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The Connected Factory—Efficiency and Innovation Redefined

April 10, 2019

Approaching challenges from the perspective of your ideal operating environment can allow you to think without constraint. You may even find yourself using the term ‘in a perfect world’ as you demonstrate how innovation can deliver the optimal performance your company strives to achieve.


Made in Britain: UK Manufacturers Plan for Future Growth

February 23, 2019

This year's Annual Manufacturing Report 2019 finds UK manufacturers optimistically preparing to ride out the

Brexit rollercoaster and expand their overseas exports. 

Indeed, according to The Manufacturer: Annual Manufacturing Report 2019 (AMR 2019), an impressive 71 percent of UK manufacturers say they're actively in pursuit of new overseas export opportunities.


Making Tax Digital for UK Business

September 11, 2018

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is one of the greatest changes to the taxation system in recent years, affecting 2.6 million businesses. For some, change is challenging. However, for most, MTD is a welcome evolution and long overdue. Of course, the driver for MTD is the great financial benefit to the government, helping reduce the massive cost of avoidable taxpayer mistakes. The benefits to businesses are arguably greater. Anything that can help reduce the burden of managing and paying tax, is surely a winner.


Epicor iScala Wins Gold in Best in Biz Awards 2018 International

August 30, 2018

I'm delighted to announce that our business management software solution, Epicor iScala, has been named the gold winner in the Enterprise Product of the Year, Software category at this year's Best in Biz Awards. These awards claim to be 'the only independent global business awards programme judged each year by prominent editors and reporters from top-tier publications from around the world'


As the Bank of England Talks Industry 4.0 and Skills, What Does it Mean for Jobs?

August 28, 2018

Recent technology developments—including advancements in AI, IoT and robotics—all driven by what is known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) have led to speculation in recent years that many industrial jobs could soon become obsolete.


What is Customer Centricity?

August 07, 2018

Search for the definition of "customer centric" or "customer centricity" and the results will mostly fall into two broad, interrelated but distinct categories. These could be labeled “not all customers are created equal” and "the intended customer experience".


The Importance of Food Traceability—Six Steps to Help Prepare for the Inevitable

August 01, 2018

In the last ten years or so, the world has become more health and safety conscious with much greater focus on the nutritional and allergen content of our food. As a result, legislation on traceability and product labelling has become more complex and onerous.


What is the Impact of GDPR on Customer Feedback?

July 31, 2018

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU). The regulation came into effect on May 25th, 2018. Prior to GDPR coming into effect a lot was written and posted online about what it would mean with respect to collecting feedback from customers. 


How iScala can Help you Assure Regulatory and Legal Compliance Across Borders

April 18, 2018

Business today is global, and becoming ever more so. For companies that want to grow, there is often no option but to expand across borders, but many companies find this daunting. That is understandable. Each new territory brings with it regulations and laws that must be complied with. 


Southco Gets Fit for Industry 4.0 Growth

January 15, 2018

In his Autumn Budget speechChancellor, Philip Hammond said he wanted the UK to become a hub of enterprise and innovation.  He announced investment of over £500m in a range of transformative technologies from Artificial Intelligence (AI)to 5G and full fibre broadband to 'form the backbone of the global economy of the future.'


Supporting Positive Growth for Merchants with Business Analytics

September 13, 2017

The latest available monthly figures (May) from the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) shows positive growth in the market, particularly in the landscaping sector where sales were spurred on by warm weather. Taking advantage of these customer trends are important and having accurate business intelligence on stock, sales, and margins helps merchants provide great service and great offers while maintaining healthy profit margins.


Partners Recognized for Excellence at Momentum 2017

August 07, 2017

Partners from across the globe braved the tropical desert heat of Dubai to attend this year's Epicor Global Partner Summit. The summit culminated in the presentation of the Epicor 2017 Partner Excellence Awards which recognize partners in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific for their continued success and achievements in supporting Epicor solutions.