's Quebec based plants to optimize and improve raw material tracking and management. Solochain's best of breed WMS and MES will communicate, in real-time, with the client's home grown ERP, Enabling real-time data exchanges and complete traceability throughout their supply chain.

Canimex is a global leader in manufacturing and international trade of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and electronic components, of access systems and garage door products, we also offer aluminum die casting services for the automotive industry, tooling and high precision machining services, sheet metal transformation, as well as the manufacturing of molds, dies and mechanically welded parts.

Sologlobe is pleased to announce that Chef’d, the non-subscription meal kit delivery store, has selected them to implement their warehouse management system, Solochain.

Chef’d is undergoing a period of explosive growth and were looking for a state of the art WMS that could manage critical operational functions such as: managing multi-temperature food storage, quality controls and lot tracking, transformation of bulk food products into portioned items for inclusion in meal kits, and much more. Solochain WMS will be implemented on the Cloud and integrate with NetSuite.

Every other year, the world’s largest material handling event takes place in Chicago. The ProMat Show features almost 1,000 exhibitors displaying the latest in material handling equipment and technological solutions. It also serves as the ideal venue to network, showcase innovation, and exchange ideas with other operational and supply chain leaders from across the globe.

Solochain’s newest features shone in front of a large, international crowd

For Sologlobe, a Generix Group company, this was the perfect venue to showcase their top of the line Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Solochain. Visitors experienced demos featuring exciting new features such as: our dynamic 3D warehouse simulator, warehouse activity heat maps, and our drag and drop yard/dock scheduling material.

WMS - MES Syncronization

Manufacturing companies are consistently faced with the challenges of producing top-notch goods all the while increasing productivity, eliminating waste, and maintaining high quality standards. By leveraging a best-of-breed MES, you can achieve inventory accuracy, decrease operational costs, and fulfill the highest levels of customer demand.

When Amazon bought KIVA 3 years ago, the material handling world was a whirl with talk of how robots would “re-invent the warehouse business.” While this might be an economically viable option for distribution behemoths, medium to large sized organizations will continue to rely on their warehouse staff to get things done. So while robots might be marked as better, faster, stronger, we think you can get superior results from your current warehouse employees.

The following three elements will help create a cohesive, engaged, and productive warehouse team. The results will be motivated employees and happy customers!

by Sébastien Delorme and Nicolas Laplante.


It is a common conundrum. Your company has reached capacity in terms of inventory fulfillment and distribution with your current operation. Business is growing, your customers have come to expect the best possible service, and you need to invest in a new supply chain solution in order to stay competitive today and in the future.

Do you expand upon the warehouse module of your ERP or do you invest in a best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS). There are many factors to consider such as: Current business processes and future growth plans, products and distribution networks, infrastructure and architecture. Sologlobe and ABC Computers have partnered to present this informative webinar. Aimed at answering these questions and more, we shall focus on explaining some of the built-in functionalities and benefits inherent in a best-of-breed WMS.

Sologlobe is excited to announce that they will be a Bronze Sponsor at Directions 2014. Lauded as “the only Microsoft Dynamics NAV event driven by NAV partners — for NAV partners”, Directions assembles the best solution providers, implementers, technical experts, sales and C-level representatives in the world of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partners and ISV’s.

Last year, Directions hosted over 500 attendees in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, the 10th anniversary of the annual NAV gathering, features the theme "Discovering New Directions" and will be held in San Diego, California from September 14 -17.

Where has the time gone? NAVUG Forum 2013 is just 6 short weeks away, October 22-24, in Tampa, FL! 

If you haven’t already registered for this outstanding learning and networking event, exclusively for Dynamics NAV users, please do so today. Registration discounts expire this weekend on September 15 - this is your last chance to save $100! 

Don’t miss the unparalleled learning and networking opportunities you’ll find at NAVUG Forum 2013—experiences that are sure to elevate your organization’s productivity and business results. You’ll benefit from: 

L’implantation d’un logiciel en entreprise est depuis toujours un défi de taille. C’est un travail de longue haleine et les étapes de mise en place doivent être bien définies, documentées et surtout, bien exécutées.Dans ce cycle, une grande partie de l’effort consiste à procéder à l’analyse et l’inventaire des besoins spécifiques du client et d’adapter la solution en conséquence. Souvent, des mois de travail ardu sont nécessaires et une course vers la date de mise en marche du logiciel est lancée.Une des facettes souvent négligée est malheureusement la formation des utilisateurs sur la solution développée. C’est une erreur qui a pourtant de grandes conséquences sur la réussite globale d’un projet. En effet, la formation des usagers est une étape clé qui devrait être priorisée  et planifiée dès le lancement du projet.

SOLOGLOBE achieves Microsoft Gold Application Development Competency

Sologlobe is proud to announce that they have successfully completed the competency requirements to earn Microsoft Gold in Application Development. The process of obtaining Gold status is a rigorous one that tests your metal as a worthy solution partner. In fact, only 1% of all Microsoft Partners qualify for the distinguished designation.

The 5 step process involves the following:

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) represents Microsoft´s best of breed partners from around the globe. Our organization was formed in 1994 and provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate mutual growth and business development among partners. The non-profit organization is operated by an annually elected board of directors, and is funded through membership fees and sponsor grants.*

Sologlobe was officially welcomed into IAMCP Canada during the IAMCP Canada Eastern Region spring session. The meeting, held at Microsoft East Canada’s headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, was well attended by Microsoft employees, as well as new and existing IAMCP members.

Software development methods are evolving. Inspired from lean manufacturing, agile software development methods are replacing the waterfall method. Agile methods aim at frequently releasing small software increments, collecting user feedback, and adjusting future developments based on the feedback. Each development iteration goes through all software development phases, including specifications, design, implementation, testing, acceptance and deployment, but over a short time frame, typically 2 to 4 weeks. The main benefits are: