The Attivo Blog

Jul 06 2016

Can Chipotle bounce back after food recalls and health scares with a video?

E. coli and norovirus caused massive recalls, a national shut-down of all of Chipotle's stores, and resulted some of its lowest profits in years. But, there is hope and recovery, and yesterday Chipotle launched a new video marketing campaign to help bring back the love for the burrito chain. What can you learn from Chipotle about how to handle PR and marketing when your food manufacturing business suffers a painful recall and health crisis?

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Jul 05 2016

Credit Card and PCI Compliance

Now that EV chip cards are here, you can relax and take a deep breath when it comes to cyber theft, right? Wrong.

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Jul 01 2016

CliffNotes to Exact’s 10.4 Macola Release

Exact released its newest version of Macola 10.4 yesterday, and we’re rejoicing in the enhancements.

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Jun 30 2016

6 Ways to Cut Costs on an ERP Implementation Project

ERP Implementations can be costly investments in time and money, but there are some simple steps that any company can take reduce waste and ensure the implementation is a profitable success.

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Jun 27 2016

Picnics, and Bar-b-ques, and Food Poisoning, oh my!

"Food, and lots of it!", is one of the trademarks of a great 4th of July weekend, and the USDA wants to be sure you're safe from food-born illness during the warm summer months. Help your family enjoy all the bar-b-ques and picnics without the worry of bacteria, viruses and parasites by following some simple steps provided by the USDA.

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Jun 23 2016

Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations

Change is inevitable, but change doesn't have to be painful. Change can be an opportunity for your employees to rise to full potential and expand possibilities for positive growth. 


"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
- Socrates
 
When considering a change in business software, such as a new ERP implementation, there are two main focuses - rapid deployment and a fast return on investment (ROI). Exact Macola has provided a new white paper on the Top 10 Steps to Higher Profits and Easier ERP Implementations, which you can download here, but there was three main points stood out that we want to share now: conducting a Needs Analysis, gaining the commitment of all key stakeholders, and training and technical support. 

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Jun 13 2016

Technology Upgrades to Exact Macola 10

Since it's debut in 2014, Exact Macola 10 has received more awards and praise than Macola's predecessors release in 1999. The Exact Macola 10 software system is still the strong core ERP system that you have come to expect from Exact Macola, with strengths in Manufacturing, Distribution and Accounting. 
 
 
And it's true that it does look and feel more modern, and the technology behind the system is a huge improvement, but as far as YOU, the user, are concerned the system will feel similar – but much easier to use. You may be left wondering what the difference in technology between Exact Macola 10 and the older versions, such as Progression and Macola ES. Let's take a deep dive into the technology and understand the differences. 

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Jun 09 2016

How ERP Can Improve Your Company’s Valuation

Regardless of what industry a business is in, if a company is looking to sell, getting the highest possible sale price is the primary objective. There are a number of factors that can influence the ultimate valuation of a business both positively and negatively. For manufacturers – especially food manufacturers – having an ERP software system in place can have a tremendous impact on how the value of a business is evaluated. 

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Jun 09 2016

June Webinars: Improving Profits and Recall Management

The Attivo Group is gearing up for their two monthly webinars: "Where are my profits going? Understanding the Business Process Assessment" on June 16th, and "Recall Management: The Importance of Being Proactive" on June 30th for food and beverage manufacturers. 

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Jun 06 2016

FAQs to Upgrading to Macola 10

What are some of the frequently asked questions about upgrading to Exact Macola 10 from Macola Progression or Macola ES? We've compiled some of the most common FAQs about upgrading, as well as a showcase of our new eBook "What's the difference between Exact Macola 10 & Progression or ES?". 

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May 20 2016

Ransomware - a serious and growing problem for manufacturers

Imagine coming in next Monday bright and early, ready to get the week started. You get your coffee, sit down at your computer, and start opening your reports and other files. You find there's this odd extension on all the file names and nothing seems to open right. A few hours later, you get a notice that your entire database - and thus, your business - is being held for ransom. 

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May 13 2016

Friday the 13th: Jason Joins Corporate America

If you haven’t looked at your calendar, today is Friday the 13th. In honor of the classic slasher flick, we wondered what would happen if Jason Voorhees decided to put down the machete and get a 9-5 job. What if he responded to a job listing for a “Corporate Headhunter” and just didn’t realize that was slang for recruiter?

Odds are that he’d last for a few days, perhaps even an entire week, before the office politics drove him to put the hockey mask back on and go to town on everyone.

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May 11 2016

Disassembly – When and how to use it properly

There are multiple ways to assemble something in Exact Macola…but what about disassembly?  Many companies have the need to return an assembled item to stock, or to disassemble for repair and replacement.  This feature is also ideal for companies that routinely remanufacture or rebuild products from “cores”, such as automotive applications or other machinery and equipment.  POP Disassembly should NOT be used to correct a production reporting error for an open POP order – use a negative quantity to essentially reverse the previously reported quantity in error instead.

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May 10 2016

The Importance of Quality Management

Having a good quality management system in place really isn’t optional. In some instances your industry is regulated by the government. But even if that isn’t the case, it’s just good business practice to be able to easily track product development throughout the manufacturing cycle to ensure the best possible output. Not only does this save you money in the long run, but it gives your customers the peace of mind they need to make buying decisions.

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May 06 2016

Exact Macola Evolve 2016 Recap: The Breakout Sessions Part 2

The Exact Macola Evolve conference was a perfect place for Exact partners to announce new offering, software and improvements/upgrades to software. BirdDog, WiSys, IBS, LYNQ and Century Business Solutions all had big announcements during the show.

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