Carnegie FoodService Equipment: One-Stop Shop With Oasis Solutions
Along with the robust capabilities of Sage 100cloud, Ferris was impressed with Oasis’ broad ability to support his operations. “We never had that before with other resellers. So it’s like a one-stop shop. They can do it all in-house.”
– George C. Ferris III, President
In 1928 George Ferris “Carnegie” opened National Plate Glass in the town of Altoona, PA, selling store front glass to local retailers. Known for his generosity in serving the community, he paved the way for Carnegie Foodservice Equipment & Supplies to become a trusted dealer in the restaurant equipment and supplies business and left a legacy for his family to carry on. Today, Carnegie Foodservice Equipment & Supplies provides equipment and supplies to a broad spectrum of more than 300 customers along the East Coast and works with over 135 preferred vendors.
Old Accounting System Can’t Take The Heat
In 2019, Carnegie President George Ferris II realized that their current accounting software was not capable of the growth they were experiencing,“The accounting part of our existing software … just wasn’t handling what we needed,” Ferris said. “It wasn’t going to handle our growth, and we reached out to Oasis.”
With a goal and vision to help their own customers grow, it was important Carnegie had the right software to expand their family-run business. Ferris wasn’t looking for a short-term software they would quickly outgrow, he was looking for a long-term solution. More importantly, he was looking for a partner that could guide them through the selection and implementation process, which led him to Oasis Solutions: the confidence and capabilities of the company.
Oasis Solutions + Sage 100cloud: One-Stop Shop
Oasis Solutions met with the Carnegie team and determined that Sage 100cloud, a highly efficient and versatile ERP, accounting and financial management software would best serve their unique needs. Along with the robust capabilities of Sage 100cloud, Ferris was impressed with Oasis’ broad ability to support his operations.
“We never had that before with other resellers. So it’s like a one-stop shop. They can do it all in-house.” Ferris said. Oasis provides support, data migration, custom reporting writing, and has the ability to handle modifications and tasks.
“No software program is going to do what everybody needs,” he said. “We were very comfortable and confident that Oasis was it.” Partnership was key, with Oasis providing experience and support to tailor software to Carnegie’s needs. “It’s more important to find a partner than it is to find a software,” Ferris added. “It’s been proven. We’re live today and they’ve proven it 100 percent.”
Annette Manias, co-founder and president of Oasis Solutions, journeyed to Altoona to get a first-hand look at Carnegie’s operations. “I feel that it was very valuable because she could go back to her team, and she did at that point, and come up with an implementation plan based on what we do, what our needs are,” he said.
After go-live in March 2020, Sage 100cloud has helped the Carnegie team become more responsive to customers and helped tighten up the accounting side of the business.
“Their plan, pre-implementation, during-implementation and post-implementation, honestly, was unlike any other software implementation that I’ve been involved with since the ‘90s,” Ferris continued. From planning to implementation to communication, teamwork was seamless throughout the whole process. “So from beginning to end I couldn’t be more happy with our decision to go with Oasis,” he added.
“There’s a lot Sage 100cloud and Oasis can help us with to get years out of our investment.