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TRXio Amps Up Its Customer Support

The TRXio team is committed to providing a reliable, predictable experience for our users. Through strong customer support and education, we strive to simplify the system for users to maximize productivity and prevent future issues TRXio has amped up its client support team! We are pleased to announce the addition of James Poston and Justin […]

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Inventory Management Technique: Manual

A manual inventory system is typically defined as tracking inventory without the use of computerized system, which typically utilize software, scanners, barcodes, real-time reporting, etc. A manual inventory system tracks inventory with a pen and clipboard, a stock book, or with an Excel spreadsheet. Manual inventory entails regularly updating inventory counts through physical counting on […]

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Inventory Costs: What are the Most Common?

There are many inventory costs, both direct and indirect. The most obvious inventory cost is the actual price you pay for individual items. However, there are numerous indirect costs associated with inventory that can significantly impact an organization’s bottom line. Here are a few examples of the most common types of costs associated with inventory: […]

Reduce "Go Back Trips" with Inventory Control

Eliminate “Go Back” Trips with Inventory Control

Don’t let one missing component impact a job! We enjoyed Henry Clifford’s article, “Rapid Improvement Plan: Doing The Job Right The First Time.” He describes his AV company’s “Rapid Improvement Plan,” which was designed to incentivize employees to eliminate frustrating, unbillable “go back” trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s. When they reviewed patterns, they began […]

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Inventory Control: Dead Inventory

Inventory Control: Hidden Cost of Dead Inventory The cost of carrying “dead inventory” can be high and burdensome to a business’s bottom line. Dead inventory is defined as inventory that isn’t selling, or even as expired pharmaceutical inventory or perishable products. It is estimated to cost the US retail industry $50 billion per year. Here […]

Seven Crucial Inventory Control Reports

Seven Crucial Inventory Control Reports

To effectively maximize your business’s health, efficiency and profitability, it is essential to continuously measure inventory performance by analyzing various inventory metrics. These metrics will serve as a guide to let you know where to make adjustments to your business operations and strategies. Here are seven crucial inventory control reports that are crucial to your […]

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Inventory Management Technique: Kitting

Kitting, an often overlooked yet effective inventory management technique, works well for many retailers and wholesalers, especially in a lean manufacturing environment. Kitting, or product bundling, is the process of grouping individual but related items into one sellable item. IKEA is a retailer that is well known for inventory kitting. A good example of kitting […]

Accountability through Inventory Control

Build Accountability through Inventory Control

Build a Culture of Accountability in Your Organization Accountability is critical to the long-term success of any business since it decreases inventory loss, boosts profitability and increases profit margins. Without accountability, your employees may not be as diligent with company assets, or even fail to follow the most carefully devised business plans. There are several […]

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Inventory Management Technique: Cycle Counting

We realize that managing inventory can be a challenging, time-consuming task for many small businesses. And, trying to manually manage inventory can make it even more daunting. To ease small business inventory management, it is essential to conduct a manual, physical inventory control process, in addition to implementing a robust inventory management system like TRXio. […]

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TRXio: European Falsified Medicine Directive (FMD) Compliance

European Falsified Medicine Directive (FMD) If you distribute pharmaceuticals in Europe, you are likely aware that the European Falsified Medicine Directive (FMD) (2011/62/EU) takes effect on February 9, 2019. According to the European Commission, this directive, “helps manufacturers, wholesalers and logistics service providers within the pharmaceutical industry fight counterfeit medicines to improve patient safety.” One of […]

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Asset Tracking Versus Inventory Tracking

The TRXio team is often asked what the difference is between asset tracking and inventory tracking? These terms are often used interchangeably, so they are the same thing, right? Wrong. Let’s start with some definitions of each term. Assets are items that your company owns, including equipment, computers, machinery, furniture and office supplies. Your assets […]

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Seven Tips for Better Inventory Management

As you set your business goals for 2019, make an immediate impact on your business by focusing on inventory management. Although good inventory management results in significant cost savings and increased profitability, many businesses fail to integrate it. As a result, they suffer from negative repercussions when it comes to long-term growth since poor inventory […]

What is Traceability?

Why is Traceability Important?



Traceability – an important word to your business that you may not hear often. What is traceability? Traceability is the ability to track the movement of an individual item from its origin to the end of its useful life. Traceability also provides knowledge of who comes into contact with the item along the way. Since traceability […]

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Traceability: Reduces Loss and Improves Profitability

Why is Traceability Important? Companies are constantly looking for opportunities to increase profit per order. What is the most efficient way to do this? Product traceability allows organizations to accurately track and monitor their inventory and business functions throughout their supply chains. Item-Level Traceability Helps Identify Loss CEDIA, the international trade association and central touchpoint for […]

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Invest in an Inventory Control System in 2019

Planning Your 2019 Spending? Consider Investing in an Inventory Control System As you plan your 2019 budget, consider ramping up your R&D spending. Why? Many residential and commercial CE firms are not taking advantage of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service’s tax credit for research and development, which is specifically aimed at encouraging and rewarding investment […]

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Inventory Control = More Profitability in 2019

Happy New Year from TRXio! What is the fastest way to a more profitable 2019? The answer is simple. Inventory control. Multiple studies have revealed that regardless of industry, businesses lose or misplace 6% to 10% of their inventory each year, which greatly impacts profitability.  Through traceability, TRXio makes it easy to track, monitor and audit inventory […]

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TRXio: New Vendor Purchase Order Feature

We are pleased to announce a full-function purchase order workflow feature for TRXio, designed to close the financial loop on purchasing and save time and reduce headaches associated with procurement. TRXio’s new Vendor Purchase Order feature offers the following capabilities to ease inventory management: View “items needed” for multiple orders or projects, then select items […]

Can Quickbooks Track Inventory?

Can QuickBooks Track Inventory?

Can QuickBooks Track Inventory? It can now! Move into the future with the latest and greatest version of QuickBooks – QuickBooks Online. While QuickBooks Online does not currently track item-level or serialized inventory, TRXio now offers this vital feature to transitioning to QBO.
 If you are considering to move your  business to the cloud and […]

Inventory Management Software: What Type Does Your Business Need?

Inventory Management Software: What Type Does Your Business Need?

Inventory Management Software: What Type Does Your Business Need? What type of inventory management software does your business need?  A very important question. Since we realize that is a big decision to select the right inventory management software for your business, the TRXio team has put together a rundown that might help you. Industry Specific […]

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Why is GAFA Killing the AV Business?

 Why is GAFA Killing the AV Business? I often hear integrators say they are,”so busy.” This is statement is good for talking to your grandmother but it is worthless in real life.  In my experience “busy” people are ineffective people.  This attached graphic says it all.  With all the tools available to be more efficient […]

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Warranty Management and Why it’s Important

Warranty Management through Inventory Management Initially a customer support initiative, warranty management’s role is expanding. As businesses reap increased benefits from warranty management gained through product traceability, it is now an essential part of an organization’s revenue policy. More than that, it can potentially improve product quality and enhance business value through cost reduction. Let’s […]

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D-Tools and TRXio Host Webinar

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in data-driven system integration software, and TRXio, a state-of-the-art inventory management and asset-tracking solution for the AV industry, will host a webinar entitled “Improve Operational Efficiency with D-Tools and TRXio,” Jan 12, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EDT. The webinar will educate participants on how the new API integration between D-Tools […]

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TRXio Announces Nationwide Presence with New Rep Firms

LITTLETON, Colo – September 6, 2016 —TRXio, an inventory management solution powered by Cairnstack Software LLC., that’s specifically designed for the AV industry, announces their new rep firms throughout the United States, including Bishop Audio Sales, Convergence Marketing, Inc. Brand Rep, High Note Sales, Mike Pecar Sales, Sales and Marketing Inc., Comprehensive Brands, Digital Sales Group, Performance […]

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TRXio Forms Alliance with VITAL MGMT for Business Intel

LITTLETON, Colo – August 24, 2016 — Cairnstack Software LLC provider of TRXio, an inventory management solution that’s specifically designed for the AV industry, announces an alliance with VITAL MGMT, a proven provider of strategic business consulting for custom integrators. VITAL MGMT’s business intelligence system for custom integrators, Bi4Ci, will use the backbone and reliability of TRXio’s […]

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TRXio Launches Transshipping Solution for AV Manufacturers

LITTLETON, Colo – August 15, 2016 —TRXio, an inventory management solution powered by Cairnstack Software LLC. that’s specifically designed for the AV industry, announces their asset-tracking solution for AV manufacturers. This new to the CE channel system allows them to track their products during their entire lifecycle, from warehouses to retailers and customers worldwide. Many manufacturers within […]

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Inventory Control: Simple Steps for Success

Inventory Control No matter what process you use for inventory control, here are some steps to help you along: Set a protocol and clean up your database: The inventory software you purchase or create will be will be the base of your management. Educate yourself on how the system works and how your business is […]

Succession Planning

None of us ever want to think of what will happen to our business or employees after we are gone. “Succession planning is kind of managerial task that company owners and general managers roll their eyes at, shuffle off to the side, and ignore to go work on something more urgent or exciting.” Lee Distad, rAVe Columnist (follow […]

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TRXio Inventory Flowchart

We have a saying at TRXio, mostly it’s an inside joke, “Words are hard!” Getting past the oh’s and so’s and um’s are challenging when you’re trying to explain how an inventory management software platform works. That’s why we made this inventory flowchart pictograph! In this pictograph we outline workflows that are easy to adopt using TRXio. So, green lines show receiving […]

3rd Video-Manage Tab

For this entry, I’d like to show you our third video that covers some of the basics of using the TRXio system. The first showed how the enter brands, locations and other information; while the second showed how to enter your inventory into your account. This third video explains the next basic step: how to […]

2nd Video- Add Inventory Tutorial

In the previous video, we showed the first of many videos explaining how to use the TRXio system. That video covered the basics of setting up things like brands, sources, and internal locations. Once you’ve completed that step, you’re ready to start entering your inventory. Each step adds more information to your account and opens […]

How to Set Up An Inventory System

How to Set Up An Inventory System

We are often asked about setting up a basic inventory system, including questions about the best ways to track inventory. Here are few of the most common questions: What are the requirements for adding inventory to my warehouse? What information has to be set up prior to me adding that inventory so that I can […]

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Happy Holidays and Reflect on your Time

I enjoy these blog entries because it forces me to slow down and think. Too often, we find ourselves going non-stop from the time we get up until our heads hit the pillow at night. It can be difficult to find time between the daily demands of family and work for some contemplation and reflection. […]

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Simply Reliable and TRXio Webinar

Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a webinar with Tom Coffin and Chris Jaffe of Simply Reliable. It’s great to team up with Simply Reliable because our two companies soul goal is to help small businesses run their day-to-day operations efficiently. They do a great job of handling the proposal planning and management […]

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The Power of QR Codes

The Power of QR Codes I recently visited my son’s school for a project presentation, which was to design buildings for an area that would address certain environmental and economic concerns. The reason I bring this up is that each building  had a QR code on top of it. The parents could scan the QR […]

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Why We Make Software and Not Videos…

Well CEDIA 2015 was a huge success for TRXio.  We won some awards for our inventory tracking software, reconnected with some great friends and made some key alliances.  In the coming months we will be making the our inventory management software platform connect to even more software solutions you already use.  We are not only making […]

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Excite 2015 Award winning software

Technology Integrator is honored to present its annual EXC!TE Awards to the best products available to the industry this year. Each year, Technology Integrator invites nominations of products that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional. TRXio stood out as particularly impressive, considering the unique challenges custom installers face every […]

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“Best In Show” Award at CEDIA

We are very excited to announce the CEDIA 2015 best in show award recipient by NewBay Media’s Residential Systems and TWICE.  The 2015 Best of Show Awards for CEDIA 2015, honoring outstanding products exhibited at the show. Manufacturers submitted products for nomination prior to arriving in Dallas, then a panel of anonymous professional integrator and journalist […]

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Learning from giants; Following Amazon is not a bad thing.

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon isn’t the only company that is using data on employees to improve productivity. A New York Times article over the weekend portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. The article depicted a work culture where staffers […]

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Can a Cloud Based Enterprise System Benefit Your Business?

Businesses, particularly manufacturers, are looking to the cloud for their enterprise resource planning. How can a cloud ERP help? There are many benefits to using a cloud based enterprise system in your business, including efficiency, cost savings, and increased productivity. Cloud Based ERP Benefits Enhanced Visibility – Cloud ERP helps to establish complete visibility of every stage […]

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Big Data

Big data. There’s much wisdom in that saying, which has been attributed to both W. Edwards Deming and Peter Drucker, and it explains why the recent explosion of digital data is so important. Simply put, because of big data, managers can measure, and hence know, radically more about their businesses, and directly translate that knowledge […]

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Inventory Management Techniques

Inventory Management Techniques: The Rundown What are the different inventory management techniques? To properly manage operational costs and cash flow, selecting the right inventory management system is key. This is especially true for small businesses as proper inventory control is essential for growth and success. No matter what inventory management tool is used, the goals include […]

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Three Tips for Better Inventory Management

Inventory Management Inventory management can make or break your business. Even though many business owners and managers find it complicated and confusing, following the fundamental principles of good inventory management can result in significant bottom-line savings. There are two fundamental principles of inventory management: You must have enough stock to meet market demands It must […]

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Best Business Practices for Small Businesses

To run your small business, must take care of even the smallest of details. This applies to every aspect, from hiring the right candidates and retaining employees to focusing on customer service and utilizing technology to manage projects better. The goal is to stay disciplined when making business decisions. As most business experts say, it’s […]

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Cycle Counting: Advantages and Best Practices

Small entrepreneurs faced with limited resources can find various aspects of running a business challenging. Managing inventory manually and checking for inaccuracies can be an extremely time consuming task. While there are technology tools to help you manage inventory, including TRXio, it is also important to implement an in-house system of manual, physical stock counting. […]

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Inventory Management Helps with the Decline Stage

Whether due to spoilage, shifting marketplace trends, or advancements in technology, there comes a time in every product’s life when it hits the decline stage. In a product’s life cycle, the decline stage is defined as the period when sales or demand starts to level off or decrease. When a product has reached its shelf-life, […]

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What is Inventory Control?

Inventory Control In a service driven world, not every business has inventory. However, in the integration space, where we deal with products and equipment, most do. Inventory control is much easier for those who are only selling a few products. For those with a larger number of items to sell, manual inventory is simply out […]

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Choosing A Data Driven Business = Profitability

Data sets, both big and small, are vital for answering critical questions and developing business strategies. Data offers the insights which help organizations analyze the market, and their position within it, to form better and more informed strategies and run profitably. For many small businesses, turning a blind eye to the details is much easier […]

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Tracking Your Progress to Profitability

Do you believe that revenue is the most important metric on a company’s financial statements? If so, you aren’t alone. For most companies, that belief is so strong that all of their focus is placed on increasing revenue. They believe that revenue can fix all business problems. Unfortunately, many businesses also struggle with problems that […]

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Every Percentage Can Impact Your Bottom Line

When it comes to discounting prices or increasing costs by a couple of percent, many companies don’t really baulk. Most businesses, especially highly profitable ones, tend to just go with the flow on those kinds of things. We’ve often hear, “No biggie – we will give them a 5 percent discount,” or we’ve been told […]

Does QuickBooks Work for Inventory Management Software?

Does QuickBooks Work for Inventory Management Software?

Can QuickBooks Track Inventory? In short, QuickBooks is Great for Accounting but Terrible for Inventory Management Software Every business is looking for the perfect CRM, ERP, Project, and Accounting tool rolled into one easy solution that will meet their needs and the needs of their customers. Is there a product on the market today that […]

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Who are these guys? Magicians!

Not unlike a magic show…but we don’t pull rabbits from a hat!   Our “magicians or code-masters” love managing cloud-based platforms and infrastructures. Their approach is always fun and lighthearted with plenty energy. PLUS…they are wicked smart! Their magic is in helping businesses identify losses, improve operational efficiencies, and enable cost saving benefits for increasing […]

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Why Customers Stick with Their Software Provider

100% customer retention – it seems like a lofty goal, and you may be wondering if it is even possible to achieve in today’s competitive business world. This past year, PTI Print has had the privilege of retaining all of their customers for their produce label tracking and printing software, proving that the elusive 100% […]

The Details in the Data and What You Cannot See

Among many project managers and executives, the feeling of having things under control is common: they are well aware of all the moving parts and pieces and they can keep a track of the deadlines. That is, until something gets missed. It happens all the time. Especially for small businesses that rely somewhat heavily on […]

Building a Culture of Accountability

Successful corporate teams cannot exist without a certain level of accountability. How can you build a culture of accountability? While guaranteed performance and work accountability go hand-in-hand, accountability begins with the understanding of the basics and how we move ahead with concepts, verbal communications, and activities gaining a full understanding of our role in the […]