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Moving At The Speed Of Social Trends In The Food And Beverage Industry

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Oct 18, 2021 1:39:16 PM

Throughout the pandemic, food and beverage companies have weathered surges in demand, rapid fluctuations in consumer buying habits, and the complexities of the global supply chain. Without complete enterprise-wide visibility or collaboration, shifting gears and adapting to trends in the market can seem insurmountable.

How can you modernize to keep pace with the speed of consumer needs in today’s competitive market? We recently did a webinar with Mark Winter, CFO of My Food Bag, to hear how his company, a leading online meal kit provider in New Zealand, managed to improve business productivity, efficiently manage the growth of its business and navigate the pressures of the pandemic.

Here are some valuable takeaways from the webinar. Watch the on-demand recording if you want to hear more about how My Food Bag deals with special requests from customers for particular food products, or ingredients, how the company manages last-mile delivery, and what they do to get the right balance between supply chain efficiency and sustainability.

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

The Evolution From EAM To Asset Performance Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 1, 2021 9:52:34 AM

Regardless of size or industry, asset-intensive organizations are always looking to do more with less. For a food and beverage manufacturer that means finding ways to extend asset life to minimize costs, improve food and worker safety and reduce waste while performing the right maintenance on the right equipment, at the right moment to avoid downtime.

Some businesses have been making do and getting by with asset management strategies that sell them short, driving up the cost of maintenance labor and materials and increasing the risk that critical assets will be down when they’re most urgently needed. The scene has been shifting over the past several years, with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) offering greater visibility and sophistication for maintenance operations.

But business rarely sits still for very long. And with the rapid rise of Industry 4.0, it’s essential for asset management to keep up. Maintenance 4.0 is the set of tools and strategies that is helping food and beverage companies optimize operations by deploying the mountains of data now available to keep equipment and production lines in peak operating condition. Infor’s Best Practice Guide, “Why your EAM strategy must evolve to increase food safety,” explains how it works and lays out the five essential components of an Asset Performance Management (APM) platform.

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

Moving Your Warehouse From Cost Center To Competitive Differentiator

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 24, 2021 1:46:36 PM

Many organizations tend to view warehouse operations as cost center due to the labor, equipment, and physical inventory. However, with business models rapidly changing through e-commerce, omni-channel, curbside pickup, 3D printing, and more, warehouse operations empower a company to gain a competitive advantage by ensuring customer loyalty and brand excellence stays intact as products enter the last mile.

Common warehousing challenges

Warehouse directors understand the challenges most, if not all distribution centers manage. These challenges cover a wide range of issues which include picking optimization, inventory management, operational strategy, employee management, returns, and much, much more.

Picking challenges

For example, a large amount of productivity is often lost due to insufficient item master data. Without the proper item and location slotting for concepts such as seasonality, promotional activities, and sales projections, poor inventory placement across the warehouse can result in increased costs and reduced productivity.

Furthermore, many companies lack visibility into inventory quantity and location accuracy due to a heavy reliance on spreadsheets, pick sheets, the absence of cycle counts, capacity constraints, or a lack of digital monitoring all together. No visibility into inventory quantities or throughput can result in declining fulfillment rates, stockouts & backorders, decreased service levels, and waning customer loyalty and sales opportunities.

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

Gain Confidence With Cloud-Based Warehouse Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on May 13, 2021 10:55:25 AM

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

Future Proof Your Warehouse With A Cloud-Based WMS

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 22, 2021 12:15:40 PM

Even when your warehouse operations seem to be running smoothly, there is always room for improvement and a need to stay up to date with innovation. While steps are taken to keep warehouse operations at peak performance, when fulfilment times and levels are jeopardized, it’s still up to you and your team to race to recover, to ensure actions to get back on track are taken correctly so that product can make its way out the door, and time is always working against you.

If your organization previously reviewed and dismissed the value of moving your warehouse management system (WMS) to the cloud, it’s time to reevaluate. Decisions that seemed to make sense last year or even last quarter, likely look very different with new challenges emerging over the past several months. By empowering critical systems like a WMS with cloud capabilities, your organization can scale quickly, maximize productivity, and minimize outages and downtime to prevent bringing the company’s mission-critical operations to its knees.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Warehouse Management Systems, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS

Prioritizing Digital Transformation Projects: Start With Your People

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 8, 2021 1:30:45 PM

Know you want to transform but don't know where to start? Want to gain $9-12 for every dollar you spend? Read on to find out why starting with your people is the best first step to prioritizing digital transformation projects.

Digital transformation is at the top of the to-do lists of most companies, but one topic that is often missing from a discussion on digital transformation is which areas to prioritize. Most businesses can’t afford to completely overhaul a core function of the enterprise top to bottom, along with the technology that supports it, at any one time. Instead, they’ll target specific areas for transformation. That approach minimizes disruption to the business, keeps costs manageable, and helps the business apply lessons learned to future transformation projects. The question, though, is which areas to target first?

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Questions Manufacturers Should Look For Digital Transformation Success

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 6, 2021 9:00:00 AM

1. Are we organizationally ready for significant change?

Organizations are only as good as their people, and manufacturers must look carefully at whether they have the right people and culture to support a different way of doing things. It is the people who will be responsible for implementing change, and they should be ready, committed, and on board with any type of transformation plan.

An organization’s culture can make or break a digital transformation project and “organizational change management” is one of the key components of such a project. Organizations should aim for an inclusive culture where people feel like they are key contributors to the company’s future success.

To achieve this, management teams should encourage a culture of openness to help employees step forward with their ideas. All change, and all transformation, starts with an idea – so it’s important for people to feel empowered to put their ideas out in the open.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Three New Ways Of Working You Should Adopt Today

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 1, 2021 8:30:00 AM

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

Need For Sense & Respond Capabilities To Build Continuous Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 25, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Competitive supply chains must enable a new level of coordinated performance that creates a high-fidelity picture of in-process flows across your extended network. Building the continuous supply chain supports contextual deviations, conveys alerts and drives continuous planning via sense & respond capabilities.

Optimizing multi-party business processes

Supply chains are complex networks where over 80% of the data and processes sits within partner systems. To see and act on the latest picture of your supply chain, your company needs that data from each of your partners, but the problem is most companies rely solely on an enterprise-centric approach to solve a multi-enterprise problem.

The only way to overcome those limitations is to adopt a "network approach." Connecting all partners to shared processes, data and metrics managed within a single platform creates a single version of truth for all parties. This allows supply chains to eliminate the data silos and inherent latency in order to reduce the root causes of friction, variability and costs in today’s supply chains, both internally and externally.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Infor Factory Track for M3 CloudSuite: An ICCG Master Class

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 24, 2021 3:30:16 PM

Put the Power of Infor CloudSuite M3 ERP Solution in Your Pocket

Leveraging Infor CloudSuite M3 ERP Solution and Infor Factory Track to Increase efficiencies in your warehouse and shop floor

Join ICCG as we present a 30-minute Master Class … where you will have the opportunity to see a demo of Infor Factory Track in action. You’ll gain valuable insight from our work with multiple customers and we are ready to share our knowledge with you.

Maybe you are curious on what it takes to implement, administrate functions, or compare Lawson Warehouse Mobility, and Infor Factory Track. Bring your questions because now is the time to implement this Cloud-Based WMS and shop floor tool and we would like to help you get there!

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Infor M3, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, M3, M3 Inventory, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management

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