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Manufacturing Software Applied to the Food, Beverage and Agriculture Industries

In recent years, companies that offer products and services have found it necessary to adapt their processes to respond to the requirements of regulatory authorities, which are increasingly evolving to respond to new needs such as environmental care, more transparency in operations, and active observance of health and integrity of the final consumer.

Most companies globally have responded to these demands, including those related to the food, beverage and agriculture industry. This has led their decision makers to promote digital transformation processes and, consequently, to the acquisition of specialized manufacturing software that can help them face these new challenges in the best, most efficient, and cost-effective way.

In the first place, the digitalization of processes and supply chains in these industries is complex, as they are sectors that, in a certain way, have maintained their operations under traditional schemes off the radar of the authorities that demand abrupt changes in its operations to fulfill international standards.

However, the evolution of technology has not gone unnoticed in these sectors, as well as irrefutable facts that call for change, and companies that are increasingly intelligent and transparent.

The pandemic changed everything

Before the lockdown caused by COVID-19, societies and end consumers were beginning to pay attention and demand more and detailed information about the food and beverages they consumed.

People and authorities looked for answers from the big companies. It was then when demanding sustainability, nutrition information and total clarity of the products and services that they ingest was no longer an optional aspect. Now it is a governmental regulation that, beyond approving the final price, they seek to know and inform the process behind each product, from its creation to its delivery.

Just as e-commerce evolved towards increasingly digitized and automated processes, the logistics processes and supply chains of the food, beverage and agriculture industry have joined this revolution, finding the total solution in manufacturing software.

Among the most common laws and regulations that transcend borders are the new packages that provide all the necessary nutritional information, possible damage to the final consumer's health, the use of technology to avoid damage to the environment and saving of natural resources in supply chains.

In addition to this, these sectors were also affected (like the rest of the companies) by the need to optimize their processes to automate tasks and better plan their operations through manufacturing software solutions.

The benefit of win-win

Achieving the digitization of processes that would allow them better traceability of operations was not an easy path for the food, beverage and agribusiness industry, because many of them did not have the infrastructure and processes needed to accomplish such a task.

At first it seemed like a difficult challenge to meet, for some others it was impossible to achieve even by modifying all of their current processes, replacing them with technological tools that would make logistics processes more efficient.

However, given the need to comply with regulatory standards and manage production, inventories and logistics optimally, obstacles such as denial and resistance to the technological wave were left behind to embrace manufacturing software for the food, beverage and agriculture industries.

 

Manufacturing Software: the ideal solution

It is no secret that the food and beverage sector is more than delicate, from its manufacture to its distribution.

The processes encompass endless edges that require impeccable quality control and food traceability, as well as careful and optimal inventory control.

Similar to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, the food, beverage and ag industries respond to safeguard foods and substances through their different stages in their production, transformation and dispersion.

It is then that the manufacturing software becomes the main protagonist that solves all these needs. Let's take a look in logistical order:

  • Being cloud-based, these platforms respond to the scalability that the industry requires, a feature more than ideal for these sectors that depend on several external providers and regulatory procedures.
  • By generating exact information in real time, this solution allows guaranteeing the quality of the final product, as well as a more agile service to the consumer.
  • Responding to optimization demands, it allows the automation of processes and tasks, which reduces the margin of error and performs actions such as generating orders, controlling inventory and paying special attention to expiration dates.
  • Thanks to the fact that inventory management is more than transparent, guaranteeing food traceability is a reality.
  • Since warehouses and operating centers are a vital element, it is possible to optimize them to better study and drive supply and demand, as well as control stocks.
  • It allows optimization of routes, which translates into greater workforce productivity.
  • Depending on its configuration, it is possible to view and track orders, shipments and provide service in a timely manner.
  • As obtaining data is one of its best qualities, manufacturing software allows studies to be carried out to control, manage and optimize key aspects such as expiration dates, prices, batches, labeling, packaging, orders, billing, customers and suppliers.
  • In the medium term from now on, this platform allows to reduce costs of manufacturing, maintenance and distribution of final products, thanks to the fact that it streamlines decision-making in processes such as returns and production.
  • Comply with all regulations and policies established to guarantee the quality and safety of the final product.

Can you see it now? A manufacturing software solution is more than effective when implemented in this sector, as long as it can be adjusted to the size of the company, the complexity of the supply chain and the objectives of the organization, without compromising its operation at the time of its implementation.

Does your company belong to this sector? Do you want to implement manufacturing software and see your logistics and administrative operations take off? Do not stay behind and leave it in the most experienced hands.

At Icalia Labs we have extensive experience in the development of software dedicated to meeting the demands and needs of our clients. Our expert team is ready to help you implement the technological tools that adapt to your goals and drive digital transformation through the digitization of processes.

Contact us and get ready to give your company all the competitiveness that only the right technology can guarantee.

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