My home city are Super Bowl Champions now, but I respect their opponent's degree of success over the last 17 years and 5 Super bowl wins. I guess 'you can’t win them all' applies to them. Five years ago we talked about the disruptive and transformational parallels. Change is moving even faster and will continue to increase its pace as technology continues its exponential growth.

 

I have been providing business software to the food industry for the past 29 years.  Like my readers I have seen a lot of ups and downs in the marketplace.  Today I'd like to make an analogy to describe a recent 'up'.

January 23, 2018 — Computer Associates (“CAI” or the “Company”), a leading provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and related services to customers in the food, lumber and building materials (LBM), precious metals, and other industries globally, today announced that it has acquired 100% of Integrated Management Solutions, developers of the Food Connex™ business management software for meat, seafood and poultry distributors and processors, providers of dry goods, provisions, specialty items and produce.

About a year ago Philadelphia became an early adopter of a 'soda tax.'  Let's take a look at the results and whether you should expect a similar tax coming soon to a city near you.

I've seen thousands of food businesses make decisions on business software over the last twenty-five years.  I've won a lot of deals, I've lost a lot of deals, but the losses that hurt most are when a potential client makes a mistake and buys 'the wrong' software.  I'll see these companies shopping again a year later, and tens of thousands of dollars poorer with no improvement to their business.  Today we'll talk about how to avoid that situation.

Interesting, I just did our 2018 New Year’s resolution and in reading the news over the last couple of weeks I see a huge opportunity for my Protein readers and customers. We have talked before about striking when the iron is hot. With things rolling along let us check the facts.

Today we will declare our New Years Resolutions for 2018. We usually do this after the New Year, but because the Holidays land on Mondays this year we will be taking a well needed break to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season with Friends and Family.

Throughout the last two years we have talked many times about the farm to table market and how it is expanding throughout the food world just like every one predicted. As we look to 2018 the latest buzzword is “Plant Forward”.   In today’s discussion we will update our experience in this area.

Twelve years ago we introduced our Newsletter and made a pledge of content:

The focus of this newsletter is as the title suggests, Cutting Cost of Operations. Some of the subjects we will cover are:

Health Care Transportation and Fuel
Technology Warehousing
Manufacturing innovations HAACP Compliance

We have not focused on pure technology outside the food industry but today the trends are too compelling not to discuss and they coincide with the growing trend of Cloud computing.

While preparing for Thanksgiving and the children, grandchildren, etc. coming over I reviewed with my wife how we can best manage the event. Previous years Mary and I would whip ourselves into a frenzy with list making, shopping, and most importantly cooking the dinner. At the point when we had everybody over and the table was set, exhaustion would settle in and it was time for my nap.  Let’s look at some of the food prep alternatives today and how we have embraced the change.

Issue 631 - Turn and Earn, we need a reminder.

Being that a lot of vacations are happening right now I thought it would be a good time to re-publish our turn and earn issue that we did back in 2005. Although it's an older News Letter it's one that shows you how good your inventory is doing from a profitability standpoint.

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