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Does This Latest USDA Recall Have You Thinking?

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You may have heard that the recent recall of tainted beef from a California meat producer has now reached 35 states and Guam.  In addition, a major manufacturer that may have received some tainted meat from this producer is now recalling some of their products.  This massive recall must have many manufacturers and distributors thinking about their ability to maintain quality control, as well as knowing more about where their raw materials come from, how they are used, and the customers that buy them. 

Whether you manufacture food and beverage products, medical devices, or other consumer goods, you have an interest in tracking the raw materials from your suppliers, how those raw materials are used in the products you sell, and validating the products sent to customers.  Traceability data can be used to make strategic procurement decisions, in quality control, and with maintaining customer satisfaction.  Collecting and analyzing this vast volume of details would be time-consuming and fraught with mistakes if using spreadsheets or disparate, specialty solutions.  Instead, collect and use this valuable data by implementing a more powerful enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.

A robust ERP solution, such as Microsoft Dynamics® GP, can give you the visibility you need to monitor the cradle-to-grave lifecycle of raw materials and finished products.  You can track items from the supplier to your manufacturing floor, include internal handling and production details, production dates and expiration dates, and keep tabs on where finished products are shipped.  Using electronic means to monitor these details will make it quicker to pull products that don’t meet your quality standards, may have a defect or need to be recalled, or review those that come into question with regulatory compliance.  The quicker you can collect problem products, the quicker you can protect consumers and correct mistakes.

You can also use Microsoft Dynamics GP to monitor other critical business operations including finances, supply chain and inventory control, manufacturing and distribution operations, and human resources and payroll.  You can streamline operations, boost productivity and profitability, and improve customer satisfaction with the added insight offered by this ERP solution. 

Get the traceability and lot tracking that you need in the event you find yourself in a situation similar to the California meat producer or other businesses recalling their products.  Contact Collins Computing for more information about using an ERP solution to monitor your products from order entry to customer delivery.


By Collins Computing, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Gold Certified Partner out of California

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