PowerShift Webinars

Be it a high-level overview or a feature-specific presentation or a detailed analysis of a particular set of program options, a webinar can help you get more out of PowerShift. Our professional consultants are familiar with your company and implementation so we can focus webinars on the benefits specific features can provide. Whenever possible, we use your “play system” to ensure that data is relevant and representative of your daily operations.

Don’t think webinars are just for newbies! We can develop webinars about any feature or program for any level user. If something piques your interest, let us know and we’ll develop a webinar for you and your staff.

You have access to all of PowerShift’s feature-rich applications so why not schedule a webinar to test drive one? And as the product evolves, a webinar can help you explore how a feature or expanded options might yield improvement in your operation.

Webinars consume one hour of support agreement time. We think this is an excellent use of contracted support – and we think you will, too!

Click on the topics below to see brief descriptions of some of the webinars we've done previously; we look forward to developing more as you request them. Contact the Qantel Helpdesk or call us at 630.300.6999 for more information.

Global Functions Physical Inventory
Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Manufacturing
Pricing, Sales & Commissions Labor Reporting
Shipping Forecasting & Planning
Sales Tax Reporting Projects
RMAs & Service Agreements Accounts Receivable
Receiving & MRB Accounts Payable
Inventory General Ledger


Global Functions

PowerShift Navigation
As the user interface is improved, you’ll want to brush up on navigating PowerShift most efficiently. We’ll also discuss using shortcuts for relative dates, wildcards in report & inquiry options, setting up favorites, and other global system features that can be huge timesavers.

System Management
Covers system security, setting up users and devices, customizing menus, and tips for keeping PowerShift running smoothly and efficiently.

Document Management
PowerShift’s document management system controls the output (emailing, faxing, printing) of form documents (e.g., POs, sales orders, invoices). This webinar covers how the document management system can be tailored to your business needs and to the output preferences of customers and vendors.

Document Message Maintenance
While you probably know that you can use Document Message Maintenance (TRST) to set up generic text messages to print on sales orders and other documents, the program is far more powerful than you might realize! Come to this webinar and learn how to use TRST to customize your OE and ISQ displays – and lots more!

Creating & Automating Reports
A single PowerShift report can be saved with multiple sets of options. We’ll walk through examples of reports that lend themselves to different options settings for different recipients – and how to schedule them to automatically run at different intervals (e.g., daily v. weekly)

Exporting & Importing Data
You can output PowerShift data in a variety of formats (CSV, Excel worksheet, XML) supported by various external applications. And PowerShift's ability to import data from XML files opens the door to unlimited flexibility in how you choose to update the PowerShift database. .

The PowerShift Job Scheduler
Learn how your company can use the PowerShift job scheduler to automatically generate reports any time. This session covers the options for standard PowerShift report programs, as well as the set up for custom Report Generator and QICLOOK reports. Examples with output of various types (printed, emailed, etc.) will be discussed.

Learn how you can use notes in PowerShift to better communicate information about customers, vendors and products inside and outside your company. You’ll learn how to copy and paste notes from the clipboard, transfer notes from one application to another, and control which notes print on various document copies.

Setting up approval cycles in PowerShift is a simple process that could save you time and money! Learn how implementing an approval cycle can give you more control over the purchasing, sales, invoicing and manufacturing cycles within your company.

Purchasing & Supply Chain Management

An overview of vendor pricing and price breaks, converting requisitions into purchase orders, purchase order entry and maintenance, blanket POs, and the many inquiries and reports that PowerShift offers to support purchasing and associated functions.

Supply Chain Management
Learn how you can use PowerShift’s supply chain functionality to oversee the flow of goods, information, and finances as they move from your supplier to your manufacturing facility and on to your customer to ensure efficient and timely delivery of goods.

Pricing, Sales & Commissions

Pricing & Surcharges
PowerShift can calculate prices the way you do! This webinar covers the many options for product pricing including: list, cost, or margin with a mark up or mark down percent or amount, volume discounts, surcharges, and applying pricing by item and/or customer.

Sales Order Quotes
A sales quotation is a “what if” order which does not affect inventory or financial data. This webinar covers the entry and maintenance of sales order quotations and the transfer of sales quotes to “live” orders.

Sales Order Processing
This webinar covers entering and maintaining customer orders, printing and emailing packing lists and acknowledgements, assigning deposits, and vendor-to-customer drop shipments. Features to expedite entry and improve customer service are highlighted.

PowerShift can calculate commissions whether you pay a flat rate or a rate that varies based on the customer or item sold. You define the rules that determine who to pay and at what rate for each order, opting to include discounts and other charges. This webinar covers commission setup, maintenance and processing, and the options of interfacing commissions directly to accounts payable or generating an output file for your payroll system.


Sales Order Shipping
An overview of shipment creation, the confirmation process, and features PowerShift offers so you can process shipments and provide your customers up-to-date order status information most efficiently.

RF Shipping
Real-time wireless connectivity will keep your shipping department operating at peak efficiency, enabling instant decision-making and seamless communications throughout the enterprise. The focus of this webinar is how to use RF devices in the shipping process to maximize accuracy and efficiency.

Bills of Lading
You may be able to save on freight costs by consolidating shipments to a single bill of lading. This webinar covers the creation and printing of bills of lading. Commercial invoices and support for international shipments is also discussed.

Shipping Manifest Interface
If you use UPS or FedEx to ship your products, you can use PowerShift's manifest interface to update shipments with tracking numbers, freight dollars and other data. If you invoice your customer for freight, you can optionally include an additional percentage or a fixed amount to carrier charges. Learn how the shipping manifest interface streamlines processes and reduces entry errors.

Sales Tax Reporting

Sales Tax Import
PowerShift can import tax tables and use zip+4 tax rates. This webinar covers the import process and demonstrates how the tax report helps to get the numbers required to complete sales tax forms for the various taxing entities.

RMAs & Service Agreements

This webinar covers how to use return material authorizations to effectively track and control goods previously sold and shipped to your customers, including replacement, exchange and repair of returned goods and the issuing of credit.

Service Agreement Tracking
If you offer warrantees on the goods you sell, you’ll want to attend this webinar to learn about the features PowerShift offers for tracking product warranties and service agreements.

Receiving & MRB

This webinar covers receiving (manufacturing orders, POs, transfers and RMAs), inspection of goods received, and using the material review board to track rejected goods.

RF Receiving
Eliminate the manual entry of item numbers, locations and control numbers by using RF devices to efficiently and accurately receive POs, manufacturing orders, RMAs and branch transfers. You’ll also learn how you can trigger printing of custom inventory labels when the receiving document is generated.

Material Review Board Processing
This webinar covers material review board processing for all types of receipts (e.g., manufacturing orders, transfers, POs) and the process for moving on hand inventory into MRB. The effect of different dispositions on each type of reject is also covered.


The Inventory File
This webinar covers enterprise and branch-level inventory records and the data elements that determine how each item is stocked, manufactured, bought, sold and planned.

Manufacturer Compliance
If you include “off the shelf” purchased items in your products, you might be interested to know that you can enter manufacturer information to help you source the items from multiple distribution channels. Information tracked includes compliance information, country of origin, bar codes, and review cycle/approval status.

Warehouse Mapping
Inventory accuracy has a significant impact on your bottom line. Learn how implementing PowerShift’s warehouse mapping feature can lead to improved inventory control.

Cost Rollup
This webinar explains the item cost fields, how costs for different types of items are rolled up, the calculations for labor, overhead and service, the options that control when costs are updated and the associated GL postings.

Inventory Adjustments
This webinar covers the Material Issues and Adjustments (IMI) program and the impact of adjusting on-hand and floor stock quantities, moving inventory from one location to another, issuing material to and from floor stock, consuming goods that are not otherwise tracked (i.e., like reams of paper not specifically used in the manufacturing process) and scrapping inventory.

RF Inventory Adjustments
Learn how to eliminate the manual entry of item numbers, locations and control numbers to complete inventory movement and adjustment transactions more accurately and more efficiently.

Branch Transfers
This webinar describes the branch transfer process and notes the affect on inventory as goods move from one branch to another. Documents produced and associated GL postings are discussed.

Bulk Material Handling
You may buy some items in large containers, use a small quantity and either use the remainder for the next order or return it to your stockroom. This webinar covers the Automated Location Warehouse Movement (ALWM) feature whereby PowerShift tracks the location and availability of bulk materials.

Consignment Inventory
If you accept components or raw material items on consignment and pay for the goods when they are consumed, you’ll want to attend this webinar to learn about the features PowerShift offers to manage consignment inventory within your facility and at customer sites.

Substitute Items
Learn how to set up substitute items to increase your ability to fill orders and provide faster order throughput.

Physical Inventory

Physical Inventory
This webinar covers PowerShift’s features for more efficient cycle counts and/or annual physicals, including counting floor stock, setting up controlled batches, reporting missing tags and recording variances.

RF Physical Inventory
Learn how efficiently physical inventory counts can be entered using an RF device in the warehouse, freeing you to concentrate on the counts without painstakingly having to key in item numbers, locations, and control numbers.


Bills of Material, Routings and Work Centers
This webinar covers the basics of setting up bills of material (also known as product structures), work centers and machines, standard operations, and the shop floor instructions (i.e., routing) to build a product.

Configured Products
For assemble-to-order shops, configured product bills of material can eliminate the overhead of creating separate bills of material for every possible combination of attributes (e.g., colors, sizes, materials). While the ability to configure products during customer order entry has long been a part of Qantel business applications, PowerShift dramatically simplifies the maintenance required when a customer changes selected options after an order has been entered.

Tool Tracking
PowerShift’s tool crib programs ensure your tooling inventory is production-ready. This webinar covers setting up tool crib items, tracking useful life, inquiries and reports that alert you of upcoming tooling requirements.

Manufacturing Order Processing
Covers manufacturing order release, shop paper printing, and picking. Discussion includes when cost updates occur, how costs are calculated, and highlights the programs available for tracking manufacturing costs.

Cascading Manufacturing Orders
Using PowerShift’s cascading manufacturing orders feature streamlines manufacturing order processing. Come to the webinar to learn how the entry of order for a parent item can trigger the release of manufacturing orders for required subassemblies.

Picking Options
PowerShift is all about flexibility, and the variety of picking methods it offers is no exception. We’ll review picking methods and the impact of related system options to determine how processes can be improved in your environment.

Labor Reporting

Labor: Entry, Import & Export
This webinar covers labor entry, importing labor data from a third-party labor collection application and productivity reporting. Exporting labor data for payroll and human resources programs for tracking employees’ personal information and job certifications are also covered.

Labor Data Collection
PowerShift’s shop floor data collection programs dynamically update employee, labor and work in process files. This webinar will show you the benefits of having production updated, material and capacity consumed, and costs calculated in a real time environment.

Forecasting & Planning

Planning Overview
The Planning Overview is a higher-level session that discusses the benefits of using PowerShift’s planning functions. Terminology, calculation considerations, the impact of horizon dates, the action file, and more will be introduced as well.

Planning: Item Characteristics
Several fields in PowerShift’s enterprise and branch inventory files influence how an item is planned. This webinar de-mystifies how the Order code, Min order qty, Lot size, Max plan period and various lead time fields are used by the planning system to calculate order quantities and start dates.

Forecast Import
PowerShift supports the import of sales forecasts. This webinar covers the import file (i.e., supported file formats and content), the import process, and maintaining the forecast once data is imported.


The Project System
Use PowerShift’s project system to define new products – including components, bills of material, and routings – and develop estimates for new or existing customers. This webinar demonstrates how to enter and maintain project information, roll up costs, manipulate pricing, analyze margins and transfer project data to the live system on acceptance.

Accounts Receivable

AR Invoicing
The focus of this webinar is accounts receivable invoicing, with an emphasis on streamlining customer invoice and statement generation. Features such as user-definable aging categories, progress billing, and reporting flexibility are highlighted.

AR Cash Entry
This webinar covers cash entry, customer deposits and applying payments using different payment types including checks, credit cards and electronic funds transfer. Learn how PowerShift can help your cash flow by analyzing your customer's debt and providing tools to help you collect payments smoothly, quickly, and efficiently.

One-Step Invoices, CMs and DMs
The One-Step Invoice Entry (RE) program can do a lot more than just allow entry and confirmation of an order in a single process! Learn how to reverse invoices, adjust how much a customer owes, and create debit memos and credit memos to keep your customers happy and your AR accounts in order.

AR Past Due Notices
Automating AR past due notices is a simple step toward more timely receivables collection! We’ll discuss how to configure the notice itself (i.e., layout and information included) and the options that determine how and when the first and follow up late notices are sent.

Accounts Payable

AP Invoice Entry & ERS
Covers the entry of vendor invoices and the processing of invoices generated from fixed expenses, sales commissions, consignment inventory, vendor returns, and ERS (evaluated receipt settlement) and associated GL postings.

AP Check Processing
Covers invoice selection and payment processing and highlights how using PowerShift’s positive pay feature virtually eliminates check fraud. Electronic payments are covered, as is designing plain paper checks that reflect your company's image.

Landed Costs
Shipments received from certain vendors or locales may incur landed costs, such as import duties and broker, trailer, freight, and storage fees. This webinar covers the different methods of landed cost tracking that PowerShift offers.

General Ledger

Automating GL Registers
Scheduling GL registers to run automatically ensures that they are run in a timely manner, frees up employees to verify results and track down errors, and ensures consistency. Let us show you how to use the job scheduler to run different registers at different frequencies.

General Ledger Posting
Covers the various tools PowerShift offers to expedite GL journal entry, including recurring and allocating journals, journal templates and automatic journal importing and posting.

Financial Statements
The financial statement generator (FSG) enables you to build custom financial statements. Setup and printing of a variety of financial reports will be covered, including options for precision, rounding and the various ways numbers can be presented for readability.

Inventory Accounting
The PowerShift inventory to general ledger interface provides inventory accounting: the GL is updated whenever a transaction affects inventory. The requirements for setup and the effects of the inventory-GL interface are described, including setting up accounts and establishing posting criteria.