To satisfy the needs of food and beverage companies, the following functional enhancements are provided:
In the food and beverage industry, it is quite common for suppliers and customers to negotiate price agreements. For example, commissions, discounts or rebates that are given if a certain quantity is bought within an agreed period. Companies need to record these price agreements with suppliers and customers, and to track any accrued commissions or rebates due to them. Accrual is particularly important when large volumes are involved.
As a supplier to retailers, you most likely have to fulfill the requirement of sending and receiving messages via EDI. This will often exend to your third party warehouses for both inbound and outbound activity.
Your company purchases, produces or delivers products in both cases as well as kilograms/pounds. You need to track both the weight and cases for each transaction. Catch Weight allows you to sell in cases and price by weight. An extension of this is volume and weight tracking.
Customers and governments are continuously setting stricter requirements for quality and food safety (for example HACCP and GMP). You can integrate your testing and automatic Lot Status updates with your operations. The test results allow you to create Certificates of Analysis for the items that you ship. Full lot traceability allows you to manage issues regardless of where they originate in your supply chain and quickly initiate corrective actions.
Production and distribution companies in the food & beverage industry must have full control over all incoming and outgoing goods. Quality and quantity controls are essential. This process can be managed by assigning an automatically assigning lot status to incoming and manufactured goods. To enable this process to run efficiently and effectively, you need an ERP system that supports and automates this process wherever possible.
Sometimes, your organisation must deal with complaints. Complaints can be received from customers, but you may also have complaints towards suppliers or internal issues. Not addressing complaints properly may have serious consequences for your company. A complaint may even mean that you have to recall certain products from the market. It is therefore essential to use established procedures to deal with these situations.
Good planning is of vital importance for calculating correct lead times in your production department, and for a good match between supply and demand. Generating a comprehensive plan that takes into account all these factors, such as machine capacity, labor, and availability of critical materials is a complex matter and an important objective for companies in the food and beverage sector.
Variety of Planning Tools
There are several planning methods that food and beverage companies use. You have the choice of serveral different planning approaches to match your operations. Master Production Schedule (MPS) and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) allow you to plan your entire operation. You may have constraints that relate to your intermediate products that, so Batch Plannng can be used.
Your organization uses its own transport or external carriers to deliver ordered goods. This is done for outgoing shipments. You want to provide your carrier with detailed information about the order, including the product and load details.
You work with products that are sold by weight, so in line scales are used. In order to weigh and record the ouput of items quickly and accurately, the scales are connected to directly to your system.
The use of handheld devices and tablets that communicate with your ERP solution via is common within the food and beverage. Handheld devices put inquiries and transactions in the users hands allowing them to complete their work away from PCs.
There are a number of places where labels are required in a food and beverage operation. An integrated labeling solution provides you with different formats to meet your needs from receipt to shipping.
Containers allow you to assign a unique indentifier to pallet. The container number is then used to easily identify the contents (e.g. item, quantity and lot number), location and expiry details. The movements are streamlined since you only need to move the Container and not each item individually.