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Effective Contract Manufacturing

Using a contract manufacturer or co-packer can be a great way to scale your operations quickly.

We’ve built our solution to address common concerns food manufacturers have when outsourcing production.

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Outsourcing Doesn’t Mean Out-of-Touch

Whether you’re outsourcing or considering outsourcing your food and beverage manufacturing (co-man) or the packaging of your product (co-packer), you probably have concerns about giving control over to another business.

But Aptean Food & Beverage ERP has a full suite of features to put your mind at ease, including the ability to maintain full end-to-end product tracking and tracing, ensuring your strict quality standards are met and providing you with access to key operational data.

When the final product is ready to come back to your warehouse, our solution has you covered there, too. Leveraging the floor space calculation takes the guesswork out of space needed versus what you actually have allowing you to visualize your transportation needs to keep it balanced.

From start to finish, you’ll be able to easily, effectively and safely leverage contract manufacturers and co-packers.

Managing Contract Manufacturers Made Easy

Using a contract manufacturer or co-packer doesn’t have to be difficult. Our solution provides you with powerful features to streamline any piece of your supply chain that you want to outsource:

  • Process subcontracted activity directly within our solution using work centers that have the vendor assigned to each

  • Measure subcontracted activity cost in either production time or flat charge per unit, so you can choose the best partner for your needs

  • Continue tracking and tracing your inventory on an item level using defined lot profiles, even when it’s with a contract manufacturer

  • Run spot checks on inventory received back from your contract manufacturer or co-packer using defined quality triggers

  • Compile all data from quality checks – including photo and document attachments – to hold the partners you work with accountable

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Using a Contract Manufacturer

With Our Solution

Measure Performance

Aptean Business Intelligence can be used to model simulations and measure projected output across 300+ food and beverage-specific KPIs – including those of your contract manufacturer. You’ll have the insights you need to determine if your partners operate as efficiently as you do.

Consolidate Data

Aptean Product Specification acts as a SSOT for all relevant item data and auto-calculates values based on bill of material (BOM) structure. No more disparate databases or guessing whether your partners are pulling the correct information for your products.

Ensure High Quality

Aptean Inspection Status enables you to manage and control the flow of incoming and outgoing lots from your warehouse. That means you can block incoming lots from a contract manufacturer until necessary quality checks can be performed; the same can be done on your outbound lots before shipment.

Create Better Partners

Aptean EDI automates orders, shipment notifications and invoices while Aptean Advanced Workflow automates common business processes. This eliminates any ambiguity over next-steps and which partner is responsible for specific actions.

Other capabilities of our

food and beverage

software that you'll love

We know your industry inside out. Which is why we’ve designed food and beverage software with the capabilities to solve your specific challenges—ensuring you’re Ready for What’s Next, Now®.

Traceability

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Traceability

The challenge

How do you comply with ever-changing food safety regulations, pass mock traceability audits for larger retailers and ensure overall food safety without forfeiting efficiency?

The solution

With software designed for your challenges—that’s how. Our food software includes advanced traceability, recall and preventative functionality to set you up for success.

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Quality

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Quality

The challenge

Without the right tools to help you control processes, it can seem impossible to adhere to strict regulations, package requirements and food safety standards.

The solution

Set up mandatory quality audits and scoresheets at every step of the production cycle—and take the guesswork out of product consistency, integrity and safety.

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Warehousing & Inventory

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Warehousing & Inventory

The challenge

Flawed inventory management and warehousing processes can lead to huge losses. From write-offs to excess waste, without the right tools, your bottom line can really suffer.

The solution

Enter Aptean. Our software solutions help you manage picks, putaways, packing and shipping to keep track of inventory and streamline processes. Ultimately, saving you money.

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Reporting & Analytics

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Reporting & Analytics

The challenge

Manual spreadsheet-based reporting has a long list of drawbacks and often results in you burning time looking for data instead of gleaning actionable insights.

The solution

With our analytics tools, you can create robust, customisable reports—empowering you to make smarter, more accurate decisions across your business.

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Manufacturing & Production

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Manufacturing & Production

The challenge

Your production operation has many moving parts—from R&D and costing to planning and batch processing. It can be tough to keep track and remain in control.

The solution

With our specialised features, you can manage it all quickly and simply. Boosting efficiency in every step of production, from R&D and costing to planning and batch processing.

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Plant Maintenance

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Plant Maintenance

The challenge

Downtime. Unexpected maintenance. Underutilisation. Without the right monitoring tools, your assets can cause you a variety of headaches.

The solution

Our solutions remove these challenges by allowing you to monitor equipment performance, maintenance schedules, sanitation and changeovers easily.

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Ready to start transforming your business?

We’ve got the specialised food ERP solutions you need to conquer your industry challenges.

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