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Profit4 ERP system boosts business growth for Marches Ironmongery

ERP software provider OGL has been appointed by Architectural hardware supplier and ironmongery manufacturer, Marches, to overhaul its business processes. Marches has implemented OGL’s Profit4 ERP platform to increase productivity as part of its efforts to improve company-wide efficiencies for continued growth.

Marches has thousands of customers all over the UK, from local tradesmen, builders, joiners and carpenters to property developers, architectural ironmongers, timber merchants and end users themselves buying products online and in-store.

OGL Software is a leading provider of ERP solutions for stockists, distributors, merchants and wholesalers across the UK and is headquartered in Kidderminster. Built on over 40 years experience, our in-house team of developers has created a suite of solutions, including the latest addition to our ERP portfolio, Profit4, to manage a range of key business processes including: CRM, Sales Order Processing, Stock Control & Management, Accounts & Invoicing, Sales Analysis, Shopping Channel Integration (i.e. eBay and Amazon) and eCommerce integration.

Over the past two years, Marches had experienced a significant jump in orders, which saw the company recruiting new team members to accommodate the increasing volume and manually inputting an expanding volume of orders. Maintaining such fast growth was something the company knew would be a challenge to sustain via its previous software, which it had clearly outgrown, as Rob Nicholls, Product and Supply Chain Manager, explains:

“Managers and supervisors were having to undertake a lot of manual processes, which ultimately does affect the growth of the business. We had an increase by 10% to 20% in terms of headcount, so it was the right time for us to move away from those manual processes. We needed to make sure that we were upgrading our software based on the increased turnover which we were facing.”

OGL Software recommended its Profit4 business and stock management software, which is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that has been designed to help companies to digitally transform their operations by supporting multi-channel selling.

Rob Nicholls concluded: “We’re a company that likes to try and keep everything in-house, we do pretty much everything within the company except for software. That’s something that we don’t specialise in. We looked at Microsoft Dynamics and that would have been a huge jump for us. OGL Software was a good fit for us in terms of reducing the manual processes, but also having some familiarity with the look and feel of the software.”

Every facet of the Profit4 software is built around roles and user requirements, with a modern, intuitive user interface built on future-proof technology to manage all core business processes, making it quick and easy to use.

By bringing Marches’ business processes, including contact management, multi-channel sales order management, eCommerce, stock control and management, finance and accounting, and reporting and analytics data together into one platform, Profit4 saves the entire team valuable time.

Marches has already seen an increase in productivity since implementing Profit4. Previously the team spent longer on admin tasks like creating product codes, as they could not import data in bulk. Now with Profit4 all sales channels are coordinated and updated regularly with minimal need for the team to do admin input themselves.

Carl Hillier, Head of Profit4 Operations, OGL Software, concluded: “Teams spending too much time on manual tasks is something that ERP solutions like Profit4 resolve immediately. The Profit4 system has helped Marches spend more time on what is needed, to ensure the business keeps expanding, we are sure they are on track for a record year as Profit4 will assist in managing increases in the businesses’ sales and new customers.”

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