Data security, chain transparency and chain integration for Food Wholesale & Distribution

Regardless of where your food and beverage business stands in its lifecycle, you’re likely facing the pressures of tough competition and increasing consumer demands—that’s just how this dynamic, fast-moving industry works. As such, it’s in your best interest to always keep an eye out for ways to gain an advantage, and that’s true whether your organization is just coming into its own or is already well-established in the marketplace. 

Considering all of the innovation that has occurred in the past several decades, the place to turn is technology—specifically, food and beverage enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. These platforms act as a unified source of truth for all of your departments and can facilitate excellent data security, chain integration and chain transparency. 

 

Trust requires chain transparency 

The world is demanding transparency throughout the food chain. Trust in nutrition is no longer self-evident. The challenge for every food company is to be able to offer this transparency. The majority of food companies have to deal with product recalls, for example. Every company is vulnerable. New regulations and quality standards to safeguard food safety and quality as well as prevent fraud appear every day. Various initiatives including blockchain can play a role in this process. Investment in technological development ensures that food companies can continue to comply with increasingly more stringent rules and regulations. 

 

Chain integration: from source to end-user 

Food companies are redoubling their efforts to achieve chain integration. It is of the essence that you can trace your product from farm to fork and keep this path as short as possible. Better product monitoring leads to greater insight and therefore to a situation in which quality can be guaranteed, supply and demand more closely aligned, cost efficiencies generated and greater reliability amongst chain partners can be achieved. Ultimately, you want the supply chain to be optimally aligned with customer expectations. 

 

Data security is key to successful digitalization 

Increasing digitalisation in the food market is also a risky business and data security is a major asset. Digitalisation provides an opportunity for linking everything to each other, whereby data no longer needs to be entered in and errors can be avoided. Crystal-clear guidelines regarding digitalisation are of crucial importance in this process. Your organisation must be able to move at the right speed whereby decisions do not work against you and are not taken at the wrong moment. The best food ERP software will allow for deployment from the cloud, giving your company another level of flexibility when it comes to where and how work gets done. Cloud setups for ERP systems also take the burden of system maintenance and updates off your organization’s plate and save you money on expensive hardware. And while on-premise platforms can suffer huge setbacks in the event of power outages and security breaches, cloud interfaces are backed by redundant servers and excellent security. 

 

Upgrading to a food and beverage-specific ERP system can have a transformative impact on your business. The increased agility and confidence that these platforms offer make all the difference in an industry that moves fast and faces a nearly constant stream of new challenges because an ERP system forms the foundation of your digital transformation and future success, choosing the right one is paramount.  

Aptean F&B ERP solution can break down the information siloes in your organization and unlock better communication, increased efficiency and greater profitability. You’ll be prepared for what comes next with a flexible, accessible interface that all of your staff trust to carry out their responsibilities the right way. 

For further information on Aptean F&B Software please contact allonline365 on +27 (21) 205 3650, or email us on info@allonline365.com, or visit our website www.allonline365.com    

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