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World domination for Razor International 

16 November 2023

Razor International, a trucking-automation solutions provider, uses MYOB Advanced Business for management of its manufacturing, inventory and accounting processes.


Like many successful businesses, Razor International comes from humble beginnings. It took lots of late-night conversations and dining-room table planning between friends and long-time business partners Geoffrey Watson and Darryl Baird to turn their dream of creating a world-class business into a reality.  

Their idea – an electronic intelligence system for winding semi-trailer landing legs. Some years later, that first system would become Razor International, an engineering tech company on a mission to make a positive difference in the lives of transport drivers around the world.  

Fast-forward 20 years 

These days, Razor International develops state-of-the-art electronic and automated control systems for semi-trailers and rigid trucks. Their suite of innovative products brings together new trucking-automation technology with occupational health and safety equipment. The goal: keeping more drivers safe on the road by reducing the risk of physical injuries sustained by transport drivers.  

Based in Victoria, the Razor team runs a tight ship with approximately 10 staff on-site. After over 20 years in business, Geoff estimates their products are now on 50,000 trucks across wider Australia — and with the company’s recent expansion into the US and China, this number will only grow. 

“I think I can safely say today we have a world business,” says Geoff Watson, co-Managing Director.

“We’ve just kept trying to put our best foot forward and stay modern, we’ve invested fairly big sums in keeping our R&D high, and we have a global view of where – and how – our product needs to be.” 

- Geoff Watson, co-Managing Director, Razor International

Staying true to their vision 

The vision has always been to use their world-class engineering knowledge and expertise to provide solutions for one of the industry’s most pressing issues: getting drivers home safe at the end of the day.  

This approach to business has been critical to their success, but there came a point when their old systems started to fail them.  

“When we began to expand overseas, this is where things got too hard for our previous systems,” Geoff says.  

Old system lacked visibility and control 

Not enough detail for warehouse staff 

As the company grew, so did the size and complexity of their stock. Managing hundreds of product components, local and international suppliers and warehouses in multiple locations became a logistical challenge, says Office Manager Elisa Calcagno.  

“Maintaining your inventory and keeping on top of stock issues, it’s the heart and soul of your business really. If you can’t supply your customers, it’s as bad as having a bad product!”

- Geoff Watson, co-Managing Director, Razor International

On top of that, the business had no visibility of their Chinese factory inventory and production, so couldn’t accurately plan for manufacturing. They also couldn’t manage multi-layered bills of materials.  

“I could only include inventory items that were in stock, and because I wasn’t able to send the warehouse guys detailed assembly lists, they couldn’t see everything they needed to make one kit,” Elisa says.

Same family, upgraded system 

Business growth drives change 

If Razor International was to become a global business, they needed a system that could operate across international borders, Geoff says.  

MYOB Advanced Business had what they needed. “We haven’t even scratched the surface, but we’ve already noticed some great improvements,” Elisa says.  

The system’s manufacturing module brings together the company’s manufacturing, inventory management and accounting across all six of their warehouses, to efficiently manage and streamline these processes.  

“It’s the simple things that have made a big difference,” Elisa adds. 

Highly productive team, business runs better 

Business at glance through the dashboard 

Razor International’s single biggest challenge wasn't being able to see what was happening in their business day-to-day. MYOB Advanced Business has given Geoff, Elisa and the rest of the Razor team access to real-time insights.   

Customised dashboards let teams see just the info they need to do their jobs well. The manufacturing team can view sales in progress to make sure they have the inventory they need, and pick up any red flags.    

The improvements run deep and wide. They include better customer service and warranty management, boosted customer experience, and improved product quality and cost handling. 

“They’re difficult things to quantify but in my thirty years in business, I absolutely know those efficiency gains may be subtle, but they’re so real”  

- Geoff Watson, co-Managing Director, Razor International 

Little changes, big improvements 

Elisa now has a clear view of all six warehouses, what’s in stock and what needs ordering — information she can easily export and send to their suppliers.  

“Now I can easily go into even a little item and check every checklist that it’s in, so it gives me an idea of what to order,” she says. 

This level of visibility also means Elisa can create a detailed bill of materials — everything down to the last nut and bolt – helping the business accurately manage their production and manufacturing costs.  

“Being able to recall a part number and give your customer immediate service information is enormous in terms of being able to keep things tight,” Geoff adds. 

Then there’s the ability to track product serial numbers so staff can problem-solve any warranty issues quickly.  

“I get daily phone calls from customers asking for services that we track through serial numbers,” Elisa explains. “Beforehand, we’d have to wade through an Excel spreadsheet to try and find some serial numbers which were several years old. 

“Now, all that info is in our system, we can search by serial number, customer name and date of purchase – that’s definitely saved me like 15 minutes per call.” 

- Elisa Calcagno, Office Manager, Razor International  

The business has been able to go paperless. And being a cloud-based system, management now has access to reporting in real-time from their mobiles while overseas or working from home.  

“I still get the toner guy calling me every few months asking me why I haven’t bought toner yet,” laughs Elisa.  

Getting the fundamentals right – before exploring more 

As a fast-growing international company, having efficient processes in place has been key for Geoff running a lean team. The business is managed by a small core team of highly-productive employees — saving money and helping the entire business run more smoothly.    

“It’s just these sorts of things that allow us to stay small and then each person has a really special place in the business,” Geoff says.  

Now that they’ve got the fundamentals sorted, Elisa is ready to tap into some of the system’s other functionalities.   

“We spent the first year learning the basics and now everything is set up, we want to move on to things like stock replenishments and advanced reporting. 

“Every day we’re learning more about the system and what it can do. Our focus now is on continual improvement so we can fully use the system.” 

- Geoff Watson, co-Managing Director, Razor International 

Improvements with MYOB Advanced Business 

  • Dashboards provide real-time insights to key business metrics 

  • Remote access keeps management up-to-date when offsite

  • Detailed view of inventory requirements based on sales order demand and safety stock 

  • Visibility across all warehouses and local and international suppliers 

  • Accurate cost management based on more comprehensive multi-layered bill of materials 

  • Improved customer service and a better handle on product quality and cost 

  • Better financial management and more accurate reporting 

  • Able to run a fast-growing international business with a lean, efficient team