No longer hindered by an outdated system, Betty Dain Creations gained increased productivity, heightened visibility, & tools to intensify growth.
Manufacturer & importer
Beauty salon supplies
An outdated, limited system not designed for future growth and not backed by a reliable system, like QuickBooks.
A flexible, scalable, complete business management software to achieve success with production, importing, inventory, sales orders and more.
Significantly improved warehouse operations by simplifying management of a high volume of imports and manufacturing.
Decades Old & Still Growing
Betty Dain Creations is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated beauty salon supply manufacturer based in Miami, Florida. Betty Dain Creations is currently operated by third and fourth-generation members, including Alex Leebow, a great-grandson of Betty Dain’s founder.
“We manufacture beauty salon supplies, mainly apparel. So, when you go to the hair salon, these are things like the cape they put on you or the apron/vest the colorist wears – we make all sorts of that kind of apparel here in a sewing factory. We also import a lot of hair color tools from overseas – bowls, gloves, foil, caps, stuff like that,” said Alex Leebow, Business Development Manager at Betty Dain Creations.
Betty Dain Creations was founded in New York in the 1950’s by Mortimer Leebow who named the company after his late wife, “Bessie Dain.” Betty Dain started as a manufacturer of shoulder pads for women’s dresses and jackets.
When a need arose for capes for local barbershops, Mortimer saw an opportunity and easily transitioned into the beauty industry as a beauty salon supply manufacturer.
Mortimer began traveling the eastern seaboard, selling capes shop to shop, and in turn, laying the groundwork for the future success of Betty Dain Creations.
“And now we are probably one of the largest beauty salon supply manufacturers in the nation,” Alex Leebow said.
Replacing a limited system called for a flexible, scalable inventory, production & import management system
As a manufacturer and importer, Betty Dain Creations needed a modern solution that could manage production, importing, inventory, sales orders and more.
In 2012, I entered the business right at the start of a project looking for a new ERP system. We were using an outdated legacy system that was privately coded, privately created – if this coder IT guy who made this system happened to pass away suddenly, we would be in trouble. The program we were using wasn’t like QuickBooks or the Acctivate program with a big company name behind it.
So, I knew early on, we needed to move away from the legacy system. Plus, any tech support I needed, any new computer or user I needed to add, had to be done through an outside source who billed by the hour.”
After working extensively with Mendelson Consulting researching big systems like SAP to smaller, less functional systems, Leebow landed on Acctivate.
One of the deciding factors for Leebow was Acctivate’s configurable system and the assistance provided from an Acctivate savvy consulting partner.
We needed some custom procedures created and Mendelson was able to code a specific widget for us, when another competitor software didn’t offer that type of customization.”
A software with best-in-class features to increase insight, accuracy, productivity & efficiency into day-to-day operations
Where Acctivate comes into play, we use Acctivate from both a manufacturing production stand point and also an importing inventory control for purchasing on imports.”
Due to their high import rate, Betty Dain Creations actively uses Acctivate’s Landed Cost feature.
We use the landed cost transactions. I even have a separate warehouse created that is sort of “the ocean warehouse.” If I buy a container worth of goods from China, as soon as it hits the water, I own that. So I receive into my ocean warehouse. At any point in time, I could look into Acctivate and see what I have on the water, what I have pending from the vendor on the PO and what I have physically in my warehouse here.”
Inventory, Production & Import Management
With Acctivate, Betty Dain Creations has experienced excellent operational accelerations, with the added bonus of a talented customer support team.
With Acctivate, everything I needed to get done, it did. Inventory management, product, imports. We were kind of flying under the radar before – the system we were using before Acctivate was the equivalent to a 1990’s software.”
One of Leebow’s personal favorite features is Acctivate’s custom reporting through Crystal Reports.
I’m not a programmer by any means, but I haven’t had to use Mendelson in over two years because it is so easy to create custom reports in Crystal. If someone comes to me with a request, I don’t have to reach out to a third party and pay to have the fix done, when I can do a 30-second fix in half the time.
Keith from Mendelson appreciates that I try to solve things on my own, like reporting, before I reach out to him with easy fix questions.”
Sales Order Import
Betty Dain Creations is now available in the eCommerce market and enjoys Acctivate’s import sales order feature.
The import sales order feature is awesome. Whether you’ve got one sales order or a thousand, it’s one click, and then I can batch invoices with one click. I don’t have to sit here and enter in sales order after sales order. I just use the sales order import, export it to a CSV file, and import it.”
20 users were quickly trained on Acctivate without any hinderances.
From a user perspective, the visibility of Acctivate makes it so easy to use and teach to someone who is not very computer savvy how to use it. It is much easier than our older system would have been.”
As far as customer service goes, Betty Dain Creations remains pleased after several years of Acctivate use.
A plus of having Acctivate is having customer support, someone who is going to be there. They may not be able to answer or connect remotely right away, but usually, if I have a problem I need dealt with right away, it’s done that day. It’s awesome. I haven’t had any bad experiences.”
Infinite possibilities with Acctivate
Leebow summed up his thoughts on Acctivate in three words (mostly).
Acctivate is reliable, user-friendly, and… Infinity.”
Infinity? A little elaboration helps.
Infinity because I really like how Acctivate thinks out of the box. If you have an idea someone could probably make it happen with Acctivate. I haven’t come to a point in time where they said, ‘Nope, this system cannot do that.’”