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Conducting Mock or Product Recalls with Microsoft Dynamics

Aug 8, 2018 6:00 AM

Recall - a dreaded word for any food or beverage manufacturer. In the event of an actual recall, your responsiveness and actions will dictate your industry reputation and brand appeal.  Mock recalls help you prepare, but even a mock recall is a stressful event for an organization without the proper systems and procedures in place.  Having to periodically perform quality recall audits comes with the territory of being a food or beverage manufacturer, but the stress does not need to follow along.   

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2 Reasons Why Pharmaceutical Companies Need to Invest in ERP

Jun 27, 2018 7:00 AM

For many large pharmaceutical companies the struggle lies in end-to-end visibility throughout an organization. When visibility throughout an organization is siloed, out-of-date or unclear to those searching, maintaining product information and handling recalls becomes cumbersome and often times can result in noncompliance fees, wasted products and millions of dollars in damage to a company’s bottom line.

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Why Top Manufacturing Trends Right Now Are Relevant to Any-Size Manufacturer

Jun 7, 2018 9:00 AM

Manufacturing leaders are increasingly hearing about IoT and Industry 4.0. They may be forgiven for wondering if they’re relevant to their particular business, the products they make in their particular market place, or even worth thinking about in these uncertain times. But manufacturers are also aware that they now operate in a business environment that is rapidly changing around them. Their businesses increasingly struggle to compete against organisations, which have achieved digital transformation in line with manufacturing trends. IoT and Industry 4.0 are gateway terms that - along with CRM implementation – are driving trends in manufacturing, which organisation decision-makers will have to address if they wish to realistically achieve measurable business outcomes in the new Industry 4.0 world.

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How Specialty Chemical Manufacturers Can Grow Internationally

May 29, 2018 6:00 AM

Growing internationally is an inevitable challenge that companies must face to remain competitive and capture new opportunities. Often, it can mean acquiring new companies around the globe, which then leads to new marketplaces for products and services as well as a new source for raw materials. However, expansion through acquisition presents its own challenges. Many U.S chemical manufacturing companies reach a point where in order to grow they need to expand and change internally. Unfortunately, many companies never truly achieve this--they are simply U.S companies with international locations and not a true global company with streamlined business processes throughout.

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Discrete Manufacturers: Your Competition Is Probably Using Better Technology Than You

May 23, 2018 6:00 AM

Technology is advancing every day and so are many companies who are embracing this transformation. Discrete manufacturers whose products are largely driven by the construction market face similar business and production challenges, but how they manage them can differ vastly. Digital transformation with cloud software like Microsoft Dynamics 365 can help manufacturers keep up with ever-growing industry complexities and competition, as well as tackle the demanding tasks that come along with it. 

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From Chaos to Order: How Chemical Companies Can Use Dynamics 365 to Sequence Orders

May 7, 2018 7:00 AM

Many chemical manufacturing companies struggle with the best way to schedule the variety of products that are going through the production floor. One of the key things that manufacturers have to consider for their production planning is how to minimize the changeover and cleanup between production runs, in order to optimize the use of limited production space and resources.

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How to Make Your Manufacturing Business Run Seamlessly with Microsoft Solutions

May 2, 2018 7:00 AM

As a manufacturer, you should ask yourself: What ERP system is really running my business? If you’re like most manufacturers, the actual answer is Excel.  While Excel is an extremely powerful tool for deeper analysis, you need to be certain that you are using it in the right way. The right way being, that the data being analyzed is coming from one common platform, a single version of the truth (SVOT) that you have available to make decisions from instead of silos of Excel files.

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Does Your Manufacturing Business Have the Right Culture for Digital Transformation?

Apr 30, 2018 8:54 AM

Do you find yourself getting caught-up in the word digital transformation without necessarily thinking about what it actually means? You hear it used everywhere and even sprinkle it into your own conversations, but is the knowledge really there? This idea focuses on the notion that manufacturers should not only work towards attaining digital transformation but fully understanding what it truly means to achieve it as well. Digital Transformation doesn’t happen by just implementing a new system. And it is more than just generating tons of data and having dashboards. For manufacturers to truly be transformed, you have to have the right environment – the right culture. 

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