{my}dentist has chosen to appoint Cedar Bay to deliver their IFS Cloud implementation, helping to support close to 600 dental practices across the UK, along with the centralised shared services organisation.

{my}dentist is the UK’s largest dental care provider, offering an extensive range of dental treatments to around 4 million patients in the UK per year. With over 6,000 employees and 3,000 self-employed clinicians across their practices and shared service centre, IFS Cloud will support their digital transformation journey.

IFS Cloud will provide {my}dentist with facilities management tools to enhance the practice’s ability to operate efficiently and finance systems that provide real-time visibility into performance while increasing the depth of management information available to support strategic decision-making.

Richard Storah, Chief Financial Officer at {my}dentist comments:

“Implementing IFS Cloud is an exciting part of {my}dentist’s continued journey of digital transformation and growth. IFS Cloud is a leading ERP system which will complement our position as the leading provider of dentistry in the UK and enable the next stage of our growth.”

Steve Barr, Head of New Business at Cedar Bay follows “{my}dentist has huge growth plans and I know that IFS Cloud will be the solution that will help them achieve their goals. The increased efficiency and visibility that IFS Cloud provides will help make clearer and more informed business decisions, only improving their business.”

This is an incredibly exciting project for Cedar Bay and {my}dentist and we are looking forward to being part of this digital transformation journey.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner with years of experience implementing large-scale ERP solutions. We are in the ultimate position to deliver the best solutions for you with offices across the globe, our focus is on long-term partnerships. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs and objectives of our customers to help them overcome their challenges or limitations. For more information, visit our website – https://cedar-bay.com/ or you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

About {my}dentist

{my}dentist is the UK’s leading dental care provider supporting more than 4 million patients every year across a network of nearly 600 dental practices. Learn more – https://www.mydentist.co.uk/

Managing inventory is just one piece of the puzzle organisations need to understand if they are to be successful. It’s obvious that any business that sells products relies on properly managing their goods in order to survive. Without items to sell, you can’t fulfill orders, leaving you with no income. It really is that simple.

Yet, it’s not just stock shortages that can leave you with a headache. It can be really easy to end up with excess inventory, that can also end with damage to the bottom-line with outdated or expired stock.

The challenge of Inventory Management

Inventory related tasks can often be time consuming, taking up a proportion of your day, day in and day out. If you’re in a position where you’re spending a considerable amount of your time trying to manage your stock levels, it could be time to rethink the way in which you’re running your inventory management. With strong inventory management, you don’t just benefit from the most accurate stock levels, but general efficiency and productivity can improve, giving you more time back. Collecting accurate data for your inventory management can be a really difficult challenge, and getting it right can make or break your business.

However, with a modern ERP platform you can gain the visibility you need to get on top of your inventory and optimise your stock levels, gaining a full picture of your business.

Forecasting

Demand forecasting is just one of the core parts of superior inventory management. With accurate inventory forecasting you can ensure to reduce excess inventory levels and prevent overstocking items that are taking up space in your warehouse.

Scalability

It’s important to think long term. When you’re running a successful business, you’re often anticipating growth year on year. Therefore, it’s important to have an inventory management system that can scale with your business and grow in unison. With a modern ERP platform you can ensure that as you grow and enter new markets, or release more products, your systems can support you in meeting your growing needs, helping you scale profitably.

Avoiding excess inventory

Every business is heavily focused on cost reduction. With the right inventory management functionality you can streamline your stock levels and minimise the capital you have tied up in your warehouse. With the right solution, you can have access to the data you need to automate reorder levels and safety stock levels, helping you better manage your time, money and resources.

Supply Chain Transparency

With the right ERP system you can have access to real-time inventory visibility across all of your locations. From warehouses, to stores and goods on the road. You can have an accurate picture of where all your inventory is at any one time. If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that unforeseen obstacles can cause challenges within the supply chain. Whilst a blip may seen minor, it can have major consequences. With ERP software you are able to integrate your business functions and communicate better with your suppliers and partners, helping to increase visibility and transparency along the way.

How can we help your business?

With an increased influx of data through multiple solutions, it can become challenging to efficiently manage and utilise data to it’s maximum capacity. An ERP solution can answer your inventory management problems, providing you with one single platform to keep on top of your stock. Whether IFS Cloud, or Acumatica Cloud ERP is the right fit for your business needs, we can make sure that with our years of experience you benefit from a solution that’s right for you.

Alexander Battery Technologies design and manufactures customised lithium-ion batteries and chargers for volume production projects. Bringing their superior expertise in custom battery packs and battery charger design, as well as a wealth of knowledge in cell-level chemistries, Alexanders knew they needed to update their end-of-life solution soon and to something that would support the business’s growth plan as well as their current operations.

Supporting their customers globally from their modern UK manufacturing facility in Peterlee, Alexanders delivers innovative products, completing each project on time and on budget for their customers. Adopting their three-step process of exploring, quoting, and supplying their products around the world, Alexanders will be using IFS to support their Projects, Manufacturing, Customer Services, Warehousing and Finance departments. Using IFS to help manage their day-to-day business and provide them with full traceability and KPI data to better plan their team’s time and make better-informed business decisions.

Mark Rutherford, Managing Director from Alexander Battery Technologies commented “We found out about IFS and Cedar Bay from an industry event, after understanding their capabilities and support they had to offer they were the ideal choice for our business as our ERP implementation and support partner. IFS from Cedar Bay will change how we operate internally and, in turn, how we can help and support our customers in the future”.

Cedar Bay is looking forward to working with Alexander Battery Technologies as they implement their new ERP system.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner with years of experience implementing large-scale ERP solutions. We are in the ultimate position to deliver the best solutions for you with offices across the globe, our focus is on long-term partnerships. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs and objectives of our customers to help them overcome their challenges or limitations. For more information, visit our website or you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

About Alexander Battery Technology

Alexanders design and manufacture customised lithium-ion batteries and chargers for volume production projects. Producing customised products for LiFepO4, NiMH and non-rechargeable battery packs. Using their expertise in design and manufacture they support their customers across multiple markets including medical devices, test and measurement equipment, communications, specialised tools and power tools as well as military and robotics.

milkrite|InterPuls chooses Cedar Bay to implement their IFS Cloud solution aiding their continuous global growth.

milkrite|InterPuls has over 100 years of manufacturing experience in the dairy industry and is a global leader in providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world. With operational sites in the UK, Italy, Brazil, Poland, China and the USA, their aim is to “improve every farm we touch”. milkrite|InterPuls has chosen to use the full breadth of the IFS solution to aid their growth even further.

In order to continue its global growth strategy, milkrite|InterPuls requires a state-of-the-art fully integrated ERP system that meets its current and future business needs. Through the use of selection consultants and a rigorous selection process, milkrite|InterPuls ultimately made the decision to select IFS as their solution. Utilising the full scale of IFS Cloud; from a project for product design; through sales and distribution, manufacturing and quality, service management for their farm services business unit, CRM, HR, global finance, and document management the solution will be implemented globally.

Steven Barr, Head of New Business Sales for Cedar Bay commented “We are happy to have commenced our partnership with milkrite|InterPuls. Their decision to implement the full breadth of the IFS solution will help them to cement their future as a global leader and ensure they can make even better clearer business decisions”.

Andrew Porter, CFO of milkrite|InterPuls continues “we are thrilled to have chosen Cedar Bay as our IFS solution partner. We were impressed with the level of detail they provided during the selection process, and we are certain that they will be able to deliver support for our business growth. We will be moving from a large number of disjointed solutions to one, fully integrated platform to give real-time business visibility”.

 The Cedar Bay team is looking forward to working with milkrite|InterPuls to implement their complete IFS Solution and we are confident that this is the start of a long-term, supportive partnership for both businesses.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner with years of experience implementing large-scale ERP solutions. We are in the ultimate position to deliver the best solutions for you with offices across the globe, our focus is on long-term partnerships. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs and objectives of our customers to help them overcome their challenges or limitations. For more information, visit our website or you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

About milkrite|InterPuls

milkrite|InterPuls is a global leader providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches. milkrite|InterPuls has over 100 years of manufacturing experience in the dairy industry. Sold through a network of over 400 global distributors, milkrite|InterPuls has operational sites in the UK, Italy, Brazil, Poland, China and the USA.

milkrite|InterPuls supports both businesses and farmers with new innovative products and services and continuous training activities. Together, with exceptional research and development, they are building the farms of the future. Providing intelligent systems where all aspects of herd management and milking are integrated: constantly monitoring and controlling efficient milking. For more information, visit the milkrite|InterPuls website

Cedar Bay has purchased a significant stake in Antalis Consulting to support it’s strategy to sell, implement and support world leading IFS Cloud Solutions globally. As a result, Antalis Consulting will be renamed ‘Cedar Bay Ibérica.’ They will continue to operate from their Spanish and Portuguese offices in Madrid and Porto. Cedar Bay Iberica’s mission as part of this is to accelerate their growth in Ibérica markets and Latin America.

Roger Teagle CEO and Founder of Cedar Bay is pleased to be able to share this announcement, “this is a significant step forward for Cedar Bay to grow our footprint and allow us to support larger and more complex multi-national implementations. Antalis has a great reputation across Spain and Portugal and they have worked on some very significant multinational projects with IFS. Their experience and skills are a very valuable addition to the Cedar Bay family.”

Gustavo Brito, Director Antalis commented, “Cedar Bay has been very successful over their long history in the IFS marketplace and it is great to be part of this organisation. As part of a bigger group it provides many opportunities for us to expand what we can deliver to our Portuguese and Spanish customers and support Cedar Bay in their ambitious growth plans.”

 

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay have partnered with IFS since 2011, having been recognised as a finalist multiple times in the annual Partner of the Year Awards. Winning IFS Solutions Partner of the Year Award in 2021 and IFS Innovative Partner of the Year in 2022 , Cedar Bay are well recognised partners within the community. Cedar Bay provides all forms of IFS services, hosting and support. As well as their world class fully integrated data capture solution ‘CB Digital Factory’ to customers around the world.

About Antalis Consulting

Antalis Consulting was started by Gustavo Brito and Luis Llopis, who have a long history of involvement with IFS. Luis started IFS Spain in 1999 as MD and Gustavo, that started in IFS Brazil on 1997, and being MD of IFS Ibérica from 2013 to 2019. They have built their reputation quickly as both a local provider of IFS services and support in Ibérica and on multinational IFS projects.

Cedar Bay have welcomed Jones Food Company to the IFS community. On their way to implementing IFS Cloud to support their anticipated growth, Jones Food Company are utilising modern ERP to help them on their journey.

Jones Food Company have a vision for the future. They’re taking a farming approach that doesn’t require vast spaces of land and acres of rolling hills. Welcome to the future of farming, where fresh produce is grown inside, all year round.

Jones Food Company (JFC) builds world-scale vertical farms, growing the freshest produce in a sustainable way in order to feed our future locally and affordably.

Vertical Farming

Post COP26 all attention has been drawn to sustainability. How can different industries do their bit to look after the environment? What can the farming industry do to help protect the planet for future generations?

Vertical farming has the potential to play an integral role in producing food in a sustainable, consistent way. With zero pesticides, 95% less water and a year-round harvest, vertical farming offers a sustainable approach for the future.

With land becoming a scarce resource in the UK, increasing farming potential becomes difficult. Yet, that barrier is removed when you move that production inside. Food mileage isn’t only a sustainability concern, but a consumer demand. When you transport an item from remote farms, or internationally, your road miles and air miles soon add up. Vertical farming offers the chance to grow closer to cities and towns, shorting supply chains significantly.

Further showcasing vertical farming and it’s sustainable nature, Jones Food Company rely on renewable power. Vertical farms can utilise renewable energy to grow crops, currently JFC1 uses solar energy to provide ~15% of it’s power requirements – to be 100% in the near future.

Predictions for the Future

Jones Food Company have strong predictions for the future, predicting that up to 70% of the UK’s fresh produce could be met by vertical farming in the next ten years. This is a true step into a sustainable approach that has strong potential to change the way in which we eat. A healthier, more sustainable diet lies ahead.

Technology is key to supporting manufacturing and produce companies as they tackle sustainability. Jones Food Company have partnered with Cedar Bay to implement IFS Cloud. IFS Cloud will support Jones Food Company on their growth journey, as they develop more vertical farms across the UK and strive to increase the level of vertical farming that the UK has to offer.

The Cedar Bay team recently supported a technical upgrade from IFS Applications 7.5 to IFS Cloud, the latest version of IFS, for a customer that operates in the advanced ceramic components industry.

As a growing organisation, the customer recognised the need to have a modern ERP solution that supported their current business needs and anticipated growth. Their IFS Applications 7.5 solution was heavily customised, with several bespoke amendments. They recognised the need for a modern platform to support their current business needs.

The IFS Cloud project was successfully completed under budget. The team is excited to see the improved productivity and efficiency provided by IFS Cloud. As an easy to use and simple to tailor platform, the solution will continue to support the business as they develop further. Jo Rosser, Sales Manager at Cedar Bay, commented on the project, “Cedar Bay are really proud to have been involved in one of the first IFS Cloud projects, it’s been a great team effort from all those involved upgrading the client to IFS Cloud.”

We’re really excited for the first IFS Cloud go-live. The team here are looking forward to seeing more customers implement and upgrade to IFS Cloud.

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner, with years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions. Long-term partnerships with our customers are central to our business. We pride ourselves on understanding your business and your specific needs and objectives to deliver the right solution to your business efficiently. Cedar Bay’s services and products help customers overcome challenges or limitations their business may be facing.

For more information, please visit our website – www.cedar-bay.com.

Alternatively, you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

 

Cedar Bay are pleased to announce that we are now a part of the IFS Partner Success programme. This ensures that we are in a position to deliver the very best service and expertise to our customers, helping to support their growth and success and maximise the value from IFS.

What is does this mean?

IFS Partner Success provides Cedar Bay with access to personalised support and access to high level IFS resources to support and strengthen our ability to deliver IFS solutions to our customers.

Why did we join IFS Partner Success?

“We are excited to be a part of IFS Partner Success. This is key to developing our relationship with IFS and we see it as optimum way of ensuring that we are delivering the very best service to our customers. This investment will enable us to further support customers with the right resources exactly when and where they’re needed”- Roger Teagle, CEO & Founder, Cedar Bay

About Cedar Bay

Cedar Bay is an IFS Gold Channel Partner, with years of experience implementing large scale ERP solutions. Long-term partnerships with our customers are central to our business. We pride ourselves on understanding your business and your specific needs and objectives to deliver the right solution to your business efficiently. Cedar Bay’s services and products help customers overcome challenges or limitations their business may be facing. For more information, please visit our website – www.cedar-bay.com. Alternatively, you can contact us at info@cedar-bay.com or 01242 304244.

The food production industry has made great strides in supporting the growing demand for balanced diets in the UK. With the average shopping basket including less and less calories, sugars and salt, the public are starting to take their health seriously. From a production point of view, producers must start to get much more closely involved in public health issues, to support the need for a healthier population.

For example, in 2019 one of our customers Mademoiselle Desserts removed around 32 tons of sugar from their range and have been focusing on using less salt, sugar and fat whilst preserving flavours and textures.

Being mindful that consumers are looking for more nutritional products on the supermarket shelves, food producers are continuously looking to develop innovative approaches to products and product development. However, it’s not all about the innovative ideas. Supporting the innovation within your business with the right ERP solution, can help you manage that process far more effectively.

 

Recipe Development

 

From healthy snacks and ready-to-go meals, driven by busy lifestyles, the demands from the consumer are ever-changing. Food and beverage manufacturers must improve operational efficiencies and update their processes to be able to respond quickly to market trends. Competition when it comes to ‘health brands’ can be fierce and being able to better compete with new entrants to the market who specialise in these trends can be tough.

Responding to market changes like these quickly and effectively can be made easier with the right ERP solution. ERP platforms can support you in formulating new products and recipes to meet evolving customer requirements and trends. Not only that but you can gain greater control with recipe management, making new product development a far smoother process.

Transparency

Beyond the label matters. A greater demand for healthier food products, has been coupled with desire for more knowledge about the food that people are consuming. People want to know how a product has been produced and where products have come from. People want to purchase honest, responsible products, that are not only better for the environment, but their health and are demanding greater insight into items before they’ll consider a purchase. To be able to provide your customers with full traceability of their food items, requires a total end-to-end solution.

Data Insights and Competition

When utilising the right ERP solution you can start to take advantage of the data you have available. You can begin to understand your customers in better detail, with accurate, real-time information. This all plays a part in helping you meet customer demand effectively, with the products that your consumers desire.

With such a shift in the way people are choosing to eat, the growth within the healthy foods market continues. To face this challenge head on and deal with competitor activity in the marketplace, a modern ERP solution is vital to supporting success. From dealing with movements in the prices of commodity goods, through to managing government rules and regulations, embracing technology and digital transformation in such a demanding environment is required to remain competitive.

Ever-changing customer requirements

With a centralised database within your ERP solution you can see your efficiency vastly improve. In the food industry, simple access to data makes it easier to monitor and track perishable stock throughout the supply chain – giving true field to fork traceability. Coupled with demand forecasting capabilities within the ERP solution, it becomes far easier to predict demand and safeguard against waste and surplus stock.

Our diets connect personal and public health with global environmental sustainability. On people’s quests to develop a healthy diet and lifestyle, often eating sustainably comes hand in hand. Our customer, Jones Food Company, provides a further example of how specialists in the food and beverage industry are responding to changing consumer demands. Operating in the herb sector, they specialise in vertical farming, meaning they can grow produce all year round in the UK, giving continuity of supply, shorter growing time-frame and a reduced carbon footprint without reliance on imports. This ability to grow healthy, fresh produce all year round, gives people continued, affordable access to produce regardless of season.

Today market changes and fluctuations are happening in all areas of the food industry and are driven by a variety of health factors. Our customers are constantly monitoring these demands, including one of our customers, who specialise in herbs and salads. For them, staying aware of the most popular ingredients and general food trends can help them present to market in the most effective way possible. For example, in 2021 the herb market saw a growth of around 23%, driven by an increase in home cooking. Coupled with an increase in the interest of the nutritional and medicinal benefits of natural products, has resulted in a real demand for traditional herbs. Recognising and responding to these kinds of trends proactively is increasingly important to maintain a competitive edge.

Partnering for success

It’s clear to see that diet and health trends are considerably impacting the way in which the food and beverage industry operates. It’s also increasingly clear that technological advancements and support are key to helping businesses differentiate themselves and remain competitive in such demanding environments. Here at Cedar Bay we’ve got years of experience supporting food and beverage companies with their ERP implementations, to ensure that they are in the perfect position to keep up with the demands of the future.

Labour and skills shortages in the F&B manufacturing industry aren’t exactly new topics, but throw in a global pandemic, coupled with Brexit and the employment difficulties just keep increasing. The industry is reporting a widespread lack of staff. This goes beyond roles within manufacturing facilities, it also includes roles such as fruit and vegetable pickers, meat processors and HGV drivers.

Food and beverage producers have started to turn to several solutions to help solve this worker challenge, but there’s no easy way out. A combination of new operational processes, training opportunities and salary requirements are needed to be able to help battle this problem and meet the staffing needs across the industry. Whilst the industry needs to begin to address labour shortages today, it’s unlikely that this challenge will go away anytime soon.

How to tackle it?

With these ongoing shortages, it’s important that businesses look for new ways of working that don’t require bringing on even more people. Whilst some companies have turned to temporary workers to fill their gaps, it doesn’t offer a permanent solution or even fill the skills requirements necessary to carry out some of the roles.

Leaders in the field are recognising the need to adopt new technology to maximise scarce labour resources, support workforces and ramp up new hires as quickly as possible. Automation can offload time-consuming daily tasks, helping to increase operational efficiency with less resource. Automation is key to being able to help utilise the workers already in the industry, attract new workers and ultimately increase employee satisfaction to maintain staffing levels. Streamlining business operations can make a massive difference in the way in which your staff are able to work and the time which it takes them to carry out daily tasks.

The role of an ERP

Modern technology can also support a faster on-boarding process of new workers, helping to provide more information and supporting their productivity. Showing a strong interest in utilising technology to support your business processes can also be an attractive aspect to younger talents, helping increase your opportunities of gaining and maintaining new entrants into the market.

ERP platforms bring a new way to help increase automation and improve efficiency throughout your business, supporting your workers and helping you work in a smarter way. Implementing an ERP solution can help you address labour shortages, but also support your teams, helping you maintain employee morale and job satisfaction. Embracing digital transformation is a key factor in overcoming this challenge within the industry.

If you’re interested in discovering more about how we can help you overcome these challenges, please get in touch with our team!

 

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