ERP Focus: Food Manufacturing ERP Software Tips

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How the ROI of QuickBooks Compares to Industry-Specific Software for Your Food Business

QuickBooks’ Money Wasters You May Have Missed

When it comes to your business software for your food business, you most likely take into consideration the return on investment (ROI) it has on your business. But apart from considering the tangible cost of the software, have you considered the hidden money wasters within the software you’re using?

Take QuickBooks, for example. If you’re like a lot of QuickBooks users, you probably implemented QuickBooks to track your small business’s financials. And for a while, it was perfect for your record keeping needs. But then, as time went on, you started creating workarounds and managing your more complex transactions and records with Excel or other systems or even legal pads and sticky notes. And, even though you realized these processes may not be the most efficient, it seemed like the easiest solution was to just stick with what you knew because the cost of switching to a new system seemed too great and potentially not worth it. Sound familiar?Read More

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NorthScope ERP Software Releases Fastest Framework Yet for Food Manufacturers

New Framework Increases Speed of Saving Inventory Transactions by 50% 

In the third quarter of 2020, NorthScope ERP software released its latest framework, allowing its food manufacturing users to manage their inventory faster than ever before.

The NorthScope 3.0 Framework has been implemented on NorthScope’s inventory transactions and inquiries as the first step in its plan to completely revamp the software’s entire framework, with updates to the rest of the functional areas to follow in the future. Thanks to this new framework, the current upgrades to NorthScope’s inventory functionality include…Read More

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Food ERP vs. Seafood ERP Software: What’s the Difference?

When you’re on the hunt for software that will help your Alaska Seafood business grow and succeed, the first step is knowing what type of software you need. That can seem overwhelming but we’re here to break it down for you: from ERP to food ERP to seafood ERP.

The ERP Software Basics

Generic ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software provides the ability to manage your various business processes in one system, complete with functionality to manage things such as accounting, manufacturing, inventory, customers, etc. While the goal of ERP software is to provide you one tool for managing all of your business processes, if you’re in a niche market such as food manufacturing, generic ERP software probably won’t provide the nuanced features you’ll need to manage your food business.

For a full rundown on what ERP software is, check out our blog that answers WTH is ERP Software? (AKA: What the Heck is Enterprise Resource Planning Software?)

What Makes Food ERP Software Different?

Now that you understand the basics of what ERP software is, what makes food ERP software different?…Read More

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NorthScope ERP Adds Transactions for Planning Food Production and Food Sales​

Redmond, WA: Throughout the second quarter of 2020, in addition to its entire list of improvements, NorthScope ERP software added transactions to help its users improve efficiency when planning food production and making sales. These new transactions include Production Orders and Sales Quotes.

With Production Orders, NorthScope users can now keep track of inventory that is expected to be produced at a future date. These Production Orders will track the planned input, output and yield percentage based on the UOM without affecting inventory balances. Then, when production occurs, the new Production transaction can be tied to the Production Order. Similarly, the Sales Quotes allow NorthScope users to create Sales Quotes that can then be converted into a Sales Order once the quote has been approved.

Regarding the new planning transactions, NorthScope Development Manager, Jacob Swanson, said, “We know how important forecasting and planning are to food businesses and their success. Adding the ability to plan ahead with inventory production and to send out quotes before going through all the work of preparing a sales order gives our users a clear picture of what they’re working towards.”…Read more

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5 Ways Your Software is Losing Your Food Manufacturing Business Money​

Generic business software doesn’t understand you or your business. As a food manufacturer, you have unique business processes that need to be supported by the software you use in order to optimize your success. Without software built for your industry, you could be losing money. Here are 5 ways your (non-food manufacturing specific) software is losing your food manufacturing business money.

1. It’s inefficient.

When your software isn’t built for your industry, it doesn’t provide the tools you need to run your food business. That means you have to create workarounds and juggle spreadsheets and manual notes and, even worse, manual data entry multiple times to get the data you need. That’s a waste of your time and time equals money. Plus, with a system that can increase efficiency, your team can spend that freed up time on things that will continue moving your company forward instead of on menial tasks like data entry.

2. It requires too much custom code.

Custom code is expensive. But, when you’re using software that wasn’t built for food manufacturers, it may be a necessary evil you ask of your software vendor in order to get your system to do what you need it to do. Did you know that’s not actually a necessary expense? With a system that was built for you and your industry, there’s no need for custom code because the software does what you need it to out of the box…Read more

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NorthScope ERP Adds Banking Transactions to Its Suite of Features for Food Manufacturers

Redmond, WA: Throughout the first quarter of 2020, NorthScope ERP upgraded its financial features for its food manufacturing users. While its entire list of new features from Q1 expands beyond financial, the biggest upgrades were to NorthScope’s banking functionality including checkbook transactions, reconciliations and foreign currency support.

The new checkbook transactions include adjustments, deposits and transfers. Respectively, these transactions allow NorthScope users to record miscellaneous increases or decreases in the checkbook balance such as bank interest, to record deposits to the checkbook, and to move funds from one checkbook to another. Similarly, the newly added checkbook reconciliation allows users to add, edit and/or delete reconciliations based on the transactions that have cleared the bank. Finally, the new support for foreign currencies allows users to calculate transactions in foreign currencies to and from their home currency using exchange rate tables. Read more

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Northlake Partners, Creators Of NorthScope Food ERP Software, Named To Food Logistics’ 2019 Fl100+ Top Software And Technology Providers

Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Northlake Partners, creators of NorthScope Food ERP Software, to its 2019 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list.

The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers serves as a resource guide of software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“Whether you’re using sensors to monitor critical temperatures for perishables or a WMS to manage inventory flows in your warehouse, software and technology are playing a vital role in the food and beverage industry,” remarks John R. Yuva, editor for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The transparency and safety of the digital global food supply chain would not exist without innovations in software and technology. Our FL100+ recipients help drive supply chain compliance and regulatory changes that benefit everyone from the farmer to the food processor to the consumer.” Read more

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How To Use One System For All Your Food Software Needs

Juggling Multiple Systems to Run Your Food Business is Rough.

We know that juggling multiple systems is daunting, time consuming, and quite frankly – extremely frustrating. Some frustrations of managing multiple systems, just to name a few, are:

  • Entering the same data into multiple systems is wasted time that could be spent growing your business.
  • Double and triple checking that data matches up across various systems is inefficiency that can be avoided.
  • Manually creating reports because you have to pull data from multiple locations is work that could be automated, taking one more thing off your to-do list.
  • Paying more to manage multiple systems to run your business is just unfair…Read more
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Food ERP Software – What Makes Us Different?

When it comes to your business software, you deserve a system that partners with you to achieve your goals. And how can it do that if it doesn’t understand what you do? We don’t think it can. That’s why NorthScope was built to serve your industry as ERP software for food manufacturers. That’s also why NorthScope continues to be improved based on our clients’ feedback regarding their wants and needs. With specific focus on Alaska Seafood, Fruit and Vegetable, Aquaculture, and Primary Food Processing, NorthScope was built to help you succeed by providing industry-specific software that gives you the tools to build the business you’ve always wanted.

We know you have options when it comes to picking your food ERP software, so we want to make clear how we’re different.


Access your web-based system from anywhere and improve efficiency with automated data flow, reports, defaults, and more.

Fully Integrated

Simplify your life by managing your entire business within one system complete with internal and external integrations including integrations with EDI, bar code systems, Microsoft Dynamics GP and more…Read more

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Signs You’ve Outgrown Quickbooks (Or Something Like It) As Your Food ERP Software

Have you been using Quickbooks as the ERP software for your food business? Are you wondering if it’s time to upgrade to a food specific ERP system? Are you aware that ERP software for food manufacturers even exists? Here are our top five signs you’ve outgrown Quickbooks and should move on to ERP software for food manufacturers.

You want or need to move beyond record keeping to process management.

While being able to record your transactions, customer data, GL information and other standard business items is important, as you grow, it’s important to move beyond simple record keeping to process management. For instance, you should be able to accurately record custom processing instances, assign freight costs to Sales Orders and Transfers, enforce lot holds, configure workflows for your business and more with your ERP software. Your ERP software should help you manage your business not just record it. Your ERP software should help you succeed.

You need a system that enables you to acquire new companies and/or grow in an efficient way.

Whether success to you means a continued increase in profits or acquiring new companies or something else entirely, the bottom line is your success and growth requires an ERP system that is scalable…Read more

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Common Food ERP Software Issues We Help Solve

Have you ever been frustrated using business software? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to remove those frustrations. What frustrations are we referring to? The most common frustrations we’ve encountered and helped our customers solve with the help of NorthScope are listed below.

Using Non-Integrated Systems

You do a lot with your business and your business is yours – it’s unique. Because it’s unique, we’ve found a lot of our customers have the issue before NorthScope of using software that can’t do everything for their business so they end up with multiple disparate systems to achieve their goals. These non-integrated, disparate systems cause you to handwrite or hand key information likely multiple times, which presents a lot of potential for error, especially with the complicated transactions you deal with in the food industry.

That’s why NorthScope was built to integrate. Not only is NorthScope internally integrated with financial, fisherman accounting, grower accounting, inventory, load management, payroll, purchasing, sales and sales programs functional areas, it is also fully integrated with Dynamics GP. Additionally, NorthScope includes integrations with EDI, bar code systems, time-clock systems and eLandings…Read more

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Food ERP Software & How It Can Help Your Company Grow & Succeed

Don’t make the same mistake twice.

As business leaders, we want to lead our business to success but the software tools we use can prevent that from happening. If you’re like most companies, you’ve invested in software that doesn’t understand your business and it’s preventing you from reaching the success you deserve. Maybe you’ve even found yourself asking:

  • Shouldn’t the software I use make my life easier?
  • Is there a way for me to reduce the amount of systems I’m using to run my business?
  • Isn’t it time there’s software built for my industry?

Well, we’re here to tell you, the answer is always yes. There’s a better software option that will make your life easier and reduce the number of systems needed to run your business that was built for your industry.

Choose software that understands your business and will help it grow.

You no longer have to choose between software that works and software that’s built for your industry. You no longer have to choose between software that’s built for your industry and software that’s efficient. You no longer have to choose, because it’s all in one place. With NorthScope you get:…Read more

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Creators of NorthScope ERP Challenging the Status Quo of the Food ERP Industry

In an industry full of difficult to use, inefficient and slow software that requires never-ending implementations and high costs to customize, the Northlake Partners (NLP) is offering a different solution in the world of food ERP software. With their food manufacturing ERP software, NorthScope, the NLP operates on the refusal to overpromise and underdeliver, lie to make a sale and not put the customer first. Even though Managing Partners Tom Williams and Adam Herman have seen these tactics used in the industry for decades, Williams and Herman decided to challenge the status quo when they started their company over ten years ago.

Constantly working towards their goal of enriching people’s lives at work while helping companies run more efficiently, NLP aims to serve everyone in their ecosystem by offering “bug free, hassle free, lightning fast business software.” Driving these goals is NLP’s belief that their job is to serve. They serve by offering software that is agile and flexible and a team that is responsive to user requests and treats customer problems as their own. They serve by challenging the status quo with a powerful ERP system that you can configure easily, fix mistakes that are made, and not put your company out of business to buy…Read more

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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