2014 was a great year for Avista Solutions International, Inc. and also the third consecutive year of double digit revenue growth. In addition, Avista pursued new product development during 2014 aggressively. Avista has long held the position that firms must innovate in order to survive. That was true 27 years ago, when Avista Solutions International, Inc. was founded, and it remains true today.
Avista serves the corrugated paperboard packaging industry and within that market space, three distinct plant types exist; the Sheet Feeder, the Sheet Plant and the Full Box Plant. While some may propose that one Business System may be good enough to handle the Order to Cash process in each manufacturing business model, Avista believes that all sub-processes that make up the Order to Cash process associated with each of the three models are unique and therefore require unique solutions.
Avista recognized this requirement in 1988 and has focused on architecting these independent Business System approaches within our products. We are pleased to offer unique solutions for all three models today.
In 2014 Avista has leveraged new developments associated with Supply Chain Management resulting in the Roll Stock Replenishment Process Module and enhanced our eCustomer Link Module, which continues to be the most comprehensive customer portal today, as it has been since it was first introduced in 1995.
Avista has been busy with the development of the Customer Credit and Return Management Module and the Process Quality Module, which is a totally configurable system for implementing free formatted process checks, supporting user interaction, collecting data, and presenting results.
In 2014 we are pleased to announce the acquisition of Scrap TrakkerTM, the computerized waste management system which has become the industry favorite for collecting data and understanding the root cause and ultimate reduction of costs associated with producing waste.
Looking forward to 2015, we are focused on providing additional value to our customers through enhancing our support processes, expanding our business intelligence techniques and analytical tools, and adding new modules to our existing product portfolio. We will continue to put our energy into research and development in areas that will result in the best return for our customers’ investment.
Schwarz Partners’ John Lingle talks about how his sheet feeder operations drive to continually improve in order to better serve their customers.
We should begin by pointing out that Schwarz Partners' Sheet Business Group's ten sheet feeder facilities serve literally hundreds of sheet plants across the United States. According to Lingle, "We run a significant number of orders a day. And every one is important."
"We feel that Avista Software's Axiom Suite is the most complete solution for us," John states. "Other (software) systems are more geared toward just box plants or just sheet plants. We've worked with Avista to develop and shape their system into the ideal link between our sheet feeder operations and our sheet plant customers."
Specifically, "From a high level standpoint the software allows us to communicate better with our customers so all of us know as much as we possibly can about all aspects of an order. That allows everyone to make good decisions based on real time, not periodic data," he continues.
"We use Avista software in two major ways. First, to provide the tools to help our internal people with the best current information. And second, the software’s open architecture allows us to customize it for the specific needs of our end-users. We work to provide the best possible information and interface so we're simpler to do business with."
"For an operation like ours, the reliability of the system as a whole and the software in particular is critical. Because everything is so real time and the amount of data, combined with the critical nature of how quickly things move, the system HAS to be extremely reliable. If we lose half an hour or even 15 minutes it's a disaster for us and potentially harmful to our customers' businesses."
"Real time data lets customers know when their orders are running, what quantities are coming and when they can expect to receive them, all with a high degree of accuracy and reliability. This level of communications helps us do a better job for them."
The Axiom Suite of software includes:
The recent TAPPI – AICC annual meeting held in Long Beach California provided the perfect opportunity for Avista Solutions International, Inc. to showcase its recently updated integrated suite of software. Approximately 200 visitors stopped by the Avista booth to learn more about these popular products. The visitors were a mix of current users stopping by to see the newest functionality and new companies looking for a source of world class corrugated software. Since Avista is the only major company to provide specific and fully integrated software for specific plant types, visitors represented Sheet Plants, Sheet Feeders and Full Corrugated Plants.
Corresponding with the opening of the meeting, Avista introduced a completely redesigned web site. This new site uses state of the art technology allowing users to access detailed information from PCs, Tablets and Smart Phones.
Avista used this show to highlight its recently purchased Scrap Trakker product which is the acknowledged industry leader in waste management. This stand-alone waste reduction application consistently provides an ROI measured in months not years. When coupled with the Avista MES, plants are saving thousands of dollars in the first year.
New functionality in the areas of roll stock replenishment, quality measurement and multi-plant order management was met with high excitement from the existing customer base. Avista’s strengths in customizability and steadily enhancing the functionality provided by current applications is well known throughout the corrugated industry.
The booth was manned by Avista President Mark Gartrell, Marketing Director Jack Keller and Susana Quilla. Susana traveled from Avista’s Lima, Peru office to insure that native Spanish speakers were able to accurately share in the information provided. Avista’s strong presence in Latin America insured there were many visitors from Mexico, Central and South America.
If you didn’t get a chance to visit us at the show and would like to obtain all of the information that was provided, contact Avista now to find out what we can do together. You can use the contact us page here on the web site or call us at 952.949.0594.
Avista Solutions International Inc. has launched its new and improved website. The company hopes to better communicate to current and potential clients about the quality and diversity of their products. Avista has already made its mark in the Sheet Feeder industry as nine of the last plants built within the United States all use Avista Solutions.
Avista will also be launching the spanish and portugese versions of their website to help continue building stronger relationships with their clients in Latin and South America. Avista is planning on releasing these later this month.