Sustainability White Papers & ARticles

  1. 2017’s Top Refrigerated Food & Beverage Trends
    2/28/2017

    To understand why food and flavor trends are born, or step into the spotlight in any given year, it is important to understand their surrounding couriers and influencers. A courier acts to shuttle a trend in from a neighboring focus, while an influencer can be seen as an ally to a trend. For the coming year, I have examined food and beverage drivers for patterns.

  2. Facing Food Waste Head On
    9/9/2016

    The food manufacturing and processing industry has changed since I began my career 35 years ago, but the persistent problem of food waste has remained a constant challenge. The statistics are quite staggering. According to the USDA, an estimated 12.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish are thrown out by consumers each year. Even before food can reach consumers, an estimated 2.7 billion pounds of meat, poultry and fish — valued at $8.8 billion, or about 5 percent of all such inventory — are thrown out by retailers each year. Food waste is an intimidating challenge and one that processors, retailers, and consumers all play a part in tackling.

  3. IFS ERP Mobility Survey
    5/5/2016

    In mid-2011, a study was conducted among manufacturing executives and professionals of middle market to large manufacturers to better understand their interest in and demand for mobile device access to enterprise applications.

  4. What Happens When Enterprise Software Is Too Hard to Use?
    5/5/2016

    In mid-2011, a study was conducted to understand how usability challenges may cause individuals to work outside the system of record. This causes the manufacturer to lose value as employees use other systems. When faced with usability challenges, respondents indicated they may also use a number of free or low-cost online tools including Google Docs and Dropbox. In this primary research report, we see that when ERP is too hard to use, people rely on spreadsheets instead.

  5. Using ERP For Process Manufacturing Quality Management
    5/5/2016

    Research suggests that, as manufacturers implement sustainability programs, the primary motivation for this is not regulation, but requirements from customers that push their own environmental and quality/traceability requirements onto their suppliers. This white paper will explore how batch process manufacturers can select and use enterprise software with embedded quality management functionality to overcome their biggest challenges.

  6. 5 Tips For Managing Food And Beverage Supply Chain
    5/5/2016

    The high-volume, transaction-intensive nature of food and beverage supply chain logistics presents significant challenges.Follow these five strategies to take the challenges out of your supply chain.

  7. Enterprise Asset Management Software Solution Delivers Reliability Centered Maintenance
    5/4/2016

    Most industrial maintenance experts have a firm understanding of the tenets of reliability-centered maintenance (RCM). But many may lack an equal understanding of RCM2. What is the difference between RCM and RCM2?

  8. Enterprise 2.0 In Industrial ERP
    5/4/2016

    Ubiquitous and highly intuitive consumer technology, the increasingly distributed and geographically dispersed nature of the workforce and the spectacular rise of social media are all influencing the way business software is deployed and used.

  9. Report: Ease-Of-Use And Agility Of ERP Solutions
    5/1/2016

    In early 2011, a study of middle market to large manufacturers was conducted by IFS North America and Affinity Research Solutions, a Boston-based research firm, among manufacturing executives and professionals to better understand usability of enterprise applications such as Enterprise Resource Planning, (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) and Business Intelligence (BI).

  10. ERP Solutions In The Green Supply Chain And Multi-Mode Manufacturing
    5/1/2016

    In December 2010, a study of middle market to large manufacturers was conducted by IFS North America and Affinity Research Solutions, a Boston-based research firm, among manufacturing executives and professionals to better understand how business software applications like ERP and EAM and other enterprise-wide software programs play a role in their company’s green supply chain initiatives.