Tech firms team up to help SMEs on the data management ‘tipping point’

Two tech firms are joining forces on a ‘must-have’ data automation solution for business clients outgrowing manual systems or standalone software.

Portsmouth-based Transalis and Signum Solutions, headquartered in Warrington, are partnering to help small and mid-size supply chain companies in sectors such as manufacturing, chemicals, food service and wholesale distribution.

Typical clients will have crossed a ‘tipping point’ on the need for automated business data processing.

They may be an organic food retailer seeking to demonstrate end-to-end traceability of global supply so that increasingly savvy customers are reassured over safety and integrity.

They could be a manufacturer keen to avoid the nightmare of a product recall or a company in a regulated industry tasked with a ‘needle in a haystack’ Big Data search request.

A fast-moving consumer brand or a busy wholesaler may also require more automation to ensure the real-time cash position and sales figures are at their fingertips.

The tie-up between Transalis and Signum Solutions is intended to play to the respective market strengths of both providers.

Signum is an award-winning SAP Gold Partner offering SAP Business One management software for enterprise resource planning.

The company was the first in the UK to receive ‘recognised expertise’ status in SAP Business One.

Under the new reseller agreement, Signum will combine its SAP specialism with the added benefit of the cloud-based Transalis platform for automated supply chain management.

Signum Solutions Managing Director Lindsay Pointon said: “This is an ideal combination that will give our clients a proven, fully integrated and hosted solution.

“Automated data management is a must-have for growing companies for all kinds of activities including stock control, supply and distribution management, and production scheduling.”

Roy Garlick, Transalis Global Channel Manager, said: “More and more customers are migrating up to SAP Business One having arrived at a tipping point in their data management needs.

“At the same time, many are keen to review and improve their supply chain management capabilities.

“We’re confident our new partnership with Signum Solutions will directly address this scenario.

“It will help many small and mid-size businesses to streamline their business management activities so they can scale up to compete on a more level playing field with larger competitors.”

In an international award based on customer feedback, Signum Solutions was named the SAP Business One partner with ‘Best Performance for Customer Satisfaction’ at a recent SAP partner summit in Barcelona.

The company also won a CompuTec Partner Excellence Award in 2017 recognising exceptional customer satisfaction.

The Transalis platform helps users share data, integrate it with internal systems and automate a host of manual processes.

Transalis was the first UK partner to achieve a procurement-to-payment accreditation for EDI (electronic data interchange) from global standards body GS1.

About Transalis

Transalis helps clients drive business growth by connecting supply chains digitally. The UK-based company’s global platform enables businesses to trade with anyone, anywhere using cloud-managed services. Transalis services a community of more than 10,000 users in sectors such as retail, manufacturing, distribution, logistics, health and beauty, and FMCG. Clients include leading brands such as Argos, Pret a Manger, The Hut Group and AS Watson, owners of Superdrug. For more information, visit www.transalis.com.

Signum Solutions specialises exclusively in SAP Business One for small and midsized businesses. The company is a fully certified SAP Business One Partner and has clients in a range of sectors including food supply and service, chemicals and coatings, wholesale and manufacturing.

Media enquiries on this news release to:

Diane Harvey at Signum Solutions on 01244 676900 or diane.harvey@signum-solutions.co.uk

ERP Software for SME’s

Choosing the right software for your business can be a daunting decision for you as a business owner, choosing a software that is easily customisable and tailormade to meet your exact business requirements is key.

So what is ERP software ?

Enterprise Resource Planning software otherwise known as ERP software is a software which collaborates all aspects of a business into one place.  The information which the ERP software collates is made easily available for you to see.

Using ERP software will connect different departments within a business in real-time which in turn increases efficiency within different departments and helps to make key decisions within the business.

ERP software is ideal for small to medium sized enterprises here are a few of the benefits below:

 

Customisable – ERP software is can be fully tailored to suit your business, and can be used for the following:

Pre sales CRM / Marketing

Post sales CRM

Inventory (SCM)

Financial accounting

Production, planning & Control

Project management

Technical expertise

Task management

Human resources & Payroll

Continuous Improvement

Growth Your ERP software will grow as your business does, it is easy to add new functions into your software which will save you and your staff time making everyday operations more streamlined and in turn this will increase your ongoing profits.

ERP For Food

ERP For Food Software

Fruit juice in glasses with Kiwi fruit

ERP for food by Signum Solutions, Our food recipe software is designed to meet the requirements of any business however SME’s in particular find our cloud based software very useful streamlining their business therefore increasing profits.

ERP software is designed for food manufacturers and distributors in particular, our ERP software will improve food safety, improve traceability, reduce waste and overall streamline productivity whilst managing business growth.

Signum solutions ERP for food software will connect all departments within your business into an easy to manage cloud ERP. From the minute that ingredients & materials enter your business premises to the moment the complete products leave them.

Our software will move all of your data and workflows from multiple, independent platforms into a single cloud ERP, you ensure superior data integrity, production management and manufacturing processes, quality control, safety, sales, delivery, finance and forecasting.

Reliable access 24 hours a day all year round

Get access to all aspects of your business 24 ours a day all year round with Signum Solutions ERP for food software.

For more information on our ERP software for food contact one of the team today on 01244 676 900.

 

 

 

Country of Origin – Why provenance matters

Country of Origin - Why provenance matters

As consumers are becoming increasingly choosy about the provenance of various foodstuffs, country of origin labeling can have a considerable influence on their perceptions and purchasing decisions. For the growing number of shoppers who believe it’s important to know where our food comes from to make an informed choice, where for ethnocentric or ethical reasons, country of origin is among extrinsic “quality cues” they use to evaluate a product.

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

Business management software for food

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