Following a successful conference room pilot and cut-over period at the company's corporate headquarters, the implementation was successfully deployed at each branch location over a six-week period. Subsequently, in just eight months after the project kickoff date and in time to accommodate its busy season Russell Sigler effectively transitioned to Adonix X3, with all sites running Sales, Invoicing, Branch Transfers, Purchasing Requests, Inventory and other key distribution activities.
The claims process is now fully automated, with complete tracking and reporting on eligible rebates, as well as impacting invoicing, inventory cost reductions and general ledger and sales reporting. With 25 percent of business activity involving claims, RSI anticipates that a significant amount of savings will accrue from this functionality alone over time.
After using a "green screen" system for many years, RSI is also taking advantage of the inherent drill-down capabilities of Adonix X3, which has improved access to information and helped in enhancing customer service. The company deferred its automated data collection and forecasting needs to a secondary project phase, and to address the latter requirements, RSI is implementing SmartForecasts from Adonix business partner Smart Software. RSI also is planning a Web storefront as a follow-on project.
RSI proved that with sufficient determination, even a small staff can successfully bring a wide-scale implementation to fruition in a concentrated time period a rare feat in an era normally known for lengthy implementations and costly budget over-runs.
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