How Food Safety ERP Could Have Prevented Jeni’s Ice Cream Listeria Issues

A much loved “hometown favorite” gourmet ice cream company in Ohio, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, has come under fire recently when the Food and Drug Administration identified a “resident strain” of Listeria in the Columbus, Ohio manufacturing facility. A letter on Aug. 9th showed that samples of Listeria were found on the prep room floor and around a drain in the wash room. Unfortunately for Jeni’s, however, this isn’t their first go with Listeria issues.
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How to Choose the Right ERP

One of the most difficult decisions you could make in choosing a business software is having to choose an ERP system. It is an expensive investment, although we all know that if you make the right decision your savings overtime trump your initial payment for it. So, where do you start when choosing the right ERP system. There are many different ones on the market that vary in size, industry specialization, functionality and even where and how it can be hosted. Below are a few steps to get you on the right track towards choosing the right ERP.
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Overcoming Challenges with Aerospace Manufacturing ERP

ERP systems usually won’t work out of the box for aerospace manufacturers. There are so many compliance factors, high tech needs and strong engineering goals in the aerospace industry that the ERP systems don’t seem to reach that far. Using software that does not meet all these needs ends up hindering a business, rather than helping it to meet goals and increasing ROI. Aerospace manufacturers needs an ERP that can hit all the necessary requirements: comply, control, communicate, and cut costs. Specific aerospace manufacturing ERP can meet these four goals, and we take a look at how below.

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The Benefits of Working With A VAR

What is a VAR?
As technology changes and becomes more advanced, the end users of that technology can have more difficulty understanding the products on the market and how to use the products on the market. For small businesses, trying to search the market for an expensive ERP program on their own is daunting. This is where a VAR, or value added reseller, comes in. A VAR does more than just resell ERP software. They add more value to the customer by giving advice, offering further services like consulting, engineering, implementation and more. They offer the customer more support than buying straight from the vendor ever will. Below we highlight some of the largest benefits a customer in search of ERP can gain from working with a VAR.

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Choosing the Best Automotive ERP Solution

Automotive manufacturers are faced with solving a difficult puzzle: how do we design a better product while decreasing cost? Luckily, the answer to this question has already been solved. Automotive ERP can help to bring about collaboration, increase innovation and manage the supply chain to become more efficient and reducing costs. However, this brings about another big questions. What is the best automotive ERP choice? Below we take a look at Epicor automotive ERP, one of many great options for the automotive industry.
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The Benefits of Integrating Manufacturing Execution System with ERP

What is a Manufacturing Execution System?
A manufacturing execution system, or MES, controls everything on the shop floor. From real-time data to automation of machines and workflows, the entire manufacturing process can be automated using a manufacturing execution system. A report by Industry Directions actually shows that manufacturers who utilize a manufacturing execution system actually saw a 400 percent increase in profitability over a three year period of time. To get even more benefit from using a manufacturing execution system, many companies are integrating it with their ERP to gain even more data, but those are not the only benefits.
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Combining Discrete and Process Manufacturing for Steel Manufacturing ERP

The steel industry is a unique industry in that it carries characteristics of both process and discrete manufacturing. Most ERP systems are angled toward either manufacturing type, but not both. For steel manufacturing ERP, you need to find a system that can cater to both the process aspects and the discrete aspects while still remaining a powerful solution. Below are some key features that steel manufacturing ERP must have to work well in a mixed manufacturing setting.

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What is a Bill of Material?

What is a BOM?
A BOM, or Bill of Materials, can best be understood by picturing a grocery shopping list. Before you go shopping, you plan out which grocery stores you will stop at to get the best deals and what you will buy at each place. Maybe you plan to stop at the farmers market for your produce, but stop at the local supermarket for your meat. A bill of materials works similarly for manufacturers by stating exactly what you will be ordering, where you will be ordering it from and how much of each product, as well as instructions for putting it together.
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Using Concrete ERP to Become More Efficient

In the concrete industry, there are unique needs that need to be met based on the product you make and sell. Concrete is a product unlike many others, which warrants the need for a solution that can help you to make the best concrete product possible for your customers. Another issue that often arises from concrete is its very short shelf life once mixed, which means concrete manufactures need to ensure that they do not lose any inventory or product. This is where concrete ERP comes in as a helpful solution. Below are three features of concrete ERP that manufacturers may find the most helpful.

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The True Cost of the Sales Tax Holiday

You would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like a bargain, which is why so many retailers offer sales throughout the year. You can find a sale for pretty much any holiday, the Memorial Day sales, Fourth of July sales, Black Friday, back-to-school sales and so on. Shoppers flock to take advantage of these low prices, which is why retailers continue to provide them.
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Avoiding Mislabeling with Food Processing ERP Software

The burden is often on the manufacturer to create the nutritional labels for the food they produce, however, manually creating these labels can result in some unwanted consequences. Since the FDA has labeling requirements, there can be some hefty fines related to mislabeling issues, as well as operational costs to fix the errors. In fact, the average cost of downtime due to mislabeling can result in up to $100,000 an hour. Even more daunting, a simple printing mistake on a label could cause an allergic consumer to end up in anaphylaxis shock. Food processing ERP will automate the labeling of food products so these issues don’t occur.
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The Benefits of a B2B Ecommerce Storefront

Increasingly, customers wants to be able to do everything online, from their Friday night carry-out dinner to the products they use every day for their business. This means that even businesses want to be able to search online for the products they need to buy and also make the purchase right then. This type of convenience could be the deciding factor between your business and a competitor, which is one benefit of having a B2B ecommerce storefront.
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4 Tips for Choosing Food and Beverage Manufacturing ERP

Managing product and manufacturing in the food and beverage industry comes with its own unique challenges simply because of the type of product you are developing. Unlike your average discrete manufacturer that is creating furniture or manufacturing cars, you can’t leave the materials sitting on a shelf. Your finished product cannot sit in inventory for months and the product you create is actually consumed by customers. To tackle these unique challenges, many are turning to food and beverage manufacturing ERP.
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3 Reasons Financial Services ERP Is So Powerful

In the financial services industry, your ERP system needs to be much more robust than that average small to mid-size business ERP. Your accounting functions are more complex, there are more regulations and visibility into finances is extremely important. Increasingly, regulatory bodies and audit firms are pushing financial service companies to employ better ERP systems that can improve financial management from previous manual processes. This is why those in the industry need to specifically look for financial services ERP to meet their unique and specific needs.
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