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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

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

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

Top 5 Reasons To Upgrade To Infor LX

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Infor® LX is an ERP solution that offers deep industry functionality and flexibility to help you adapt to new manufacturing trends and industry changes. 

Infor LX is a comprehensive, flexible and advanced enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for mixed mode and process manufacturers that operate with an IBM System i environment (formerly AS / 400 or iSeries). This solution improves the efficiency of the main business processes, including manufacturing, logistics, channel management, customer relations, relations with suppliers and financial management. With Infor LX, companies can improve their efficiency, agility, sustainability and profitability by improving their ability to manage variable demand and adapt to changing market conditions.

Why should you invest in this technology?

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Topics: Chemical & Life Sciences, Consumer Packaged Goods, Food & Beverage, Industrial Manufacturing, Manufacturing

Delaying Your ERP Decision? Don't

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 18, 2018 8:00:00 AM

In a perfect world, functionality and ease of use would be the top criteria manufacturers use when deciding to purchase, replace, or upgrade their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. Unfortunately, in the real world, cost considerations rear their ugly head. Business leaders are concerned about the price of not only purchasing the solution, but also how much it will cost to implement, support, and maintain. Further, there is significant concern that an ERP implementation will cause significant disruption to the business, cause the organization to lose focus, or even “break” business processes that the company looked upon as core to their success.

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Topics: Fashion & Retail, Retail, Life Sciences, Automotive, Food & Beverage, Industrial Manufacturing, Manufacturing

The Changing Role Of The CFO

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

By Nick Castellina, Director of Industry & Solution Strategy at Infor®.

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has been mistakenly stereotyped as a back-office miser, worried about only one thing: the company’s bottom-line. CFOs have often been frugal, protecting the company’s wallet with an unwavering vow to be prepared for the proverbial rainy day. At least, that is the old-school notion.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Industrial Manufacturing, CFO, Fashion & Apparel, Rentals & Equipment, Food & Beverage

The 10 Coolest CEOs In Enterprise Resource Planning

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

 

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the highest-ranked executive in a company. The CEO has many responsibilities, ranging from setting strategy and direction to configuring the company’s culture, values and behavior. The chief executive is also responsible for building an executive leadership team and allocating funds to match the company’s goals and priorities. Some CEOs have even more on their plate, especially those at the head of startups. Oftentimes they are responsible for more than just the traditional duties, and can include anything from brewing coffee to marketing their product. 

The list, compiled by ERP's Solution Review, includes Infor CEO, Charles Phillips.


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Topics: Manufacturing, CEO, ERP, Enterprise Resource Planning, Fashion & Retail, Food & Beverage, Rentals & Equipment, Distribution

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