Egmont Industrial Supply

The challenge

Egmont Industrial Supply Ltd, based in Taranaki, specialises in providing its customers with steel pipe, casing, tubing and steel products. Locally owned and operated, the organisation’s highly knowledgeable team strives to offer excellent customer service by matching customers with the right products based on their project needs; cutting steel pipe and sheets to the correct size. The business provides a range of materials for engineering, piling, drilling, farming, contracting, logging, and home DIY.   

Egmont Industrial Supply was struggling with their finance and inventory software as it had become outdated and needed to be replaced. The business had been using a mix of applications and spreadsheets to manage operations. It was clear that this way of working was not efficient, nor was it providing the business with adequate information and insights.  

Our solution

Egmont Industrial Supply recognised the need for a new solution to address these issues. Further, it sought to gain benefits from automating and streamlining other functions and processes. 

The proposed approach not only replaced their outdated finance and inventory software, it enabled automation across other functions and processes within the business. 

The solution involved a combination of standard Odoo ERP modules complemented with enhanced functionality specifically required for the steel industry.  

Tracking steel offcuts

Part of the challenge for the OptimySME team was ensuring that Egmont Industrial Supply could accurately track offcuts of steel, and wastage, to prevent the risk of overstating stock. Offcuts can be tricky to manage because the system needs to record all the different sizes and counts. The offcuts then need to be stored, so they become new lots but still need to inherit the tracking attributes of the original lot.  

"OptimySME were fantastic to deal with for implementing our new Inventory and Accounting software. The OptimySME team understands both the front end and back end of Odoo very well, which meant it was able to be customised where necessary, and existing Odoo code used where appropriate – this was a cost-saver. OptimySME were able to accommodate a short-notice and fast implementation plan which was extremely helpful in allowing us to continue to drive our business forward. Their support team is  available for ongoing questions and tweaks, which is important for us as our business continues to grow and develop. We also utilise a number of different apps within Odoo, such as Projects and the CRM, which are proving very useful in our day-to-day operations."  

Alannah Jones (Gallichan) / Operations Specialist, Egmont Industrial Supply Ltd.   

Implementation success

Delivery was fast-tracked and took 10 weeks from project kickoff through to go-live. OptimySME delivered consulting services, domain-specific development, data migration, system rollout, and training – reflecting the level of experience, expertise, and passion the team has for helping SMEs improve operations.