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5 ways to optimise your WMS system

Posted by Mark Greatrex on October 20th, 2014

optimise-your-WMS-systemWhen business gets busy, can your warehouse bear the brunt? Busy periods and business growth should be a celebrated, not overshadowed by stress and daily fire fighting. The bigger the mess created by day-to-day operation, the bigger the headache for you and your team. You may be thinking of bringing in a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to solve this very problem, but WMS software is only as strong as the warehouse strategy it is implemented with.

Here are 5 simple warehouse adjustments that will serve to optimise your WMS system.

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How a good Warehouse Management Solution can streamline processes in the F&B industry

Posted by Russell Godward on October 13th, 2014

When planning the organisation of your stock and warehouse, where do you begin?

warehouse_WMS_foodWe have a guide to help you start thinking about the questions you may want to ask. Fundamentally, most companies implement warehousing solutions because they are looking to:

  • Track the movements of their stock more efficiently
  • Analyse their warehouse and stock operations
  • Reduce the amount of time in receiving, picking, moving and despatching stock
  • Reduce the amount of time taken on stock counts
  • Reduce stock wastage and rotate stock by date
  • Implement barcoding and scanning to replace paper processes
  • Eliminate human error where possible
  • Optimise the use of space within the warehouse
  • Highlight issues to staff before the event occurs
  • Improve their customer service levels

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The ERP workarounds that are killing your business

Posted by Michelle James on October 6th, 2014

ERP workarounds‘Workaround’ is a term that describes the business methods used that fall outside of traditional ERP applications. The truth is, probably every food and beverage business uses them to some degree to cover the shortfalls of a legacy system or as a temporary solution to changing business needs.

However, the more processes that are put into workarounds – such as Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, even pads of paper or Post-it notes – the more risks you take. What’s more, ERP workarounds are just one of the many common gripes users have about their ERP systems.

Workarounds may seem like a quick-fix solution, but they can expose your business to compliance shortcomings and dramatically cut productivity.

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6 essential ERP criteria for the F&B sector

Posted by Dawn Aldwinckle on September 30th, 2014

ERP criteriaThere are a myriad of regulatory and legal requirements for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. Labelling, traceability and supplier verification, for example, serve to make food consumption safer.

But it can be hard to keep up as a manufacturer. Recent updates by the FDA to food safety requirements shift the focus from reactive measures to preventative controls. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Lakeview help drive and control your online trade portal strategy

Posted by Richard Nash on September 24th, 2014

Online trade portal strategyWhy would you need to improve your business’s online strategy?

The key to success of any online strategy is to present and capture accurate information from your customers over the web. Keeping the website fresh is a task in itself, so why tie up valuable resource in managing stock, pricing, offers and campaigns, when Lakeview could run these tasks for you automatically? Read the rest of this entry »

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The biggest food & beverage WMS implementation mistakes

Posted by Mark Greatrex on September 22nd, 2014

WMS implementation mistakesWMS integration mistakes can cost your business big money – and there are some scary statistics out there to prove it: 30% of WMS implementations fail and only 42% are implemented within budget. Cost and time overruns, and errors that only show themselves later down the line can result in big revenue losses for your business.  Read the rest of this entry »

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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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