Wholesale Distributor of Food Ingredients  ERP Package

Where can it be used?

 

The Wholesale Distributor of Food Ingredients ERP Package can be used in the following market segments:

  • Eg. Consumer food ingredients. Examples:

    • Flours

    • Spices

    • Fragrances and flavors

    • Preservatives

    • Emulsifiers

    • Sugars

    • Vegetable oils

    • etc

  • Animal food ingredients. Examples:​

    • Flours​: barley, corn, oats, soybean, ..

    • Dried beans

    • etc

Unique characteristics of this market segment

 

The Food Ingredients are handled as follows:

  • ​Sourced from manufacturers/producers which may use 3PL party for logistics including shipping
  • Stored at own warehouse. Some products may be stored at 3PL party

  • Sold to 

    • Food processing plants

  • Sales channel​s

    • Phone orders

    • Email and Fax orders

    • Customer portal or E-Commerce B2B

  • Trucked to 3PL party and then shipped to end customers via independent trucker but mostly via 3PL party​

  • Regulations:

    • FDA​

    • Traceability

    • Expiration date

    • Lot tracking

    • Quality management

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Components of ERP Package

 

The ERP Package for Wholesale Distributors of Food Ingredients may consist of the following components:

  • Acumatica Distribution Edition

    • Acumatica ERP Foundation:

      • Finance suite and Distribution suite

      • Monitoring and Automation

      • Advanced fulfillment: pick, pack and ship

  • Optional Acumatica ERP Foundation applications

  • ​Optional integrated Independent Software Vendor (ISV) applications:
    • ISV applications for additional features of an existing Acumatica ERP module/workspace

      • Finance

        • ​Advanced Financial Reporting: FYIsoft, BI360

        • Sales tax Management: Avalara Tax, Vertex Sales Tax Solution

        • Human Resource Management including payroll: InfinityHR

      • Distribution

        • ​Inventory Management :NetStock, EazyStock, ..

        • Sales Order management: 

          • ​Customer payment processing: American Payment Systems, Century Business Solutions (EBizCharge), Kensium AcuCharge

          • EDI gateway: B2BGateway, SPS Commerce Fulfillment, EdiSoft

          • Shipping application: StarShip, AcuShip, OZLink, ..

        • Purchase Order management:​

          • ​Advanced Purchase Order management: Paramount Workplace

          • Vendor payment processing: AvidXchange, Artsyl, uplevl

          • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): Sourceday

          • Container tracking for:

            • Purchase orders: IIG Acuboost, 

      • Contract management with customers: MaxQ Technologies​​​, 

      • Fixed asset management: Bimser Beam, 

      • Project Management: SmartSheet, Spitfire, 

      • Document Management Systems:

        • Document scanning and repository: SDSI Unform, 

        • Signing documents electronically: Adobe  E-Sign,

      • Quality Management

        • Bimser International: QDMS​

        • eWorkPlace: QMS

      • ​Click here to to see the webpages of all above ISV applications.

    • ISV applications for providing specific industry applications

      • Warehouse Management:

        • Product scan application (Savant, FusionScan,..)

        • Warehouse Management System (WMS): Fusion WMS, Savant, HighJump, RIC Group WMS

      • CADTalk: to transfer data from a CAD/PLM/PLD to the Acumatica Manufacturing Edition​

      • Click here to to see the webpages of all above ISV applications.

Choice of ERP Packages

Based on your needs, there is a choice of ERP packages. Basically the following ERP packages will provide a good start in configuring a package:

  • The simple warehousing ERP package using Acumatica WMS

    • Besides your basic needs for finance, distribution, CRM,your warehouse needs a simple store, pick, pack and ship application since products in your warehouse are moved manually via pallets and forklifts.

  • The medium complex ERP warehousing package using Savant WMS

    • Your products in your warehouse are moved via conveyors and sortation stations

  • The complex warehousing package using HighJump WMS

    • Your warehouse is fully automated. Your WMS needs to integrate with a Warehouse Execution System (WES)​

The simple warehousing ERP package using the Acumatica WMS

Besides your basic needs for finance, distribution, CRM, manufacturing, your warehouse needs a simple store, pick, pack and ship application since products in your warehouse are moved manually via pallets and forklifts.​

Your Needs

  • Basic needs:

    • Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

    • CRM

    • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

    • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • E-Commerce:

      • B2C​

      • B2B

    • ..

    • Product scan

    • EDI

  • Optional basic needs

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    •  

    • ...

  • ​Optional needs:

    • Warehouse Management System (WMS): SImple

    • Advanced Inventory Management application

    • Shipping application

    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • Project Management

    • Human Resource Management including payroll

    • Customer payment processing

    • Vendor payment processing: 

    • Tax Management application

  • ​...

Your ERP Package

  • Basic needs:

    • Acumatica Distribution Edition

      • Acumatica Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

      • Optional: CRM

      • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

      • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • For E-Commerce

      • Magento Connector of Kensium Solutions to Acumatica for B2C and B2B

      • Online ECommerce product configurator of Kensium Solutions

    • Product scan application (Scanco, Savant, FusionScan,..)

    • EDI: B2B Gateway

  • Optional Acumatica ERP Foundation applications:

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    • .

    • ...

  • ​Optional ISV Applications:

    • Acumatica Warehouse Management System (WMS)

    • NetStock Inventory Management application

    • StarShip Shipping application

    • Sourceday Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • SmartSheet Project Management

    • Infinity Human Resource Management including payroll

    • American Payment Systems Customer payment processing

    • AvidXChange: Vendor payment processing:

    • Avalara Tax Management application

  • ​...

Video (7 mins, 2018) showing an overview of the Acumatica Distribution Edition.

Video (8 mins, 2019) showing the Acumatica Warehouse Management System

Video (7 mins, 2018) showing an overview of the NetStock Inventory management

Video (4 mins, 7/2020) showing the integration of Acumatica with BigCommerce

The medium warehousing ERP package using Savant WMS

Besides your basic needs for finance, distribution, and CRM, your warehouse needs a simple store, pick, pack and ship application since products in your warehouse are moved via conveyors and sortation stations.

Your Needs

  • Basic needs:

    • Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

    • CRM

    • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

    • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • E-Commerce:

      • B2C​

      • B2B

    • ..

    • Product scan

    • EDI

  • Optional basic needs

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    •  

    • ...

  • ​Optional needs:

    • Warehouse Management System (WMS): SImple

    • Advanced Inventory Management application

    • Shipping application

    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • Project Management

    • Human Resource Management including payroll

    • Customer payment processing

    • Vendor payment processing: 

    • Tax Management application

  • ​...

Your ERP Package

  • Basic needs:

    • Acumatica Distribution Edition

      • Acumatica Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

      • Optional: CRM

      • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

      • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • For E-Commerce

      • Magento Connector of Kensium Solutions to Acumatica for B2C and B2B

      • Online ECommerce product configurator of Kensium Solutions

    • Product scan application (Scanco, Savant, FusionScan,..)

    • EDI: B2B Gateway

  • Optional Acumatica ERP Foundation applications:

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    • .

    • ...

  • ​Optional ISV Applications:

    • Savant Warehouse Management System (WMS)

    • EazyStock Inventory Management application

    • StarShip Shipping application

    • Sourceday Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • SmartSheet Project Management

    • Infinity Human Resource Management including payroll

    • American Payment Systems Customer payment processing

    • AvidXChange Vendor payment processing:

    • Avalara Tax Management application

  • ​...

Video (40 mins, 6/2019) showing the full integration of Acumatica Distribution Edition with Savant scan and WMS.

Video (35 mins, 12/2020) showing the full integration of Acumatica Distribution Edition with EazyStock inventory management.

The complex warehousing ERP package using HighJump WMS

Besides your basic needs for finance, distribution, CRM, manufacturing, your warehouse needs a simple store, pick, pack and ship application since movement of products in your warehouse is fully automated. Your WMS needs to integrate with a Warehouse Execution System (WES)​

Your Needs

  • Basic needs:

    • Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

    • CRM

    • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

    • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • E-Commerce:

      • B2C​

      • B2B

    • ..

    • Product scan

    • EDI

  • Optional basic needs

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    •  

    • ...

  • ​Optional needs:

    • Warehouse Management System (WMS): SImple

    • Advanced Inventory Management application

    • Shipping application

    • Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • Project Management

    • Human Resource Management including payroll

    • Customer payment processing

    • Vendor payment processing: 

    • Tax Management application

  • ​...

Your ERP Package

  • Basic needs:

    • Acumatica Distribution Edition

      • Acumatica Finance: GL, Cash Management, AP, AR

      • Optional: CRM

      • Distribution: Inventory, PO, SO

      • Advanced fulfillment: PIck, pack and ship

    • For E-Commerce

      • Magento Connector of Kensium Solutions to Acumatica for B2C and B2B

      • Online ECommerce product configurator of Kensium Solutions

    • Product scan application (Scanco, Savant, FusionScan,..)

    • EDI: B2B Gateway

  • Optional Acumatica ERP Foundation applications:

    • Project Accounting​

    • Fixed Assets

    • Customer Portal

    • .

    • ...

  • ​Optional ISV Applications:

    • HighJump Warehouse Management System (WMS)

    • EazyStock Inventory Management application

    • StarShip Shipping application

    • Sourceday Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

    • SmartSheet Project Management

    • Infinity Human Resource Management including payroll

    • American Payment Systems Customer payment processing

    • AdvantXCahnge: Vendor payment processing:

    • Avalara Tax Management application

  • ​...

Website showing the full integration of Acumatica Manufacturing Edition with HighJump scan and WMS.

Traceability by Lot and Serial Number

Food ingredients and products can be traced by lot and serial number from the supplier, to manufacturing plant, to the warehouse, and to the customer. You can add expiration dates. You can specify when a lot and serial number should be added automatically or manually. For instance upon the receipt of goods from the supplier. 

The video below will show you. 

Tracking sales and expenses by product groups, department, by location, o by any other entity using subaccounts

The Finance Suite enables you to track sales, expenses, or any other GL account amounts by subcategories such as product group, location, etc. This way you can report P&L for a product group in a particular region. 

The video below will show you this for the food industry.

Quality Management

Food ingredients and products have to comply to FDA standards. An ISV application by Bimser called QDMS takes care of that, and is fully integrated with Acumatica ERP. 

The video on the right will show you. 

Key Benefits

The key benefits to you are as follows:

  • One Solution for your business

    • Acumatica provides feature-rich cloud manufacturing ERP software. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition, formerly known as JAMS*, integrates seamlessly with Acumatica’s Distribution Management, Customer Management, Financial Management, and Project Accounting suites. Acumatica Manufacturing Edition provides real-time coordination of your business activities from one central location in the cloud!

  • Grows with you

    • Powerful and complete functionality for make-to-stock, make-to-order, engineer-to-order, project centric, job shop, batch, and repetitive manufacturing adapts to your business as you grow and change. This means that if your manufacturing plant has to handle both make-to-stock and make-to-order, this ERP package can handle both manufacturing types at the same time. This also means that when you start with make-to-order, and your demand for the same products is growing, that this ERP can handle also make-to-stock to cover the growing demand of that product. 

  • Meet your schedules

    • Respond to demand while optimizing inventory and resources for effectiveness and cost control with Acumatica Manufacturing Edition MRP planning.

      • Inventory is optimized because of the following reasons:

        • The forecasting is much more precise and real. The forecasting is not just a projection based on past history regression but, also based on sales opportunities from the field sales people, on seasonal impacts, on geography, on planned promotions, etc. Check out the Eazystock inventory optimization ISV application. This application is high caliber. The savings that you can realize with better demand planning are enormous. They lower your inventory costs, your manufacturing costs, your administrative costs, your shipping costs, etc.

        • The MRP gives you a list of the critical items that need to be ordered or manufactured. This way you  you only order what you need at the right time. By the way you can create purchase orders directly from this list of critical items.

      • Resources are optimized since the advanced planning and scheduling looks at the capacity of the machines and labor on the shop floor, and at their availability for usage. Capacity of machines and labor are fully used  at the right time. This way also costs are controlled. 

  • Track your costs

    • Track material and labor costs as you manage your products. Compare standard and planned production costs to actual costs of production. You can plan very well but, execution may still go awry. This ERP will display which actual costs went way above their planned costs.