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What did FoodEx 2014 attendees want to know about ERP?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on April 14th, 2014

First of all we would like to thank our customers and suppliers for supporting us at the Food Expo exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

The three day event was a great chance for us to mingle and interact with so many of our current customers and key people from the industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Food wholesale planning: Can we prevent another ‘Horsegate’?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on April 7th, 2014

Could another horsemeat scandal happen? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since reading this piece from The Poultry Site. It claims that criminal activity will always occur, therefore it will happen again. Yet surely the industry has learned and grown from the mistakes of the past, so unknowingly committing  these types of crimes is less likely?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Early adopters of Warehouse Management Systems make themselves future proof

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on April 1st, 2014

When future-proofing your business, where do you start? It begins in the warehouse.

As you well know, whether your food wholesale business is small, medium or large, efficient warehouse management is central to its success. As increasingly web-based sales are fulfilled directly from the warehouse, tailored Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have become critical in improving profit margins and customer service – a difference that could make or break your business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sector specific ERP vs. generic ERP

Posted by Russell Godward on March 24th, 2014

sector specific erp, erp system, erp vendor research, erp vendorWhen selecting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) package there are so many available options for users to choose from. The selection process can be a bit of a minefield and unfortunately there is rarely a correct answer and information to make an informed choice may not be immediately clear for every business.

The end user normally goes into the selection process looking to improve information flow, increase efficiencies and reduce their costs. Ultimately the ideal selection should really be based on three main factors. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three killer BI tips for food wholesalers & distributors

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on March 10th, 2014

food wholesale, food distribution, business intelligence, BI, ERP,How can you make the most of Business Intelligence to bring control and efficiency to your food wholesale business? Apply these three killer tips to your data collection process.

As you will know, Business Intelligence put simply, means understanding your wholesale business in order to improve it. Intelligence isn’t just ‘information’, it refers to the approach to collecting data. BI is analytical from the very beginning, ensuring that the data you have is relevant, accessible, and visible. Data is worthless unless you can see the value it has in assessing your business operations in order to improve them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fastener industry advancements in 2014

Posted by Russell Godward on March 3rd, 2014

English: fastener

Research and development of industrial use fasteners and fixings have accelerated in the last few years. With new technology available, fastener manufacturers now have the opportunity to really look at the needs of their customers and produce a product that truly serves them. We take a look at the key areas of fastener industry advancements and what you need to keep up with these emerging trends.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cloud ERP landscape in 2018 – according to Gartner

Posted by Steve Larwood on February 24th, 2014

Clouds

What is the long term forecast for ERP applications? Judging by the recent Gartner report, there’s going to be a lot more Cloud…

By 2018, at least 30 percent of service-centric companies will move the majority of their ERP applications to the Cloud, predicts Gartner.  Read the rest of this entry »

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ERP customer service & cutting-edge technology – Lakeview ERP account manager, Michelle James

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on February 14th, 2014

Here at Lakeview we like to get to know our clients really well. It helps us build the perfect ERP solution for their business and it gives us an extra reason to get up and go to work in the morning. But it is only fair that you have the opportunity get to know us a little bit too. 

As such, we snatched a few minutes with one of our account managers, Michelle James, to quiz her on her experience and her role here at Lakeview. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wholesale food packaging news and trends 2014

Posted by Michelle James on February 11th, 2014

Cheese

What’s new in food packaging? We take a look at food packaging trends that are currently emerging at the start of 2014, and what they mean for you as a food wholesaler.

They say don’t judge a product by its packet. Yet, as a wholesaler, food packaging is one of your top concerns for ensuring your product is kept fresh, protected, looks attractive and reaches the consumer in precisely the condition you intended.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Technology is preventing food wholesalers & distributors from being agile

Posted by Russell Godward on February 3rd, 2014

Wholesale produce

Some positive news from the 2013 Close Brothers Business Barometer report was that 36% of wholesale and distribution respondents expect their businesses to expand over the next year.

Are you one of them?

Grow lighter Read the rest of this entry »

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