December 2014 Oak Brook, IL

Software development company michaels, ross & cole, ltd. (mrc) and Foodservice Distributor, Renzi Foodservice, recently teamed up to extend Renzi’s legacy ERP system with mobile apps, better reporting, True Profit Analysis capabilities, and more. Renzi Foodservice is a Foodservice Distributor servicing parts of New York and Vermont. mrc is a global software development and consulting company specializing in web application development software.

Facing an expensive ERP upgrade, Renzi Foodservice chose to explore their alternatives. They began searching for ways to:

  • Extend their current ERP system with new features: Renzi needed to add custom features (like mobile capabilities, portals, budgeting, etc…) to their existing ERP system.
  • Deliver better reporting: Renzi wanted to move away from a time-consuming, Excel-based reporting process. They needed a way to deliver reports and pivot tables via the web.
  • Connect data from multiple systems: With data living across multiple systems, measuring true profitability and creating budgets presented a challenge. They needed to connect data from disparate systems into a single location.

To address these needs, Renzi teamed up with software developer, mrc. In a recent joint webinar, Renzi explained how mrc’s development platform, m-Power, helped them:

  • Deliver real-time data access to employees
    Renzi created a company-wide, secure portal that ties into their ERP system. This gives employees a centralized location to access inventory, reports, budgets, and more.
  • Improve their budgeting process and provide a complete view of financial data
    With m-Power, they created web-based budgeting applications that pull data from multiple sources. This lets Renzi easily create accurate budgets and measure true profitability of products, routes, and customers.
  • Provide mobile access to their data and avoid a $75,000 module fee
    Using m-Power, Renzi created a mobile version of their web portal. It lets salespeople access real-time inventory straight from their ERP and gives executives instant access to analytics. The best part: It lets them avoid the $75,000 cost for their ERP’s mobile module.
  • Streamline reporting and give executives a clearer view of the business
    With m-Power, they delivered web-based BI and reporting applications. These apps give executives real-time access to their ERP data, at any time.

“We chose m-Power for its flexible Business Intelligence capabilities, but also realized that it offers a far more extensible platform as compared with other more specialized BI tools,” says Paul Millard, Senior IT Manager at Renzi Foodservice. “With m-Power, we’ve consolidated our data into a secure web portal where each department can easily access the data and reports they require in seconds. We have utilized m-Power to extend capabilities of our existing Retalix ERP database—avoiding modification costs and giving us more bang for the buck.”


For additional information contact mrc via phone at 630.916.0662; via fax at 630.916.0663; via e-mail at

About mrc

mrc's development tool suite, m-Power, is used to create business applications and can run on any database or platform that supports Java (e.g. OS/400, Linux, Unix, and Windows). m-Power is used to create an endless variety of business web applications such as: Mobile apps, Web reports, dashboards, eCommerce apps, business intelligence, and more.

mrc was a recipient of the Apex Award for application development, is a long-time IBM Business Partner, and has been producing award-winning development software since 1981.

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