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In January 2004, when aluminum giant Alcoa divested from Centennial, Colorado-based Stolle Machinery, Stolle’s management had to make some fast decisions about its enterprise application platform. Stolle Machinery designs, manufactures, and distributes equipment for the metal container industry. This equipment is used by packaging giants like Rexam and Ball, and these Stolle customers supply beverage companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi as well as companies that can supply major food products, including SPAM®.
A family-owned company with Depression-era roots brought its IT system into the 21st century by investing in an integrated business system. The company achieved a variety of efficiencies, including dramatic reductions in both finished goods inventory and lead times on customer orders.
Butcher’s Pet Care has implemented IFS Applications as its core ERP system. Delivered on-time and within budget, the investment provides a complete business management system with advanced forecasting and demand planning capabilities.Customer service support is also benefiting from increased visibility and seamless connectivity between sales, production and the warehouse. Read more about how Buther's Pet Care mastered the art of demand-driven manufacturing with IFS Applications.
Intercontinental Brands (ICB) produces 20 million bottles every year at its Middlesbrough plant.. Shipping to countries worldwide, the company’s first aim was to establish a single version of the truth by ripping out and replacing a number of disparate, aging systems. Its investment in software applications has given it room to grow, and dispensing its spreadsheets and filing cabinets for good.
Using IFS Applications™, Globus has gone from a bespoke, manual legacy system to a sensitive automated planning tool. All business areas are now fully integrated, providing enhanced inventory control as well as service delivery capacity. The result is significant savings in time, resources and costs.
Transportation logistics can be a challenge in and of itself, but without the right information at hand — it can quickly become a nightmare.
Flash back to a moment in time just 10 years ago — two 20-somethings out on the town stop into a burger joint. They look at the menu, order, and eat without thinking much about anything other than taste and price. Imagine a similar scenario today, but instead with assistance from the couples’ smartphones, they pause to consider the establishment’s source of beef, if gluten-free buns are offered, and whether the company uses recyclable products.
Believing your food safety processes are of the highest standard isn't enough. Can you be certain every employee made the best food safety decisions every time they faced one? Can you support this with data? If not, ask another question: “Do you want to sit in front of a jury relying on a belief your company produced food at the highest possible standards?”
An effective trade spending program's impact on sales can dwarf other marketing efforts. The hard part is identifying what's effective, then quantifying it. The right business software can help do just that.
Food business leaders understand implementing new integrated business software is a significant and technical challenge. But, many overlook things standing in the way of success, like resistance to change.
Supply Chain Management is a constant struggle. Between giving consumers insights, meeting their demands, keeping real-time inventory, and ensuring all products meet quality specifications, there is a lot of data to manage. That's where Artificial Intelligence (AI) can provide F&B companies with new supply chain insights to stay ahead of the curve.
A lack of supply chain coordination can lead to significant problems — from frequent changes in production schedules and expedited transfers and shipments in distribution, to lack of visibility into future demand, and inventory in the wrong place and at the wrong time. This white paper will help food and beverage manufacturers understand how supply chain functions, such as demand and inventory planning, can positively impact their overall operations and bottom line.
John Beeze, Director of FCI Container Handling at Bevcorp, took some time out of his schedule at PACK EXPO 2014 to discuss some key issues in the beverage industry.