Wizard Collective, a leading wholesaler of promotional apparel and gifts, relies on the Sage Evolution enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to keep its diverse and fast-growing distribution and manufacturing business running smoothly.

The company has been a Sage Evolution customer since 2006, when it realised that it would need a robust ERP system to cater for its expanding business.

With its powerful Multiwarehousing add-on module, Sage Evolution has grown into one of the foundations of Wizard’s business since then. With more than 900 products in multiple colours and sizes to manage across 18 financial warehouses and 9 branches that hold all physical stock, Wizard needs a robust platform to keep on top of its inventory, says Michael Botha, Financial Manager at Wizard Collective. Of the solutions that Wizard evaluated, Sage Evolution emerged as the one best suited to meet this requirement, he adds.

The Sage Evolution Multiwarehousing solution gives Wizard visibility into stock levels right across the business. Warehousing data is updated in real-time as the company makes sales. The warehousing module is also integrated with the company’s website e-commerce website, where the company’s 6,000 or so dealers can see available stock and place orders for products.

In addition, Wizard uses the Sage Pastel Business Intelligence Centre (BIC) software as a financial reporting tool. BIC links to Microsoft Excel, giving management sales, financial and inventory reports from the Sage Pastel database in an accessible format. This is helping the company to make better business decisions, based on accurate and timely information, says Botha. “We have built our whole business around Sage Pastel Evolution,” says Botha, adding that the product’s various add-on modules have given it a complete solution to its business needs. In future, Wizard plans to further automate warehouse processes with the CQuential WMS for Sage Evolution, a step that will further improve control and efficiencies.

“Sage Pastel Evolution’s open software development kit and the availability of a wide range of add-on modules make it a great fit for mid-sized businesses with complex needs,” says Renier Nell of Nellfin Solutions, the Sage Pastel business partner that implemented the solution for Wizard. “It is a flexible, modern solution that delivers a rapid return on investment.”

“Sage Evolution ERP helps businesses like Wizard to bring all aspects of their operating environment together, giving them the ability to control their financial situation,” says Mohammed Mosam, Sage Pastel’s Product Manager for Sage Evolution. “One major benefit for organisations like Wizard is that all components and modules in the Evolution range are fully integrated. They share a common interface, providing a consistent user experience, while a single, central database ensures data integrity.”