Addressing the “Two Systems” Concern

Two Systems Concern

How a specialized logistics and distribution ERP integrates with existing Accounting software…successfully As co-founder and head of VISCO Operations, I’m often asked to justify a decision we made 19 years ago when we developed our highly focused logistics and distribution ERP without including basic accounting functions that we ourselves had written from scratch. I have […]

The components of landed cost

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  The landed cost is a term used by importers to calculate the real cost to bring a product to their door.  This is a more accurate view of the cost of a product then just looking at the cost you pay a supplier to buy product from them.  How the landed cost is calculated […]

Simple CRM software for import/export and distribution business

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The challenge for most small businesses considering implementing CRM software is getting people to actually use it. If sales people feel like they are wasting their time by typing their activities into a computer then they will quickly give up and move on to activities that make them money. We have found the solution to […]

Why QuickBooks/Excel is not the best choice for importers

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QuickBooks has over 3 Million customers so Intuit is doing a lot of things right.  The QuickBooks software is generally considered the easiest accounting software to learn and use.  In addition to having an intuitive user interface, the elegant simplicity of the software itself makes it an easy choice for any new company starting out. […]

Getting Started Guide for new employees

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When our implementation manager, Chad Mallozzi, join our team we trained him on how to use the system.  As he went through our training, he took really good notes which he modified into a guide that can be used for any new employee who will be working with the system. I thought it would be […]

How to Calculate Landed Costs

Companies that import and distribute goods have more to consider in their Cost of Goods Sold calculation than just the cost of the material itself.  Typical Landed cost calculations will include Material Cost Duty Ocean Freight Drayage Customs Broker Fees Port Exam Fees Commissions Some companies will also include warehouse costs in the landed cost […]

Why Spreadsheets Destroy Importing Companies

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No one will debate that Microsoft Excel has been one of the easiest to use and most effective tools for small importing businesses to keep information in the last 20 years. However, because this tool is so easy to use, many importing companies lean too heavily on spreadsheets as their primary system for keeping track of shipments, […]

Shirley’s Blog – What Does a VISCO Customer Look Like?

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 It is a Small Importer who receives one to ten containers per month.  They buy VISCO and pay a rather small monthly fee for Web Hosting and an annual Maintenance & Support fee to use the software.  They tend to model their business to the constraints and identifiers used in the software.  They integrate their […]

How VISCO Integrates with QuickBooks

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There are 4 points of integration with QuickBooks: Customers, Vendors, Invoices and Vendor Bills. CUSTOMERS and VENDORS: When you need to add a new Customer or Vendor into the system, you would add them in VISCO first. When updating, VISCO checks QuickBooks to see if the Customer or Vendor exists. If not, you are prompted […]