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Go Big By Going Small

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

How food and beverage companies can succeed in the microvertical space.

You can see it happening in supermarket aisles. Shoppers are moving their carts away from the big food brands and toward niche brands and specialized, fresher products.1 You can see it in the financials as well. The top US food and beverage companies have lost about $18 billion in market share since 2009, reports Fortune.

In this period of change, companies are differentiating themselves by focusing on specific niche, microvertical markets. By going niche, they can offer consumers unique products that appeal to highly specific consumer demand. But, developing a microvertical or niche business means taking on a range of new challenges. You must learn new skills, develop new and unique products, and rely on smaller production runs to produce higher margins.

You can only go big by going small.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Food Technology

5 Ways To Optimize Your Warehouse Costs With Voice-Enablement Tools

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Of all the activities that happen in a warehouse, 60% to 70% of costs are attributed to order fulfillment. You can make a significant dent in those costs by making your warehouse management system (WMS) voice-enabled. Utilizing RF wireless belt-mounted devices that incorporate speech recognition and speech synthesis technologies, voice-enabled WMSs have become table stakes for competitive third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and supply chain managers.

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Topics: Distribution, Warehouse Management Systems, Voice Enablement, Manufacturing

The Future Of The Future: Cognitive Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a lot of people talking. The fact that those people no longer hail primarily from the world of science fiction is representative of just how far the ideas driving this technology have come. AI has entered the main stream, and it has the technology world buzzing with excitement. The potential applications of AI are as vast and varied as any complex technology vision that has ever been brought to life. And in truth, that is where the real excitement lies—in finding out just how far we can take AI and in turn, how far it can take us. In this paper, we’ll take a look at the many exciting applications taking shape for AI today; what ideas are on the horizon; and importantly, what the potential impact on the B2B world might be.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

Selecting An Implementation Partner

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 27, 2018 8:00:00 AM

ICCG has completed more than 1,000 projects and implementations in every facet of enterprise technology. Our managed services go beyond simply solving technical or process problems and challenges. We share insight that you simply won’t find in the product manual.

Our services include: 

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Topics: Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, Manufacturing, Implementation Partner

The Food And Beverage Industry Is Poised For Further Growth

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

For everything there is a season, as those in the Food and Beverage Industry are keenly aware. In parts of the world, harvest season is here; for others, it is spring planting. And, as 2018 coasts to year-end, it is also the season for summarizing achievements and setting new goals. Eager to capitalize on the growth momentum, F&B companies will soon be planning 2019 budgets and prioritizing the major initiatives for the coming year. With many game-changing innovations now available, companies should start early to strategize on the technology investments that will be key to seizing new opportunities.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Food Technology, Process Manufacturing, Manufacturing

A Good ERP Is ...

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Work smarter, faster, and better with our ERP solutions – trusted by thousands of customers in hundreds of countries. Purpose built to meet the needs of manufacturers and distributors in a wide variety of industries, these solutions can help you minimize costly customizations and take advantage of continuous innovation.

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Topics: Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, Manufacturing

Driving Digital Transformation With Data Science

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 13, 2018 11:28:48 AM

Immense amounts of data are flowing into and out of today’s businesses, but it's often difficult to know how to turn this data into actionable insights. Data science has incredible potential for businesses of all types to create models that find patterns in this data and use them as the basis for transformative software. From location sensor data and customer loyalty programs to predictive analytics that improve the customer experience, employee engagement, and operational efficiency, a world of possibility awaits organizations that can crack the data science code.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Chemical, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Equipment, Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, digital disruption

Building A Digital Transformation Strategy

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

In the current hypercompetitive business environment, it’s not enough to automate processes and increase efficiency. To succeed, companies need to differentiate themselves from their competitors. But with the growth of digitally savvy customers who expect more from every transaction, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate on product alone. Customers are demanding a more personal, service-oriented approach from the companies with which they do business, and the bar continues to be reset at higher and higher levels. To meet this demand, and stay competitive, companies need to move from a transaction-based model to more value-based interactions. This means putting the experience first.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Chemical, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Equipment, Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, digital disruption

Making Digital Transformation Part Of Your DNA

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Nov 6, 2018 1:10:56 PM

Digital transformation is on the tip of many tongues in the technology industry of late; but like many potentially seismic shifts, this concept’s meaning and the impact it will have on how day-to-day business gets done are taking some time to develop. CIO defines digital transformation as “the acceleration of business activities, processes, competencies, and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact in a strategic and prioritized way.” But more than just acceleration, digital transformation is about the need for businesses to outpace digital disruption and stay competitive in a rapidly evolving business environment.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Fashion & Retail, Chemical, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Equipment, Digital Transformation, Digital Strategy, digital disruption

Prioritizing Digital Transformation Opportunities

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

Regardless of industry, market, and geography, nearly every business on the globe has been touched by technological change. And these ongoing, and often unexpected, disruptions are impacting how business is conducted. For example, the World Economic Forum states, “It used to take Fortune 500 companies an average of 20 years to reach a billion dollar valuation; today’s digital start-ups are getting there in four.”

While increased competition is a powerful motivator for embracing digital transformation, so are the potential revenue opportunities. The World Economic Forum estimates that “the combined value—to society and industry—of digital transformation across industries is upwards of $100 trillion over the next 10 years.”

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

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