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Increasing Innovation In F&B Manufacturing

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 23, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Many consumers are passionate about the quality of their food, the health implications, and the environmental footprint made by food manufacturers. To meet their shifting expectations, food and beverage manufacturers must speed product introductions and develop new offerings that reflect the changing views on what is fresh, healthy, and mindful—and technology can help. It’s not just taste, freshness, and convenience that drive food purchases today. Conscientious consumers also focus on health, wellness, and social issues as they shop for family meals. They take nutrition labels, visibility into suppliers, humane treatment of animals, and environmental sustainability into consideration when shopping for food. While these expectations put added pressure on food and beverage manufacturers, companies that turn to technology to help, should seize the opportunity. Meeting the demands of today’s socially aware consumers can be a valuable differentiator.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Boost Your Performance With Cloud-Based Warehouse Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 22, 2022 2:10:34 PM

When companies rely on a dated warehouse management system (WMS) to run their distribution centers, it’s not uncommon with the IT staff familiar with the system to move on. Unfortunately, this leaves the company without an in-house expert to manage issues as they arise. Plus, if the original vendor is no longer supporting that version of the system, it can be incredibly difficult to get the system back up and running.

Over time, each organization builds the distribution ecosystem that uniquely addresses its needs. The challenge emerges when only a handful of people understand how to manage and maintain that system successfully and perhaps only one individual truly understands the complete picture. With a mission critical WMS and corresponding data at the very core of the business, any scenario that puts it at risk is can be detrimental to getting products out the door.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, WMS

Leading Restaurants Are Giving Up Control To Their Customers! Here's Why

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 16, 2022 8:00:00 AM

Restaurant and food services organizations have adapted their services in recent times by investing in cloud-based restaurant point of sale and its capacity to integrate across locations with emerging technology. A big trend within that has been in POS integrations with mobile and self-serve solutions that allow guests to manage their own orders. This is particularly pertinent in an era of social distancing. But even before that became central to how restaurant and food service organizations engage with guests, the modern restaurant guest sought out channels where they can manage the details of their orders themselves in favor of the traditional staff-operated POS terminal. That trend was driven by how culture and technology converged.

Self-directed ordering is particularly relevant now when minimizing contact is so important to feeling safe and secure when interacting with brands. The organizations that are winning right now are embracing that by giving up control over managing the details of an order and leaving it to those who know about those order details better than anyone – the guests themselves. What kinds of benefits does this trend represent for the restaurant and food service industries in this era of change? What does it mean for organizations ahead in the 2020s? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning In Food Technology

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 15, 2022 2:05:05 PM

The food and beverage industry is ripe with complexities, and the journey from idea to commercialization is long and arduous for food technologists. New product ideas or packaging developments have to endure rigorous data collection, testing, and certifications to make it to consumer shelves—processes carried out by food technologists working with manual tools, creating a wide margin for potential error.

Excel and pen-and-paper methods are common ways to record data and make calculations regarding research and development, quality standards, raw supplies orders, and dozens of other variables associated with the manufacturing process. Luckily, the industry has seen an uptick in the adoption of digital transformation methodologies. Accessible, commodity-based technologies are making it easier to accurately record data and make mission-critical calculations.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Artificial Intelligence, digital technology, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

Importance Of Transitioning To The Cloud? Why Now?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 9, 2022 7:30:00 AM

The world has changed dramatically since March 2020. Supply chain models and concepts that we took for granted have been stretched, and in some cases, broken. New business models, new market opportunities, and new ways of working have emerged. As has been said by many, the world will never be quite the same. A recent report by McKinsey, “The future of work after COVID-19,” highlights that e-commerce has grown 2 to 5 times faster than before the pandemic, and that about 20% to 25% of the workforces in advanced economies could work from home between 3 and 5 days per week without a loss in productivity.

So, what is your company’s strategy for the future? Has your business model changed or evolved? Have your employee work patterns, procedures, and expectations changed? Have agility and innovation become more important? While many businesses are wrestling with these and other strategic questions, the important situation to avoid is the old, “Alice in Wonderland” scenario:

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Enabling Continuous Supply Chain To Enhance Your Planning Capabilities

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 8, 2022 2:59:35 PM

The future of planning is connected, intelligent, and continuous. Yet many companies remain so far away from this vision, it often seems unachievable. With many planning processes being so siloed and disconnected from execution, they can feel ineffective.

Fortunately, evaluations of the planning landscape reveal many organizations are adopting technologies that move towards a de-siloed, network-based approach to planning. For these companies, the primary goal centers around connecting planning capabilities to “a single version of the truth.” To optimize planning capabilities, it crucial to achieve this connection at the enterprise level as well as into the broader supply network.

But to do this involves using integrated business planning (IBP) or sales and operations planning (S&OP) to collaborate and analyze, perform demand planning to improve forecasting, optimize supply planning, and facilitate synchronization. Each of these areas are critical to a successful planning process and are more powerful when integrated and connected across a network.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Ensuring Traceability Across The Food Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Sep 2, 2022 1:24:33 PM

Only a few generations ago, most people harvested vegetables from their backyard and bought meat from the local farm. This provided simple and direct traceability. Trust across one’s food supply was inherent. With food supply chains expanding, reduced food costs, and easier access to ingredients and ready-made meals, the time-consuming vegetable garden has become less common with food and beverage producers meeting most people’s needs.

Product information and safety regulations play a larger role in food production today. In the last decade we’ve seen innumerable initiatives to introduce healthier mass-produced food, like sugar-free beverages and ready-to-eat meals made with less salt. Regulators in many countries have enacted laws to enforce these changes. The FDA, EU, and local country legislation are driving more transparency in product labeling, especially when it comes to serving sizes, calories, daily value percentages, added sugars, and more.

In the past, creating product labeling information could be easily achieved. Suppliers provided their specifications, and food processors then calculated nutritional values and listed the allergens that needed to be printed on the product packaging. It was straightforward if you didn’t change suppliers.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

New Ways Of Working You Should Adopt Today

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 31, 2022 3:33:44 PM

With spring just around the corner and rising hope that the vaccination rollout will eventually bring some relief to restrictions, it is time to start thinking about how the world of work should move forward. While the pandemic forced us to adopt new ways of working, we have learned some valuable lessons in the last year that should not be quickly forgotten. In fact, some of these new strategies should continue long after the crisis subsides as we have come to the realization that the workforce, the workplace and work itself will never be the same. Here are three concepts to consider as you plan for the future.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Supply Chain Network, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Supply Chain Operations, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Why Are Restaurants And Food Services Investing In The Cloud?

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 26, 2022 11:11:34 AM

Recent events have challenged restaurants and food services industries to be flexible, adaptive, and more aware that being able to anticipate what’s to come is a vital component for staying competitive in the present. It’s also taught the industry that that status quo and the legacy systems that prop up outdated assumptions work directly against those efforts. A movement towards digitalization that has been happening over the last few years and embraced by restaurant and food service industry leaders has helped businesses to build a solid foundation for success.

Cloud infrastructure, SaaS, and cloud technology for restaurants and food services deployed to all brand locations has helped organizations to address the seismic shift that the industry is facing right now. How has this technology done this? How do the challenges and successes of the present point the way to resilience in the future? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Distribution, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Enterprise Software

New Consumer Realities Are Driving Changes In The Food And Beverage Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 24, 2022 2:27:47 PM

For years, food and beverage manufacturers have been concerned with short shelf life, inventory planning, and margin pressures. In today's competitive landscape, yesterday’s supply chains have had to adapt and change to respond to today’s consumer expectations of healthier choices, greater ingredient transparency, and the more options for online or e-commerce shopping.

This health and wellness trend isn't new. What’s new is the level of growth we’re seeing in the market for consumers that want a healthier lifestyle—and are in fact, demanding it from their food habits and purchases. Food and beverage manufacturers are doing their best to meet this trend with cleaner labels, more plant-based options, and more ethically sourced food. Both new product introductions and long-standing products in the market are being updated with healthier ingredients to replace preservatives, saturated fat, sugar, sodium, or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

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