ERP Focus: Food Manufacturing ERP Software Tips

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A Conversation with the Creators of NorthScope ERP on Challenging the Status Quo of the Food ERP Industry

For over eleven years, The Northlake Partners, creators of NorthScope ERP software for food manufacturers, have provided ERP software and step-by-step guidance to food manufacturers, giving them the tools to build the business they’ve always wanted. With over 35 years combined experience in the Food ERP industry, managing partners Tom Williams and Adam Herman share some insight on WHY they started the company and HOW they do what they do.

Why do you do what you do?

Tom: It always bothered me how much money and morale companies waste having people do things that are not worthy of their talents due to inadequate systems and/or processes. I know how it feels to come to work each day and spend all my time doing a series of simple and unimportant tasks that, if automated, would be faster, more accurate, and would allow me to focus on things that could make a real difference. I’ve also witnessed a complete shift in how team members were perceived before and after improvements were implemented and realized that you don’t get an accurate view of people’s abilities when everyone’s operating in chaos.
Adam: I come to work every day because I want to be the best vendor for our customers, I want to be the best team member I can be, I want to build a world class working environment so all our team members can grow as people and I want to build the absolute best product on the market for our industry…Read more

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NorthScope Food ERP Develops ACH File & Document Imaging Integration During Q2

Based on customer need, the team behind NorthScope completed two new features in Q2 that will be released on July 12, 2019. These include ACH Direct Deposit and Accounts Payable document imaging integration with PaperVision. These features allow NorthScope’s food manufacturing users to run their businesses more efficiently and improve their Accounts Payable processing.

NorthScope’s ACH Direct Deposit feature allows users to create ACH text files and upload them directly to their bank to process all payments within the files. This feature digitizes the process of printing and mailing checks for companies with payees that do not want physical checks mailed to them. This is especially useful for Alaska Seafood Processors who need to pay fishermen that may not have immediate access to a bank…Read more

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Why NorthScope

Wouldn’t it be great if your team was fulfilled at work? Wouldn’t it be great if you could spend your time working on valuable things you enjoy doing? We think so, in fact, they’re the reasons WHY we do what we do. Wouldn’t it be great if your service providers were backed by a team that’s with you for the long haul? Wouldn’t it be great if your vendors always provided you great customer service and exceeded your expectations? We agree and that’s HOW we do what we do.

Wouldn’t it be great if your ERP software was easy to implement, cost effective and made your life better? This is WHAT we do.

Other ERP systems are slow moving, can be hard to use and can’t change their path to meet your needs. We believe software systems should be agile and flexible and that as a software company, we must be responsive to our users’ requests and get their input for the direction of our software.Read more

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NorthScope, Food ERP Software, Puts User Experience First with Updated Navigation

Driven to make life easier for users, NorthScope has been re-organized based on job functions. With functions grouped by functional areas, NorthScope, ERP software for food manufacturers, is more intuitive and easier to use than ever before.

This update came after a long line of development, which Managing Partner Tom Williams explains, “Since 2014, we’ve added new features and capabilities at an intense pace. The positive outcome was that NorthScope’s footprint grew by a factor of 6 but with all the rapid change, the cohesiveness of the system suffered. We decided it was time to simplify the user experience by cleaning up and re-organizing the entire application.” The goal of this reset was to create a uniform user experience that ensures:

  • The NorthScope menu is organized by functionality Each functional area contains all the pages necessary for users to efficiently complete their tasks…Read more
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Why Choose NorthScope As Your Food ERP Software?

Have you ever been frustrated using business software?

Maybe you haven’t found a system that can do everything for your food business so you’ve ended up with multiple programs that don’t work together. Or, maybe your current system is outdated. Maybe your software is stopping your company from growing because its inefficient, difficult to use, too expensive to upgrade, or you’ve simply outgrown it. Maybe you even tried implementing a system that claimed to be a good fit but it didn’t really understand your business.

Whatever your frustration, we get it and we can solve it.

NorthScope Is An All-In-One Solution

If you’re in the market for a new accounting system, a new sales system, a new inventory system, a new Fish Ticket system, or a new grower accounting system for your food company, you’ve come to the right place. NorthScope is ERP software that serves as all of the above (plus more!) in a single system…Read more

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How To Pick A Food ERP System

Have you found yourself asking, “How do I pick a food ERP system?” Or maybe you’ve wondered, “What’s the best food manufacturing ERP software?” Or even, “What ERP software should I use for my food business?”

Finding the right ERP software is a hard task and maybe you don’t know where to start. Picking a food ERP system is an investment of both time and money so you don’t just want to pick one, you want to pick the best food ERP system for your business. To help with your search, here are our 4 Bs to consider in order to pick the best food ERP system for your business.


  1. Consider The Basics: The first step in finding and choosing ERP software for your food business is to determine your list of “must-haves” regarding the actual software features. Prioritize the features you need, starting with the must-haves, and then finish off the list with the “nice-to-haves.” Are you most concerned with finding a sales system that can handle sales programs really well? How important is an inventory system that handles lot tracking and UOM conversions? Are payroll, project accounting, price lists and/or delivered freight management important?…Read more
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Three Reasons to Choose an ERP System Specifically for Food Manufacturers

As a food manufacturer, meeting the record-keeping and lot-tracking requirements placed upon you by government regulations is of the utmost importance. So, why shouldn’t it be of the utmost importance to your ERP system, too? Well, it should – and here are our top three reasons why:

Track, trace and ensure your product quality to prevent recalls and adhere to industry standards.

The average cost of a recall within the food industry is $10 million in direct costs, which doesn’t include the cost of brand damage and lost sales. Ouch. But, with an ERP system that tracks and traces your product, you can minimize the effects of recalls. How? With a system that allows you to conduct an efficient and targeted recall using real-time data to quickly identify and remove the problem, thus preventing a mass recall, avoiding exponential recovery expenses, and protecting your brand and relationships…Read more

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How To Pick ERP Software Best Fit for You

Imagine buying ERP software for your business only to find out upon implementation that it wasn’t really a good fit for your needs. Unfortunately, it happens – and it can cost you a lot of wasted time and money. But, it doesn’t have to happen. In fact, you can buy an ERP system that will save you time and money instead of waste it. Here are our top four tips to do just that.

Plan for growth.

You want your business to grow. So plan for it! You need a solution that is scalable to your business. Your software should be able to grow with you, not inhibit your growth. When looking an ERP software for your business, don’t limit your consideration to current business processes – be sure to consider your future needs as well so that your ERP software can help your company continue to operate efficiently…Read More


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