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The Cutting Edge is an accounting program designed to work in tandem with your regular accounting system.
For many sawmill operations, Quickbooks, ACCPAC, MAS 90 Accounting, or other accounting packages are essential tools, but are limited in their ability to handle some of the more important aspects of the sawmill business. Caribou's log management software – The Cutting Edge - is designed to fill that need.
Imagine entering your load tickets once (either by a weigh scale attendant or an office clerk), and having that single point of entry automatically feed into your landowner statement, your contractor statement, your log cost reports, and your county timber tax reports. Stop wasting valuable time handling and re-handling the same data over and over, and more time analysing it!
Say goodbye to the days of rooting around in file drawers and boxes, trying to find old load tickets or pay statements or tract rate information. With the Cutting Edge, all that information is available through one icon on your desktop. Easily search for tickets by ticket number, for tracts by county or expiration date, for pay statements by vendor. You name it, you can find it. Fast!
Any astute mill manager knows that they have to understand the economics of their business to stay in business. Companies may differ in the key business 'metrics' that they monitor on a weekly or monthly basis, but those metrics invariably revolve around productivity and cost statistics --- exactly the type of information that our users manage through our software. Your competition is watching those metrics. Shouldn't you?
Let's face it: amateur spreadsheets -- or worse yet --hand-written landowner settlements with manual math calculations, simply do not convey the professional image you want to communicate to the people with whom you do business. With the Cutting Edge, you can generate accurate, professional-looking paperwork that you are proud to send out. And when a landowner or supplier calls with questions, you'll have an organized, efficient software system to help respond quickly and accurately.
It was not just a good decision, but a great decision to implement Caribou Software’s Cutting Edge and Weigh Scale systems. They took their versatile, great systems and custom fit them to our operation and needs. How did they do this? They talked to us and understood us, but more importantly they listened to what we needed and asked. Because of their understanding about the industry and that each business and user is unique, they tailored our reports to meet our needs without disrupting our management tools, payment processes, or cost structures and all within their software design.
Not only are we automated from start to finish, we have real time information that is shared with our forestry managers which helps not only our team but our partners. Our day to day processes and accountability have been cut by at least 80% or more. We were able to free up time in several areas that was spent doing hand work or data entry thus allowing those people to be more productive in their jobs. Streamlining our operations in every station associated with our log delivery operations definitely improved performance and morale.
To describe this software in one word - “seamless”. To describe all of the stand out features that make this software so easy to drive would be difficult. Are we happy with our choice in Caribou Software and what that upgrade did for our company? That answer is extremely.
One of the most notable features about Caribou Software are Teresa and Bob and their team. They are responsive, intelligent, dedicated, courteous and the list goes on. Going through the implementation process they made me feel like I was their most important client. We are a remote, small lumber mill in Western Montana and customer service is an important component with software. We could not be happier with all of the service they have provided. Not only do they get it right the first time, they follow up to make sure they got it right.
~ Pam Pitman, Pyramid Mountain Lumber Inc. - Seeley Lake, Montana
At Thompson River Lumber Co we have been using the Caribou Software Cutting Edge program since 2006. We also utilize the weigh scale portion of the program. The Cutting Edge system has really helped to simplify our log accounting with its intuitive entry and ease of calculation.
The printed Vendor statements are professional and easy to read for our landowners. We have always received great support from Caribou Software any time we have run into an unusual circumstance that we need “exceptions to the rule” to handle logs received, i.e. payments on partnerships and multipayment levels. You simply cannot go wrong with this payment system and I can’t imagine using anything else. We are looking forward to many more years of our partnership.
~Teresa Phillips, Thompson River Lumber - Thompson Falls, Montana
"Making the decision to invest in Caribou's Logger's Edge software was one of the best business decisions we have ever made. I really cannot imagine how we could have grown the business as we have over the years without having our Logger's Edge. I can't imagine trying to handle all our tickets and settlement process and reporting if we were still trying to use our Excel spreadsheets. The software really helps eliminate the room for error that we had with our old spreadsheet system.
We recently added on Caribou's weigh scale module to help us manage our wood yard deliveries and it has helped streamline and automate the process even more. With the truck weights read directly from the weigh scale, it helps eliminate room for error, too.
The investment was a big one for us, but my business partner and I were just commenting the other day that it really was one of the best investments we've made since we've been in business."
~ Sharon Sapp, Sapp's Land & Excavating, Inc. - Chipley, Florida
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