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‘Agility’ in ERP software is the missing component for distributors

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Aug 27, 2017 10:53:00 AM

The number one demand of ERP users is 'agility' - but why are so many businesses choosing ERP solutions that don't measure up?

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Topics: Cloud computing / SAAS, ERP, Wholesale & distribution

Four top tips for advanced inventory control in food wholesale

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Aug 20, 2017 9:40:00 AM

As a food wholesaler you will know that your largest costs lie with stock inventory. Keeping costs tight means striking a perfect balance between stock, storage and demand while taking a keen oversight. So how can you tread the fine line needed for advanced inventory control?

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Topics: ERP, Food & beverage, Wholesale & distribution

Food & Beverage Business Intelligence Productivity Advantage

Posted by Phocas on Aug 18, 2017 10:32:18 AM

Food and beverage is a fast-paced business, and staying competitive is paramount. Improving efficiencies is crucial to remaining relevant, and one of the most effective ways to do this is through data and analytics.

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Topics: Business Intelligence

Are 100% order fulfilment rates impossible to achieve?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Aug 2, 2017 2:12:00 PM

Maintaining 100% fulfilment rates is an impossible task, right? Piffle. With the right processes and technology, it's not only attainable - but sustainable, too.

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Topics: ERP, Wholesale & distribution

5 Reasons Food and Beverage Companies Love BI

Posted by Cale Bannister on Aug 1, 2017 9:36:06 AM

In an industry rife with copious regulations, members of the food and beverage industry must carefully monitor quality and performance. “[L]aboratory data is mission critical inside any food manufacturer that relies on analytical testing for quality assurance, consistency, and compliance today, and profitable product innovation in the future,” writes Phocas customer Colin Thurston, the director of product strategy for Thermo Fisher Scientific. Thurston further explains that real-time visibility is essential to operations, as early identification of problems within the supply chain, such as tainted raw materials, could save a company thousands or even millions of pounds. In this blog, we will discuss five ways Business Intelligence (BI) benefits companies in the food and beverage industry.

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Topics: Business Intelligence

Choosing the right ERP supplier: Customer references and user groups

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jul 19, 2017 11:39:00 AM

Buying a new product or service these days usually means doing a lot of extensive research. Before we invest in a new purchase, we’re practically expected to become an expert in what we’re buying.

But trawling through forums and brochures to inform and guide our decision can take a lot of time.

So when it comes to selecting a service that’s closely connected to your business’ data and continuity, like an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution, what’s the most efficient and timely way to carry out background research and references? 

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Topics: ERP

7 Questions to Ask when Picking an ERP Provider Yourself

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jul 12, 2017 9:59:53 AM

If you’re a non-IT professional exploring the realm of ERP software for the first time, or looking to replace an underperforming system, the journey ahead probably fills you with fear and trepidation.

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Topics: SME, ERP

FSA’s Regulations: Why They're Good for Specialist Food Producers

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on Jun 20, 2017 2:31:50 PM

Even the most diligent producer is bound to get the cold sweats from a compliance overhaul announcement affecting their industry. Even more so if you’re a start-up with limited experience, a small business with limited staff, or a specialist producer whose processes are a tad more complex than the mainstream.

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Topics: ERP

ERP Solutions: What’s the best financing approach for SMEs?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on May 22, 2017 11:09:00 AM

On-boarding new supportive software, like data processing ERP hardware and software solutions is a big decision for any business.

Among other things, you need to know; how it affects your balance sheet, the payment plan on offer, details of implementation and ultimately, how it is going to benefit your company?

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Topics: SME, ERP

Staying Ahead with Business Intelligence for F&B Trend Analysis

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on May 18, 2017 3:34:00 PM

One key element that differentiates businesses utilising BI (Business Intelligence) technology from the rest, is the reduced amount of time it takes them to make a purchasing or other stock change decision.

Using accurate analytics of detailed data you're able to forecast trends before they happen and plan your cash flow to act more quickly and take advantage of purchasing opportunities.

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Topics: Business Intelligence