Did you know that the food manufacturing industry is one of the fastest-growing industries? It is also one of the most dynamic and unpredictable. Not only do they have to deal with safety and recall issues, but there are also requirements for packaging/labeling, managing their recipe/formula, lot tracking/tracing, weights/measurements, and so much more. In addition to all of this, they have to ensure the taste and quality of their products and the company\’s profitability.
To thrive in the industry, they must keep up with the latest trends and technology. And this is where Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software comes in. ERP is not a trend but a critical component to every food manufacturer, impacting all areas of the food manufacturing process.
This article will examine the top four reasons why food manufacturers love ERP.
ERP Creates Consistency and Connection of Processes
When it comes to managing a business, ERP systems play a critical role. Companies use the ERP system to manage the financial aspect of a business. They also use it to plan production, orders/deliveries of raw materials, quality control, warehousing, shipping products to customers, and so much more. All of these are vital pieces to the successful operation of the business.
Each of the above processes is directly related to the rest, and exchanging information allows the business to function. Suppose there is an interruption in the exchange of information. In that case, it can result in delays and increased expenses—potentially harming the business itself as well as commitments with suppliers and customers.
ERP is so important because it can manage each aspect of a food manufacturing business within one system. Meaning instead of being isolated, all of the departments communicate. Each operation reflects in the ERP, and every department can fulfill its duties.
ERP Allows Supervisors to Oversee The Entire Business
One of the primary reasons to use an ERP system is to promote overall transparency in the business. In today\’s evolving market, which is full of opportunities and challenges, you need reliable, timely information.
The ERP system sits at the center, gathering and providing information based on the company\’s state in real-time. It helps improve the process of decision-making and pinpoints any functions or activities that are inefficient. ERP systems provide information that can help optimize the business, making them more competitive and better equipped to meet the always-changing requirements of the current market.
ERP Helps Manage Manufacturing Processes
The key to the success of any manufacturing business is precisely managing production processes. No matter how the process is organized, the goal of every company is to increase efficiency, reduce production costs, and maximize the load.
The information and reports provided by the ERP system can create a solid foundation for precise production planning and also improve the overall management of the production process, including the following:
- Optimizing raw material stock and eliminating surpluses or risk of interrupting the production process because of lack of materials
- Increased control over the supply chain, ordering/tracking the right quantities of products and materials when needed, and planning
- High control over the production process, ability to anticipate issues, and reduce situations that result in downtime
- Improved planning for production facilities
- Ability to trace the implementation of various operations, including those involving manufacturing
ERP Helps Improve Customer Satisfaction
Today\’s market is highly competitive. Customers have anything they could imagine at their fingertips. When they are looking to make a purchase, there are [almost] always plenty of options. An ERP can improve customer satisfaction and retention by planning the production process precisely. It allows sales departments to make commitments they can keep.
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GoldFinch ERP for Food and Beverage offers several benefits for your food manufacturing business—offering a variety of features that you can implement right out of the box. There\’s no need to invest in expensive customizations or third-party apps.
With this solution, you can leverage the power of Salesforce, which means you can manage your entire business with a single, all-inclusive ERP and CRM solution. You won\’t need to maintain expensive IT infrastructure or worry about manually upgrading your software. Contact us today!