How a food specific ERP will increase your business’s success

Keeping up with a rapid pace of change is a necessity for businesses operating in the food manufacturing industry. For your food and beverage manufacturing company to succeed now and in the future, it’s imperative that you put the right systems in place to keep the organization agile and as prepared as possible to face what tomorrow may bring. 

This process of modernization and implementation of purpose-built platforms is commonly referred to as “digital transformation.” There are several different kinds of software that can be part of such an initiative, but the one that is considered indispensable and can act as your technological foundation going forward is an ERP solution. 

Cloud Deployments for Maximum Flexibility 

In times like these, flexibility is crucial, and one of the best ways to achieve the level you need is with a cloud deployment of an advanced food manufacturing ERP platform. With your employees able to access the system no matter where they are with just a web browser and WiFi connection, you’ll be able to pivot as the need arises and react to new developments that would otherwise interrupt your daily food production processes. 

Formula and Inventory Management  

The recipe and formula management functions of a food manufacturing ERP can empower your research and development teams with the ability to tweak, iterate and perfect novel offerings that meet emergent demands. Knowing you’ll also be working with new suppliers and securing stock of the materials necessary for these new creations, you’ll also benefit from the comprehensive inventory control features that an advanced solution like Aptean F&B ERP can provide.  

Scalability to Allow for Growth 

Knowing that the deployment of an organization-wide platform can be costly and takes many months—if not years—to accomplish, you need to find a system that can last and accommodate your company’s scope as it expands. It must be able to scale with your growth and allow for the introduction of new supply chain partners, products, staff and processes. 

Food manufacturing ERP are designed with this in mind and can ramp up as your operations do, allowing for the incorporation of new lines, roles and departments. With a fully configurable backend that’s built based on the knowledge that the industry is in constant flux and no two businesses face the exact same circumstances, you’ll know your technology can adjust as necessary and will continue to serve for the foreseeable future. 

Checking All the Boxes 

Identifying what sets a particular ERP product apart from another will be of great importance in your selection process. You know that you’re looking for a system that was built for your industry, but pay special attention to the sector- and segment-specific features that any given package offers, including catch weight management for meat and seafood companies or consignment tracking for fresh produce suppliers. 

Aptean F&B ERP has a full suite of such specialized tools, and we also offer the kind of cloud implementations discussed above for a lightweight approach that’s perfect for today’s world. Then, there’s the additional advantage of the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central framework of the platform, which lends it familiarity for many users and provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface. 

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Choosing the right software solutions for your global food business

Implementing an ERP platform for international businesses can be a challenge. Localization? Compliance? Global expansion? Selecting the right platform is not an easy task and could make the difference on where your business stands in the next 10 years. These are the main features to look for. 

One single, global IT solution 

Aptean F&B connects all your systems together; finance, management, business operations, supply chain visibility and so on. This means that all processes, staff, and various locations all work in one system and under the same informational structure. Reporting can be a pretty challenging task that impacts analytics and therefore, your decision-making process. Having a global IT solution creates an up to date and accurate representation on where you company is at, and where it’s going. And this system saves time and money for your business. 

International compliance for your food business 

International compliance creates the main challenge for an international food business. With access to complete food quality and safety and tracking and tracing capabilities, your business needs not to worry about call backs or missing the compliance mark, which could possibly lead to international fees and a blow to the company’s image. 

Standard food specific software 

Your business is going international and growth is steadily happening. To support your businesses’ future vision, when choosing your ERP system, you need to consider modular, systematically expandable approach. Standardized or customizable functionalities are rolled out and integrated in no time in your software platform. 

All data at your fingertips in one system 

Having multiple data inputs from multiple sources can hinder your overview on analytics. With having all data under one software system, you centralize all information under one platform, in a single system. So, you don’t have to worry about how these systems “talk” to each other. Increase the effectiveness of reports without needing external experts to collector and interpret data. 

All locations in one system 

Aptean F&B for Microsoft Dynamics 365 can help you optimize your business processes so that your food company can fully benefit of growth opportunities. Are your locations spread out throughout the globe? We can guide you through all steps of the implementation systems, from business scan to implementation, training and support. This ensures one system, with localized options for all locations. 

 

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Food ERP solution for strong ROI

For any food business, the investment they make in technology like enterprise resource planning (ERP) is to streamline operations and boost profit margins. The right software solution can bring a multitude of benefits: increasing efficiency, enabling automation, improving data insights and decision-making and optimizing traceability to name just a few. But these are not end goals in themselves – they serve the larger purpose of driving greater revenues. 

This should beg the question – is your food ERP system delivering the return on investment it should be? While every business with an ERP solution recognizes its financial potential, far fewer are able to quantify what, if any, ROI they are getting. For a company with an older system especially, there is a danger that it stops providing real value, stops being supported by the software supplier or even becomes an active hindrance to profit-making. 

Calculating your solution’s ROI 

Determining your current ERP’s value can be challenging – especially if you have relied on it for many years. The best – and hopefully easiest – place to start is by calculating any and all costs associated with the solution over its lifetime. These are highly likely to include: 

  • Licensing costs  
  • Implementation costs  
  • Hardware & maintenance costs  
  • Training costs  
  • Upgrade costs  

These costs then need to be weighed against the value the system has brought over the years; this is where things get a bit more complicated. If your business hasn’t actively been working out the savings and improvement the ERP has brought, you’re going to have to analyze your historical operations records in some detail. There are some key areas you’ll want to consider – comparing between performance levels before and after the implementation. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Time & labour savings 
  • Reduction in waste 
  • Efficiency in the warehouse 
  • Production efficiency 
  • Supply chain management 
  • Operational costs 
  • Improvements from integrating data across the organization 

Making these judgements is not an exact science. Some of these criteria are a lot more abstract than others – so the more data you review and the longer you spend reviewing it, the more accurately you’ll be able to define the true value the ERP has brought to the company.  

Of course, solutions with the best reporting, data interpreting and Business Intelligence features will make your ROI calculations easier and more accurate. 

It’s time to upgrade to an ERP that gives more for your money 

Once you’ve researched the value your system is bringing to the business, you might be left feeling underwhelmed. If using an older ERP, a particularly common thing to discover is that ROI was high initially but has petered out over the years. The food industry changes quickly, and so do the demands put upon businesses and staff. The best technology helps you meet these challenges.  

If you want to get more out of your business and all the processes involved, then using a suitable ERP solution is an interesting next step. In any case, more insight and more accuracy in analyzing and reporting information results in more effective business operations and more long-term success. 

 

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