Condensed product lifecycles and slimmer margins mean you need to focus on both operational efficiency and product quality. At the same time, you need the ability to fast track ingredient from their point of derivation to mitigate risks and respond to recalls.
That means the systems that run your business need to give you visibility, control, and information that you can use to make rapid decisions. A modern, cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that is purpose-built for process manufacturers like you connects your entire supply chain, collecting information at key points in production so you can get the insight you need to make more-informed decisions about your business.
Here are four compelling reasons why you should consider cloud ERP:
Inventory accuracy is critical, not only from a cost perspective but also from a safety point of view. Green Flash Brewery relies on its cloud ERP software solution to pinpoint ingredients that go into its beer recipes. The system tracks each aspect of inventory at the lot or container level while keeping a detailed inspection trail at each step of the process. Using bar-coding and labels eliminates human error as inventory is checked in at every stage of receiving, production, and shipping.
As more food and beverage manufacturers, source ingredients from global suppliers, rework, waste, and product recalls become a higher risk. For Aaron Thomas Company, a full-service packaging corporation for the food industry, ensuring that proper quality checks are executed at the right times were a challenge. Paper-based processes leave room for error but with an ERP solution, consistency and control can be mechanized and audited. The company can now instantly monitor each step of the making process to ensure that proper checks have been completed.
Recalls represent a major disruption to normal operations so your best strategy is to prevent them at all costs. Tracking every movement of raw materials and finished goods–both inside and outside of your facilities can prepare you not only for the unlikely recall but provide documentation for the very likely audits that you will run into. Cloud ERP improves process transparency so you know if there are quality issues ahead of time.
Keeping up with industry compliance can be its own full-time job. Rather than simply maintaining compliance documentation, you can create business processes that result in compliance and enforce operational rigor and result in compliant behavior and the associated documentation. Your systems should help make this process as streamlined and effective as possible. A cloud-based ERP system supports HACCP, process flow charting, statistical process controls, electronic signature, and more to move from an unthinking to a preventative safety culture.