Optimize your Food Manufacturing business with ERP software built for your industry.
Generic business software doesn’t understand you or your business. We provide NorthScope ERP software and step-by-step guidance for Food Manufacturers, giving them the tools to build the business they’ve always wanted.
As a food manufacturer, your time should be spent growing your business, not struggling with software or software teams that don’t understand your business.
But there’s a problem…
Your system claims to understand your industry but doesn't actually solve your unique needs.
You tried implementing a system that claimed to understand Food Manufacturers only to realize it didn’t actually handle the complexities of your unique business, so it was back to using Excel spreadsheets as a database and data entry platform. NorthScope is built exclusively for Food Manufacturers so your needs become our features.
Your software platform isn't staying current, and you need a solution that allows you to leverage new technology.
Software built on outdated platforms could be hurting your efficiency or preventing you from utilizing new technology. If your software is no longer growing with your business, it may be preventing your business from growing. NorthScope is built on a modern platform that allows you to take advantage of current tools.
You don't have good visibility to your inventory once it's transferred to a cold storage.
Your software team vanished after the sale and you need an engaged group that strives to understand your company.
Software vendors may guarantee support beyond implementation, but many vanish after the sale or pass your off to people you’ve never worked with who don’t understand your business. We strive to create a long-term partnership, so we not only understand your industry, but we invest in making sure our team understands your specific business.
Your system wasn’t really built for "Lot Management."
Many systems may offer data entry fields for Lot Numbers but weren’t designed to manage the actual information needed for Lot management. NorthScope stores all your data, for each Production Batch, in a format that’s easy to audit. This data remains with your items even after they are transferred to a 3rd party Warehouse Lot. Maybe you do custom processing or store your customers’ products that cannot be comingled with yours. Whatever the case, NorthScope can handle it.
You're unable to quickly get “on-demand” answers for sales and other data analysis.
Your team shouldn’t be wasting time looking for answers or manually compiling the data they need. Your system should give you the information you need to manage your business. NorthScope make sales analysis easy by providing profit margin analysis of delivered freight, promotions, Food Service charges, and other selling expenses. All transactional data across Sales, Inventory, and Purchasing can be easily accessed in multiple forms.
You're juggling multiple non-integrated systems to manage your business and it's not efficient.
Because systems claim to understand your industry but don’t spend the time to get to know how yourbusiness operates, you’ve been left with multiple disparate systems that barely speak to each other (if at all). And regardless of how irritating it is to juggle multiple systems; it also means your data is all over the place, so it takes longer than necessary to make informed decisions. It also means you’re duplicating effort. NorthScope is not only a fully integrated ERP system but it was built to integrate with other systems.
Your needs don't get built into the supported application so you're required to customize the software or come up with workarounds.
When your needs aren’t supported in your software, you’re faced with either paying for custom features which are very expensive long-term or creating less efficient workarounds. NorthScope listens to your needs and adds features that become part of the application. NorthScope also offers customer-driven and customer-scheduled development in case you need something that’s not yet on our schedule or you just can’t wait.
If you’re experiencing one or more of these problems, NorthScope can help!
How NorthScope Can Help
Financial Inquiries with Drill-Through for GL Auditing
Streamline your business based on your needs.
Whether you need a standalone system built for your industry or you’re looking to supplement the systems you already use with new functionality to optimize your food business that will integrate with the platforms you’re already using, NorthScope can do it all with a fully integrated General Ledger that includes Bank Reconciliation and fully integrated Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Inventory, Sales, Sales Programs and more.
Upgrade from generic software & Excel to software built for your industry.
Relying on Excel as the data entry platform and database for managing your business is inefficient and frustrating. By upgrading to software that understands your business and is optimized for your needs, you can rely on NorthScope to do the heavy lifting and use Excel for ad-hoc analysis as needed.
Complete Inventory Visibility & Control
Get inventory management that’s optimized for your food business.
No longer be limited by inaccurate inventory balances and get real time and perpetual inventory balances with the level of detail you need. With support for multi-site, multiple points of lot data, units and weight tracking, variable weight tracking, multiple inventory ownership and more, NorthScope understands the importance of traceability when it comes to food inventory. Get complete control over and visibility into your inventory.
Analyze your sales data to make strategic decisions.
Whether you need to get accurate profit margin data that includes delivered freight, brokerage expense and other food service charges or you need to assess the history of a an item’s price for a particular customer or any other piece of sales data, NorthScope tracks key sales data points and allows you to manage it, analyze it and process it however you need. With customer and/or industry specific Price Sheets with price effective dates, support for multi-currency, delivered freight management and cost analysis, custom workflow and status setup for your enterprise level sales order entry and more, NorthScope puts the control over your sales data in your hands.
Have confidence your problems will constantly be solved with your software.
Unlike other software providers, our first priority is understanding the unique needs of your business and helping work through your problems to create solutions. This partnership-focused approach doesn’t end once you’ve gone live with NorthScope, we continously add new features to our software based on your feedback to make your life easier. That means support for your business needs can be added to the application as a supported feature, we can build new integrations to support applications you’re already using, and more. The bottom line? We’re more concerned with helping you be successful and understanding your business than in moving onto our next sale.
What You Can Look Forward To
Features built specifically for food manufacturers.
- Enterprise level sales order management using custom workflow and status setup defined by you
- Quick Order Entry using customer favorite items
- Customer and/or industry specific Price Sheets with price effective dates
- Support for different Order Types with different business rules
- Control Data Entry rules based on where the order is in its lifecycle
- Quotes that can be converted to Sales Orders
- Easy to enter and manage Price Adjustments and Returns
- Delivered Freight management and Cost Analysis
- Multiple shipments for single orders
- Shipping details for Export Orders
- Support for multi-currency
- Configure Sales to post to general ledger as you see fit
- Journal Entry visibility
- Detailed sales analysis with inquiries that drill-through to transactions and easy-to-use reports
- Ability to assign Note Types at the Transaction, Shipment or Line Item level for better internal and external communication with notes that drill-through to reports
- Customer credit limit management
- And more!
Brokerage & Promotion Management
- Ability to configure simple or complex Promotions to auto assign to sales transactions
- Ability to configure simple or complex Brokerage Programs to auto assign to sales transactions
- Support for manually overriding Brokerage amounts on orders and store who did it
- Quick view of open Brokerage balances
- Easy Broker Settlements with write-offs
- Support for multiple brokerage programs per Sales Order
- Support for multi-currency
- Ability to settle Brokerage with either AP Invoices or AR Credits
- And more!
- Unique transactions for adjusting inventory balances, receiving inventory from outside entities, transferring inventory, and producing inventory
- The ability to manage perpetual inventory balances for one or many warehouses/distribution centers with support for tracking items by units, weight, or units and weight with support for variable weight
- Real-time and historical item balances by item & site or by lot that provide ability to drill-through to specific transaction & Google style search across inventory
- Support for lot tracing & recall
- The ability to determine custom item attributes and transaction attributes for further detailed tracking and reporting
- And more!
GL, AP, Integrations & More
In addition to fully integrated sales, sales programs, and inventory functional areas, NorthScope provides:
- Fully integrated General Ledger that includes Bank Reconciliation
- Fully integrated Accounts Payable
- Fully integrated Accounts Receivable
- The ability to streamline your systems instead of juggling multiple disparate systems thanks to its integration capabilities including EDI, Bar Code Data Collection, Document Management, scale weight, cold storage, Microsoft Dynamics GP, etc. as well as endless integration possibilities upon request
- A system designed for managing and/or updating single transactions and/or batches of transactions
- Flexibility in hosting the software with the option to host on premise (you) or in the cloud (us)
- User-driven notes and attributes for better internal and external communication that drill through to reports
- Automated reports that send without manual interaction
- Support for different Transaction Classes with each transaction type
- A unique approach that’s not focused on moving to the next sale but on creating a long lasting partnership with you
- And more!
Happy Food Manufacturers
“These guys really took the time to learn our entire business and provided invaluable insight throughout multiple areas within our company. They did a great job managing projects that produced clear results and calculable ROI for our Sales, Inventory, Production, and Shipping operations. They have been instrumental in helping us grow our business and make our processes and procedures more efficient. They are trust worthy, personable, and easy to work with.”
– Nitin S.
“NorthScope is a well-integrated system with good reports and customer support that listens to us and uses our input to improve the product.”
– Steve L.
“NorthScope is very easy to use and the support team is A+! Their service level alone is exceptional and makes it easy to do business every day.”
– Tracey B.
“NorthScope is tailored to our business and understands our business better than anyone else. It’s efficient, easy to use, and we are able to produce very detailed reports. Having worked 26 years in fish sales, I’ve used many systems. This is the best one – I love it!”
– Laura S.
“Our company had not updated software for many, many years and had ended up with several unconnected programs for various business areas. It was very difficult to get information out of these systems in a meaningful way and made making quick business decisions nearly impossible. NorthScope ERP software gave us a comprehensive system that allows us to easily get information from all segments making it possible to make informed, educated business decisions. NLP’s ability and willingness to tackle issues and provide solutions is outstanding. They really take the time to learn your business and want to help you succeed in your software transition.”
– Kathi P.
Learn how NorthScope can help optimize your Food Manufacturing business with ERP software built for your industry.
With Food Manufacturing, your job is more than processing food products. You want to keep your customers coming back so you prioritize keeping them happy. Therefore, your food manufacturing ERP software should, too.
You don’t just need an accounting system, you need an accounting system with enterprise level sales order entry that allows you to go beyond record keeping to process management and manage multiple companies within the same system so you can grow your business seamlessly. You don’t just need an inventory system, you need an inventory system that acts as a traceability system with production batch tracking that allows you to record and assign quality test results, auto-assign lot certifications and enforce lot holds. You don’t just need to be able to manage freight costs, you need to be able to manage multi-leg freight and assign freight costs to Sales Orders and Transfers and automate freight expenses. You don’t just need a food business management system, you need a food business management system that can automate brokerage, auto-calculate rebates and maintain accurate pricing with customer price lists. You don’t just need an ERP system, you need food processing ERP software that understands your industry and serves as accounting software, food processing software, inventory software, sales software and more all in one. Read More
NorthScope was built with your industry and your pain points in mind. With NorthScope, we want you to succeed. We want you to succeed so badly that we’re more interested in a successful software implementation for you than in selling our next deal. And to make sure that happens, we will guide you every step of the way to ensure that NorthScope is the solution to your problems and we don’t stop trying to solve your problems where NorthScope ends, we’ll go beyond our software to help support your Food Manufacturing business. We want to help make your problems go away.
Before NorthScope, you may have experienced any one of the following: non-integrated systems, lost support for an old and outdated system, a cost to upgrade that was too high, the inability to acquire new companies in an efficient way due to your limiting software, a difficult-to-use system, outgrowing Quickbooks (or something like it), never-ending implementations or handwriting and hand-keying information, possibly multiple times, which presented a lot of room for error.
After NorthScope, your problems will go away. Your problems will go away because we help solve them – we don’t just put a bandaid on it whether it’s in scope or out of scope of the project, we care about walking through the steps to fix the issue by understanding why it happens so that we can do it the right way, the first time, even if that means taking more time and doing more non-billable work to ensure the success of your project. After NorthScope, you’ve entered into a partnership where we’ll hold your hand through implementation and beyond, work with you and provide you the tools to build the business you’ve always wanted.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is ERP software?
The ERP in ERP software stands for enterprise resource planning, which means that ERP software is software that helps you manage your various business processes with a single, shared database across multiple functions and business units. With NorthScope, you get one system to manage your GL, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Inventory, Brokerage, Rebates & Promotions, Sales, Fisherman Accounting, Grower Accounting, and Loads.
Will NorthScope work for my company?
NorthScope was built to serve food businesses specifically in the Alaska Seafood, Wild Seafood, Fruit, Vegetable, & Nut and Aquaculture Processing industries as well as Food Manufacturing and Food Distribution industries. It’s best for small to medium companies requiring as little as 3 NorthScope users to as many as 100+! NorthScope is great for those who have outgrown Quickbooks (or something like it) and some common pain points our customers experienced before switching to NorthScope were: non-integrated systems preventing them from achieving their goals, lost support for the solution they had because it was old and outdated and not maintained, too high of a cost to migrate or upgrade the solution they had, an inability to efficiently acquire new companies with the solution they had, a difficult to use system, and/or never-ending implementations because of a system that wasn’t tailored to their business or wasn’t implemented by a company with expertise in their industry.
What does NorthScope integrate with?
For our current customers, NorthScope has various integrations including EDI, barcode, eLandings, document imaging, scale weight, Microsoft Dynamics GP, trace register, cold storage and more. Additionally, all NorthScope functional areas integrate with each other. We’re constantly improving and adding integrations to NorthScope to offer the best, most efficient solution for our customers so if you don’t see an integration you’d like on this list, it doesn’t mean we can’t or won’t make it happen!
How is NorthScope hosted and accessed?
NorthScope is web-based software that you host based on your preference, whether that’s on a physical server that your company maintains or a cloud server, which can be included with the purchase of NorthScope. Once NorthScope hosting is established, you can access NorthScope from anywhere so long as you have an internet connection and a supported web browser – no individual computer installation necessary!
How many people can use NorthScope at one time?
When you purchase NorthScope you purchase with it as many user licenses as you need and you always have the option of purchasing more licenses as needed. These licenses are concurrent, meaning that you don’t pay for the total number of users but the number of users that are allowed to be logged in at one time. Additionally, any one NorthScope instance can have multiple companies or divisions within it, allowing you to switch between companies without having to log in and out!
How long do NorthScope implementations take and why?
NorthScope implementations average 3-9 months. This is because NorthScope is super configurable in order to give you the control and to avoid custom code (which is too expensive and unnecessary). That means we put a lot of effort into understanding your business and your data to make sure that we get NorthScope setup as best as possible for you to use most efficiently and seamlessly immediately upon go live. Additionally, a lot of software companies only care about selling their solution and moving on to finding their next dollar, but that’s not us. We care about you and your success, which is why we’re thorough in our implementation process in order for NorthScope to help you succeed. And we don’t just stop at NorthScope, we’ll help you improve your business processes along the way, too.