How chemical manufacturing ERP solves industry challenges

Chemical Manufacturing ERP – the solution that combines proven technology with a flexible structure.

As an industry, chemical manufacturing faces unique challenges. You need to make important decisions fast with so much on the line. Though each chemical manufacturing business has different needs, most have similar software challenges.

Here’s how a chemical manufacturing ERP solution can meet your business challenges.

Managing the supply chain

Having a clear framework for gathering and sharing information about the entire supply chain can help you prepare for disruptions and quickly respond to changing customer needs. Using a chemical manufacturing ERP helps you prepare for any disruptions and gives full visibility across your entire supply chain.

Adhere to compliance and demand

Chemical manufacturing companies can expect to face a variety of changing regulations and customer demand. Failing to comply with global laws and regulations is a serious matter that could jeopardize the success of your supply chain, reputation, and bottom line.

By implementing a holistic view of your operation, you can be sure your supply chain is meeting all regulatory requirements in a safe, secure, and optimal manner.

Data management

As a chemical producer, you need to generate accurate reports quickly, ensuring that your business can respond to the requirements of its customers in just the right time. That is where an ERP system can help you.

Chemical Manufacturing ERP software enables companies to maintain a comprehensive, real-time view on relevant business processes and make their data more flexible and informative.

Recall and quality audits

It is really not a simple job to manufacture chemicals. Every step of that process is crucial in producing the desired product in the required quality. It deals with chemicals, which are inherently unpredictable.

Chemical companies must rely on data from operational processes accurately and capture it correctly. If they must recall products, they must be ready for it.

To be prepared for a quality audit, chemical companies must integrate traceability data across the business that should be made accessible to various stakeholders such as suppliers and customers during the

Using a chemical manufacturing ERP software solution with good controls can help lessen the burden of auditing for many organizations.

In today’s competitive business world, every business leader is aggressively searching for a way to gain an edge on the competition. One underutilized strategy is to streamline and automate your company’s information technology capabilities.

By investing in a chemical manufacturing ERP solution for your company, you can improve efficiency, reduce costs, get better data analytics, and increase overall profitability.

With access to advanced manufacturing analytics and the power of real-time data, you can stay ahead of the competition by getting closer to customer buying trends, vendor relationships, and industry regulations.

The SAP Business One solution for chemical manufacturers and distributors is an integrated industry platform. With it, you can track the entire shipment cycle—and beyond. You can also streamline many processes involved in running a business and integrating your enterprise systems. Find out more here

Cloud ERP Software for Small Business

Cloud ERP software for small business allow business owners to have the best of both worlds–to have a scalable solution to their needs and to have a cost-effective software.

Working in a small business can be challenging. After all, there are just so many decisions you have to make on a daily basis. From figuring out which service to provide, to choosing the right technology solution, there are a lot of things that must be considered and more often than not the pressure is on.

But the good news is that you can now get help when it comes to your business’s accounting and operational needs with cloud ERP software for small business.

Small and mid-sized businesses often struggle with the question of whether to choose an on-premise or cloud-based ERP software.

Selection of the right solution will have a major impact on your overall efficiency and productivity, which is why it is crucial to weigh up both options before making a final decision.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cloud ERP software for small business rather than on-premise ERP software.

Flexibility

Cloud ERP offers more flexibility than a conventional software solution because it can be accessed from anywhere, providing you have a working internet connection. This means that decisions, data sharing and reporting can be performed at any time from any location.

Scalability

Cloud ERP has massive benefits, but one of the greatest is the ability to quickly scale up or down as needed. This can prevent headache-inducing issues during times of growth or contraction.

Reduced Implementation time

It is undeniable that systems on a Cloud can be configured far faster compared to an on-premise solution. Since small and mid-size companies can go live with the solution very quickly, it’s easy to see why so many companies are adopting Cloud.

Cost value

While on-premise ERP can be expensive, Cloud-based offerings often do not require a large upfront payment and can help spread costs over time. If your goal is for costs to stay down, then Cloud ERP will be appealing to you.

In summary, Cloud ERP software for small business is a popular solution considering it eases the complexities involved in implementing IT infrastructures and software costs.

If you’re looking for ERP software that will allow you to enhance efficiency and productivity, the cloud option might be a good choice. If you would like to discuss Cloud ERP or any business software in general, then get in touch today! 

Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Invest In An ERP Solution

For years, many small organizations have had no need for an enterprise resource planning solution. Their needs are typically limited to the tracking of sales and financial data, as well as the provision of customer records and simple inventory management. However, the needs of a small business often change over time. As such, it is important for companies to be flexible and evolve in their approach to systems management. here we take a look at a few reasons why small businesses should invest in an ERP solution.

Small businesses often overlook ERP systems and think that the technology is only for large sized companies. However, these organizations can reap a number of benefits and advantages from using an ERP system. The following article outlines five distinct advantages that stand out above all others.

Increased Productivity & Efficiency

Maximizing productivity and enhancing efficiency is crucial for small and large businesses alike. With an Enterprise Resource Planning solution, you get the information you need to make smart, data-driven decisions.

The importance of having a right ERP solution for your business cannot be overstated. An effective ERP solution not just helps you streamline the flow of business operations but also makes important information available on demand thus avoiding unproductive effort by employees.

The hassle and manual intervention involved in accessing and utilizing the right information at the right time is saved when you have an effective ERP system deployed in your firm.

Reduce costs

Reducing the costs of your business is one of the most important goals you can have. It gives you more room for mistakes, more money to spend on marketing, branding, and recruiting, and more funds put away for rainy days! There are a lot of great ways to cut costs in your business, but one of the easiest and most effective is implementing an ERP solution.

Eliminating a large part of the administrative process is one of the common ways to reduce costs overall. With an ERP solution in place, employees are free to perform other, more profitable tasks.

Insight & Control

If you are not currently using an ERP system, chances are that your current business reporting tools do not help you to gain real insights into how your company operates and are only offering a very limited picture of the bigger picture. You may find yourself copying data from Word documents into spreadsheets and piecing them together with other sources of information in order to try and gain better visibility into important aspects of your business, such as sales, stock levels, costs and profitability.

Getting these insights into your business doesn’t just help you understand what is happening now, it also allows you to improve on future operations. With an ERP solution, you can make faster decisions, resolve problems in real-time, and improve overall operations. Knowing what is happening in every area of your business is the key to constant improvement.

Scalability and flexibility

Your small business is unique. You have different needs, resources, and goals than your competitors. That’s why it’s important to find an ERP system that supports the way you do business. A flexible ERP system gives you the flexibility to make changes as your company grows.

When your business grows, you can easily change the configuration with the help of the ERP package. And you can also add functionality to meet new requirements hence aiding businesses in their growth and expansion plans.

Better Customer Service

A major part of every small business’s goal is to acquire new customers and keep their existing customer base happy. However, most small businesses lack proper infrastructure in place to handle customer relationships efficiently and are thus losing potential revenue. Tracking customer communications when dealing with multiple orders, requests, invoices, problems, or anything else can be a tiresome process that leads to lost customers and eventually affects your business’s future earnings.

ERP solutions can help you see customer behaviour and understand when and why you lose clients. This insight helps you retain clients, get new customers, and create a culture of excellence and quality care.

Conclusion

An enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is a business management software package that can offer numerous benefits to small businesses when implemented adequately.

While small businesses might find the initial investment costs of an ERP system daunting, the benefits to a small business on implementing an ERP solution easily outweigh the investment costs.

Rather than thinking about the cost limitations of an ERP solution, small businesses must carefully evaluate the potential returns on investment an ERP system can bring in the form of new clients, increased efficiency, scalability, and reduced costs.

Factoring in the costs of not investing in an ERP is also important. Without an ERP solution, small businesses will likely spend more on time spent maintaining their current systems, and that does not even consider lost revenue opportunities.

Download the Signum guide Tell-tale signs you have outgrown your accounting system to help you decide if it’s time for your business to invest in ERP 

How to nip the growing problem of organic food fraud in the bud

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Food fraud is a growing problem. When consumers pay a premium for certified organic produce and packaged foods, they should feel confident that they’re getting what they pay for: a product free from synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotics, growth regulators and genetically-modified organisms. There is also an underlying ethical assumption that those revenues are going to farmers engaged in sustainable agricultural practices that promote ecological balance and conserve biodiversity.

Products sold as organic must, by law, follow certain standards – both European and national – and have to be regularly inspected and certified by approved bodies. At a global level, many countries have regulatory requirements similar to those in the EU and there are formal agreements covering trade in organic products between these countries

However, because organic and eco-labelled food products command a higher price, instances of food fraud, such as adulteration and mislabelling, are becoming more commonplace, resulting in consumers being misled and overcharged. What’s more, failure to enforce standards can cast a shadow over the term ‘organic’ itself, which should be synonymous with authenticity.

Staying competitive and relevant
The problem is amplified with imported products that involve intermediaries, some of whom are looking to make economic gains by deliberately mislabelling foods as organic and selling them at a premium. One example is the 2016/2017 shipment of over 16 metric tonnes of soybeans that found their way to California from Ukraine via Turkey.

What started out as conventionally-farmed, pesticide-treated soybeans under-went a remarkable transformation to ‘organic’, which saw the consignment’s value increase by US$4 million. This wasn’t a one off: two further shipments of corn and soybeans revealed similar findings. And because these imports were largely destined for animal feed, they would be likely to infiltrate the supply chain through a variety of foods including ‘organic’ eggs, dairy, meat and poultry.

Meanwhile, brands are finding themselves at risk. While consumers increasingly scrutinise labels for farm-to-fork provenance, not all retailers can verify organic products back to the point of origin due to a lack of upstream supply chain visibility.
While tier 1 and some of tier 2 suppliers may be known, the view of tier 3 and beyond is often obscured. Tackling the root of the problem

In April 2017, imports of organic products into the EU became subject to a new EU electronic certification system, to reduce potential fraud and provide more comprehensive statistical data on organic imports. As well as the goal of reducing organic food fraud, the addition of import certificates to the existing Trade Control & Expert System facilitates trade by enabling partners and competent authorities to easily obtain information on the movement of their consignments.

Forward-thinking companies, however, look beyond the ‘stick’ of regulation to the ‘carrot’ of consumer trust, and are actively seeking ways to reduce their susceptibility to organic food fraud and protect their brand. They need to account for every part of the production process, which means farming practices, distribution paths, storage procedures and product delivery must all be made visible to business managers.

External traceability is vital to validating the presence of attributes such as organic certification for the entire agro-food sector, which includes animal feeds. This requires all parties in the supply chain to systematically link the physical flow of materials and products with the flow of information about them.

However, many traceability systems today were only designed for internal purposes, providing an one-up, one-down view for the company using that system. Many companies, particularly those that do business with large retailers that impose strict standards, will quickly find themselves outgrowing manual methods or standalone software for batch/lot tracking. At this tipping point, an ERP solution that supports strong batch/lot traceability features becomes a must-have.

A fresh focus on traceability
With traceability-focused software, the product’s batch/lot number follows it from seed to table. By capturing the organic certification data as part of lot tracking, organic status can be tracked through the supply chain. For example, a bottle of certified organic wine should be traceable back to the exact vineyard from which its grapes were harvested.

An organic apple should be able to be traced back to the farm where it was grown, and it should even be possible to pinpoint the exact orchard from which it was picked.

This traceable chain of custody is what empowers consumers to trust certified organic brands. Shoppers are becoming increasingly savvy about what they eat and how it’s raised; wherever there is opportunity for differentiation by helping the consumer understand where their food is coming from, it should bear fruit in the form of customer loyalty based on confidence, not blind faith.

To find out more about how Signum Solutions and SAP Business One can help you achieve end-to-end trace ability to maintain the safety and integrity of your products, speak to one of our industry experts on 01244 676 900

Signum wins big at customer satisfaction at the annual SAP SMB Summit

Signum Solutions are proud to announce today that it has been named the SAP Business One partner with “Best Performance for Customer Satisfaction 2017” at the SAP SMB Summit in Barcelona.

This is the first year this award has been presented and with the winner determine by customer feedback, Signum have set the standard for customer focus and satisfaction for SAP Business One.

Signum Solutions Managing Director, Lindsay Pointon was in Barcelona to receive the award and stated, “It’s a real honour to receive this award. It was our customers who voted so it’s a huge thank you to each and every one of them for believing in us and awarding us this amazing accolade. I would also like to thank all of the Signum team, this award is a testament to their skill, vision and their dedication to our customers and the SAP Business One community”

 

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It has been a fantastic twelve months for Signum having been also presented the coveted CompuTec Partner Excellence Award 2017  given in recognition of the long standing partnership, excellence in quality of implementations and exceptional customer satisfaction.

For more information on the award or to discuss any aspect of SAP Business One, please contact one of our industry experts on 01244 676 900