Grower Vertical Wins 2nd Sage Customer Award

Young's Plant Farm improved Sage ERP MAS 500 module with Scan By Cart

CONCORD, N.C. (July 14, 2011) — Practical Software Solutions, a Sage Authorized Partner, announced today that Young's Plant Farm of Auburn, Ala., won first place in the Innovation category for the 2011 Sage Customer Awards. Young's teamed with Practical Software Solutions to add Scan By Cart capabilities to Sage ERP MAS 500 Grower Vertical.

The Innovation Award recognizes the extraordinary achievement of a customer that adopted Sage applications as an enterprise-class solution for its industry.

We're honored that Sage recognized the Grower Vertical module for a second time, said Vince Stamey, Chief Executive Officer of Practical Software Solutions. Grower Vertical is a credit to how flexible Sage ERP MAS 500 is, and how businesses can have it tailored to meet the needs of their customers. We congratulate Young’s Plant Farm for winning this highly coveted award.

Scan By Cart was developed after one of Young's Plant Farm's big-box retailers changed its UPC system to give unique codes for every plant variety and color. Instead of having one UPC code for one 4-inch annual potted plant, for example, the retailer now has more than 20 UPCs to account for the different combinations. Scan By Cart rebuilds sales orders and generates all the shipping orders, documents, and labels as the product is loaded onto the truck. This is done with the use of hand-held devices and bar code technology.

Young's Plant Farm approached Practical Software Solutions with their concept for Scan By Cart. Together with Scanco, the leading hand-held device development company for Sage products, Practical Software Solutions made Scan By Cart a reality.

This has reduced our customer receipt errors to less than 1 percent, said Bryan Young, general manager of Young's Plant Farm. This is especially important, Young said, when dealing with a live product that can't be restocked if the order is sent incorrectly.

Bryan Young came up with the solution to the problem, said Greg Lafferty, senior account manager with Practical Software Solutions. He came to me and said, 'There has got to be a way to solve this. Can't we just ...' and described the solution he envisioned. We refined it, but he engineered the whole thing.

This marks the second time a Practical Software Solutions customer was honored for their work on Grower Vertical. In 2008, Metrolina Greenhouses of Huntersville, N.C., won first place in the Best Use of Customization category for the Sage Customer Awards for their work with Practical Software Solutions in developing the Grower Vertical module. Grower Vertical provides a customizable, scalable, and full-featured enterprise management system designed for specific needs of the horticulture industry.

Young’s Plant Farm is a family-run business founded by Gene Young in 1961 with a 1,500 square foot greenhouse in his backyard. It now features 1.5 million square feet of greenhouse production area along with 35 acres of outside growing area. Young's Plant Farm supplies ornamental plants to big-box retailers in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Florida.

About Practical Software Solutions

Established in 1993 in Concord, N.C., Practical Software Solutions offers industry expertise in accounting, manufacturing, distribution, service management and professional services. The company's primary product offering is from Sage, the leader in business management solutions.

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