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How To Navigate Volatile Ingredient Prices With Least Cost Formulation

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 22, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Commodity prices have been driven down by a number of factors in recent years, including currency fluctuations, lower oil prices, and the traditional forces of supply and demand. In an unpredictable environment like this, least cost formulation becomes an essential, ongoing process, not a one-time calculation.

Read these four ways to use least cost formulation.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Infor M3

Take Your Place On The Grocer’s Shelves

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

The beverage industry is under constant pressure to change. Sugary drinks, like sodas, have come under increasing consumer scrutiny. Meanwhile, from beer to juices to energy drinks to carbonated beverages, you’re fighting for the consumers’ fleeting attention, which affects how you provide a more diversified product range.

With Infor® Food & Beverage for the beverage industry you get a foundation for greater agility in dealing with fluctuations in ingredients, production capacity, and shipping. Whether you chose to deploy in the cloud, on premise, or as a hybrid of both, Infor Food & Beverage for the beverage manufacturing industry gives you the tools you need to manage all of the challenges your beverage business faces.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Infor M3

Global Outlook For Manufacturing Is Optimistic

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

According to a recent blog post by our partner, Infor, manufacturers are expressing optimism for growth in 2018.

A report published by the Leading Edge Alliance paints a rosy picture of the global outlook for manufacturing. Manufacturers’ optimism for the world economy in 2018 is now 59.4%  — almost a 15-point increase over the 2017 outlook. Manufacturers are also optimistic about their national economies (69.3%) and their regional economies (69.3%)


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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Infor M3, Chemical, Equipment

Top 5 Reasons To Upgrade Infor M3 Food & Beverage.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 11, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Infor M3 Food & Beverage is a comprehensive ERP solution designed to help food and beverage companies respond to changes in customer demands, manage and speed up a global supply chain, minimize shelf-life issues, and reduce waste. Whether deployed as part of Infor CloudSuite Food & Beverage or on-premise, the latest version of Infor M3 Food & Beverage provides food, beverage, and other consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies a number of new and expanded capabilities.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Infor M3

Achieving Superior Product Development In Process Manufacturing

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 21, 2017 1:50:31 PM


Even the best innovators have notorious flops: New Coke®, Apple® Newton, Microsoft® Zune, LifeSavers® Soda, and Harley-Davidson® Perfume are a few notable examples. Some companies can overcome blunders because their sheer size makes them unstoppable market forces. But for others, even a single mishandled launch can threaten company-wide failure.

The risks are even greater for process manufacturers who must continually innovate with new and iterative products to excite customers and generate new revenue. But the path to profitable innovation is paved with challenges: tighter launch windows, fickle B2C and B2B customers, volatile market swings, and increasing demand for unique, customized products.

An uphill battle

Product development is fundamentally more difficult in process industries. For too many companies, years of internal research and testing lead to product launches that meet with lukewarm success-and negligible profits.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Chemical, Process Manufacturing, Agricultural

Defining Networks In F&B And Why They Matter

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The Food and Beverage industry has had its ups and downs, hits and misses, close calls and grand slam hits out of the ball park. Erratic seems to be an appropriate qualifier, on good days. On the other days, chaotic and confusing may come to mind. How is a food processor able to cope with never-ending waves of change, evolving  restrictions, fluctuating market demands, and consumer fickleness?


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Topics: Food & Beverage

Examining The Pros And Cons Of Modifying Your ERP System

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Should you choose functionality or flexibility?


Modification is a controversial word for many professionals in manufacturing’s IT industry. The term
“off the shelf” also has mixed connotations, as it is often associated with old generic business solutions that offered rudimentary functionality under the guise of “plug and play” simplicity.

As the needs of manufacturers have changed over the years, the software available to address them has evolved as well, leading to a lot of discussion lately around the age-old question of “to modify or not to modify.” While the issue remains complex, the pendulum seems to be swinging clearly away from heavily customized systems and toward those that can provide a large percentage of the functionality required, without significant modifications. A number of factors are driving this trend—aging systems (the acronym ERP, first used by Gartner, celebrates its 25th birthday this year), the increasing difficulty of finding workers who can support them, and changing market conditions are all on the list.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Infor M3, Chemical, Equipment

Seven Steps For Building A Digital Strategy For Your Manufacturing Enterprise

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Manufacturers face increasing pressures to adopt digital strategies in order to keep pace with innovation and customer expectations. Unfortunately, according to IDC Manufacturing Insights, manufacturers are also reluctant to be first movers. Only 15% have a digital strategy in place now. 37% Want to be early adapters, but not first movers— because there may be risks. And, 35% say they prefer to wait until they see proven results before they deploy digital technologies.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Infor M3, Chemical, Equipment

Infor M3 Delivers Industry-Leading Functionality

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 27, 2017 11:54:18 AM

Digital transformation is impacting all manufacturing and distribution businesses. No matter how complexyour supply chain is, you need to be able to respond faster to change, reduce excess inventory, and cut costs.Most importantly, you’ve got to give customers what you’ve promised at the time you promised it. To keep up with the pace of change, you need an agile and modern ERP solution that is flexible enough to handle both the opportunities and challenges you face today—and tomorrow.

Read how Infor M3 delivers rich industry-specific functionality to cover your unique business needs.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Infor M3, Chemical, Equipment

Checklist For A Successful Digital Transformation In The Food And Beverage Industry

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

From bakeries to zucchini farmers, food and beverage companies are eager to pursue avenues of growth. Many endeavor to jump start these opportunities by embracing modernization and adopting digital strategies. New technologies offer exciting ways to leverage data, engage with customers, and automate processes. As a result, new and innovative ways of looking at products and the supply chain develop, transforming how we do business. While the potential impact of digital transformation is promising, it can also be intimidating. Where do you start? How do you measure success?

To answer these and other critical questions, use this checklist to help guide your successful digital deployment.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Infor M3

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