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Case Study: Brookside Flavors

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NexTec and Sage X3 are key ingredients to success for Brookside Flavors

NexTec implemented Sage X3, giving the company a firm grip on inventory, access to data in real time, and set them up for a full transformation of their business.

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About Brookside Flavors & Ingredients

Brookside Flavors & Ingredients is a company with exceptional taste — manufacturing sweet and savory ingredient blends and enhancers utilized by some of the biggest names in the food industry. Brookside is an industry leader using natural, organic and non-GMO flavors and ingredients.

Industry - Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and Beverage
Branchburg, NJ
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System selected
Sage X3

“NexTec brings an abundance of expertise and knowledge of best business practices to our projects that is helping us get the most from Sage X3 and preparing us for our continuing growth and success.”

Dean Karkazis, Director of Operational Analytics, Brookside Flavors

Main functionalities

Here’s how NexTec Group and Sage X3 helped solve Brookside Flavor’s challenges:

Improves efficiency

The company has seen significant improvements in inventory accuracy, order allocation, production tracking, and general efficiency. Employees can now enter data in multiple areas of the facility rather than waiting on one person to enter data into the software.

“NexTec shares our approach to doing business. We both insist on doing things right.”

Dean Karkazis, Director of Operational Analytics, Brookside Flavors

End-to-end solution

NexTec implemented a full suite of tightly integrated business management solutions, including: Sage X3 financial, distribution, and manufacturing suites; Sage HRMS; Sage Payment Solutions; True Commerce EDI; Solver BI360; and a complete RFID system.

Key Results

Single, robust solution provides visibility and functionality across multiple locations and departments
A skilled and well-planned implementation kept the project on time and in budget
Previously manual processes have been automated, saving time and money
The company can now collect a vast amount of quality-related data on its thousands of products

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The modern manufacturer’s guide to digital technology

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Industry 4.0 is driving innovation and improving manufacturing business processes around the world.Digitalization is often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.  While digital transformation has come quickly to certain industries, including consumer products, finance, and banking, manufacturing has been slower to adopt the innovations that come with digitalization.

Companies that embrace the opportunities of digital transformation and information technology have the chance to rewrite the playbook within their industry. Digital transformation opens up significant possibilities around business models, business processes, and the work itself.

Below is the modern manufacturer’s guide to digitalization.

Why digitalization matters

The rapid change taking place in varied industries points to the opportunity of digital innovation. Companies are rewriting whole business models to leverage technological opportunities. For some companies, that means entering new industries and market share. Think about the roles companies like DoorDash and Uber have played in the food service and transportation industries, respectively. Consider the impact of microlending in rural areas by new banking companies that are gaining market share in areas where markets previously did not exist.

For manufacturing companies, the old way of doing things will not suffice in a digital world. Companies need to adapt or risk being left behind as competitors or new players encroach on existing markets.

Digital technologies are ubiquitous and felt throughout the manufacturing value chain. R&D, supply chain, operations, warehousing, distribution, and transportation all have seen digital transformation change the way work is done. These technologies do not just disrupt business models; they can also transform how work is completed.

For example, information technology today allows partners throughout the supply chain to interact, using the same real-time data to pinpoint problems and solutions. Remote employees, working on multiple devices and in different time zones, can access data and interact in ways that were not feasible just a few years ago. By allowing designers, suppliers, operations managers, and distribution leaders to work together, dramatic efficiencies can be gained that reduce downtime.

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The Internet of Things, data analytics, and cloud computing are transforming the way things are made.

Tools and trends in digital manufacturing

Manufacturers are responding to the digital revolution in multiple ways. Each relies on the sharing and distribution of data across departments, and among partners, to better leverage new technologies.

Manufacturers generate petabytes of data about their products, operations, equipment, production processes, and use. The challenge is how to integrate that data effectively to ensure that all employees can leverage the information to make better decisions. The answer is an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that integrates data across functional areas and allows teams to work together in the same system – from sales to production to distribution and beyond. With Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), companies can share data from the ERP with other businesses, including suppliers, vendors, distributors, and customers.

Data is clearly the key and will continue to be critical as manufacturing industries use it in the following ways:

  • Data analytics. More data are provided by objects in the Internet of Things (IoT), which contain software, sensors, and wireless connectivity. These devices can collect, transmit, and store data and alert people or other devices about issues, repairs, maintenance, or productivity. This collection of data gives manufacturers a clearer sense of the supply chain, and how products are moving through the factory. Multiple people can review data at the same time, and adjustments can be made to deliveries and operations to improve efficiency.
  • Reducing footprint. With a better understanding of processes, companies can reduce the footprint of factories, storage, and distribution facilities. Less footprint means leaner manufacturing and reduced production costs.
  • Digital technology product life cycle.  Transforming product life cycles into a digital format provides greater visibility into products to streamline development. According to McKinsey, digital technology product life cycle management may help to eliminate bottlenecks like rigidly sequenced processes or complex division of responsibility between R&D teams.
  • Better relationships. Data sent by users can be leveraged to improve the way products are built and how manufacturers respond to inquiries. Customers today expect connected relationships with the makers and sellers of products and are more willing to share information.
  • Less complexity. Complexity can slow down processes and introduce lag that drives up costs. With cloud computing, large data sets, and real-time analytics, companies can swiftly pinpoint bottlenecks and reduce complexity in the manufacturing and distribution processes.
  • Professional collaborationManufacturing USA (formerly the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation) is a federal program that brings together industrial, academic, and government partners to help improve competitiveness among US companies. It also provides a robust R&D infrastructure. Similar efforts are underway in Germany and China. The global Industrial Internet Consortium is focused on bringing together partners around the world to create a “securely connected and controlled” industrial Internet of Things “to deliver transformational outcomes.”

Technologies transforming manufacturing

Many technologies are leading the way for digital manufacturing. In addition to the Internet of Things (IoT), here are a few other areas where digital technology is transforming manufacturing.

  • 3D Printing.  By using digital designs and various resins, plastics or metals, 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, can make parts in small lots. In addition, 3D printing and shipping on demand can dramatically reduce downtime and reduce costs. 3D printing helps create better prototypes and reduces the time from concept to production. Some of these 3D parts are also lighter and more durable, creating efficiency gains in manufacturing, aerospace, and transportation. 3D printing can help propel innovation by accelerating the prototype process and allow for faster collaboration and testing.
  • Advanced Materials. New materials are projected as being critical to solving critical societal issues and trends such as energy efficiency, resource shortages, chemical safety, and next-generation consumer devices. These materials may include advanced composites that, to date, have only been used in high-cost applications. However, advances in manufacturing processes and production efficiency may allow the use of these composites in more industries and production methods.
  • Augmented Reality. Advances in computer science, computer vision, and virtual reality have allowed for more accurate work. Using goggles, employees can follow text and graphics to help do complex tasks using real-time information. The tools can assess the timing and accuracy of the work being done and improve the quality and safety on the line. These technologies can help enhance training, improve response times for maintenance, supplies, inventory management, and R&D. These technologies could also be licensed to other companies looking to improve operations and design new and better equipment.
  • Cloud Computing. Connected services, applications, and data access empower employees in different functional areas, on different devices and in different locations to access, discuss, and act on the same information, all in real-time. In addition, the growth of powerful analytics programs means that data collected from disparate systems can be displayed in easily usable formats for better decision-making.
  • Nanotechnology. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. Nanotechnology encompasses materials between 1 and 100 nanometers that can be used to make strong, durable, lightweight objects for boats, autos, sporting equipment, eyewear, and medical devices.
  • Robotics. Automated manufacturing has been around for decades and has taken off in the past decade. Some critics believe that robotics actually stifles innovation by eliminating humans from the process of discovery within a particular process or product. In the United States and elsewhere, robotics is not seen as a full-replacement choice, but instead is complementing a human workforce. Known as “cobotics,” this approach is gaining momentum, allowing for innovation in complex manufacturing processes.

Are you ready for the digital manufacturing revolution?

Companies that have yet to venture into digital manufacturing need to consider several critical questions to decide whether the approach is right for their organization. C-suite executives should be asking the following:

  • How will digital technologies disrupt my industry over the next five to 10 years?
  • What new ecosystems will emerge as a result of that digital disruption?
  • Where is the value for our company in digital transformation? How do we maximize that?
  • What new skills, capabilities, platforms, technologies, and employees will our organization need?
  • How will we find, assess, and select those new assets?
  • How do we prioritize and implement new processes, such as the digital technology product life cycle?
  • How close is the digital revolution to the doors of our factories and our board rooms?
  • What investments can we make now to infrastructure and cybersecurity?
  • What partnerships do we need with technology providers, with government or industry organizations, or within our supply chain?
  • Where should we start? What would be a good project to test?

Systems become a critical component of digital manufacturing. Leveraging the interrelated complexity within the organization is important. By bringing together manufacturing, operations, marketing, sales, distribution, payroll, and analytics, an organization will be ready to adapt to the new technologies.

ERP brings together the data from across the organization, providing a coherent and consistent display of information on performance. The right ERP solution is a major step toward digital innovation and can put you miles ahead of the competition.

NexTec Group has over 25 years of experience helping companies select and implement ERP software. Our consultants have deep expertise in manufacturing and can accelerate your digital transformation. For more about how NexTec can help your company embrace Industry 4.0, read our free guide on 10 tips for smarter ERP selection.

Business Intelligence in agriculture: What does it mean in practical terms

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Inspecting agriculture.

Agriculture can benefit from cloud-based technology in many ways.

We’re living in the era of Big Data. While we tend to think of data as being a highly coveted asset among companies in technology, finance, and retail, it’s also important to recognize its role in the agriculture sector.

Agriculture businesses share many of the same goals as businesses in other industries:

  • They seek to find new ways to lower costs with minimal or no sacrifices.
  • They want to maximize profits in the face of rising operating costs or changes in demand.
  • They continue to cater to their audience’s needs by producing high-quality, trustworthy products.
  • They want to improve their vendor and supplier relationships for ongoing success.

Any company or industry that uses business intelligence may find these goals are more feasible and more easily achieved with the implementation of business intelligence systems.

What do we mean by business intelligence?

Burlap bag and crops.

Data-driven decisions can improve profitability.

Business intelligence, or BI, refers to the software, systems, processes, and other technologies that collect and report on business-critical information. The goal of BI is to allow companies to tap into their data to make better business decisions.

When applied to agriculture, business intelligence can cover a broad array of technologies, including but not limited to:

  • Sensors in the fields
  • Mobile devices with agriculture-specific apps
  • Cloud-based software and computing for real-time updates
  • Precision agriculture systems
  • Internet of Things-enabled equipment and gadgets

When BI systems are thoughtfully developed, they can monitor every aspect of a farming operation and collect and crunch data that farmers can use to make improvements.

What are the benefits of business intelligence?

Farming storage.

Business intelligence creates smarter farms.

Proper analysis of the amount of data that can be collected by farming organizations is virtually impossible using conventional methods. Adopting BI systems allows farms to make better use of their data and take advantage of its intended benefits, including:

  • Making data-driven decisions

First and foremost, business intelligence drives smarter decisions. Farming’s purpose of providing a service essential to life leaves little room for error, and farms need data they can trust. BI systems provide real-time data across the entire business operation so that farmers can better understand the impact of their decisions on specific areas and the organization as a whole.

  • Increasing competitive advantages

Farming businesses are no strangers to competing for sales of the same product, particularly as many regions or areas grow similar crops simply because of natural conditions. With greater intelligence and better decisions come opportunities to improve, which could help you gain an advantage over competing farms.

  • Improving forecasting

Forecasting is an essential part of running a successful agribusiness. All of your production must be planned in advance, which means you must take into account your anticipated market demand, weather conditions, labor availability, and potential obstacles that could impact your goals. BI can help you with forecasting because it collects data over time and can detect trends and anomalies based on large sets of your own data.

  • Integrating a network of agri-tech

Smart tech in agriculture is growing, and BI serves as an anchor point to unite multiple technologies. BI connects various points of data with each other to develop deeper insights into your farming operations.

Use cases for BI in agriculture

Observing growth of plants.

How can farms use BI?

The agriculture industry as a whole demonstrates the need to apply business intelligence to a variety of use cases. In doing so, farming operations are in a better position to achieve the above benefits. Some of these use cases include:

  • Production planning

There are many moving parts to planning a crop: availability and preparation of the land, planting, irrigation, harvesting, and shipping, to name a few. BI can rely on data from previous years to improve your planning and allow you to avoid reinventing the wheel with each new production cycle.

  • Sales goals

As your farming expenses change, so may your sales goals in order to maintain profitability. BI systems can monitor the financial end of your operations and help you improve your production to ensure you’re hitting the right objectives.

  • Managing recalls

No farm wants to find itself at the center of a recall. For starters, recalls can be extremely expensive in terms of lost revenue and damaged vendor and supplier trust. Plus, it’s not always easy to trace recalled items through the supply chain.

BI helps to simplify this process by keeping up with batch numbers, harvest dates, storage conditions, sell dates, and other important data that can help you mitigate the impact of a recall.

  • Waste reduction

One of every farm’s primary goals is to reduce waste at every link in its operations chain. Spoilage means goods are no longer viable to sell, which can eat into profits. Other types of waste, including damage to equipment, unnecessary irrigation, or other activities that don’t add value can also impact a farm’s profit.

BI systems are comprehensive in nature and serve to help farms identify areas of waste across your operations. This allows you to plug money leaks before they wreak havoc on your finances.

Deploying Sage X3 in your agriculture business intelligence strategy

When examining specific use cases for BI in agriculture, it’s not just a matter of collecting and reviewing data. Farmers also need a simple way to tap into the data they find most useful in a way that’s agile and user-friendly. Many don’t have time to master a steep learning curve and need an intuitive interface and features to get up and running right out of the gate to make it worthwhile.

Because of these factors, many agriculture businesses find Sage X3 to be a favorable solution. Its powerful features are designed with agribusiness needs in mind to increase profits and reduce expenses while focusing on core business functions like production, finances, and the supply chain.

As a long-time Sage X3 implementation partner, NexTec puts years of experience behind developing and launching business intelligence systems for agriculture organizations. We’ve designed additional functionality around agriculture business needs that can help you make the most of your data. Get our short guide to BI and what it can do for your business.

2020 Food and Beverage Manufacturing Study

2020 Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Survey – Special COVID-19 Edition

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2020 Food and Beverage Manufacturing StudySpecial Edition: COVID-19 and the Food & Beverage Industry

NexTec Group recently finished a survey of over 100 Food and Beverage Manufacturers across the US. This year, we wanted to learn how food and beverage manufacturers are responding to the coronavirus crisis and how they are preparing for the “new normal.” 85% of the respondents have experienced supply chain disruptions and a majority indicated that their ERP and CRM software has been highly valuable in managing through these turbulent times.

Download the report to see what else we found out, including

  • The effect the pandemic has had on demand for products and the supply chain
  • What contingency or continuity plans food and beverage manufacturers had in place
  • The actions they have taken or plan to take in response to the pandemic
  • What software and technology manufacturers found most valuable during the pandemic
  • What new software and technology manufacturers plan to use as a result of the pandemic

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We hope this report provides you with some insight and helps you plan for the future. Should you need any advice on ERP, CRM, or BI software or how to set up your operations to help mitigate issues during a crisis and put your company on the path to a strong, solid future, please contact us using the form on the right.

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Case Study: Elmer Candy

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NexTec and Sage X3 make life sweeter for Elmer Candy

NexTec implemented Sage X3, giving the company a firm grip on inventory, access to data in real-time, and set them up for a full transformation of their business.

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About Elmer Candy

Elmer Candy Corporation, established in 1855, is one of the most successful chocolatiers in the United States. Its sweet confections, primarily boxed chocolates, are sold at retailers across the country, including Walmart, Costco, Kroger, and Target. If you’ve purchased chocolates for Valentine’s Day, Christmas or another holiday, you’ve most likely picked up a box from Elmer Candy. To meet the high holiday demand, Elmer Candy must accurately forecast sales, ensure its supplies of raw ingredients, and efficiently craft, package, and distribute its goods.

Industry - Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and Beverage
Ponchatoula, LA
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System selected
Sage X3

“In the end, NexTec offered the single best combination of partner experience, end-to-end functionality, and competitive pricing. We felt confident in our decision from the start, and that confidence hasn’t wavered.”

Joseph Wiley, MIS Director, Elmer Candy

Main functionalities

Here’s how NexTec Group and Sage X3 helped solve Elmer Candy’s challenges:

Improves efficiency

The company has seen significant improvements in inventory accuracy, order allocation, production tracking, and general efficiency. Employees can now enter data in multiple areas of the facility rather than waiting on one person to enter data into the software.

“We are positioned to fully transform our business, and NexTec is leading the way.”

Joseph Wiley, MIS Director, Elmer Candy

End-to-end solution

NexTec implemented a full suite of tightly integrated business management solutions, including: Sage X3 financial, distribution, and manufacturing suites; Sage HRMS; Sage Payment Solutions; True Commerce EDI; Solver BI360; and a complete RFID system.

Key Results

Elmer Candy saw a full return on investment in just one season
Real-time data has facilitated rapid and informed decision-making
Sage X3 has made it possible to complete lot traceability reports in a matter of seconds
The company is positioned to grow 10-15% thanks to improved accuracy and streamlined processes

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7 Food and beverage supply chain challenges for 2020

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Woman inspecting food item in a manufacturing plant.

Production scheduling and quality control are the top challenges for food and beverage companies in 2020.

Production scheduling and quality control are the top challenges for food and beverage companies in 2020. Food and beverage companies face increasing calls for transparency in sourcing and processing, increased demand for e-commerce and sourcing in an uncertain global marketplace.

Here’s a closer look at 7 food and beverage supply chain challenges for 2020 and how the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can help.

Challenge 1: Use of plastics

Sustainability is essential for food and beverage companies, but at the same time the industry has increased the number of single-use plastics containers being offered for ready-to-eat dining. Businesses face increased demands for sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging, from straws to cups to storage. With many plastics coming from the global marketplace, companies need to have different channels for supply, including alternative suppliers and packaging materials.

Challenge 2: Regulatory burdens

A more stringent regulatory landscape continues to challenge the industry. On the heels of adoption of the U.S. Food Safety and Modernization Act and Safe Food for Canadians regulations, companies now face increased food safety standards from multiple jurisdictions. Significant reporting and documentation rules cover food production, including waste disposal, food quality, and traceability.

Challenge 3: Demand forecasting

Accurate forecasting helps food and beverage companies optimize their production efficiency, reduce inventory costs, improve distribution and streamline purchasing. Demand forecasting requires accurate data to help employees make informed decisions for the future of their business.

Challenge 4: Global visibility

Businesses need access to global supply chain options with meaningful connections to global trading partners. This will be an increasingly challenging component of production in 2020, given economic instability, geopolitical disputes, and the ongoing coronavirus threat.
Food and beverage companies need clear visibility to their operation in order to diversify suppliers and customers to offset the challenges of a global marketplace.

Person looking at information on a tablet in a food manufacturing plant.

Food and beverage companies need reliable means of sourcing ingredients in a global marketplace.

Challenge 5: Predictive scheduling

Even without the current volatility in the supply chain, companies need to use automation and business intelligence to optimize production schedules. The right food ERP can eliminate scheduling bottlenecks, improve inventory visibility, and reduce waste.

Challenge 6: E-Commerce expectations

Food and beverage companies have historically been slow to embrace e-commerce, but recent events have caused accelerated adoption. Better supply chain and logistics management are helping companies turn the corner, allowing businesses to reduce delivery times, meet consumer expectations for availability and freshness, and reducing time-to-market for new products.

Challenge 7: Inventory management

Inventory accuracy and availability are long-held challenges in the industry. With the right technologies in place, companies can address perishability, space management, traceability, assembly, scheduling, and delivery complexities, resulting in less waste and rework, leading to improved profit margins.

How to address supply chain issues with food ERP solutions

FoodBusiness ERP from NexTec is built on Sage X3 to deliver an integrated cloud-based food ERP with functionality that addresses the greatest supply chain challenges for 2020. Built for food and beverage, FoodBusiness ERP includes the following core features:

  • Full financial management
  • Customer and supplier management
  • Real time visibility to inventory levels and cost
  • Recipe management
  • Demand forecasting
  • Yield calculations and tracking through production
  • Byproduct management
  • Quality and hold management at each stage of production
  • Production sequencing and allergen tracking
  • Shelf-life management with expiration and use-by dates controls
  • Warehouse management with barcode printing
  • Full forward and backward traceability
  • Product recall management

FoodBusiness ERP helps food and beverage companies identify the right business software. Our skilled consultants and engineers work with companies like yours at every phase of the process, from specifications and selection to installation and optimization.

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Recorded Webcast: Managing food and beverage manufacturing during a crisis

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, the dramatic volatility facing food and beverage is unlike anything experienced in modern times. According to ABI Research, the pandemic will substantially impact supply chains and the $15 trillion revenue that had been forecasted for 2020. That uncertainty is one of the core reasons why enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are so critical to maintaining business continuity.

In this recording, Sage, NexTec Group and Elmer Candy speak about:

  • Keeping production on track
  • Managing shifts in demand
  • Reacting to supply chain challenges
  • Proactive risk analysis
  • Changing product mix and delivery cycles
  • Managing cash flow, financials and planning

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The importance of supply chain transparency in cannabis businesses

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Person inspecting a cannabis plant.

Customer safety and compliance are key issues that can be addressed with the right cannabis ERP solution.

The cannabis industry, still a relatively new business sector, is grappling with dramatic growth. Among the consequences of the rapid rise in demand and profits are increased regulatory pressure and customer expectations about quality and consistency.

For fledgling cannabis companies and established players, that means an increased reliance on sound supply chain management. With proper supply chain tools in place, your cannabis business can be prepared for high growth and the challenges that come with it.

The importance of consistency

One of the hallmarks of the food and beverage industry is consistency in taste, color, aroma, and consistency. Coca-Cola tastes the same in most corners of the world, for example, and a McDonald’s French fry is generally the same texture and taste wherever you get it.

Cannabis companies face the same challenges today – delivering consistent products to build and retain repeat business. Customers expect the same products they buy to taste and affect them the same way months later. However, for companies that are not vertically integrated from seed to sale, there’s a real risk of lost business.

This issue is especially challenging for companies that operate in multiple states or provinces. But given the legal challenges, it’s increasingly more difficult for multi-state operators to deliver consistency. That’s where your cannabis business needs enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools that streamline and standardize supply chain operations.

Cannabis bud, oil and gel.

Customers expect consistent quality in their cannabis purchases.

The challenge of cannabis compliance

Compliance challenges reinforce the importance of supply chain standardization. The cannabis industry faces multiple challenges with compliance:

  • A lack of industry best practices for remaining in compliance across multiple jurisdictions
  • An evolving regulatory landscape as more states legalize cannabis and local regulations remain inconsistent. Frequent changes to regulations create an additional compliance issue
  • A lack of standardized testing guidelines, largely due to the federal illegality issues, leading states to create their own standard and enforcement protocols
  • Production inconsistencies that can impact consumer safety

What’s needed are cannabis ERP tools that help standardize supply chain operations, especially around compliance, testing, and safety. The cannabis supply chain needs to facilitate business practices that provide for product consistency, especially as companies seek to scale up operations. Your cannabis ERP needs to provide quality control, meet evolving regulatory guidelines and access resources consistently and efficiently.

These same tools must also address issues such as traceability and sustainability, as customers expect these companies, as they do of other makers of consumer products, to practice sustainable production and positive social impact.

Finding the right cannabis ERP

NexTec CannaBusiness ERP provides your cannabis company with tools that solve unique and complex industry supply chain issues. Built on Sage X3, CannaBusiness ERP delivers a customizable cannabis ERP solution with the following features:

  • Crop management, including production features and nutrient tracking
  • Seed-to-sale traceability
  • Inventory tracking
  • Integration with government regulatory compliance systems
  • Quality control assurance
  • Tax collection management
  • Financial management
  • Customer and product analytics

NexTec offers business software expertise that helps your cannabis company identify, install and optimize the right cannabis ERP.  Learn more about technology that helps your business grow.

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Lot traceability in agriculture: Why it’s a critical ERP component

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Person holding a basket filled with fresh tomatoes.

Lot traceability allows food companies to track ingredients at each stage of production.

Agriculture companies today have customers that expect transparency in the products they buy. That means sharing the ingredients, sources, and processes being used at each stage of production.

Lot tracking is a critical part of agricultural production today. Lot traceability provides a detailed history of each component of your food production and is essential for managing each batch, lot and unit.

Managing that complexity requires a sophisticated Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution that helps track, monitor and report on lot traceability. Here’s a look at lot traceability in agriculture and why it’s a critical ERP component.

Defining lot traceability

Lot traceability allows for tracking throughout the supply chain, in multiple production locations and is an important component of new federal food safety guidelines in the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Lot traceability can include many components, including:

  • Supply chain segments, including suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers
  • Materials and ingredients used
  • Equipment and processes used
  • Packaging and labeling

Typically, RFID and barcode solutions are used within food production facilities to track various lot components.

Workers sorting through coffee beans.

In the event of a food recall event, lot tracking allows for rapid and accurate responses.

Why lot traceability is necessary

Lot traceability is an important consideration for businesses and regulators when there is a need for a product recall. With sound lot tracking practices in play, companies can quickly identify the dates, times, locations, ingredients and finished goods that need to be recalled. Lot traceability helps companies deliver information that is more precise to consumers and the public. It also helps remove affected products faster and identify the causes of contamination.

The right food ERP can make it easier for regulators, public health officials, manufacturers, and consumers to understand and respond.

Lot traceability has applications that are far less dire. For example, precise lot tracking in an ERP solution can provide other benefits, including:

  • Product Performance. Lot tracking helps you assess the costs and efficacy of different seed varieties or growing conditions.
  • Product Visibility. Lot tracing gives you better insights at each stage of product migration, from growing to shipping to distribution. Digital visibility lets you collect and analyze information in real-time throughout a product’s journey.
  • Inventory Management. Lot traceability gives you a clear sense as to what ingredients are used and when, allowing for better inventory control, expiration management, and space optimization.
  • Supplier Management. With lot traceability, you’ll have a clearer understanding of your suppliers and data that can be used to improve supplier relationships. You can use collected data to refine orders, negotiate better deals and request special considerations.
  • Automation and efficiency. Tools integrated within your food ERP help create more efficient production processes using automation, artificial intelligence, Big Data and Internet of Things technologies.

Selecting the right ERP

Sage X3 is the leading provider of food ERP solutions that provide for comprehensive and compliant lot traceability. NexTec is the business software consultancy firm that helps you optimize your food ERP to get the most out of your technology investment.

See one example of how NexTec and Sage X3 helped Nichols Farms improve efficiency, accountability, and outcomes. To learn more, see how NexTec can tailor your Sage X3 to your needs.

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Webcast: Sage X3 optimization strategies

Webcast: Sage X3 optimization strategies

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With the global pandemic affecting supply chains, many of our prospects and customers are using the downtime to optimize their operations to prepare for what comes next. Our team of ERP and manufacturing industry experts are available and are here to help. We have services tailored to identify process improvement and optimization opportunities in your organization, and to help drive the adoption of software features already in use.

Watch our webcast to learn about the current optimization programs you can take advantage of that include:

Rapid optimization

Are you making use of every Sage X3 feature capable of adding value to your business? NexTec has rapid optimization services packages for the following features:

  • Supply Chain Modules (MRP/MPS)
  • Quality Control
  • Picking / Packing Advanced Features
  • Cycle Counting
  • Fixed Assets
  • Recurring Journals
  • Banking Automation
  • Cash Management

Documentation services

Documentation and document control is extremely important for any business, especially those that are heavily regulated. Is your documentation current and up to industry standards? Would more and better collateral help your company facilitate training? NexTec offers services to help with the following:

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Training Guides/Video
  • Work Instructions
  • GMP or other regulatory compliance/validation documents
  • End user training documentation
  • Extended role-based release notes
  • Maintenance of or updates to existing documentation

Audit services

NexTec offers system and business process audits to truly optimize your business. We can review your current processes in Sage X3 to fine tune your current ERP practices and plan future ways to take advantage of more functionality. We can also take a broader business or process level approach geared toward challenging conventional wisdom in an organization, including root cause analysis and continuous improvement methodology.

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