Cuts Pick & Ship Time in Half
Atlantic Firearms, an internet based firearms dealer, relies on low overhead and minimal operating expenses to enable them to offer the lowest possible prices for their goods. Of course, as a federally licensed firearms (FFL) dealer and distributor for several manufacturers, all transactions are in strict compliance with federal and state laws. Atlantic ships all firearms to FFL dealers for transfer to the buyer. This adds a layer of complexity to their processes and especially to their FFL record keeping.
With growing internet sales, company president, Blaine Bunting knew they needed a better solution than their Excel based FFL bound book. After investigating software options, Atlantic Firearms chose Easy Bound Book® Pro, by Business Automation Solutions of Minnesota (BASM). Blaine stated, “We have 10,000 firearms licensees that we supply, and while our system for recording transactions was solid, it took too much time and there were too many opportunities for error, especially at our rate of growth.”
A few months after implementing the Easy Bound Book software and seeing the benefits of a fully automated system, the forward-thinking Bunting realized that having a single, fully integrated software system would offer even more benefits. He wanted a solution that Atlantic Firearms could use to manage order fulfillment from the time a customer placed an order all the way to shipping. He knew their QuickBooks software was not the robust, complete solution they needed, so he turned to BASM for the answer.
“The answer ended up being Microsoft NAV, fully integrated with Easy Bound Book,” said Blaine. “We saw that it would speed up our processes and eliminate substantial paperwork. But we also saw that it could be integrated to our website, which we use to manage the whole sales process – not just to take orders.”
3D Printing and the ATF
Did you know that the ATF has something to say about 3D printing? 3D printing is changing the face of manufacturing and distribution and will continue to make more of an impact. 3D printing specialists have a large number of different products, parts, and supplies available for download. Soon businesses will simply download 3D printing files and then use those plans to create and build products.
The ATF regularly monitors new technologies like 3D printing. The first known 3D-printable gun hit the internet around 2013. It caused an uproar, especially because it was an illegal application. At the time, the ATF showed that the firearm was unreliable and potentially undetectable. What does this mean for firearms manufacturers? Find out here.
What Happens When You Lose a Firearm?
The ATF released its 2016 FFL Thefts/Lost Report in April. A total of 18,394 firearms were reported lost or stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) nationwide. Of this total, 9,281 firearms were reported stolen. This is a 50% increase over 2015! Clearly facility security is of utmost importance. Part of the ATF’s mission is to protect the public from violent crime involving the use of firearms, including these firearms stolen from FFLs.
There were nearly as many lost firearms as there are stolen firearms in 2016. These are firearms which have been put into inventory by an FFL who later cannot account for the disposition of the firearm. In this case, better inventory tracking and electronic bound book software can make a difference. Learn more.
3rd Quarter 2017
In This Issue:
+ Atlantic Firearms Moves to Easy Bound Book & NAV
+ 3D Printing and the ATF
+ What Happens When You Lose a Firearm?
+ Use Barcoding for Faster and More Accurate Tracking
+ 4 Tips for Better Data Security
+ Federal Alphabet Soup and Your A&D Bound Book
Use Barcoding for Faster and More Accurate Tracking
Tracking firearms by serial numbers is required by ATF regulations. While you can enter serial numbers by hand, using a barcode can make make a big difference in your inventory costs and accuracy. Consider these big benefits of barcoding
4 Tips for Better Data Security
Computer and email security is a big issue for all types of companies. Malicious viruses can infiltrate your system and force your business to grind to a halt while your IT staff tends to it. Hackers can collect sensitive data and use it to harm your business.
Click here to learn ways in which you can prevent and protect your business’ valuable data.
Federal Alphabet Soup and Your A&D Bound Book
Federal department names are like a big bowl of alphabet soup. If you are new to the firearms industry, you may be wondering what all these acronyms are and what they mean to you. Read on for a primer that clears up the alphabet soup for this industry.
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