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4 Ways To Prepare For Microvertical Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 14, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The top US food and beverage companies have lost billions in market share since 2009 with shoppers heading towards specialized, fresher products instead of well-known big brands.

To stand out, you need to go niche and move into microvertical markets to keep up.

Continue reading to learn about the 4 things you can do to prepare your business to take on microvertical challenges.

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

Download Webinar: 5 Steps For Creating A Common Language To Define Manufacturing Innovation

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 1, 2019 4:22:46 PM

MASTER SERIES FOR MANUFACTURING: Part 1 - A webinar designed to share a knowledge base for manufacturing sciences & technology and applications to improve production performance.

As we hear more about Industry 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things, and The Digital Factory, it might be a good time to reflect and develop a “Common Language” as it pertains to the word “Manufacturing.”

Since every word has specific meaning, we should ensure that terms such as “Manufacturing” and “Manufacturing Technology” are understood and articulated with a shared language.

This effort could also serve a very useful purpose as we review the developments in the past century and plan ahead for future ones.

“Manufacturing” is the REPETITIVE use of an organized collection of Physical processes, Information Processes and the combination of the two to achieve the “Product” at the required quantity, quality, cost, time and place.

It is the repetitive use of all processes that distinguish “manufacturing” from research, design, product development, etc.

 

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Fashion PLM

What's In A Label? What Consumers Demand, And Regulations Require.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 26, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Bringing products to market to meet the growing demands of consumers is getting increasingly complex. The demand for additive-free, non-GMO, low calorie, and fresh products is not just a fad. Conscientious consumers focus on health, wellness, and social issues as they shop for family meals. They will take into consideration clean labels, visibility into suppliers, humane treatment of animals, and environmental sustainability.

This is adding to the burden on food and beverage companies as they struggle to comply with vague definitions and evolving standards for compliance. Today’s clean label movement is an example of consumer demand for informative labels and products free of added chemicals, colors, and unnecessary ingredients. While food and beverage companies may want to seize the opportunity to appeal to a market that has spending power, the task isn’t easy. Definitions evolve, as do expectations.

 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Infor Optiva, CloudSuite Food & Beverage

5 Steps For Creating A Common Language To Define Manufacturing Innovation

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 14, 2019 11:29:51 AM

MASTER SERIES FOR MANUFACTURING: Part 1 - A webinar designed to share a knowledge base for manufacturing sciences & technology and applications to improve production performance.

As we hear more about Industry 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things, and The Digital Factory, it might be a good time to reflect and develop a “Common Language” as it pertains to the word “Manufacturing.”

Since every word has specific meaning, we should ensure that terms such as “Manufacturing” and “Manufacturing Technology” are understood and articulated with a shared language.

This effort could also serve a very useful purpose as we review the developments in the past century and plan ahead for future ones.

“Manufacturing” is the REPETITIVE use of an organized collection of Physical processes, Information Processes and the combination of the two to achieve the “Product” at the required quantity, quality, cost, time and place.

It is the repetitive use of all processes that distinguish “manufacturing” from research, design, product development, etc.

 

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Webinar, Process Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence, Fashion PLM

Infor And ICCG Commit To Take India Fashion And F&B Industries To The Cloud

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 8, 2019 12:14:40 PM

Read Infor Press Release

Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry, today announced that Independent Computer Consulting Group (ICCG) has been selected as a preferred partner to drive digital transformation for the Fashion, and the Food & Beverage industries in India. The alliance will strengthen the delivery of Infor solutions such as Infor Cloud Suite Fashion, Cloud Suite Food & Beverage (Infor M3) including Infor’s edge applications like Infor Fashion PLM and Infor Optiva PLM to accelerate the adoption of robust, purpose-built and industry-specific suite of offerings designed to meet the evolving demands of businesses.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Press Releases, Food & Beverage, Infor M3, PLM, Fashion & Apparel, Product Lifecycle Management, Infor Optiva, Infor, Fashion PLM

Creating A Company Culture That Supports Digital Transformation And Continual Improvement

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 31, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Whether it is e-commerce, the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics or digitally connected global supply chains, food and beverage (F&B) manufacturers are investing in IT solutions in order to take advantage of innovative technologies and opportunities for growth. Unfortunately, in efforts to achieve a quick return on investment (ROI), companies often overlook a fundamental element that needs to be in place before true transformation can occur: workforce buy-in. Today we are sharing this article by Mike Edgett, Industry & Solution Strategy Director at Infor.

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Topics: Food & Beverage, Digital Strategy, IoT, Digital Journey

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

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

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

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