Fertilizer Dealer Supply Improves Service Billing with VAI's S2K 5.0

March 5, 2010

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – May 5, 2010 – VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) announced today that Fertilizer Dealer Supply (FDS) has upgraded to version 5.0 of VAI’s S2K Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software for Distribution, while adding S2K for Service & Repair and S2K Commerce Express to its solution portfolio.

The S2K for Distribution upgrade will enhance and streamline operations at the company’s seven warehouse and distribution facilities. Notably, the addition of the Service & Repair module will aid FDS in tracking equipment sales, preventative maintenance services and warranty information, while Commerce Express makes it easy for customers to find, select and purchase orders, review account information, view payment history and obtain answers to queries. VAI is a leader in ERP solutions for the distribution, manufacturing, retail and service industries, and an IBM Premier Business partner.

Headquartered in Philo, Ill., FDS is an esteemed provider of fertilizer and chemical application parts and plant maintenance products. From its extensive inventory, the 43-year-old company supplies equipment to fertilizer and chemicals dealers, applicators and growers in the Midwest. Along with its Illinois headquarters, FDS has distribution centers in Boonville, Mo.; Anna, Ohio; Brookston, Ind.; Jesup, Iowa; Milton, Wisc.; and Morrice, Mich.

In 1989, FDS became a customer of DMi Technology Group – a VAI business partner that provides hardware, software and custom programming solutions for small to enterprise-sized manufacturers and distributors in the Midwestern U.S. In 2002, FDS contracted with VAI, streamlining its distribution and warehouse operations with S2K for Distribution.

Tom Grady, Vice President, FDS, said, “After years of working successfully with VAI and DMi, we decided to upgrade our S2K Software to receive the benefits available with the new service billing module. This feature will allow FDS to monitor our equipment sales and preventative maintenance services through more efficient order entry and reporting options. We are also employing VAI’s e-Business capabilities, which have allowed us to expand our business throughout the country, rather than only servicing regional dealers.”

DMi assisted in implementing S2K 5.0 for FDS. Larry Voigt, Marketing Director, DMi, said, “Transitioning to the newest version of S2K was seamless because VAI readily provided all of the necessary tools. FDS was not only impressed with the software’s service billing capability, but with its graphical user interface (GUI) for easy interaction with desktop applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.”

Cindy Breedlove, Central Region Territory Manager, VAI, said, “It has been a pleasure to service FDS over the past eight years. We are certain that FDS will benefit from the latest S2K Software features to ultimately improve its day-to-day business functions and long-term profitability.”

S2K Enterprise is a sophisticated software suite that facilitates business operations, manages the supply chain, reduces costs and improves customer relationships.

About Fertilizer Dealer Supply (FDS)

Since 1967, Fertilizer Dealer Supply (FDS) has been a valued supplier for the retail fertilizer and chemical dealer, custom applicator and growers of the Midwest. Our professional sales staff offers the finest lines of self propelled sprayers, pull sprayers, fertilizer blending and receiving equipment, fertilizer spreaders, lime spreaders, fertilizer tenders, loaders, anhydrous applicators, anhydrous wagons, liquid fertilizer applicators and liquid nurse equipment in the industry.

FDS also offers the most complete inventory of fertilizer and chemical application parts in the country. FDS has an unmatched selection of anhydrous valves, anhydrous controllers, anhydrous pumps, anhydrous breakaway couplers, anhydrous hose, anhydrous knives and anhydrous fittings. Seven fully stocked locations give FDS an unmatched order shipment record. The extensive liquid application parts inventory includes chemical hose, spray hose, cam lever couplings, liquid valves, liquid strainers, centrifugal pumps, transfer pumps, chemical meters, piston pumps, poly tanks, steel tanks, foam markers, chemical injection systems, guidance systems, manifold fittings, flow indicators, electric valves, spray nozzles, spray tips and spray fittings. The huge FDS inventory also includes plant maintenance items such as paint, safety equipment, conveyor belt, pipe fittings, custom cut pipe nipples, decals, over-rust and valve locks. All of us at FDS are eager to earn your business and show you our legendary customer service.

About DMi Technology Group

If you're searching for something as complex as a complete Enterprise Resource Planning system or as simple as a PC or printer repair, you're at the right place. DMi proudly partners with IBM, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, SonicWall, Whaleback Systems, Computhink and many other quality companies. We would be happy to introduce you to technology you can trust. Our solutions require low administration and have very quick return on investment. We think you'll appreciate our process of carefully listening and asking lots of questions in order to ensure your complete satisfaction with your technology partner relationship.

About VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)

VAI is an award-winning software developer and an IBM Premier Business Partner. Designed for the mid-range market, S2K Enterprise is used by a wide variety of mid-sized companies worldwide, with a number of clients in the manufacturing, distribution, retail, food and related service industries. Advanced applications such as Warehouse Management Systems, EDI, CRM and e-Business provide companies the power to leverage their information technology investment. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York, with branch offices in Miami, Orlando, Chicago and Oroville, California. For more information, please contact Diane Dady at 800-824-7776, ext. 236 or visit (www.vai.net).


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Diane Dady
Christine Randle
DPR Group, Inc.