Food Manufacturing - March 14, 2018
If you’re a small manufacturer and plan to remain that way, an existing in-house server may be the right call. For every other food manufacturer, however, it’s time to seriously consider cloud-based data management.
Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review - March 12, 2018
The financial stakes in the biosimilars market are enormous, and an understanding of sequence IP for the underlying technologies and modes of action is key to entry into it, say Henk Heus and Ellen Sherin of GQ Life Sciences.
Inbound Logistics - March 08, 2018
Under the VMI approach, a vendor maintains product inventory at the buyer's location, such as a retailer or distributor. This means, for instance, that a spark plug supplier would be responsible for maintaining the inventory at the auto parts store that sells it to customers. The supplier would determine the store's spark plug inventory based on information, such as sales data, that the store provides.
Manufacturing Business Technology - March 06, 2018
Fundamentally, maintenance has been around as long as humans have existed. From the routine sharpening of man’s earliest spears and tools to the repair work needed for modern technologies, our tools and machines have needed upkeep and repair. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” is an adage that has been repeated for decades. But is that a viable approach in today’s plants? While there are exceptions, for the most part the answer is no, especially when it comes to asset-intensive industries and smart factories.
ITProPortal - February 27, 2018
Vulnerable customers are hard to define, hard to legislate for and even harder to identify. This is reflected in much of the diagnosis and provision targeting vulnerability in the financial sector. Consequently, a company’s responsibility to ensure appropriate levels of care for their vulnerable customers has become a high priority for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Manufacturing Business Technology - February 27, 2018
It’s critical to select an ERP solution that’s intuitive and truly comprehensive. You want to implement ERP technology that can integrate with EDI and your WMS, or offer those solutions under one umbrella. Comprehensive and quality integrations are the key to getting orders fulfilled on time, keeping warehouse costs low and preventing retailer chargebacks.
Global Trade - February 06, 2018
With every import or export comes at least one question: What is the correct Harmonized System (HS) code associated with that product? Even with standards accepted by more than 200 member countries that participate in the World Customs Organization (WCO), the answer to that question is far from simple. But cost-efficient and effective solutions for the challenges of classifying and shipping products among countries do exist.
Food Manufacturing - January 23, 2018
Advancements in track and trace technology, paired with greater access to food quality data, leaves manufacturers with little room for excuses. Here are a few ways food and beverage manufacturers can keep their resolutions to improve product safety practices and maintain consumer trust.
Daily Report - January 08, 2018
Alpharetta-based Aptean is an application software provider that serves more than 7,000 customers in more than 20 industries. Since 2015, the company has completed 16 acquisitions. Katherine Dunn serves as Aptean’s vice president and general counsel.
Food Manufacturing - January 04, 2018
Undoubtedly, food manufacturers have more information than ever to fuel better decision-making, but many merely scratch the surface by only using their ERP’s reporting capabilities. They’re using software to track inventory or labor, but they’re not applying business intelligence for actionable data that can result in continuous improvement. This is where technology can have the most impact and eliminate nagging issues.
Global Trade Magazine - December 05, 2017
Demand planning and inventory management is a complicated science; these days it is common to outsource those key supply chain activities to the specialists. Particularly in declining markets such as the physical media sector, there is no point in reinventing the wheel when it comes to optimizing your retail supply chain performance. Search out the specialist services of a multi-level VMI and demand management solution that utilizes customer demand to drive supply chain recommendations and reporting.
Food Manufacturing - December 04, 2017
Food can become contaminated at any point during production and distribution, and foodborne illnesses can be caused by improper preparation or mishandling at home or in food service establishments. However, a significant percentage of problems aren’t the result of contamination or mishandling, but stem from food intolerances, allergies and other causes.
Manufacturing Business Technology - November 29, 2017
Ultimately, gaining factory intelligence is completely possible for small manufacturers. Once they translate the doublespeak on what Big Data and IIoT are and are not, and implement technology to transform information into action, they can operate much more efficiently, improve productivity, reduce costs and increase profits.
Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review - November 14, 2017
The intent of patent searching is to ask: “what’s out there that is related to my invention?” It could be prior art affecting patentability; it could be claimed IP (granted or not) with its associated risk of patent infringement. The search results, and interpretation by the IP practitioner, are key factors when deciding the fate of the invention or technology being searched.
Manufacturing Business Technology - October 27, 2017
Although an EAM solution may not seem like a necessary investment, the benefits this technology can greatly impact the profits, equipment, and employees of your company. Many best-in-class companies have already invested in an EAM and are now looking for new ways to improve their systems. By not investing in this valuable tool, your organization runs the risk of falling behind the competition.
Global Manufacturing - October 20, 2017
Doing what you have always done is the enemy of progress – whether that means improving the quality of food safety in your factories or driving great results within your business. Implementing a quality system may seem like an undertaking without a measurable ROI. But it’s a small price to pay to avoid being at the centre of the next food safety scandal – a potentially company-ending catastrophe no one wants to be responsible for.
Food Manufacturing - October 05, 2017
The benefits an organization plans to realize from a new ERP system will not materialize until users have embraced and are productive on the new applications and processes. Working with a consultant on ERP implementation can reduce stress on the organization, minimize the risk of operational disruptions, and improve adoption rates.
Food Manufacturing - September 21, 2017
For many food and beverage manufacturers, improving the efficiency of their organization is a top priority, second only to increasing sales. Competing in a high-volume/low-margin industry requires that every aspect of the company operate at peak efficiency.
Food Manufacturing - September 06, 2017
Key decision-makers often demand convenient access to information when and where they need it. Best-in-class companies are almost twice as likely to have implemented visual discovery methods to simplify decision-making, and they are three times more likely to have implemented analytical capabilities to combine, reconcile, and mine data. Business Intelligence and Enterprise Search solutions are two ways to meet this critical need for actionable insight.
Global Trade Magazine - September 01, 2017
One of the most important components of an overall supply-chain strategy is software. When evaluating software to provide in-depth visibility into your overall supply chain, it is imperative that the software is built on open platforms with the ability to publish information and subscribe to information via web services and standard Application Programming Interface calls. Once you are comfortable with the software’s ability to communicate, ensure the software can process data effectively and render information in a format that makes answering the top 10 questions of the day expedient.
Manufacturing Business Technology - August 18, 2017
As with most things in business, collaboration is preferable to a non-cooperative model. Using modern tools and staying focused on the end goal of reducing costs through reduced inventory levels and transportation costs, the collaborative inventory management applications provide both manufacturers and suppliers with an excellent opportunity to reach their goals and optimize their cash flow and business relationship.
Food Manufacturing - August 15, 2017
In a in a high volume/low margin industry such as Food & Beverage, manufacturers need to be constantly reducing costs while providing ever-increasing levels of customer and supplier service. An Enterprise Portal, when properly designed and deployed, is an efficient means to do both.
BakeryandSnacks.com - August 09, 2017
Aptean has developed the Factory Manufacturing Execution System (MES) suite of wireless automation programs for the food and beverage industry to follow and improve shop floor activity in real time and with low disruption. Click here to view an overview of Factory by Aptean's James Wood.
U.S. News & World Report - July 27, 2017
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. reported second-quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, days after another health scare rocked a location in Virginia. The burrito chain easily beat expectations on earnings, missing slightly on revenue, but numbers weren't the only thing on investor's mind following a recent outbreak of norovirus at a Virginia location. Jack Payne is an expert in food safety and vice president of product management and solution consulting at Aptean, a provider of enterprise software solutions. “Chipotle must quickly find the root cause of the food safety problems and put plans in place in all stores to minimize this risk,” he says.
The Motley Fool - July 24, 2017
Just when it appeared Chipotle (NYSE:CMG) had begun winning back the customers it lost after a series of food safety problems at its restaurants, the company had to close a Virginia store last week due to an outbreak of norovirus. Aptean's Jack Payne offers his insight on what this could mean for the company.
Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review - July 17, 2017
GenomeQuest and LifeQuest are key sources for scientists for research, as well as when they are performing patent searches. GQ Life Sciences, an Aptean Company, understands that being able to search sequences is a vital skill for researchers and patent professionals, and to stay ahead it must continuously develop and enhance its database and search tools.
Manufacturing Business Technology - July 14, 2017
Managing cost is a concern in every warehouse; in fact, warehouses represent approximately 20 percent of total logistics costs. In an effort to reduce costs and improve efficiency, many warehouses turn to automation. Before investing in warehouse automation, there are a number of factors that warrant careful consideration, including processes and labor. Careful evaluation of the full depth of automation will ensure the investment is fiscally responsible.
International Food & Meat Topics - July 13, 2017
The European Union's (EU) Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) recieved over 160 allergy related notifications in 2015. In years past, the EU urged manufacturer's to avoid unidentified allergens, now the industry is required to clearly highlight them as part of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. The implementation of an integrated ERP system can help to meet these requirements.
Food Manufacturing - July 12, 2017
Data analytics, Internet of Things, and the cloud are platform technologies for the fourth industrial revolution, providing manufacturers a path to smarter practices. In turn, these smarter processes deliver the necessary intelligence and visibility food manufacturers need to optimize operational efficiency. If manufacturers use Industry 4.0 to its full potential, they will be able to enhance collaboration outside their plants and involve the wider supply chain — from raw material suppliers right through to distribution centers — to streamline operations.
Food Engineering - July 11, 2017
No machine is an island in today’s connected plant and enterprise. At least it shouldn’t be—because the times, they are changing. Knowing when a machine will fail and for what reason, a food processor can plan maintenance at an opportune time rather than incurring unscheduled downtime. A number of experts, including Kay Jenkins, Director AssetPoint, discuss how the Industrial Internet of Things and Big Data are impacting asset maintenance.
Destination CRM - July 10, 2017
In the past, many companies ran on gut instincts and past experiences; however, today’s competitive markets demand that business decisions be based on facts and figures rather than hunches. In a recent survey by the Aberdeen Group on analytics and business intelligence, 46 percent of respondents reported that competitive pressures required them to become more data-driven. The ability to convert historical trends and real-time data into actionable insight paves the way for companies to drive performance gains.
Toolbox.com - July 07, 2017
There was a time when mobile ERP meant clunky apps that gave limited access to ERP systems while employees were outside the office. Mobile ERP is evolving fast as it catches up to the fact that workers now carry their computers in their pants pockets and everything is in the cloud. A number of experts, including Jill Smith, Senior Director Ross ERP, discuss some of the advancements in Mobile ERP.
CIO Applications - July 06, 2017
Amidst the myriad of solutions present in the market, today, companies are looking out for reliable logistics partners that are geared up to reshape itself with the escalating consumer demand. In a bid to assist CIOs to identify the most advanced and trustworthy companies to partner with, the editorial board at CIO Applications has earnestly filtered the most prominent vendors and solution providers in the contemporary Logistics Technology arena.
Food Manufacturing - June 29, 2017
An Advanced WMS (AWMS) solution becomes “must-have” technology for the food and beverage manufacturer looking to become a market leader. Oftentimes, manufacturers take the first step and procure a “stand-alone” WMS for the distribution side of the business, which only solves part of the problem. Only by integrating the WMS to the existing ERP solution can the true benefits of improved visibility, traceability and productivity be fully achieved.
The Enterprisers Project - June 09, 2017
Aptean's CTO Jenny Peng shares her experience in transitioning from Chief Information Officer to Chief Technology Officer in this insightful interview with The Enterprisers Project. Jenny discusses the similarities and differences in the two roles, and offers her advice to others interested in pursuing a CTO position.
Food Manufacturing - June 08, 2017
Food and beverage manufacturers are constantly looking to maintain a strong brand in order to differentiate their products that customers often view as a commodity. Having a robust ERP system that provides an intuitive, easy-to-use traceability solution that tracks products and ingredients from suppliers through manufacturing and to end-users is critical to providing brand protection and differentiation. Integrating this ERP system with an equally strong CRM system provides sales with the same visibility of the details of the products and lots sold and delivered. Firms that make the investment today in this integrated ERP/CRM system will see increased productivity, simplified business processes, higher revenues and increased profitability tomorrow.
The Enterprisers Project - June 01, 2017
In the age of digital business, most company leaders believe that they must innovate or die. But how do you keep innovation going over the long haul? Aptean's CTO Jenny Peng explains how she keeps innovation going strong.
The Huffington Post - May 30, 2017
Learn more about Aptean's Chief Executive Office Kim Eaton in this insightful interview with The Huffington Post. Kim shares her thoughts on her life experience, work/life balance, mentorship, and what she would like Aptean to accomplish in the next year.
Manufacturing Business Technology - May 18, 2017
The goal of every organization is to have the right inventory in the right place at the right time. Many companies make significant investments in software to determine how much inventory should be on the shelves at any given time, based on sophisticated algorithms and data inputs. Unfortunately, having the best system doesn’t necessarily provide the best results.
Global Trade Magazine - May 09, 2017
While the Delivered Duty Paid model is not the latest invention, it is definitely gaining ground in Global Trade Management (GTM). The DDP model is based on the Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) Incoterm and provides benefits to all participants in crossborder transactions. The key questions with this model are who ultimately pays for the service, and what are the associated benefits and risks?
Food Manufacturing - May 03, 2017
In order to reduce costs and improve margins, productivity gains and worker efficiencies are essential. Manufacturing is one area where actionable insight is difficult to obtain and often gets overlooked as businesses focus efforts on other areas of the supply chain. Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) allow food and beverage manufacturers to effectively align production with supply chain functionality. Quality data and a quality system to capture it are the keys to driving a collective culture to never stop improving, every hour, every shift, every day.
CFO Thought Leader - April 04, 2017
CFO Jack Walsh shares his experiences, his "a-ha" moment, advice for aspiring finance leaders, and more on CFO Thought Radio. According to Jack, "the key role of the CFO is to look at all of the different alternatives that a company faces."
Inbound Logistics - April 03, 2017
At least one dozen agencies in the United States implement trade embargoes against approximately 30 countries, in addition to list-based sanctions and an ever-changing list of tariffs. Penalties for non-compliance range from a low five-figure slap on the wrist to fines big enough to get the attention of the largest multinationals. Anne van de Heetkamp, Director, Tradebeam, and other industry experts discuss the necessity of a Global Trade Management (GTM) solution in managing global trade and logistics.
Food Manufacturing - March 31, 2017
Food and beverage manufacturers have invested heavily in their assets, which can be a significant portion of the capital invested in a plant. The top two pressures often faced are maximizing the return on these assets (ROA) and managing and mitigating risk due to the failure of critical assets. Unscheduled asset downtime results in lower production efficiency and higher maintenance costs, directly impacting profitability. An Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solution which can support and enhance an effective asset management strategy is indispensable to achieving asset reliability.
CEO Exclusive Radio - March 28, 2017
CEO Kim Eaton and CFO Jack Walsh sit down with CEO Exclusive Radio to discuss how our customers influence Aptean's business strategy, and more. According to Kim, "at the end of the day, it all comes back to the relationship you have with your customers."
Global Trade Magazine - March 22, 2017
The benefits of reducing global trade costs, which is the goal of the Trade Facilitation Agreement, are evident: in 2013 the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) estimated that a one-percent reduction in global trade costs would result in over $40 billion in worldwide income. Developing countries would benefit from 65 percent of that $40 billion.
Digital Marketing Magazine - March 16, 2017
A browse through social media reveals a world where even the smallest everyday occurrences are shared publicly. Any interaction with a business - good or bad - is likely to be highly visible. Can you really afford to ignore this trend? As an enterprise with ‘key stakeholders’ and ‘margins’, you really need to know what these people, your customers, are saying about you.
Manufacturing Business Technology - March 09, 2017
While a WMS can help control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and process associated transactions, such as receiving, picking and shipping, even when used well, there are still many “hidden costs” that can have a major impact on the bottom line, customer satisfaction and overall business success.
GT News - March 09, 2017
Banks need to place customer experience at the front and center of their operations to ensure their customers remain, as well as to protect a reputation that can quickly become fragile when exposed to online communities. One of the best ways to achieve this is with the right customer relationship management (CRM) software, with tools that are flexible and adaptable; although software alone is not enough and a customer-centric strategy as equally vital.
Food Manufacturing - March 08, 2017
Competing in a high volume/low margin industry requires that every aspect of the company operate at peak efficiency. Even small changes can result in noticeable savings. The ability to turn data into actionable insight is a key differentiator between industry leaders and all others.
Sales Initiative - March 07, 2017
Effective social media management will help you to develop and maintain a healthy brand and will improve your relationship with your customers. Your customers are talking about you anyway, so you have nothing to lose – and much to gain – by giving them a platform to talk to you via their favorite sites, with you in control.
Toolbox.com - February 27, 2017
ERP slowly is assuming some of the characteristics and functionality that employees have come to expect from their consumer applications. Jenny Peng, Chief Technology Officer, offers her insight into how ERP systems are evolving.
Toolbox.com - February 24, 2017
Don’t panic. That might be the famous advice from the Douglas Adams series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but it also is words of wisdom for those entrusted with deploying a new ERP system for their business. Jenny Peng, Chief Technology Officer, suggests how to minimize the challenges in an ERP deployment.
exploreWMS - February 23, 2017
Enterprise software company Aptean has acquired irms | 360 Enterprise Solutions, a branch of Upp Technology. irms | 360 Enterprise builds cloud-based and mobile-enabled software for the enterprise, which includes the company’s Cloud Warehouse Management, Asset Management and Emergency Management Systems.
WSJ Pro - February 22, 2017
According to Kim Eaton, Aptean's CEO, the addition of irms|360 Enterprise will help the company serve customers who are smaller than Aptean’s historical scope. She said Aptean was attracted to the business because of its footprint in the supply-chain management sector, adding the acquisition would enable Aptean to expand and support customers in the public sector.
Food Manufacturing - February 21, 2017
As they become more and more intuitive, CRM solutions will become more adopted and integrated in unforeseen ways. As a result, food and beverage companies will be able to make much more proactive and impactful business decisions.
American Metal Market - February 17, 2017
Enterprise mobility solutions have become more pervasive on the manufacturing shop floor, and manufacturers are likely to become more reliant upon mobility going forward. Chris Thornhill, Chief Architect for Research & Development, and James Wood, Director, Factory & Activplant, along with other industry experts discuss the current state and future trends.
Inbound Logistics - February 13, 2017
It's not if your supply chain will be disrupted, it's when. A number of experts, including Brad Steger, Senior Vice President Supply Chain Management, discuss how risk assessment and advance planning will help minimize the impact on business.
American Metal Market - January 31, 2017
New generations of sales and fulfillment software is expected to be even more important to help metals companies compete in today’s increasingly technologically savvy business environment. Peter Weymouth, Senior Product Manager, and other industry experts discuss the many ways can impact and improve business.
Food Manufacturing - January 30, 2017
At the start of this new year, it is time to look at ways to continuously improve on that foundation. Meaningful changes are made by analyzing meaningful data. These insights create a course of action to further increase an organization’s efficiency, decrease costs, improve profitability and improve customer service levels.
Global Trade Magazine - January 17, 2017
In 2016 the world was surprised by the passing of Brexit and Trump winning the US Presidential election. Looking to 2017 from a global trade perspective, these events make one prediction certain: trade barriers in the Western Hemisphere will not be lowered. To what extent there will be an increase in tariff and non-tariff barriers is unclear, but there is no time like the present to speculate a little.
Destination CRM - January 12, 2017
2017 will be a transformative year for the CRM space. Advanced technologies like machine learning and natural language processing are opening the door for an explosion of new capabilities for the CRM market. However, organizations need to take the time to thoughtfully prepare for the adoption of these technologies. This year, companies need to take the time to rethink their overall CRM goals and drive simplification efforts through their solutions. Once the solution has been rationalized and simplified, the road forward to enable personalization and alternative user experiences will be much clearer.
Food Manufacturing - December 21, 2016
During this critical time period, as we wait for the results of the first inspections, it is imperative for small businesses to continue to move forward with their plans for compliance. It may take more resources and skills than are currently available, and additional efforts may be necessary to meet federal regulations. Jack Payne, Vice President of Product Management and Solution Consulting, offers a few tips to help mid-size companies navigate the road to FSMA Compliance.
Dairy Foods - December 20, 2016
FSMA regulations are pushing food processors to increase their attention to detail, which brings the need for technology to the forefront. A comprehensive, integrated ERP system designed for food manufacturers allows access to more in-depth information about the operation. The end result is a more productive, more profitable organization that has continued to earn the trust of its customers and the confidence of consumers.
The Huffington Post - December 19, 2016
Aptean CEO Kim Eaton shares three lesson she learned from Grace Hopper, one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and creator of the first compiler - a tool that translates code from one programming language to another. "Amazing Grace" accomplished a great deal in her life and serves as an inspiration for us as we strive to foster innovation at Aptean.
Destination CRM - December 05, 2016
Chatbots can help CRM move from an internally focused information warehouse to an externally driven engagement tool, building relationships based on what is important to both customers and users. Imad Al-Abed, Aptean Director of Pivotal and Knova, shares his views on how consumers continue to change the way they engage via social media, and that businesses must also adjust their approach to their customers accordingly.
CRM Buyer - December 05, 2016
There are three significant trends in CRM right now, according to Matt Keenan, Aptean SVP of CRM products. Keenan discusses the need for CRM to be intuitive and some of the issues surrounding intelligent automation.
Manufacturing Business Technology - December 01, 2016
Millennials expect advanced technology in the workplace, and manufacturing can attract young workers by emphasizing how much technology is used. Stevie Hay, Senior Director, Axis & AssetPoint, shares how robust ERP solutions are the way of modern manufacturing, not only to advance business operations, but also to bring in the Millennials.
Engineer Live - November 30, 2016
In a world where margins continue to shrink and capacities have to be used as wisely as possible, manufacturing execution systems have grown into an essential tool for manufacturers. James Wood, Director, Factory & ActivPlant, looks at what 2017 might bring for process manufacturers in the food and beverage sector.
Food Engineering - November 22, 2016
With the food supply chain becoming increasingly global and adding extra complexities to manufacturing, more accurate food safety tools need to be employed to keep bad products from reaching other food processors as ingredients or consumers as end products. Aptean's Jack Payne and other industry experts share important factors to consider when researching software solutions.
American Metal Market - November 21, 2016
Tracking and tracing have two parallel functions in the metals supply chain: quality control and process improvement. It might seem that they should be sequential, with quality control primary and process improvement as an added benefit. Peter Weymouth, Senior Product Manager, and other industry experts discuss how these two aspects inform and enhance each other.
Food Engineering - November 18, 2016
There are plenty of tools—especially lean manufacturing— that can be used to cut waste and improve productivity. Though lean doesn’t necessarily require software tools, there are numerous software tools available to support lean strategies to benchmark your processes, for example KPIs and OEE. A number of experts, including Roy Thomas, Principal Solutions Consultant, discuss how to set benchmarks to improve manufacturing processes.
Manufacturing Business Technology - October 27, 2016
Business decisions are made based on available information. These can involve sourcing materials, locating factories and engaging suppliers. With every decision made, a number of factors are taken into consideration. However, without accurate and up-to-date global trade content — a collection of global trade regulations and regulatory knowledge — decisions made would not be properly informed. Uninformed decisions can lead to disastrous results.
Food Manufacturing - October 25, 2016
Most companies have identified what needs to be done in order to comply, but for many the challenge of documenting those efforts remains. Typically there is no consistent format or approach for records maintenance, and too often key information on the same topic or issue is different at different locations. Information should be easily accessible and usable across the organization to identify
Destination CRM - October 04, 2016
The end goal of any CRM is to provide a well-developed customer profile and derive actionable insight from available data. This goal must be achieved in the most efficient manner. As enterprise software continues to develop, the needs of the user must also be addressed and our business systems must elevate their game. Not only should intelligent processes look for ways to improve customer experience, but user interfaces must adapt to improve productivity.
Food Manufacturing - September 28, 2016
For most manufacturers, the No. 1 reason to implement track and trace technology is to manage recalls. This capability can be also be used to improve other aspects of an organization, such as inventory management and quality assurance. This wider application can lead to improved efficiencies, reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction.
Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations - September 21, 2016
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are a valuable asset. Designed to empower operators and promote visibility into manufacturing operations, very often the solutions become complicated; instead of gaining value, the very people who should be benefiting become side-tracked. But MES does not have to be ultra-complex. Aptean's James Wood shares how modern solutions peel back the complexity, and bring real advantages to businesses at many levels.
Food Manufacturing - August 31, 2016
Undeclared allergens have been the leading cause of recall since 2011, accounting for 45 percent of all FDA recalls in 2015, exceeding the total number of recalls for all previous years. In years past, the FDA had urged manufacturers to avoid unidentified allergens; now the industry is required avoid them as part of the Preventive Controls provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The implementation of an integrated ERP system can help a company meet these requirements.
Manufacturing Business Technology - August 18, 2016
A supplier may have the most sophisticated software, the most experienced personnel, and the proper warehouse inventory to fulfill any demand. However, even with everything in order from the supplier side, without accurate and timely store inventory the risk of stock outs can be high and go unnoticed until the next cycle count at each store.
Food Manufacturing - July 26, 2016
An ERP system specifically designed for food manufacturers will benefit a company as they comply with FSMA regulations regarding preventive controls, traceability and documentation. Forward-thinking businesses are going even further by exploiting the full capabilities of the system in order to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, increase margins and increase customer service levels.
American Metal Market - July 20, 2016
By listening to the customers – and acting upon their suggestions – Aptean has continually evolved its flagship Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to increasingly meet its customers’ needs. Axis is specifically designed for metal makers involved in melting, casting, rolling, forging, drawing extruding, blanking, leveling and/or slitting. It is serviced by inhouse consultants with broad and deep business and metals industry backgrounds with an average of 20 years of experience.
Destination CRM - July 08, 2016
Like nature, technology is always moving forward and adapting—and your enterprise applications should be no different. Users are demanding intuitive navigation, rich analytics, and a robust mobile experience.
Manufacturing Business Technology - July 05, 2016
Identify the compliance requirements you are subject to, set up programs that make you compliant, and create a common understanding internally and externally about the importance of compliance. It can save you time in multiple ways: valuable time wasted in the supply chain or even time in prison.
Industrial Distribution - June 30, 2016
Take a moment to contemplate Murphy’s Law: everything that can go wrong in your supply chain (SC) will go wrong. You do not know what the event will be, and you cannot wait, unprepared, for it to arrive. Consider it almost like in a fire drill. You hope you never need it, but you want to know where the weak spots of the plan are. There are four key components to consider as you examine both your readiness, and your SC partners,’ to deal with adversity.
Food Manufacturing - June 23, 2016
In a recent survey, Aptean asked its customers about the overall impact FSMA would have on their businesses, the effort necessary to comply with the pending rules and the aspects of their business that would be affected the most. The responses were then compared to a similar survey conducted in 2015
Food Manufacturing - May 18, 2016
Even before the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law January 2011, food safety has been a major concern for the food industry and consumers. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was established in May 2000 to establish a safer supply chain and regain consumer trust following a number of high-profile food recalls. Many food manufacturing companies decided to obtain certifications, while others have chosen not to obtain GFSI certifications at all. It wasn’t a matter of being less concerned about food safety; it was simply not a business requirement. Fast forward to the last quarter of 2015, and FSMA rules have been finalized. The compliance date for many companies is a looming deadline in 2016. What steps are those companies taking to comply with the regulations, and how much of an impact is it having on their organization?
Food Logistics - May 17, 2016
All players in the food supply chain–growers, processors, packers, distributors, transporters, retailers and foodservice operators–have to collect more product information than ever and organize it for more uses. Software systems help companies manage these tasks. But as companies grow and the tasks become more complex, companies turn to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which allows them to manage data for multiple business activities such as product planning, cost analysis, manufacturing, service delivery, marketing, sales and more.
Food Manufacturing - April 18, 2016
With stronger industry standards, like the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in place, food manufacturers are beginning to feel more pressure as it relates to their food safety and preventative processes. The FDA now has seven final rules to achieve preventive and risk-based standards surrounding everything touching the food supply chain, including packing, processing and distribution of foods. Although these regulations are absolutely vital to ensure the safety of consumers, managing the necessary changes as a manufacturer is challenging. If you find you are one of the many companies struggling to navigate the road to FSMA compliance, the following are tactics to focus on ahead of the final deadline.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive - March 31, 2016
When someone reports a foodborne illness, the immediate response is to figure out where the contamination occurred and issue a recall. As the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is coming into play, the focus in the food industry will go from responding to contamination to preventing it. FSMA is also increasing the need to track what happens to food across the entire supply chain. Many producers, manufacturers and retailers have product tracing systems already in place; however, they vary on the amount of information the system records and how far forward or backward in the supply chain the system tracks.
Food Manufacturing - March 17, 2016
Tracking your food across the total supply chain ensures that manufacturers and distributors take a “one up and one back” approach. This approach enables everyone to know where it came from (one back) and who it was sold to (one up). Confirming the integrity and safety of your food is not just an issue of what happens inside the manufacturing walls anymore. It’s all about being able to promptly respond to a recall during the unfortunate event of a food safety issue, mock recall or demonstrate compliance.
Sales Iniitative - February 17, 2016
Staff on the frontline are the face of your company, and customer service staff in particular have the important role of putting things right when they go wrong. If a customer has a poor experience here, it could make or break their relationship with you.
Food Manufacturing - February 15, 2016
With stronger industry standards in place — like the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act — food and beverage manufacturers will see a huge emphasis in 2016 on preventative measures. The FSMA’s mission is to put prevention at the forefront — meaning the overall goal is trying to proactively prevent a problem or recall before having to implement the processes and procedures to fix it, also known as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point. Although some food and beverage manufacturers aren’t yet equipped to handle growing consumer concerns and compliance demands, they are already starting to feel the heat.
Health IT Outcomes - February 09, 2016
From medical charts and prescriptions to financial and insurance information, patients generate a lot of data throughout their lifetimes. Some of that data is structured. However, even within sophisticated healthcare organizations, most of it — paper documents, ad hoc emails, data created through monitoring devices, for example — is not. As healthcare moves toward more of an evidence based model, data will play more of an instrumental role. Now more than ever, it’s important for healthcare providers to realize organizational success has less to do with how much data they gather and more to do with how data is utilized.
Manufacturing Business Technology - February 05, 2016
In an age of increasing technological sophistication in manufacturing processes, its people are the most important and valuable resource a company possesses. The human element is what dictates true operational efficiency – that is, if it can be optimally integrated into a business’ production practices.
Food Quality News - January 14, 2016
More than three-quarters of manufacturing customers have experienced some level of impact from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), according to Aptean. The enterprise software provider found a majority (81%) of customers surveyed are experiencing some effect from the regulations. Respondents listed traceability, supplier and facility audits, HACCP/preventative, corrective actions and product recalls as the five areas of operations that have been impacted the most.
Destination CRM - January 06, 2016
Trend predictions are useful to investigate as you look ahead to how your organization should operate in the upcoming years. What to do with these trends in 2016 can be one of the keys to your organization's success this year and for the foreseeable future.
Materials Handling World Magazine - October 05, 2015
Aptean's Director of Factory and Activplant Product Lines, James Wood discussion manufacturing execution systems (MES) and incorporating people into the processes. "Effective MES software directly involves production personnel. It is not about simply having staff to oversee the production processes, performing simple repetitive tasks in a continuous cycle; it is about empowering these staff with MES solutions that put the spotlight on them, their abilities and their personal performance levels."
Manufacturing Business Technology - September 18, 2015
Paradise Tomato Kitchen's IT Director, Ryan Swain talks about selecting the right ERP for their business. "As ERP technology has evolved through the years, it's become a vital part of our business. Its visibility, accuracy and real-time management have improved our overall operational efficiency."
Business Reporter - September 13, 2015
A panel of experts including Aptean's Respond product director, Duane George give their thoughts on the ways technology is changing the ways financial institutions work.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive - September 11, 2015
Aptean's Vice President of Solution Consulting, Jack Payne discusses how to reduce the number of recalls with track and trace technology. "When it comes to reducing the number of food recalls, preparation is prevention's greatest ally. Continual process refinement paired with the proper use of track and trace technology can greatly reduce the occurance and effects of food safety issues."
International Adviser - September 10, 2015
Financial advisers could be faced with large costs if they fail to adopt a holistic system for handling complaints before next year's reform, industry players have been warned.
MYCUSTOMER - September 03, 2015
With a financial watchdog soon introducing complaints reports, insurance firms must step up. Aptean's Vice President of CRM products, Matt Keenan discusses the importance of complaints management.
Qualified Remodeler - August 31, 2015
The technology and processes we use day to day, such as our CRM programs, need the same care and attention to flourish, just as we did in our own infancy, so they can provide the best experience possible for users, customers and the company overall.
American Metal Market - August 31, 2015
The whole name of the game is about visibility into your inventory, and you can manage your inventory better with the right ERP software.
Destination CRM - August 31, 2015
Businesses benefit when information flows freely between systems.
Huff Post - August 27, 2015
In Aptean's ACARE program employees volunteer their time to raise awareness and money for lots of different causes from providing food for orphanages and planting trees in Bangalore, to cleaning up trails in Atlanta and and collecting food for the homeless in England.
MarTech Advisor - August 25, 2015
Aptean, the Complaints Management, CRM, ERP and Supply Chain software applications enabler has announced the introduction of Made2Manage 7.5, its latest ERP offering.
Paradise Tomato Kitchens deploys Aptean’s Factory MES to gain more visibility over three processing plants
Food Production Daily - August 07, 2015
Paradise Tomato Kitchens has improved its overall operational efficiency by installing Aptean’s Factory MES to gain more visibility over three processing plants; two in Louisville KY, and one in Los Banos CA. in the US.
CIO Magazine - July 30, 2015
Berner Food and Beverage deploys predictive analytics to increase operational efficiency and manage product defects.
CRM Daily - July 23, 2015
Aptean has stabilized, Gartner says, since it acquired Pivotal CRM from CDC Software. The improved 6.5 release features a cloud delivery option through Amazon Web Services. Its strengths are configuration and extensibility, customer loyalty, and Microsoft centricity.
CRM Daily - July 07, 2015
Aptean has released Respond 6.0, its complaints and feedback management offering. The new version delivers increased functionality to help companies further improve interaction with customers, deliver timely case resolutions and stay in compliance with constantly changing Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulations, among others.
Supply and Demand Chain Executive - June 26, 2015
Aptean customer, Berner Food and Beverage is recognized as one of the top 100 Supply and Demand Chain Projects in 2015.
CSM Magazine - June 22, 2015
Aptean's Pivotal CRM was selected by ISM Inc., Customer-Centric Strategic Advisors, as a Top 15 CRM Enterprise Software Award winner for 2015-16.
Manufacturing Today - June 17, 2015
Aptean has launched Pivotal 6.5, the latest version of its enterprise class CRM (Customer Relationship Management) solution designed to address a wide range of business challenges across all areas of CRM, including sales automation, marketing management and customer service delivery.
Food Manufacturing - June 12, 2015
Jack Payne, Vice President of Solutions Consulting at Aptean discusses how track and trace technology can save your brand reputation, especially in the event of a mass recall and be recognized as a trusted change agent in the food and beverage industry.
The Wall Street Journal - June 12, 2015
Aptean an enterprise software company backed by Vista Equity Partners, acquired software services business Vision Information Logistics from Cinram Group Inc., a media development and delivery services company that is backed by Najafi Cos., writes Chitra Vemuri.
MARTECH ADVISOR - June 12, 2015
Enterprise application software company Aptean has acquired the Vision® software solutions business operations from associates of Cinram Group Inc. Vision delivers cloud-based Business Intelligence and Supply Chain Inventory Management for Fortune 100 companies across electronics, home entertainment and publishing. It records and manages inventory data and information for over 47,000 stores and 100 retailers in 18 countries.
ProfessionalAdviser.com - June 08, 2015
In response to the FCA’s complaints handling consultation paper, software provider Aptean brought together an industry focus group to gauge reaction. Duane George, Aptean Respond Product Director explains.
ForResidentialPros.com - June 05, 2015
Matt Keenan, vice president of CRM product management at Aptean explains how to use your CRM in getting back to the basics with your customers. He discusses how you can use your CRM tools to slow down and get to know what your customers want you to know.
Atlanta City Biz List - June 03, 2015
Aptean has announced the launch of Aptean Analytics for Metals. Powered by analytics leader QlikView and supporting Aptean’s Axis ERP solution, Aptean Analytics delivers graphical dashboards designed to provide actionable insights for metals producers, processors and service centers.
International Adviser - May 28, 2015
Duane George, Respond product director speaks on the concerns that the UK financial services industry has expressed over the additional workload and costs likely to be created by the Financial Conduct Authority's proposed reforms to the way complaints are handled.
Food Engineering - May 26, 2015
ERP expert Jack Payne gives insight on making the move to a cloud based ERP solution.
Food Online - May 26, 2015
Jack Payne explains how the right traceability solution enables businesses to better understand, prepare for, and exceed both regulatory compliance and consumer satisfaction.
Dana Barrett Show - May 14, 2015
Aptean CEO Kim Eaton talks about women in STEM leadership and corporate culture on the Dana Barrett Show.
CSM - May 11, 2015
Duane George, Respond Product Director, discusses the key findings of a financial services user group's response to the Financial Conduct Authority's Consultation Paper on Improving Complaints Handling.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution - April 30, 2015
Aptean CEO, Kim Eaton speaks in a guest column piece for the Atlanta Journal Constitution about mentoring women to become passionate and driven leaders, especially within the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) industry.
Atlanta Business Radio X - April 27, 2015
Aptean CEO, Kim Eaton joins Atlanta Business RadioX to discuss the Aptean's business strategy and growth, available product lines and the partnerships the company develops with its customers.
FoodQualityNews.com - April 24, 2015
Vice President of Solution Consulting, Jack Payne speaks to Food Quality News about the importance of track and trace technology within the food and beverage industry - important to protect the brand, manage a recall and minimize risk.
Food Manufacturing - March 19, 2015
Jack Payne talks about fixing the communication breakdown within your process manufacturing solution by transforming a paper-based system into an integrated MES on the factory floor combined with your wider ERP application.
Manufacturing Business Technology - March 16, 2015
Jack Payne discusses multi-tier ERP strategies for process manufacturing success at both the plant and part of a larger corporate team.
Modern Metals - March 01, 2015
Peter Weymouth talks about how incorporating an analytics solution tailored for the metals industry into your ERP system will help you turn raw data into actionable insights that can help you streamline operations, increase productivity and reduce costs.
KMWorld Magazine - March 01, 2015
Aptean has been named to the 2015 KMWorld 100, an annual list of the “Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management.” The KMWORLD 100 is the result of a year-long collaborative effort among a select group of colleagues, analysts, system integrators and users.
The Dana Barrett Show - February 24, 2015
Aptean CEO, Kim Eaton joined Dana Barrett's live radio show for her Tech Tuesday special, covering the B2B customer experience.
For Residential Pros - February 09, 2015
Matt Keenan talks about using your CRM tool to provide an easy, comprehensive home buyer experience all the way through post sale.
Food Manufacturing - February 09, 2015
This Cover Story Extra examines Berner's use of Ross ERP, Factory MES and Pivotal CRM technology across all aspects of its operation.
Destination CRM - February 06, 2015
Matt Keenan talks about how tools such as CRM give sales executives the capability to develop stronger relationships with prospects and ultimately win customers for life.
Mint Jutras - January 30, 2015
ERP Expert Cindy Jutras analyzes the ERP industry via Aptean, SAP and Oracle.
SOFTWARE Magazine - January 13, 2015
Aptean’s Jennifer Sherman discussed the value of actionable data in a company’s operations process.
CUSTOMER Magazine - January 12, 2015
The Aptean Respond Complaints Management solution was named as a winner of the 2015 CUSTOMER Product of the Year Award, presented by CUSTOMER magazine.
Atlanta Business Chronicle - January 08, 2015
Aptean has appointed Kim Eaton as Chief Executive Officer. Eaton joined Aptean in August 2014 as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all aspects of Aptean’s global operations.
Fire Engineering - December 03, 2014
CMC Rescue and ERP expert Cindy Jutras discuss the value of an integrated ERP for discrete manufacturers.
For Residential Pros - November 24, 2014
Aptean Vice President of CRM Matt Keenan writes about the value of a comprehensive CRM solution for Home Building companies.
Credit Union Management - November 24, 2014
Aptean Pivotal CRM customer Farm Credit Mid-America talks about the mobility capabilities of its CRM processes.
Food Manufacturing - November 17, 2014
Aptean’s Process Manufacturing Suite is featured in the November issue.
Business Car Manager - November 05, 2014
Volkswagen Financial Services talks about why they selected Aptean’s Respond Complaints Management solution.
FORTUNE Magazine - November 05, 2014
FORTUNE profiles the evolution of Aptean’s business applications following the launch of the company in 2012.
Atlanta Business Chronicle - October 31, 2014
Aptean Senior Vice President Jen Sherman is featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, highlighting one of her many hidden talents.
KM World - October 13, 2014
Volkswagen Financial Services Selects Aptean’s Respond.
Dairy Foods - October 11, 2014
Aptean’s Factory MES improves daily work control practices for dairy processors.
Credit Union Times - October 06, 2014
Aptean’s Matt Keenan writes about how CRM solutions can improve Credit Union customer service.
Technology Evaluation Centers - October 03, 2014
Free download of TEC’s official certification of Aptean Pivotal.
Inbound Logistics - September 22, 2014
Aptean’s Par Wetterlöf discusses the benefits manufacturers can see from real-time transaction control.
ChainLink Research - September 18, 2014
Aptean’s Danna Nelson discusses customer training during ERP implementations.
Manufacturing Automation - August 29, 2014
Aptean’s Roy Thomas writes about the opportunities that a Manufacturing Execution System can provide.
TMC Media - August 22, 2014
TMC editor Paula Bernier discusses her Edge experience and interviews Aptean’s Paul Ilse and Matt Keenan.
Technology Evaluation Centers - August 18, 2014
TEC is pleased to announce that Pivotal CRM—an Aptean product—is now one of Technology Evaluation Centers’ (TEC’s) customer relationship management (CRM) certified solutions and is available for evaluation online in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Evaluation Center.
American Metal Market - August 06, 2014
Aptean’s Peter Weymouth is quoted about service center ERP processes in the metals industry.
TMC Media - July 24, 2014
Aptean Analytics features Business Intelligence dashboards and analytics for a wide range of vertical markets and is powered by the QlikView Business Discovery platform. Aptean Analytics is integrated across Aptean’s portfolio of products to provide end-to-end BI for process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, and financial services.
TMC Media - July 15, 2014
Aptean Senior Vice President Jen Sherman talks about Aptean’s new “Where Software Works” brand identity and discusses customers The Cheesecake Factory and Ford Motor Company.
HUB Magazine - June 27, 2014
University Federal Credit Union share how Aptean’s CRM systems helps them issue and close from 12,000 to 20,000 service requests a month.
AMM.com - June 24, 2014
Ron Greco, director of sales for Axis ERP, says cloud computing, data analytics and mobile platforms are slowly coming into play in the steel industry.
Forging Magazine - June 23, 2014
Aptean customer Perryman Co. shares its history of success with Aptean’s Axis ERP.
Manufacturing Business Technology - June 13, 2014
Ford Motor Company has expanded its use of Aptean’s Activplant solution to help drive continuous improvement in selected manufacturing plants around the world.
Food Engineering - June 09, 2014
Credibility and history are two important indicators when choosing a consultant, according to Danna Nelson, Aptean vice president of ERP product management.
Technology Evaluation Centers - June 05, 2014
Though the software vendor Aptean doesn’t typically receive much coverage in the front pages of software and computer magazines, it certainly has started making its mark in various manufacturing verticals, and, of course, in the more than 5,000 companies using its software products.
ChainLink Research - June 03, 2014
When Aptean was formed two years ago, many wondered whether they would survive. Now, not only does their survival seem relatively secure, but they have a shot at meaningful growth.
Credit Union Journal - May 23, 2014
University Federal Credit Union share how Aptean’s CRM systems helps them issue and close from 12,000 to 20,000 service requests a month.