December Blog Roundup

In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of December’s blog posts.

The Pitfalls of Your Homegrown ERP Solution

Sustaining competitive advantage in our constantly changing and complex business environment can be tough. This can be especially challenging for in-house IT professionals trying to keep up with the ever changing technology that can make or break a business. Your ERP system adds significant value to your business; so long as that ERP system is truly helping your company to function at its highest level of productivity and efficiency. Many times this is not the case with a homegrown ERP solution. Read more.

Successfully Manage Product Recalls with Food Processing ERP

Food production is complicated and things can somtimes ‘go bad’ in more way than one. Without a food processing ERP system in place, it is difficult (if not impossible) for food and beverage manufacturers to track raw materials through the production process to the packaged finished goods shipped to customers. If you’re manaing that information manually, what will you do in the event of a recall due to unsafe ingredients, spoiled items, or contamination? Read more.

Growth Strategies for Manufacturers: Digital Implications

Recent research from Morar Consulting found that high-growth businesses are twice as likely to invest time in strategic planning than those that grow at lower rates. Taking this approach is critical for those embarking on digital transformation. Many competing technologies (e.g., internet of things [IoT], cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data and analytics) are driving digital transformation; but the utility of any particular digital solution depends upon context. Read more.

6 Ways to Use Business Management Solutions More Effectively

All businesses are trying to achieve more and to maintain and grow market share. Business management solutions are designed to ease the administrative burden of running a business and to unleash efficiencies and growth opportunities within the business. For a business management solution to deliver, it has to be a viable solution that facilitates growth, accelerates core functions, be a device agnostic solution and have the ability to provide instant data and analytics. Read more.

Why You Need to Upgrade Your ERP System: #1 Homegrown ERP Leaves You Vulnerable

Your homegrown ERP leaves you open to a number of risks and challenges and it will benefit you in the long run to upgrade your ERP system. For example, what if your IT directoepry leaves the company or the programmer who made the application retires? Technology moves quickly and your homegrown system could have been made in a program or code that is no longer learned today – so you may have a hard time filling these positions with young professionals. Read more.

How Your Business Can Avoid Supply Chain Problems by Investing in the Right Technology

If you are in the grocery business, restaurant industry, or specifically, in the poultry business, you must be aware that 2017 was a volatile year for the industry. Chicken wings, the third highest grossing cut of the chicken at $881 million in sales, was hit with a shortage. This shortage caused the average prices to increase by 6% year-over-year. This is an example of a classic supply and demand error. Read more.

Epicor ERP Provides Competitive Edge for Leading Health Food Supplier

Based in South Africa, Nature’s Choice has leveraged its partnerships with major retailers and independent stores to become the leading health food supplier to the local market. The company has been in business for more than 27 years and has established itself as a reputable brand with strong ethics and standards. Read more.

It’s Time For CFOs to Rethink Their Supply Chain Management Strategy

According to a recent survey by Gartner Inc, in 2017 growth was the number one business priority for CEOs. Supply chain costs are typically the biggest portion of a company’s profit and loss statement; it might come as no surprise that CFOs are taking a more hands-on, strategic approach to supply chain management growth drive. Read more.

Why Do Staffing Firms Need Cloud Accounting

According to a recent survey by Gartner Inc, in 2017 growth was the number one business priority for CEOs. Supply chain costs are typically the biggest portion of a company’s profit and loss statement; it might come as no surprise that CFOs are taking a more hands-on, strategic approach to supply chain management growth drive. Read more.

3 Smart Ways to Invest in the Future of Your Factory

Best-in-class manufacturers know that the factory of the future needs business-wide visibility and insight to drive transformation and growth. There are three key technology trends that will improve visibility, insight, and decision-making in the factory of the future. Read more.

Inventory Optimization and the Informed Business

In a simple sense, inventory optimization is what you get when you strike the perfect balance between having enough inventory to satisfy your customer service standards while stocking as little inventory as possible. Customer service standards involve meeting demand—but not past the point that you have too much. But inventory optimization gets complicated when supply and demand are constantly in a state of flux across a sizeable number of SKUs. The larger the complexity, the bigger the challenge. Read more.

The Path to Manufacturing Growth

This infographic illustrates the path to manufacturing growth, and how your factory can be taking the right steps to understanding the role of digital transformation. Transform Your Manufacturing Business Through Digital Technologies! Read more.

Process Manufacturing Software Eliminates Recall Headaches

Several years ago, a large food manufacturer has come under scrutiny for having to recall a product that was sold to millions. General Mills, commonly known for the manufacturer of our breakfast cereals, recalled 10 million pounds of flour that is sold under a few different brands and labels. The flour was found to be contaminated with E. coli and is related to 38 illnesses across 20 different states. Having to recall 10 million pounds of flour is a nightmare. Using process manufacturing software can take some of the headache out of a recall, but also help to prevent it in the first place. Read more.

4 Ways to Maximize Efficiency in Your Warehouse Operations

Prepare to take your warehouse efficiency to the next level. Discover 4 ways you can cut warehouse costs and increase profits by automating and integrating your warehouse operations and business process systems.Read more.

ROI Case Study

Renal Ventures selected Sage Intacct to streamline its financial processes and improve business reporting across its network of more than 30 clinics. Nucleus found the project resulted in increased productivity, increased visibility, and better positioning for growth. By using Sage Intacct, Renal Ventures was able to grow significantly without a similar increase in accounting staff. Read more.

8 Steps to Selecting an Automotive Aftermarket or OEM ERP System

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a series of software applications or modules that collects data from your sales, purchasing, finance, and inventory into a common database so that your company can capture the information, coordinate activities, and collaborate. Read more.

Best-in-Class Integrates with Your Favorite Cloud Application

Watch the video below to learn why best-in-class is superior to a software suite—easily connect Intacct to other cloud applications as your business needs evolve. Learn more.

Paying for Software: What are the options?

When companies are making a software purchase, especially for a new business management system, business professionals often face choices on how they can pay for the software, either through perpetual or subscription pricing. While the former requires an initial up-front payment, the latter allows organizations to pay as they go. The decision can be confusing and has implications on a business’s budget in terms of both capital and operational expenditures. Learn more.

How to Manage & Control Production Costs with Food and Beverage ERP

It doesn’t matter what you make, reducing the cost of doing business and optimizing processes to save money is on the to-do list of any food and beverage manufacturing company. If you can cut overhead and operating costs, that means more investments can be made in R&D, hiring additional employees, or offering your products at a more competitive price then the competition- but doing so is not easy. Learn more.
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