Manufacturing, distribution & integration

ordnance manufacturing and distribution case study

About Ordnance Developments

Ordnance Developments Ltd have been manufacturing and distributing ammunition for over 40 years, locally in New Zealand and all over the world. Bruce McMilan founded Ordnance Developments all those years ago and is still actively involved with the company today.

The company specialises in providing their clients the finest blank and training munitions available on the market today. A selection of their largest clients includes global Defense Departments and Police Forces, along with other companies from around the world.

Business Challenges & Needs

Ordnance were manufacturing over 100 products and selling in excess of 400 line items without having a true and accurate way to cost their manufactured goods. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of ammunition this was especially difficult as they would need a system that could handle amounts that were fractions of one cent. When costing the final manufactured good for sale, they also needed a system that could incorporate landed costs, labour and other related costs into the final price of the product for sale to have accurate reportable margins.

I have found the services of the Fishbowl Inventory team very helpful and very prompt at helping any problems we may have.

Eddie Daly

General Manager

The Solution

Eddie Daly, General Manager of Ordnance Developments, implemented Fishbowl Manufacturing after looking at a large selection of other inventory management solutions, and after comparing these other systems with Fishbowl, Eddie realised they did not fulfill the needs of the company as well as Fishbowl could. Eddie has an extensive and exhaustive knowledge in other ERP systems. Fishbowl Manufacturing delivered with the functionality of multi-tiered Bills of Materials, landed costs, advanced manufacturing and being able to deal with fractions of one cent within their manufacturing costing.

The Results

Implementing Fishbowl was a breeze for Ordnance Developments, and has improved their inventory and manufacturing processes across the board. With Fishbowl in place, Ordnance Developments has managed to be able to accurately account for all materials and components used in manufacturing of their end product. Also, Ordinance has been able to forecast what stock they need and when, by using the reordering tools available available in Fishbowl.

This has helped the company avoid stock outs and cut down on man hours with the automation and the increased efficiency of the reordering process. Ordnance Developments is a multi-location business, with stock that has to be transferred between each location and since Fishbowl has been a part of the Ordinance daily inventory and manufacturing management, accounting for and knowing what is needed at what location has improved significantly.

About Fishbowl

Fishbowl Inventory is the No. 1 requested inventory management solution for Reckon Accounts (formerly QuickBooks) users, and it is also a popular standalone solution for organizations or enterprises looking to track assets. For Reckon Accounts users, it provides the same advanced features, flexibility and mobile inventory management control larger organizations enjoy. In addition, Fishbowl offers a growing number of business tools, including a Manufacturing Option, warehouse management software, point of sale solution, server hosting, e-commerce and mobile sales.

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