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SMB Food Manufacturing ERP
As ERP technology continues to develop and improve with new enhancements, amplified features, and AI tools to help automate tasks, more and more niche markets can find solutions specific to their business requirements. An industry that we are quite familiar with here at Softengine is the small to midsize food and beverage manufacturing industry. SMB food manufacturing companies require unique necessities from their business solutions in order to perpetuate success. In today’s blog, learn how the SMB food manufacturing industry benefits from implementing an ERP solution tailored to its needs.
Specific functions this industry is heavily focused on are Recall Management, Traceability, Inventory Control, and Quality Assurance. These business processes hold incredible weight and importance for the food industry because if even just one of these are missing, the results could be disastrous. This is where Food ERP solutions become incredibly helpful with maintaining efficiency, accuracy and increasing visibility for the company.
Recall Management: Recalls are truly a nightmare for food businesses of all sizes, but they can be especially difficult for the small to midsize market because they may not have the facility or staff size to handle the recall as quickly as possible. When running on solutions such as QuickBooks or Excel, it could take quite a while to track down the recalls and accurately report the findings in time. With the help of an ERP solution, these businesses achieve the visibility necessary to complete accurate recalls and alert the proper parties in a timely manner. Additionally, companies can conduct recall practice runs using the same precision as if it were an actual recall to be fully prepared in the event of an actual recall. Maintaining compliance with the FDA is imperative for food manufacturers. Being equipped with solutions that streamline processes such as recalls, helps to remain compliant and in good standing with FDA requirements.
Traceability: Food traceability processes are important to implement to ensure safety throughout the entire manufacturing cycle. Utilizing food ERP solutions, companies can track down specific batches, ingredients, machine numbers etc. to find exactly where a contamination or fault took place during manufacturing. Real-time traceability allows for up-to-date, swift, and accurate actions to remove contaminated batches and ingredients from circulating through the manufacturing cycle. Overseeing the entire cycle from supply chain to packaging provides immense insight into where there is room for efficiency improvement and where there are gaps in communication. Traceability processes in essence provide food manufacturing businesses the data, visibility, and functionality to remain compliant and have a much deeper understanding of their manufacturing processes from start to finish.
Inventory Control: Having visibility into inventory stock levels is essential for not only food manufacturers but for all industries. However, for the food industry, the benefits and reasons for implementing differ slightly than for others. When a food company buys perishable ingredients and sells food products that have short shelf lives, having an inventory management solution to make sure the items do not perish in a warehouse is incredibly important. With the help of an inventory management solution, companies have a clear view into what items are on hand and when they arrived so they can avoid expiration. They can also ensure products are stored at the proper temperature and location when they arrive.
Quality Assurance: By leveraging an ERP solution to automate processes such as inventory control, recalls, and supply chain management, SMB food manufacturers can guarantee higher levels of quality assurance. Meeting customer demand while prioritizing top notch quality and safe products can become stressful when demand increases. With an implemented Food ERP solution, companies gain reporting functionality coupled with process automation in order to stay on top of demand while operating in accordance with safety standards. By utilizing customizable reports generated by the software, food businesses can make data-driven decisions about when to buy certain ingredients, what products sell the fastest based on shelf life, and much more.
Overall, there are an abundance of reasons why SMB Food businesses can benefit from implementing a food ERP solution. From basic accounting and streamlining of processes to specific food related activities such as raw materials management and catch-weight capabilities.
Softengine, with our years of experience in the SMB food and beverage industry, has developed a powerful Food ERP solution designed with these specific needs in mind. Food One, powered by SAP Business One, enables food companies to ensure food safety, comply with industry standards, and simplify many processes through automation. Effective warehouse management, inventory control, and accounting features are built in to help food and beverage companies deliver high-quality products, less waste, and grow business.
Let us help your food manufacturing business thrive with the help of Softengine Food One!
More information regarding the specific features and functionality of Food One can be accessed through these links:
Download our Food ERP Guide: FoodOne | 2021’s Top Food ERP | SAP Business One (softengine.com)
Learn more about ERP for the Food and Beverage Industry: SAP Business One – ERP Solution for the Food Industry (softengine.com)
Contact one of our Softengine Food One specialists for further inquiries: [email protected]