Top 5 Questions from Food Safety Webcast
Posted: Mar 10, 2011 by Michelene Maguire | 0 comments
Our Food Safety Webcast on February 16th was one of JustFoodERP’s most popular webcasts so far this year, and the Q&A section following the presentation certainly benefitted from the audience involvement. Since we were asked some really good questions, we want to be able to share them with more than just the viewers that tuned in to watch. Here are some of the questions that I thought those interested in food safety might also be interested in:
1. How are quality audits performed on the shop floor?
There are a couple of options for performing an audit. You can maintain a paper-based system or an automated system. With a paper-based system, the quality auditors will do their quality checks, record them on paper either on the floor or in the lab, and then record the results into the system. Alternatively, customers can automate the process by incorporating technology on the floor through the use of a mobile device. With this approach, the quality audits are performed in real time. Employees are given a notification to perform an audit, the audit can take place on the floor (ie. Visual or sensory checks) and then record the results in real time. Alternatively, the audits (ie. lab tests) can be performed in a designated room and then captured in the system in real time.
2. Does quality extend to production and shipping?
Quality does extend to production and shipping. You can attach a quality procedure to an inventory item, and that quality procedure can happen at a number of different stages in production. You can actually force an audit at any stage of that material’s movement, including production and shipping. Further to that, the shipping process within JustFoodERP can indicate if a specific finished good in combination with a customer requirement demands the need for specific documentation such as a CofA, manifest, etc.
3. Does JustFoodERP have a WMS system?
Yes, there is a full WMS system inherent within JustFoodERP. Our WMS fully supports handheld and RF devices from every step from receiving all the way through shipping. Functions include receiving, label printing, quality, putaway, picking, consumption and production output, staging, shipping, transfer, reclassification, counting, and various lookup functions.
4. Does JustFoodERP have a physical inventory function? How does it handle inventory adjustments?
There are both physical and cycle counts available to you. There is a view that allows you to see your inventory availability by location, by lot, by variant, by time, and by period. So there are a number of different views for your inventory at any given time. The actual cycles can be done on a gun. There is a full inventory management system in here as well.
5. How detailed is the costing and nutritional component in your program?
There is a full costing and nutritional component within JustFoodERP’s recipe management system. With an integrated ERP system, the costing will be fully integrated to purchasing and purchasing decisions. There are also a number of different costing methods, all of which are real time and integrated with the finance application. You can actually compare multiple costing methods simultaneously and use a combination of different methods in the way you want.
Food Safety standards are becoming increasingly stringent. While government legislation has long been implemented, your customers may be driving an even higher standard of food safety through the implementation of programs like GFSI, or SQF requiring third party audits.
JustFoodERP takes a holistic view of Food Safety by incorporating prevention and proof in addition to the traditional record and respond approach to lot tracking and recall. Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll be sure to help.
Michelene loves technology but often manages to break it! As the Director of Marketing, she leads a great team of specialists and business development reps that help find the right type of food companies to partner with. She has over 10 years of experience working with software companies with very specialized offerings. When she’s not thinking about marketing, she is chasing around her toddler and working on her MBA.
As the VP, Marketing, IndustryBuilt Software, Michelene leads a great team of marketing specialists and business development representatives who help find the right type of companies to partner with. She has more than 15 years of experience working with software companies with very specialized offerings. When she’s not thinking about marketing, she is chasing after her preschooler and working on her MBA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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