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.

Take care and stay safe,
Your friends at NexTec Group

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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NexTec Group named to 2020 Bob Scott’s top 100 VARs

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NexTec Group has been named to the Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs for 2020. The Top 100 resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

“We want to congratulate this year’s class of Bob Scott’s Top 100 VARs,” said Bob Scott, executive editor of Bob Scott’s Insights. “This selection represents recognition of leaders in this important field.”

The selection is based on annual revenue generated by each reseller. A special report that includes names of the organizations selected for this year’s Top 100 list, ranked by revenue, is downloadable at https://www.erpglobalinsights.com/.

We are honored to be selected for the 2020 Top 100 VARs. NexTec has worked hard over the past 26 years to help customers transform their business with Cloud ERP software from Acumatica, Sage, and Microsoft. We look forward to guiding more companies toward success in the future,” said Russ Harper, CMO of NexTec Group.

About Bob Scott

Bob Scott has been informing and entertaining the mid-market financial software community via his email newsletters for 20 years. He has published this information via the Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter and website since 2009. He has covered this market for nearly 28 years through print and electronic publications, first as technology editor of Accounting Today and then as the Editor of Accounting Technology from 1997 through 2009. He has covered the traditional tax and accounting profession during the same time and has continued to address that market.

About NexTec Group and CannaBusiness ERP
NexTec Group is an award-winning business software company with a nationwide network of consultants. We have developed a complete software, called CannaBusiness ERP, that can help get your cannabis business thriving in a fast-moving, highly regulated industry. CannaBusiness ERP is designed to run your cannabis business as a business should be run. It tracks production, inventory, sales, finances, staff, compliance and customers (medical and recreational). It runs in the Cloud and is built on the powerful Sage X3 platform. Contact us for a demo at nextecgroup.com/cannabis

Additional resources

Acumatica Summit 2019: Award Highlights

NexTec Group named to 2019 Bob Scott Top 100 VARs

Recorded Webcast: The benefits of connecting Acumatica to Salesforce

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Do you have that in stock? When can you promise that? Is this customer on credit hold? If these questions seem familiar to your sales team, but the answers aren’t at their fingertips, an ERP to CRM interface might be the answer. Many vendors have an “out of the box” integration, but they often fall short of what you need – they might be missing data, lack flexibility or aren’t accurate.

That’s why NexTec built the Acumatica / Salesforce Connector. Unlike standard CRM/ERP integrations that provide simple address or email updates, NexTec’s Acumatica / Salesforce Connector also provides real-time updates on inventory, pricing, invoices, shipping and more in both CRM and ERP.

Webcast agenda:

  • Salesforce automated flow
  • Lead to Opportunity management in Salesforce
  • Salesforce Dashboard review
  • Integration from Opportunity close to Order creation in Acumatica
  • Updated back to Salesforce from Acumatica including order management and billing updates

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Acumatica Construction Edition

Recorded Webcast: Improve your field service operations and dispatching with Acumatica Cloud ERP webcast

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Watch this recorded webcast on Cloud ERP and Acumatica’s Field Service Edition – a fully integrated solution that blends field services with CRM, sales, inventory, purchasing, accounting, and financial reporting to give a 360-degree view of customer activities.

Webcast Agenda

  • Give your field techs key information to serve customers better
  • Assign inventory from the warehouse to the field
  • Improve work order management, including escalation management
  • Gain efficiencies in scheduling your service calls
  • Acumatica Cloud ERP demo

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Case Study: Omni Cart Services

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Omni Cart’s Field Services Team gets to work with Acumatica and NexTec

Omni Cart chose NexTec to implement Acumatica Cloud ERP – bringing all business processes into a single system. Field service operations are streamlined with accurate, up-to-date dispatch capabilities and project information – saving the company valuable time and money.

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About Omni Cart Services

When you visit your local grocery store, you likely don’t give a second thought to the shopping cart… but one company does. Omni Cart Services cleans and repairs shopping carts, backroom equipment, condenser, and HVAC units for grocery stores, hardware stores, big box stores, and distribution centers. They have customers across 48 US states.

field services
Field Services
Mentor, OH
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System selected

“By bringing all of our business processes into a single system of record we can eliminate duplicate data entry tasks and ensure that all our teams are working with the most accurate, current information.”

Keith Wolf, President, Omni Cart Services

Here’s how NexTec Group and Acumatica helped Omni Cart

A system built for field services

Omni Cart streamlined its scheduling and dispatch tasks with Acumatica. They can quickly generate reports to get an accurate picture of current and future workloads. The field services team now has real-time access to inventory stocking levels which ensures they have the tools and supplies needed for each job.

“We found NexTec Group, and they’ve successfully guided the implementation to fit our business needs.”

Keith Wolfe, President, Omni Cart Services

United operations

Through Acumatica, NexTec connected finance and accounting, customer relationship management (CRM), and field services management which streamlines operations, provides visibility across locations and business functions, and allows Omni Cart to keep up their fast pace even as the business grows.

Key Results

Acumatica has increased visibility across all facets of the operation facilitates, leading to better decision making
Connected accounting, supply chain, and field services has eliminated duplicate data entry and everyone works with the most accurate, current information
Field service operations are streamlined with accurate, up-to-date dispatch capabilities
Omni Cart is confident they’ve found the right ERP solution and partner to guide them forward

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Common manufacturing supply chain problems from COVID-19 (+ Best Practices)

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Worker moving large boxes with a machine.

Manufacturers are facing significant supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted manufacturing companies across industrial sectors. As the crisis shows no signs of easing soon, businesses are beginning to grapple with significant supply chain management issues.

The prevailing challenges and disruptions are reinforcing the value of using enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions to help mitigate supply chain issues. Here is a look at the common manufacturing supply chain problems from COVID-19 (+ best practices).

The scope of concern with supply chains

A survey by the Institute for Supply Management in mid-March highlighted the concerns companies have about the risk to supply chains. Among the findings:

  1. Nearly 75 percent of companies surveyed reported some supply chain disruptions due to the pandemic
  2. 16 percent reported needing to adjust revenue projections by an average of 5.6 percent
  3. 57 percent reported longer lead times from Chinese suppliers, with lead times double compared to 2019
  4. Companies are predicting more severe supply chain disruptions beginning the second quarter of 2020
  5. 44 percent of respondents have no plan to address supply chain disruptions from China

Building supply chain resilience

Recent global supply chain disruptions have prompted industries to rethink their approaches to inventory management. The popular phrase for this is “building supply chain resilience.” Such supply chain models have the following attributes:

  • Forecasting to detect early warning signs of supply chain disruptions and prompt responses to shift production and sourcing accordingly
  • A diversified supplier base
  • Contingency plans to use backup suppliers
  • Understanding your suppliers’ supply chains and identifying issues in those second- and third-degree sources

“Unfortunately, with something like COVID-19, an epidemic that is affecting large swaths of the world and threatening to turn into a pandemic, even the best-laid contingency plans may prove inadequate,” noted Goker Aydin of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in a recent article.

Technician writing on a clipboard next to machinery.

Manufacturers need integrated ERP solutions that improve inventory management to handle COVID-19 disruptions to the supply chain.

How ERP solutions help reduce the risk

Manufacturing ERP software helps manufacturers address supply chain risks with tools that allow for better collaboration, insights and integration with suppliers and partners.

With the Acumatica Cloud ERP, for example, your business can leverage an integrated inventory management solution. Here are some of the core benefits and features of the Acumatica Cloud ERP solutions:

  • Real-Time Visibility. Improve decision-making and customer service with real-time insights into available inventory, goods in transit, inventory costs and reorder quantities. These tools help reduce held inventory and optimize quoting and fulfillment
  • Automated Procurement. Identify the right times to reorder and eliminate manual inventory tracking with streamlined supply chain management tools. Customize your data fields, generate predictive forecasts and access real-time reports for deeper insights into your supply chain
  • Stock Traceability. Acumatica Cloud ERP provides inventory traceability at every stage with tracking based on lot and serial numbers. Granular features allow for subcategories and details such as location data and expiration dates to improve efficiency and reduce waste
  • Reduced Order Times. Automated sales order processing reduces delays and allows for rules-based management of multiple warehouse sites, returns and purchasing
  • Inventory Accounting. Avoid financial errors by connecting your inventory and accounting processes, with updated transactional records and on-demand documentation
  • Single Source of Data. With one source of information, you eliminate data silos and reentry of information, leading to fewer mistakes and better collaboration across the enterprise.

NexTec helps your manufacturing company select the right ERP and business software. Find out how Acumatica stacks up against the leading systems on the market in this free report.

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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Case Study: TissueTech

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NexTec and Sage X3 support TissueTech’s ongoing innovation

NexTec implemented Sage X3, providing guidance and direction enabling the company to maximize value from the latest version of the software.

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About TissueTech

TissueTech, Inc. is a leader in innovative technologies. The company relies on a proprietary cryopreservation technology called CryoTek® to preserve the natural properties of umbilical cord and amniotic membrane human birth tissue products. Following the introduction of this proprietary cryopreserved amniotic membrane to the ophthalmic industry in 1997, TissueTech has pioneered the clinical application of human birth tissue-based products.

Industry - Pharmaceuticals
Life Sciences
Miami, FL
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System selected
Sage X3

“When we learned about their approach, project management, product and industry knowledge, and commitment to their customers, we were convinced NexTec was the right partner for us.”

Carlos Jofre Jr., Executive Director of IT, TissueTech

Main functionalities

Here’s how NexTec Group and Sage X3 helped TissueTech’s challenges:

Provides robust compliance tools

Sage X3 provides functionality to support the multi-step quality assurace program used by many life sciences companies. It allows for extensive tracking of samples and maintains traceability from receipt to production to shipment.

“We’ve got tremendous confidence in NexTec. As an IT director, I sleep better at night knowing they’ve got our back.”

Carlos Jofre Jr, Executive Director of IT, TissueTech

Access to integrated solutions

Sage X3 has the ability to integrate with many solutions that extend its functionality. TissueTech incorporated a few different solutions to enhance and strengthen its capabilities with the software.

Key Results

NexTec’s life sciences consulting team provided guidance and direction, enabling TissueTech to maximize the value of Sage X3
Sage X3 has made it easier to meet compliance and quality mandates
Inter-site transfers are created in a more efficient way, saving eight hours per transaction
Two separate lines of business can now be managed in one single platform

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ARA Food Corp

Case Study: ARA Food Corp

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NexTec and Sage X3 help ARA Food Corp keep a hungry market satisfied

After NexTec implemented Sage X3, manufacturing data is captured in real time and linked to accounting. Reports are fully visible with detailed cost tracking, and there is improved traceability, quality control, and recall management.

About ARA Food Corp

Plantains are a food staple throughout the world’s tropical regions—in fact these cousins of the banana rank as the tenth most important staple food in the world. Plantains are also a staple at ARA Food Corp. This 40-year-old, family-owned company proudly calls itself “The Home of the Plantain Chip” and is the only US manufacturer of the extraordinarily popular snack food. Operating out of its headquarters in Miami, ARA Food Corp ships its savory snacks throughout the country, both under its own brand and private labeled for other companies.

Industry - Food and Beverage Manufacturing
Food and Beverage
Miami, FL
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System selected
Sage X3

“NexTec does an amazing job for us. We have nothing but good things to say about their skills, professionalism, responsiveness and level of support.”

Marta De Varona, VP Finance and Administration, ARA Food Corp

Main functionalities

Here’s how NexTec Group and Sage X3 helped ARA Food Corp’s challenges:

Bring together disparate systems

Sage X3 is being used across the board for purchasing, receiving, manufacturing processes, accounts receivables and payables, and finance. Real-time data saves time, improves accuracy, and enhances customer service – leading to more sales.

Better traceability

Everyone is in one system, making it easier to track data for day to day use as well as for product recalls. ARA is also now able to control food scraps by 1.5%, which used to be a big problem for the company.

Improve lead time and production scheduling

Inventory stock has dropped 10%, cutting costs and reducing space required to store ingredients. Sage X3 is customizable and flexible, which is helpful for a company like ARA that does not keep bulk stock.

Greater visibility and access to real-time information

The BI capabilities in Sage X3 have been used to optimize resource use while managing variations in sales and supplies.

Key Results

Manufacturing data is captured in real time and linked directly into accounting, saving time and improving accuracy
Time saved is now used to analyze and improve plant functioning
Reports and detail cost tracking help optimize scheduling and resource allocation
Improved traceability, quality control and recall management ensure compliance and consistency

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