The benefits to process manufacturing food and beverage companies through Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are many. Industry specific ERP systems are a phenomenal way to greatly increase productivity and profitability, and all areas of the company can benefit. For food and beverage companies, we’ve highlighted a few of the business areas that enjoy the greatest level of benefits from the real-time, integrated business information that ERP solutions provide.
For anyone who has ever been involved with the management of inventory, it is likely you understand how frustrating and confusing the process can be. Not to mention how expensive it can become when it is not managed efficiently. An ERP takes the headache out of inventory management and alleviates issues including material planning, warehouse organization, inventory control, material location and quantities, and both inbound and outbound shipping. Constant and accurate communication is essential for smooth and effective inventory management. Using an ERP system takes care of all these areas and more to ensure your inventory is right on track.
The amount of information that is involved in the manufacturing processes of food and beverage companies is extensive. Especially when you consider the importance that that information properly flows through the correct channels in the right manner. Using an ERP takes that massive amount of data and processes it to effectively streamline areas such as production planning, scheduling, formula management, nutritional properties, traceability, and many others. Manufacturing decisions can be made quickly and costly errors can be eliminated due to the real-time access of information. This can also increase production rates and reduce the possibility of production delays.
Safety and Quality
Because of the nature of food and beverage products, the regulations and requirements that must be strictly followed are much more involved than many other industries. If your products are provided to customers that are of lower quality, even if done on one occasion only, it can greatly damage your bottom line. You risk losing a client and also losing your hard-earned reputation. The same is true for product safety including recall management and product traceability. Issues in this area could bring major legal ramifications and could be extremely dangerous to the public.