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Beef up your operations with WMS for the food & beverage industry

Posted by Michelle James on September 15th, 2014

WMS food and beverageWhat can a Warehouse Management System (WMS) do for your business? With the rise of e-commerce and multi-channel retail across the food and beverage industry, manufacturers have had to up their game to meet not just the faster pace but also an increased focus on traceability resulting from the horsemeat scandal.

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A recipe for disaster: learning from failed food and beverage ERP implementation

Posted by Michelle James on September 8th, 2014

food and beverage ERP implementationHershey’s had one. Kellogg’s had three. It can happen to the best of us. Whether a corporate Goliath, or a niche SME, ERP implementation failure can trip up any unsuspecting food and beverage manufacturer. With the right know-how, however, a savvy food manufacturing CIO can spot potential problems and prevent a failed implementation from ever darkening their door.

We can learn from the mistakes of others. Let’s take a look at the food and beverage ERP failures and successes. In each we will identify what can go wrong, what can go right, and most importantly, why… Read the rest of this entry »

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5 signs your ERP system isn’t fit for purpose

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on August 26th, 2014

manufacturing planning software, manufacturing ERP, fastener planning software,A third of CIOs say that ERP isn’t fit for purpose. But why is this such a common issue? Are the ERP systems available really so difficult to understand, and so incompatible with so many businesses? Read the rest of this entry »

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8 questions you should ask about your ERP training program

Posted by Mark Andrews on August 18th, 2014

ERP training programWe’ve often talked about how important it is for your ERP system to be integrated into your business on a technical level. However, it also needs to be fully integrated into your employees’ day-to-day life. Gartner estimates that 55 to 75% of all projects fail to meet their objectives, and insufficient training is cited as one of the key reasons for this. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot trends in traceability: news roundup

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on August 11th, 2014

CAT EGGSThe Global Food Traceability Market is set to reach $14.1 USD (£8.4 GBP)  billion by 2020 (Allied Market Research). But why is traceability increasingly so important? Traceability has been the norm, rather than an added bonus, for a while now as a result of high-profile scandals such as the horsemeat debacle.

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Dawn Aldwinckle, Sales Director at Lakeview talks about ERP trends and achieving success for her clients

Posted by Mark Greatrex on July 21st, 2014

dawnThe team at Lakeview is made up of extraordinary people with exceptional talents (and fascinating hobbies). When we’re not covering the latest news and trends in the ERP sector, we like to spend time getting to know our teammates a little better – and dig a bit deeper into what makes them to tick.

This week, we took a few minutes to get to know the lovely Dawn Aldwinckle, Sales Director at Lakeview, catching up on her experience with the business and her thoughts on what’s in store for the future of ERP. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to make your manufacturing supply chain run like a well-oiled machine

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on July 14th, 2014

supplychainmanagementAs we so often find with home appliances and our cars, a fault in the smallest components can often cause the biggest problems. Every part has to be in top condition in order for the overall machine to provide us with optimum performance.

The same goes for your manufacturing supply chain. From planning to execution, the pressure is on for manufacturers to have rapid production with long, efficient supply chains. There should be a clear and constant source of information and communication between management and warehouse – and your people need to have quality BI at their disposal to ensure operations remain at their most efficient level.

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Are specialist food producers in the UK destined to fail?

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on June 30th, 2014

It’s a pertinent question, but it is a universal truth that the bigger the specialist food manufacturer, the harder the fall? What are the risks these specialist food producers in the UK are facing as business continues to boom?

Specialist food producers are the pride of Britain at the moment, from Biltong to condiment manufacturers. It’s great news for the industry, but there is a real danger of specialists losing detailed control of their operations in the race to expand. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to get the most out of your ERP software demonstration

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on June 23rd, 2014

business intelligence, ERP, BI, BI approachThe ERP demonstration can be complex so make sure the vendor shows you what you need to see.

ERP software demonstrations are a crucial part of any selection process. As a buyer you need to make sure that the company standing in front of you has understood your business and your requirements and is in a position to demonstrate the functionality and features of the software based on your needs. Read the rest of this entry »

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The industrial fastener sector is booming – can your ERP solution keep pace with the growth?

Posted by Mark Greatrex on June 16th, 2014

food wholesale, food distribution, business intelligence, BI, ERP,Rising construction and maintenance activities worldwide are one of the primary drivers of growth in the fasteners market – and the growth is set to continue well into 2018, according to the latest Global Industry Fastener Market report.

There has also been an increase in development of industry-specific fasteners, stemming from technological advancements and manufacturer responses to increased competition.

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