There are two kinds of nuts: The kind you eat and the kind that get fixed onto bolts. Microsoft Dynamics ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions will manage and streamline your business processes, whether your company processes and packages edible nuts or manufactures and distributes inedible nuts and bolts. Liberty Grove Software has a long history of implementing comprehensive Microsoft ERP software solutions for both kinds of operations. However, since the requirements for companies in the Food & Beverage sector are quite different than those for companies in the Discrete Manufacturing sector, let's go ahead and look at them separately.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP for Food & Beverage Companies
The core ERP solution for all our clients, including those in the Food & Beverage sector, is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC). Business Central is a native cloud, all-in-one business management solution that integrates ERP and CRM (Customer Relationship Management, also known as Customer Engagement (CE)). It's easy to use and adapt. It connects your financials with your sales, service, and operations, thereby eliminating silos that prevent you from seeing an accurate overall picture of your business.
Liberty Grove takes that connectivity to the next level for Food & Beverage companies by integrating an industry-specific program, DynamicsFoodERP, into your Business Central foundation. DynamicsFoodERP provides all the additional functionality you need to run your enterprise in all the following Food & Beverage segments:
Fruit and Vegetable
Bread and Bakery
Confectionary (Our nuts fall into this 1.9-billion-dollar segment!)
DynamicsFoodERP is a Certified for Microsoft Dynamics (CfMD) solution, purpose-built for the food industry. It addresses the needs of both distributors and manufacturers with features that range from Quality Control, Container Management, and Catch-weight to transport management, in-line scales, and label printing.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP for Discrete Manufacturers
Once again, the core ERP solution for all our discrete manufacturing clients is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (BC). As a rule, BC has the muscle to handle the requirements of our manufacturing clients without the need for add-on applications. You will find, for example, that with Business Central right out of the box, you can:
Create a standard bill of materials (BOM) or easily customize it to a specific job.
Rely on accurate supply planning and demand forecasting.
Automate production and purchase orders to keep the supply in balance with demand.
Use BC's capacity planning functionality to route specific production orders and plan for the associated material requirements.
Take advantage of the finite loading feature to ensure no more work is assigned to a work center at capacity.
Calculate capable-to-promise (CTP).
AND SO MUCH MORE
At Liberty Grove, where we always have focused on manufacturing and distribution, nearly 90% of our clients fall into one or both of these disciplines.
We are acutely aware of the challenges facing manufacturers, and we work with our clients to mitigate the risks associated with those challenges, using tools such as BI (Business Intelligence), the IoT (Internet of Things), automation, and robotics. These tools are increasingly built into the new releases of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central that come out twice a year.
Microsoft Dynamics ERP for Distribution
To state the obvious, whether your enterprise is in the Food & Beverage industry or the Manufacturing sector, ultimately, your products must be distributed. We will delve into the distribution capabilities of Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central in an upcoming blog.
Meanwhile, you can read about Business Central for Distributors here.