ERP Inventory Management for the Meat Industry | Tridea Partners

A solution for meat and poultry processing and distribution companies unique ERP inventory challenges

ColumbusFood helps meat and poultry companies optimize their processes to produce and distribute high-quality products that are compliant with the changing food safety regulations. With a seamless integration to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, there are a variety of features that allow meat processors to address their unique requirements. This article will highlight some of ColumbusFood’s key inventory attributes.

Dual UOM (Unit of Measure) catch weights – Typically, meat processors track products by catch weight or actual weight throughout the production, distribution, and sales process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows the user to assign multiple units of measure to an inventory item. This gives the user the ability to record the transaction for the same item in a different unit of measure. With ColumbusFood’s dual unit of measure, the processors are able to manage the same item in terms of its base unit of measure and its bulk quantity. Catch weight also enables the user to record an exact alternate quantity amount for a particular transaction.

Item/Lot attributes – An item’s attribute plays a critical role in various processes including inventory, vendor and customer management, production, and product quality and cost. ColumbusFood, in addition to the basic inventory rotation management, allows maintaining and supporting expiration dates and quarantine dates. This can help maintain inventory integrity.

Item/Lot forward & backward tracing – Processors that produce based on batch require tracking and tracing of key ingredients. Both forward and backward tracing is critical, from raw material receipts through sales of Lot Freshness – allows for the calculation of a Days-To-Fresh, Best If Used By, or a Sell By Date.  ColumbusFood offers the ability for users to track product throughout the system.

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Dynamics GP Year-End Software Updates Schedule

Attention Dynamics GP Users: 

In the next few weeks, Tridea will be keeping you informed with year-end software updates and the delivery schedule of these service packs from Microsoft. Microsoft will be supporting 2017 year-end changes and updates for the following versions:

      • GP 2013
      • GP 2015
      • GP 2016
      • GP 2018

Microsoft will be releasing year-end updates for all supported versions mid-November. While the year-end updates contain general feature enrichments that may be useful to you, it’s important to note that you would want the year-end update installed prior to processing year-end closure if you use any of the following:

      • GP Payroll Magnetic Media
      • GP HR/Payroll ACA features and 1095C reports
      • GP Fixed Assets – Depreciation for Luxury Autos.

(There are no form changes for W-2, W-3, or 1099s.)

NoteGP 2018 is releasing December 1, 2017 and will include the year-end updates in the initial release.

Still Running GP 2010 or GP 2013? It’s Time to Upgrade

There is NO Dynamics GP 2010 year-end updates, and this is the last year-end update for GP 2013, so if you’re still running 2013 or older, it’s time to upgrade!

Talk with your Account Manager or contact Tridea today to get the process started!

Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight Part 5

This is the fifth and final post in our five-part series, Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight. We’ve previously looked at how dashboards can provide easy information access to your team members based on specific roles, how self-service business intelligence (BI) and reporting can lighten the load on IT resources, how to make BI more mobile, and how Big Data is doing big things for small and mid-sized businesses. Today, we’ll wrap up the series with a look up to the Cloud.

Make Information More Accessible with the Cloud

It’s been a race to the cloud with apps and tools for consumers and businesses. And while on-premise business intelligence (BI) systems that are all snuggled onto business-owned servers are still the norm, implementations of web-based and web-accessible BI tools are growing and soon will out-pace the traditional approach.

The cloud’s promises of accessibility for users and reduced IT workload are more than just marketing speak. They’re real benefits, even for small and mid-sized business. But you have to find the model that makes sense for the data security, storage and ROI needs of your business.

Microsoft’s cloud strategy is about choice. If you want to move your business intelligence, financial management and productivity tools to the cloud, great; if you prefer to use a hybrid approach and host only a portion of your solution, super; or if you’re all ready to go all-in, Microsoft and our world-wide network of partners offer on-premises, hosted or cloud-based options that meet your needs.

The reality here is that your approach to the cloud needs to match your business. Tridea can help determine what makes the most sense today and what will set you up best for tomorrow.

Keeping tabs on the data that drives your business is an ongoing challenge for any growing company. This five-part blog series has covered how Microsoft Dynamics ERP gives you the tools to transform reams of data into useful insight and how easily accessible that insight can be to the people on your team.

Take a deeper look into each of these tips with our infographic: download it here.

With the right business solution, you can boost the financial health of your company. Tridea makes it simple with out of the box options to fit your budget, timeline and requirements. Start with what you need today and easily add as your needs change. Contact us today to get started.

Five Ways to Turn Business Data Into Business Insight Part 4

This is the fourth post in our five-part series, Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight. We’ve previously looked at how dashboards can provide easy information access to your team members based on specific roles, how self-service business intelligence (BI) and reporting can lighten the load on IT resources, and how mobile BI impacts users and IT. Today, we’ll discuss Big Data and its big implications on small and mid-sized business.

Transform Big Data into Your Next Big Idea

Is there a hotter topic or bigger buzzword than Big Data? The amount of data and the mind-blowing pace at which it’s being created is unprecedented, but without the tools that can make sense of it all, Big Data is just a lot of ones and zeroes. So how do you enrich your data with advanced analytics to create real insight and ideas?

With a business intelligence platform based entirely on the Microsoft stack including SQL Server, Office and SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics ERP gives every user the ability to analyze and manage a massive amount of data. This lets your team do real analysis on years of financial history, sales figures, cost structures, customer information, inventory levels and other business data and make sound projections about what you can expect in the weeks, months and years to come.

Taking analysis a step further, you can match your historical data with Bing’s maps and social search information, so you can take inventory price levels, for example, and match them against competitive prices, allowing you to analyze and plan more effectively. And with predictive analysis tools, you can identify your most profitable customers and products, allowing you to make valuable cross-sell and up-sell recommendations that improve both sales and customer satisfaction.

Your data is no good if it’s lying dormant on a server somewhere. Microsoft Dynamics lets you get at it and get into it, so you can create the big ideas that make Big Data such a big deal. Next time, we’ll make sense of the other tech buzzword—“the cloud”—to see how it applies to your BI and reporting.

Take a deeper look into each of these tips with our infographic: download it here.

With the right business solution, you can boost the financial health of your company. Tridea makes it simple with out of the box options to fit your budget, timeline and requirements. Start with what you need today and easily add as your needs change. Contact us today to get started.

Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight Part 3

This is the third post in our five-part series, Five Ways to Turn Business Data into Business Insight. We’ve previously looked at how dashboards can provide easy information access to your team members based on specific roles and how self-service business intelligence (BI) and reporting can lighten the load on IT resources. Today, we’ll discuss mobile BI and its impact on users and IT.

Get BI on the Fly.

Making everything mobile is the mantra of nearly every business and certainly every IT department. And why not? When you give users the same flexibility and functionality in their business systems that they get in their personal lives, they’re happier, they’re more productive and your business reaps the benefits. And when it comes to business insight and reporting, you can put the information team members need in the palms of their hands, anytime they need it, wherever they are.

How does it work? A business solution from Microsoft uses Office and Microsoft SharePoint as a platform for collaboration and distribution and extends access to key information and reports users working from their phones or tablets. And with Microsoft SharePoint or Skydrive, users can securely save reports to the cloud, access them from their personal devices, and easily share them with other members of the team.

This safe and easy way to share data and insight will reward you with increased productivity and a level of service that will be the envy of your peers—and your competition. In our next entry, we’ll talk about what Big Data really means for small and mid-sized businesses and how to make it work for your company.

Take a deeper look into each of these tips with our infographic: download it here.

With the right business solution, you can boost the financial health of your company. Tridea makes it simple with out of the box options to fit your budget, timeline and requirements. Start with what you need today and easily add as your needs change. Contact us today to get started.