Food Engineering Profiles ERP Selection by Green Bay Cheese

by : Thomas Cutler



Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Technology Group International is a proven technology leader delivering Tier 1 application software functionality at a price performance level that can be readily accepted by organizations of all sizes. Specializing in software systems for small and mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, TGI's integrated Enterprise Series software suite is a complete business process management solution. The product offering includes Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP), Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Warehouse Management System (WMS), Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS), Decision Support System (DSS), Business Intelligence, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), and eCommerce. TGI implements, maintains, enhances, and supports its packaged distribution and manufacturing software solutions directly and via its channel partners.

Green Bay Cheese needed an ERP software package that could track individual cheese lots from raw material receipt through consumption in manufacturing and onto shipment of finished product to its retail and food service customers. It also had to manage special customer pricing requirements based upon the current market price for cheese, provide detailed costing of manufacturing operations, and prepare customer-specific private labeling of product including product details and lot analysis information.

The producer found its solution with Technology Group International's ERP package, Enterprise 21. With this ERP system, the cheese manufacturer is able to electronically store womb-to-tomb lot tracking of cheese so that a given lot of cheese can be traced to all customers who received material produced from that particular lot; interactively calculate online customer pricing based upon cheese market price and customer pricing factors; and automatically generate customer-specific labels which include not only customer logos and barcodes, but also the retail customer's price to the consumer.

According to Technology Group International vice-president, Rebecca Gill, "From inventory control to purchasing, the cheese company's new ERP system efficiently performs key functions such as order management, manufacturing, general ledger, accounts payable and accounts receivable. Inventory control includes an integrated warehouse management system; tracking multi-locations and bins in each warehouse; prime pick, put-away, and restocking locations by product code; sophisticated product configurator; bill of material maintenance for kitting; fully attributed inventory; lot control with analysis; and RF/bar code functionality."

ERP purchasing functionality includes multiple suppliers and purchasing rules per stocking part number, vendor RFQ processing, automatic creation of purchase orders based upon replenishment rules, automatic or manual generation of requisitions, blanket purchase orders, electronic signature approval and vendor performance tracking.

Due to government regulations and compliance issues, inventory control was probably the most important ERP function to consider, yet a fully-functioning integrated system makes the most business sense in the long run. With the ERP implementation, Green Bay Cheese Company is better equipped to serve its customers.

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