Catch weights can confound food and drink manufacturers at many points in the production process. Without accurate systems to measure and invoice accurately, companies risk wasting food and losing profits.
Fortunately, companies can reduce food waste with catch weight management technology as part of a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The right ERP solution will account for catch weights and allow for seamless integration of different measures into the food production and distribution process.
Catch weights versus net weights
A catch weight is an averaging or approximation of the weight of the product. It’s necessary to use with many food items that are of different weights and sizes but packaged in a bundle.
These variables can make it difficult, if not impossible, to accurately measure goods with such variable factors. While often manufacturers aim for products to be packaged in similar sizes, with catch weights there’s going to be some variance from package to package.
Net weights, by contrast, are measured exactly because each product is individually weighed and packaged. For foods sold by weight, this provides for variable pricing per package, based on weight.
Catch weight challenges
For many food products, manufacturers and producers need to capture multiple units of measure – quantity of a given item and weight. The catch weight issue is a common problem for companies that produce or use fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, poultry, and cheese. Not only do individual units vary in weight, but those weights can change as the product is stored.
Companies need the right technology to address these complexities. ERP tools allow for data to be shared and integrated across the many functions that need it – ordering, purchasing, sales, processing, packing, and distribution.
Without these tools, packagers, retailers, and manufacturers face frustration, customer complaints, disrupted operations and increased production costs. Products and ingredients are wasted.
Fortunately, there are solutions available that can address and solve these issues, ensuring that food is preserved and products are accurately measured and priced.
Your ERP solution should provide the following functionality:
- Multiple units of measure
- Conversion of units of measure for different proportions
- Catch weight visibility in financial and inventory transaction details
- Inclusion of catch weight and unit of measure on products sold
- Multiple packaging variations for products
- Landed cost distribution for products
- Scalable and flexible pricing
- Lot tracking
Catch weight technology allows companies to better manage shelf life of products and ingredients, more accurately track and trace, and measure both weight and quantity at receipt, picking and inventory movement.
Making the right catch
At NexTec, we help food manufacturers select the right ERP solution. With relationships with multiple vendors, we provide guidance and support from selection to implementation.
NexTec also provides valuable ERP add-ons that enhance the functionality of great ERP products like Sage X3. One of those add-ons enhances catch weight functionality by providing accurate recording and pricing of products based on the actual product weight per case. This functionality can be used when the data is received in Sage X3 and by customers’ Sage X3 systems.
To learn more about how NexTec and Sage X3 can help companies solve the catch weight issue and save on food waste, download the NexTec Ebook – Reduce food waste and improve.