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You Can Only Take Excel So Far

Excerpt of Case Study: Excel is an excellent data analysis tool. If you need to dissect, or “slice and dice,” amounts of data there is probably no better tool available for regular business users. However, Excel used in business processes has two inherent weaknesses… Read full article.

Item Numbers: Meaningful and Nonmeaningful

According to APICS, an item number is “a number that serves to uniquely identify an item.”  Every raw material, component, WIP and finished good must be assigned an item number for ease of identification, traceability, countability and costing.  There are generally two types of item numbers:  Meaningful and Nonmeaningful. Meaningful item numbers provide the following advantages to