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Food & Beverage Specialists: Challenges Looming in 2017

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Feb 16, 2017 10:18:00 AM

The year has only begun, and a couple of software providers have already announced their intent to focus more exclusively on enterprise businesses in times ahead. In this environment, fears are growing that smaller producers, start-ups, and specialist food ventures might soon be losing access to business critical ERP software.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

Mobile Apps that F&B Warehouse Managers Will Love

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Feb 2, 2017 3:37:00 PM

Do you know the strain of being tasked with managing a food and beverage warehouse, yet finding yourself tied to your desk most of the time? Good news: Mobile technology such as barcode scanning in combination with apps developed specially for warehouse management, is about to free you from your desktop.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution, WMS

MRP Software: The Key to Executing Fresh Food & Beverage Lines

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jan 27, 2017 9:37:00 AM

There’s no such thing as a million dollar idea, declares American entrepreneur Aaron Patzer on the topic of the start-up he sold for $170 million (3 years after launch!). He goes on to explain that your greatest business concept, however hungry the market, is useless if you’re unable to execute your idea.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, MRP, Wholesale & distribution

How a Food & Beverage Specific ERP Prevents Production Catastrophes

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jan 19, 2017 12:37:00 PM

 

Research by a London-based insurance firm has shown a 78% spike in recalls from 2014 to 2015. The number of cases collectively tallies up to a higher quantity than the fallout of the horsemeat scandal in 2013. Insurance firm, Lockton, says that retailers have begun to demand that suppliers reimburse them for loss of profits, administration fees and marketing spend associated with recalls.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

Über Warehouse Management for Delighting Your Food & Beverage Customers

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jan 12, 2017 12:04:00 PM

A warehouse management system (WMS) is an essential tool for any food and beverage company. All the same, the operations managers, who work to keep warehouse management systems shipshape, are rarely acknowledged for their impact on customer satisfaction.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

What’s Business Intelligence Got To Do With Specialist Food Distribution?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jan 5, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Are you embarking on your voyage within the specialist food industry with stars in your eyes? Given the British precedent of numerous fine food producers, achieving £10m turnover within two years of setting up, you have every reason to be optimistic.

The dark side of such renowned success stories is that a much greater number of producers, wholesalers and distributors were eliminated from the competition somewhere along the journey of expansion.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution, Business Intelligence

3 Features of Effective ERP Software for Food Distribution & Wholesale

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Dec 28, 2016 11:04:00 AM

Are you searching for an ERP that ticks all the boxes on your list of everyday operational functions? If you’re in the food and beverage industry, chances are that you’re getting blank stares from generalist providers when mentioning some of your most essential requirements. Sure, a company that manufactures nuts and bolts might not have any need for it, but how are you supposed to produce and distribute food without ‘shelf life’ and ‘best-before-date’ functionality?

If you’re a smaller business, building a solution from scratch is probably out of your league. What now?

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

The Business Benefits of ERP Software Geared for Food Distribution & Wholesale

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Dec 20, 2016 10:38:00 AM

Most manufacturers and suppliers in the UK food and beverage industry have acquired at least a basic software system, a platform that can deal with front-end issues, such as building the brand, gaining distribution and protecting your margins. In the case of smaller businesses (with tighter budgets) many resign themselves to managing with these front-end functionalities alone. A full-scale ERP is perhaps considered a nice-to-have, yet an unjustified expense given their financial constraints.

And yet, where the back-office functionality of a fully integrated, end-to-end solution lacks, disaster lies in wait.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

Software for Scaling Your Speciality Food Line into a Household Name [Case Study]

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Dec 13, 2016 9:19:00 AM

If you've launched a speciality food or beverage product line in the UK market to rave reviews and an increasing number of orders, congratulations! You’ve earned yourself the opportunity to become a household name.

Ready for success? Hang on! If running a successful nationwide business was as easy as getting hold of the distribution rights to a popular product range, everyone would be doing it.

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Topics: ERP software, Case studies, ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

Bespoke Manufacturing Demands a Bespoke Software Provider [Case Study]

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Dec 6, 2016 10:24:00 AM

Would your software provider adapt their products and services to keep your business performing in top form? Here’s a story of how Lakeview demonstrated their commitment to providing their SME clients with an offering tailored to their market specific needs.

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Topics: ERP software, SME software, SME ERP, Case studies, ERP, Wholesale & distribution