Sage X3 and the circular economy

Sage X3 has several tools that support circularity and can help organisations to accelerate their circular efforts.

What is a circular economy?

A traditional linear economy is where you make, consume and throw away. Moving to a circular economy is all about creating a ‘circle’ where you design out waste and pollution by keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible and find ways to create new resources from what we discard.

The traditional linear economy creates waste through a model that flows as: ‘Take, make, dispose of’.

The circular economy eliminates waste through a cyclical model: ‘Make, use, recycle’.

Any organisation that manufactures, produces or distributes goods has immense potential to exploit the benefits of a circular economy.

If you’re experiencing any of the above challenges, then Sage X3 could be your next logical step. 

circular economy diagram comparing to linear economy

Our customer, TXO, uses Sage X3 to support their core processes, enabling them to focus on being the world’s local partner for sustainable communication networks.

TXO is one of the world’s leading providers of used multi-vendor telecom parts and asset recovery services. TXO embraces every opportunity to eliminate waste and support the continued use of resources. 

Looking to accelerate your circular efforts? Curious to see how Sage X3 supports circularity? Get in touch to arrange a demo.

Enable and accelerate more sustainable global operations with Sage X3

Sage X3 takes your ERP system to another level. Interactive business process maps, a powerful workflow engine and real-time dashboards enable full control, visibility and interaction across the whole business and its processes.

Sage X3 circular economy – Key Sage X3 functionality that supports circularity

By ensuring the accuracy of the BOM, waste is reduced, and replenishment is aimed at Just-In-Time (JIT), which reduces unnecessary loads on the system.

Sage X3 ensures you have full control of the quantity, quality and cost of the materials, and control of the hierarchy of the resources, items and parts that comprise your product. Information from the BOM can help companies trace and report on the percentage of recycled materials that make up the final product sold to customers.

At the design level, engineering change control in Sage X3 allows you to plan and check the items that constitute a product during the development phase and how best to incorporate pre-used parts, or what recycled material can be used in a recipe.

No manufacturers want to hold stock that is not going to be used soon and that can be avoided by using MRP and the kitting functionality. MRP and kitting, ensure what is needed for the production process by placing orders for the right items and quantities, to be delivered and available in stock just in time before production starts. MRP also provides you with accurate Just-in-time base material replenishment.

Excess stock is one waste companies can avoid, but if the stock has an expiry date, or is temperature sensitive, you want to make sure the items are used in time or don’t get ruined. An inventory management system that logs and tracks these criteria, through accurate stock control and the capability for integration with Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors, provides the assurance that items are stored in the required conditions and consumed before expiring.

Managing co-products and by-products results in less waste, better machine utilisation and allows greater opportunity to reuse materials in the production process. Businesses can also generate extra revenue by creating demand for by-products that are not used, into products that can be sold to other organisations that can use them.

If you have a web platform that enables online transactions with suppliers, you can improve your collaboration with them in many different areas. For example, if design or production teams change a BOM to include recycled material, the change of requirements is easily passed on to suppliers, and the new orders are delivered to include updated requirements. With an automated Request for Quote capability, you can easily invite existing and new suppliers to include reused or recycled items in their tenders.

Most companies think of sales returns as something to avoid as they indicate customer dissatisfaction, but in the circular economy efficient and easy-to-process sales returns will allow customers to return products that have been finished with and can be recycled. Likewise, it should be straightforward to return products to suppliers for recycling and processing.

In some instances, returns of certain types of goods for recycling and reuse are mandatory. For example, in the UK, manufacturers and distributors must adhere to The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations 2013 which aims to reduce the amount of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) incinerated or sent to landfill sites. Reduction is achieved through various measures which encourage the recovery, reuse and recycling of products and components.

Having a straightforward ERP function to disassemble a product that has been returned into its component parts ready for re-manufacture can greatly reduce the overhead of the manufacturing process.

Committed to sustainably conducting business.

At Inixion, we are committed to sustainably conducting business, prioritising environmental stewardship and sustainable business practices. While we actively engage with customers and prospects worldwide, we are dedicated to minimising our ecological footprint and reducing our impact on the planet.

That’s why we’ve established an Inixion Grove in partnership with Trees for Life. The trees planted by Inixion will thrive among native species, aiding in the restoration of the Caledonian forest. This diverse environment will provide a haven for wildlife such as red squirrels, black grouse, capercaillie, pine martens, and golden eagles.

Stay tuned as our Grove continues to flourish with more trees being added. And why not contribute by planting a tree in our Grove yourself?

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Tell me more about Sage X3 ERP

Sage X3 takes your ERP system to another level. Interactive business process maps, a powerful workflow engine and real-time dashboards enable full control, visibility and interaction across the whole business and its processes.

Why work with us?

Lifetime partner

If you’re looking for a business management system partner, then Inixion would like to meet you. With zero-failed projects, our customers have partnered with us to gain a competitive edge and many for the lifetime of their project.

Sage X3 focus

Inixion’s sole focus is on Sage X3. This means we know the intricacies of Sage X3 and the nuances of the industries we serve.

Unrivalled knowledge

Many of our Sage X3 team were once end-users of Sage X3 and worked in manufacturing and distribution businesses. We apply our unique dual knowledge and experience to your business to help you thrive and succeed.