Introducing our first Unleashed Trained Consultant: Maree from Maxama

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Maree Maxfield from Maxama is the first person to complete our Unleashed Business Partner Advanced Knowledge course, and has been a partner of Unleashed Software since December 2012.

We asked Maree a few questions about her experience using Unleashed, and if she had any tips for using Unleashed she’d like to share.

You’ve been a partner of Unleashed for over a year now – can you tell us why you decided to become a partner?

Having a background as an Accountant in industry, I was heavily involved with FMCG companies which meant we needed to closely control our inventory and manufacturing of goods. These were mainly food based companies, such as Anchor Foods, NZ Wines and Spirits and Kato Foods. Counting and managing large warehouses of stock (sometimes in large freezers!) highlighted for me the importance of a good inventory control system. As a Training Partner with Xero, I found Unleashed provided a good solution for small to medium size businesses, closely matching many of the inventory systems of larger companies at a significantly lower price level. Having this background of inventory and an understanding of Xero, partnering with Unleashed was a logical next step.

We’d love to hear about your experience as a partner of Unleashed Software, and how you have found working with our team.

I have found the Unleashed Team hugely supportive and responsive. The recent addition of the Unleashed University highlights the level of commitment they have to supporting Partners in the knowledge they need to support their clients. I now live in the UK and have found the staff great in supporting partners on the other side of the world. For example, connecting on Skype (often early in the morning for them) to really understand my requirements.

And what about using our inventory management software – do you have any favourite features or tips to share with other users?

My past experience in inventory has taught me that controlling your stock-takes has a lot to do with planning and achieving a clean cut-off before you complete the count. For example making sure all transfer/production/shipment paperwork has been processed prior to the count. Unless well managed, stock can sometimes seem to ‘disappear’ and many wasted hours can be spent trying to analyse the causes of stock variances. Unleashed has many great features to control your stock such as the perpetual stock feature which allows you to freeze stock and carry out the count without stock moving in the system.

Here at Unleashed, we’re all about trying to make managing inventory easy, so businesses have more time to do ‘their thing’. What would you say is ‘your thing’?

What I really love doing is training people in cloud based software management programs and seeing the huge changes it makes to both their business, and often life, when a new system is implemented. It is great seeing how smaller businesses (with the addition of add-on products) can achieve great solutions that stack up against very expensive ERP systems.

Thanks for chatting to us today Maree – it’s been great to hear about your experiences, and congratulations on becoming our first Unleashed Trained Consultant.

Maree is based in Surrey, but conducts training all throughout England, so if you are looking for an Unleashed or Xero partner to help you set up your cloud management solutions, we know she would love to hear from you. You can find more information on her website.

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Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.

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