Food & Beverage

We are independent consultants providing expertise in Distribution ERP Software Selection, best practice and business process improvement for the food & beverage industry.

Distribution ERP Software Selection - Interviews

Food & Beverage Requirements

Unique food & beverage industry requirements include:

  • Recipe management, including calculating grams per raw material based on percentages
  • Changes to batch sizes will rescale a work order
  • Batches can be split into multiple finished goods
  • Multilevel backward and forward traceability of ingredients, raw materials, packaging and finished goods
  • Allergen tracking
  • Compliance with SQF, ISO 9000 and HACCP
  • Testing includes control/inspection plans including target, control limits, parameters, and frequency
  • Generate NCR’s
  • Catch weights

Systems

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 3
  Deacom GoldFinch Cloud Solutions Mar-Kov Computer Systems Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations NetSuite Oracle Cloud ERP SAP S/4 HANA Workday
Product Information                
System Deacom GoldFinch Cloud Solutions Mar-Kov Computer Systems Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance & Operations NetSuite Oracle Cloud ERP SAP S/4 HANA Workday
Vendor eci GoldFinch Cloud Solutions Mar-Kov Computer Systems Microsoft Dynamics 365 NetSuite Oracle Cloud ERP SAP S/4HANA Workday
Description DEACOM ERP - ECI Software Solutions is a company that provides industry-specific business management software and services. They offer comprehensive software solutions for various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction, and service sectors. Their software solutions encompass enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), financial management, human resources, supply chain management, and more. ECI Software Solutions aims to help businesses optimize their operations, improve productivity, and achieve growth and success in their respective industries. GoldFinch Cloud Solutions has been implementing ERP solutions for over 20+ years primarily in the Microsoft NAV product space. About 5 years ago we developed our own ERP solution on the Salesforce Platform GolldFinch ERP. It is 100% native Salesforce and is focused on both Discrete and Process manufacturing. Our expertise is focused on Food &Beverage companies in need of Promotions Management, Lot Traceability and Compliance. We are a Salesforce ISV partner and have combined Salesforce CRM with GoldFinch ERP on one platform which inherits all the capabilities of Salesforce within the ERP solution.   We believe there’s a better way of batch manufacturing. That’s why our mission is to help batch processes excel through technology. Got a good product? We’ll help you make it! We build feature-rich applications designed to support factory floor operations, specifically tailored to the vertical markets we focus on (Food, Cosmetics, Pharma, and Paint). We give batch manufacturers the tools and information they need to succeed. Dynamics 365 launched in 2016 when Microsoft brought together Dynamics AX, its ERP application and the Dynamics CRM application. Microsoft was one of the first to make a move an offer an integrated solution. Given the dynamic nature of business and the likelihood of unique situations, it is becoming more and more important for software/solution providers to introduce applications that cater to the changing trends. Dynamics 365 is a comprehensive suite of services enabling all in one solutions so that you don’t have to pick and choose from the plethora of options available. Microsoft Dynamics 365 can be used for:
  • Bringing your business together as a cohesive unit by connecting people, processes, and data across many applications, including Microsoft Dynamics 365, Office 365, LinkedIn, and Azure.
  • Making smarter decisions with built-in AI, analytics, and guided action suggestions.
  • Adapting the application to your needs rather than changing your business methodology. You can integrate most applications with existing systems or even customize with Microsoft Power Platform.
  • Modernize your approach by incorporating AI, mixed reality, social, and mobile capabilities for progressive business innovation.
  • Full-featured financials, CRM, inventory, project management and ecommerce software--all in a single system
  • Real-time visibility across your entire business operation
  • On-demand software infrastructure dramatically lowers maintenance and license fees
  • Real-time dashboards for all your key employees
  • Anywhere, anytime access to the information you need.
Oracle Cloud ERP is a complete, modern, cloud ERP suite that provides advanced capabilities, such as AI to automate the manual processes that slow them down, analytics to react to market shifts in real time, and automatic updates to stay current and gain a competitive advantage. As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and in all industries run better by redefining ERP and creating networks of intelligent enterprises that provide transparency, resiliency, and sustainability across supply chains. SAP's end-to-end suite of applications and services enables customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference worldwide. Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, helping customers adapt and thrive in a changing world. Workday applications for financial management, human resources, planning, spend management, and analytics have been adopted by thousands of organizations around the world and across industries—from medium-sized businesses to more than 50% of the Fortune 500.
Website https://www.ecisolutions.com/ https://www.goldfinchcloudsolutions.com/ https://mar-kov.com/ https://dynamics.microsoft.com https://www.netsuite.com/ https://www.oracle.com/erp/ https://www.sap.com/ https://www.workday.com/
Primary Tier 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 1
Industries                
Apparel No No No No Yes No Yes No
Construction No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
Field Services No No No No Yes No No No
Financial Services No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Food & Beverage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hospitality No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Manufacturing Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Nonprofit No No No No No No No No
Professional Services No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Retail & ECommerce No No No Yes Certified Yes Yes Yes
Transportation & Logistics No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Wholesale Distribution Yes Yes No Yes Certified Yes Yes No
Applications                
Accounting (General Ledger, Financial Reporting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Budgeting and Cash Management) Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asset Management Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes
CPQ (Configure Price Quote) No No No No No No Yes Yes
CRM Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Distribution (Order Processing, Purchasing and Inventory) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
E-commerce No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Field Services - Dispatching & Scheduling No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Field Services - Mobile Field Management No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Human Resource Management No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Manufacturing - Quality Control Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes No
Manufacturing - Scheduling Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Manufacturing - Shop Floor Control Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MRP Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No
Payroll No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Point of Sale No No No No No Yes Yes No
Product Lifecycle Management No No No Yes No Yes Yes No
Professional Services - Scheduling No No No No No Yes Yes No
Professional Services - Timesheets No No No No No No No No
Professional Services – WIP Management No No No No No No No No
Project Management No No No No No No No No
Transportation Management No No No No No No No No
Warehouse Management Yes No Yes No No No No No
Developer Information                
Number of customers - all products 1000
Number of customers - this product 1000
Technology                
% of application that is web based (just need a browser on workstation) 20
On premise, cloud or hybrid On Premise On Premise Cloud On Premise On Premise On Premise On Premise On Premise
Private or Public Cloud Private Private Private Private Private Private Private Private
Multi-tenant architecture Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Generic Requirements                
Customization/Configuration                
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User-defined fields
  • Can define values/dropdowns for fields
  • Used in report selection and ordering
  • Used in workflow
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User defined screens
  • Change fields to required, optional or invisible for standard and user-defined field
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Multiple Companies                
Share inventory across companies In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Share customers and suppliers across companies In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Automate balancing of transactions across legal entities In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
PO of 1 company automatically generates the sales order in another company In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Multiple Currencies                
Maintain source and home currency amount for each transaction In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Date effective currency exchange rates In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Work Flow                
Can apply an approval process to any transaction such as a journal entry or any master file such as a supplier or inventory item In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Can generate alerts/escalation if something expected is late or reminders In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
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Mobility                
Optimized for Android and iPhone In Current Release In Current Release Workaround In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
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Sales tax compliance                
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Reporting/Business Intelligence                
Reporting                
Industry standard reporting tool and can change existing reports or add new ones In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Ad-hoc reporting (don’t need a programmer) with filtering, sorting and summarizing options In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Dashboards                
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Configurable dashboards - don't need to be a programmer to create or change dashboard In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release In Current Release
Analytics                
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Testimonials

Michael’s very good.  Michael definitely provided value and food for thought which is not always the case with consultants.  He has a wealth of knowledge in the field, so when he even reaches conclusions that I might not necessarily like, they are still valuable.  I grew to respect him enough to know that he can know better than I do. As a person he’s a great guy, very professional, knows his stuff, and listens and understands and thinks.
Boneh Roth, CFOMarcAngelo Foods
We were all quite impressed with the completeness of the process in a compact way. The methodology was great. I have been through these before, and sometimes this type of process is quite extended, and results might take a lot longer than the approach by 180 Systems that gets to the heart of the matter in a shorter time frame. Their approach includes meeting with the people in the major functions of the organization with pointed questions, and highlights the important issues, not the minor things that do not affect the decision. With 180 System's help we were able to get to the RFQ quicker than we would have otherwise. We were very happy with 180 Systems' work.
Gino Truant, V.P. FinanceTrophy Foods
Lawrence did exactly what we wanted to have done. We needed someone else to sort through all the systems, and find out which were the best for us. Though we knew the top three, through the work of 180 Systems we decided to select a different system at a much lower cost than one of the top three. Some of us had some experience dealing with evaluating systems but we were too busy to focus, so Lawrence took that "bull by the horns" and ran with it. He took a very disciplined approach to the process and handled all the required legwork. Because of his background, he would ask the penetrating questions and keep the vendors in line and sharp. The way he ran the process, pencils were sharpened sufficiently to offset the cost of 180 Systems fees, so it didn't really cost us anything, in my opinion.
Graham Nash, Interim CFOGarden Protein International