ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - March 21, 2007 - Sage Software announced today that Oceanwide USA, a Miami, Fla.-based leader in U.S. customs brokerage and manifest software and U.S. subsidiary of Oceanwide Inc., has taken advantage of the Sage Software 'Payroll Your Way' freedom of choice option through implementation of Sage Payroll Services, the company's online U.S. payroll for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). Oceanwide is using Sage Payroll Services integrated with the on-premises version of one of Sage Software's award-winning business management systems, Sage Accpac ERP (enterprise resource planning).
"We are a satisfied, long-time Sage Accpac ERP user, but we wanted to move the payroll portion of our operation online for the same reasons that we recommend our own online services to our clients," said Toni Steeb, controller for Oceanwide USA, which employs both salaried and hourly employees located in Florida and Washington. "We were concerned that if our office was shutdown due to inclement weather, or we had a problem with our in-house technology infrastructure, we might not be able to process payroll. An Internet-based service like Sage Payroll Service alleviates that concern, because it can be accessed from anywhere, plus we no longer have to handle payroll tax compliance or direct deposit processes. Sage Payroll Services handles it for us."
Built on a true Web-native architecture, Sage Payroll Services handles even complex payroll and tax compliance needs with 24/7 access and real-time reporting on demand. In addition to filing and reporting payroll taxes, Sage Payroll Services costs less than similar outsourced payroll service offerings; requires only a compatible web browser and an Internet connection to access; offers direct deposit for multiple employee accounts; and provides outsourced or on-demand check printing from the desktop.
"We have definitely experienced time-savings since moving to Sage Payroll Services," adds Steeb. "Now, our payroll manager simply has to enter the time, print out advices, run a few reports, and go to Sage Accpac ERP to pull down the journal entry. Previously, she also had to do a direct deposit process with the bank, annual 940's for two states, and more."
Oceanwide USA especially appreciates the download from Sage Payroll Services to the Sage Accpac ERP general ledger (GL). "If we were using an outsourced payroll service without integration to our GL, we would have to create journal entries and then enter them into Sage Accpac. Because we get the payroll information from Sage Payroll Services, and that data transfers into Sage Accpac to go against our GL, the process is greatly simplified. We save time and improve accuracy, because we are not re-typing information."
Sage Payroll Services works with any accounting system, but also easily integrates with several of Sage Software's human resources (HR), accounting, and ERP solutions, including Sage Abra HRMS, Sage Accpac ERP, Sage BusinessWorks Accounting, Sage MAS 90 ERP and MAS 200 ERP, and Peachtree by Sage.
For additional information and pricing on Sage Payroll Services for Sage Accpac ERP clients, call 866-271-6054; or visit www.sagepayservices.com.
Oceanwide Inc. is one of the largest North American-based providers of software for logistics and marine insurance professionals. Oceanwide provides on-line marine insurance, customized messaging solutions, warehouse management, customs connectivity, and freight forwarding software. Oceanwide continues to receive recognition by Profit Magazine through its Profit 100 ranking as one of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies as well as through the Deloitte annual Fast 500 ranking the fastest growing software companies in North America. Oceanwide USA is a vertically-focused subsidiary of Oceanwide Inc., providing solutions to electronically file advance manifests for all modes of transportation (Ocean, Air and Truck) and import data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's ACS and ACE systems. Oceanwide is well-known for its "Editrade" product line, which includes its industry renowned application for ABI and importer compliance. For additional information, please visit www.oceanwide.com.
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