I’ve really enjoyed catching up with customers this year. As more of our customers have had to adopt technology for remote working, we’ve really made use of the opportunity for remote meetings, training, special projects and Abel implementations.
We’ve had another very good year with new customer implementations and projects across a range of industries including Construction, FMCG, Manufacturing, Electrical Services, Engineering and Health Products.
With our customers confidently adopting more technology and automation, our mix of projects has been a bit different. Most customers that we’ve done projects with have needed to transact online more than ever. As a result, we’ve worked on more interfaces to WooCommerce and Shopify websites this year than in previous years, to integrate customers’ web sales with Abel (both Retail and Wholesale).
For some of our larger customers, we’ve undertaken a number of Business to Business (B2B) projects to automate both their trading workflows and their third-party logistics (3PL) workflows in and out of Abel. We’ve also implemented B2B between different Abel customers that trade with one another using Abel’s Inter-Database Trading functionality. This has enabled businesses to work more efficiently and increase their sales, despite a challenging year.
Other projects this year have included: functions to support payment claims and retentions for the Construction industry; interfaces with factory machinery and scales; additional capability in our SQL / BI interface to support invoice forecast accuracy and stock on hand batch reporting.
You can read about some of these topics in our blogs on: Construction Claims and Retentions, Jobbing with Variations, Quality Testing and Re-Grade, Test Results by Batch and Early Batch Allocation .
We’ve also built more interfaces with third-party software to extend the functionality we can offer to our Abel Customers through associations with other providers. We’ll publish more on this next year.
Plant News from Callum Baird
This year our Software Development team released Abel Version 6.3.
Some notable mentions are:
- Configurable table filtering
- Interfaces with multiple third-party products including
Exporting, Sales and Accounts Payable automation / OCR
- Website integration to additional providers
- Scales integration to support weighing and dispensing processes
- Configurable fields and data dictionary items
- Enhancements to Abel Mobile / Abel Warehouse
- Configurable join tables for SQL
- Additional CRM functionality
- Excise Tax enhancements
- Customer Owned Stock
- Enhancements to manufacturing touch screen functionality and usability
To find out more about the new features in Version 6.3, please contact us.
It’s been a full-on year with more to come for Abel ERP in 2022.
Abel Software was proud to sponsor NZPICS 41st Anniversary Conference, held in June 2021 in Auckland. This year was a huge milestone for NZPICS as they celebrated 41 years as the premier supply chain education provider in New Zealand.
A range of professionals with an interest in Supply Chain principles were in attendance including Fonterra, Xelocity and Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Read more about the NZPICS Conference in our blog.
While many businesses have pivoted and are managing well, we’d like to acknowledge that the difficult business climate brought about by COVID-19 is ongoing for some. Our thoughts are with you.
To all our staff, thank you for your contribution and dedication again this year.
To all our customers, thank you for your loyalty and for your continued business. We wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season, and we look forward to working with you again next year.
Jane and the Team at Abel