Application-Wide Productivity

General tools that bring you success

Enhanced Workflow
Set up a desired order of operations for all scenarios and make sure that activities are performed according to defined procedures…
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Advanced Notifications
User-definable client and server side e-mail, pop-up, and integrated notifications…
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Document Management
Upload and attached files and documents to master data record, sales and purchase documents, and more…
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Custom Cues
Create role centers that are unique to your needs by setting up custom cues within bcFood…
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Enhanced Workflow

bcFood’s enhanced workflow features go beyond the workflow functionality in the standard Dynamics product. Set up a desired order of operations for all scenarios and make sure that activities are performed according to defined procedures.

Situational-dependent – multiple workflows can be defined for same activity, but according to different criteria. Depending on which criteria exist for a given transaction, bcFood automatically presents the proper workflow, ensuring that the necessary steps are followed in any situation.

Extensive features – specify mandatory values that must be entered before a record can be moved to subsequent workflow stages, lock fields to prevent changes once the record enters a given status, identify necessary permissions to progress a transaction to different stages, and more.

Automated assignment – set up workflows to automatically advance an activity to a new stage when certain requirements are met, streamlining the process in situations where user oversight is unnecessary.

Usage scenario

Set up multiple sales order-based workflows that are triggered under certain criteria, resulting in a different sequence of stages when a sales order is created for a customer with a past due balance versus one that is current on its payments.

Advanced Notifications

Create your own e-mail and message templates using bcFood’s advanced notification functionality. Be it an e-mail providing a customer with shipment details or an internal message alerting users to important information, advanced notifications can be set up for all your business needs.

Multiple format options – use bcFood’s rich text editor to create messages with different fonts, styles, and formats, or design templates according to HTML to create truly dynamic e-mails.

Extract data from Dynamics – link notification templates to Dynamics tables and configure them to include any values from these tables, allowing messages to reference specific document numbers, item quantities, or dollar amounts.

Manual and automated creation – set up notifications to be manually created by users or define criteria that will allow the system to automatically generate messages and e-mails.

Usage scenario

Set up notification templates to trigger when Dynamics documents have incorrect or missing information, allowing users to catch errors before it’s too late.

Document Management

With bcFood’s document management tools, you can upload and attach files and documents to all of your master data records and transactions. Streamline the upload process with the document basket, which supports simple drag and drop functionality and provides users with a quick visual indicator to attached files.

Supports all file types – attach any type of file to your Dynamics records. Word documents, PDFs, Notepad files, Excel spreadsheets, e-mails, and any other sort of file can be uploaded.

Maintained in history – as transactions such as sales and purchase orders are processed and deleted, any attached documents are automatically copied to the finished historical records that are created by the system, ensuring their availability for future reference needs.

Document groupings – categorize documents by type or business area and define assignment roles for each type so that sensitive materials can only be accessed by employees with the proper permissions.

Usage scenario

Scan copies of purchase invoices, bills of lading, and certificates of analysis and then upload these PDF files to received lot records.

Custom Cues

Break free from the restrictions of the user profiles that are pre-loaded with Dynamics and create role centers that are unique to your needs by setting up custom cues with bcFood. Create visual indicators of business data to give your users quick and easy insight into outstanding tasks and transactions that require attention, all according to your exact criteria.

Cues across all business areas – use cues to create custom Role Centers for all areas of your business, including customer service, procurement, warehousing, and production.

Countless setup options – any filter you set up can be used as the basis for a custom cue. Cues can display specific transactions with different status settings, workflow stages, scheduled dates, dollar amounts, and more.

No development expertise required – all setup and configuration is performed by you, directly through the client. There is no need for any sort of behind-the-scenes coding through the Dynamics development environment.

Usage scenario

Define different filters for open sales orders, sales orders that have been shipped but not invoiced, partially shipped sales orders, and sales orders that have missed their shipment dates, then present each one as a visual stack of data to users.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Dynamic Comments

Default Comments

Document Footer Setup

Filter Groups

Style Sheets

 
Sales and Purchases

Maintain your relationships and communicate with ease

Sales and Purchase Contracts
Create and maintain contract agreements with customers and vendors…
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Market Pricing
Track the fluctuating market prices of products and record changes in your system…
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Order Quantity Change Tracking
Assign order quantity change codes to sales and purchase lines before making quantity adjustments…
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Enhanced Drop Shipments
Transfer customer orders directly to vendors for fulfillment by creating drop shipments in Dynamics…
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Sales and Purchase Contracts

Accurately set up and manage contract agreements between you and your customers or vendors. Once contracts have been set up, use them to generate sales and purchases orders, drawing down against the contract quantity with every new order.

Accurate contract quantities – for every contract item, the system maintains the original contracted quantity, the quantity that has already been assigned to orders, and the quantity remaining to be assigned, giving you total visibility to progress in filling the contract.

Alternate items – specify alternate contract items, variants, and units of measure, making it possible to use acceptable substitutes and still update contract activity.

Mandatory Requirements – enforce business relationship rules by requiring that all transactions with a given customer or vendor be tied to an existing contract.

Usage scenario

Set up sales contracts for an agreed-upon quantity of pounds with your customers, then define an alternate unit of measure, allowing you to fill the contract by shipping bagged product.

Market Pricing

bcFood allows you to track the fluctuating market prices of products. As the price of raw materials and commodities goes up and down, you can record these changes in your system and make certain that your pricing data and calculations remain accurate.

Tiered pricing – define pricing for different minimum quantity levels, making it possible to account for price breaks when certain quantities of product are ordered.

Integration to purchasing – integrate market pricing to purchasing, ensuring that the prices on your purchase invoices have the correct dollar values.

Report ready – market pricing data is readily accessible for reporting needs, allowing you to factor market considerations into analysis and decision-making activities.

Usage scenario

Record market prices for resale items, then use this data to set the necessary margins when you sell these items to your customers.

Order Quantity Change Tracking

Bring control to your order entry processes with order quantity change tracking. Assign order quantity change codes to sales and purchase lines before making quantity adjustments, providing clear explanations for why any order quantities were modified.

Influence original quantities – configure order quantity change codes to ignore or replace original quantity values so that you can compare actual to expected order fulfilment when a true shortage exists.

Institute your policies – make order quantity change tracking a mandatory step when adjusting order quantities, and tie code assignment to user-specific permission sets.

Maintained in history – order quantity change data is stored long after the orders themselves are completed, making it simple to answer questions at a later time.

Usage scenario

Define multiple order quantity change tracking codes so that you can indicate when a quantity change is prompted by a specific customer request, insufficient on hand inventory, or a simple error in data entry.

Enhanced Drop Shipments

Transfer customer orders directly to vendors for fulfillment by creating drop shipments in Dynamics. bcFood’s improvements to drop shipping and special orders make it possible to generate the necessary purchase order directly from a sales document.

Standardize ordering policies – assign purchasing codes that permit drop shipment or special order activities directly to items that you always drop ship, allowing these settings to be present whenever the items are added to a sales order.

Instant purchase orders – create purchase orders to fulfill drop shipments directly from the sales order, rather than wait for the system to suggest them as part of a bulk requisition activity.

Orders by vendor – control the drop shipment creation process, instructing bcFood to generate purchase orders for only those vendors that you specify.

Usage scenario

Create a drop shipment purchase order directly from a sales document when taking the order from your customer, making it possible to immediately provide information about the purchase transaction.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Improved Return Reasons

Parent/Child Relationships

Order Blocking

Forecast Integration with Excel

 
Inventory Management

Gain total control over your inventory

Catch Weights
Maintain your inventory records according to two units of measure…
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Item Allergens
List the allergens that are present in your raw materials and assign them to your manufactured items…
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Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Set up quality tests and targets, then build quality score sheets that address various areas of business…
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Hold Management
Establish hold reason codes, each with its own separate configuration that restricts item use…
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Catch Weights

Maintain your inventory records according to two units of measure, making it possible to capture the exact weights of your random weight items. This allows you to sell and process these items according to a physical unit, but price and cost them according to their weight.

Extendable throughout bcFood – record and maintain catch weights for individual lot and license plate records throughout all major transactions, such as purchases, sales, production output and consumption, and warehouse movements.

Maintain data with tolerances – define catch weight tolerance percentages for items, ensuring that entered catch weight values fall within a reasonable range of values.

Compatible with external scales – integrate bcFood with electronic scales to make the recording of weights an automatic, error-free process.

Usage scenario

Set up an item with a base unit of Case and alternate unit of Pound, then sell individual cases of the item to customers while charging the exact, variable weight of each one.

Item Allergens

Meet necessary regulatory requirements and ensure safety and compliance by indicating which items in your inventory contain allergens such as dairy, wheat, and shellfish. Use this data to influence everything from how production is scheduled to where items will be stored in your warehouse.

Unlimited setup options – set up as many allergen types as you wish, making it possible to define categories that are as general or specific as your business needs demand.

Multi-level BOM visibility – roll up allergens through all levels of production, so that the allergens in a raw material are maintained through multiple manufacturing processes and remain visible on finished products.

Stay up to date – basic update tools make it easy to quickly revise an item’s allergen listing based on any changes to associated ingredients.

Usage scenario

Specify which of your manufactured items contain allergens, group production activities by allergen type, then schedule them to specially-designated allergen lines.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control

Ensure that all areas of your business are covered when it comes to instituting airtight control standards with bcFood’s quality assurance module. Record every quality testing activity that takes place in your company, and use this information to prevent bad product from entering or leaving your facilities or ensure that an item meets certain specifications before it is used.

Extensive test types – go beyond the basic definition of numeric, descriptive and yes/no categories with bcFood’s formula engine, which makes it possible to set up more advanced calculations and require that individual or entire groups of tests meet certain thresholds.

Tests for all scenarios – build QA score sheets for different areas of business, or even different scenarios within the same business area, so that the necessary tests are presented to users in any situation.

Maintained in history – test results are stored in the system as item or lot attributes, which can be automatically updated when re-testing occurs.

Usage scenario

Perform truck inspections with every inbound and outbound movement; set up your manufactured products go through a series of inspections at different points before they are ready to go out the door.

Hold Management

With bcFood, you can put individual lots or pallets on hold, preventing them from being used in different transactions. Accommodate for planned scenarios like quality testing or regular inspections, as well as unplanned situations such as contamination concerns.

Configurable restrictions – define different hold codes, each with its own set of restrictions, making it possible to permit or restrict use on sales orders, internal movements, production activities, availability calculations, and more.

Manual and automatic assignment – set up each hold code for automatic assignment based on defined parameters, or indicate that it must be manually specified by your users.

Disposition management – release hold tags through the assignment of disposition codes that fully support comments, making it possible to include as much detail and information as necessary.

Usage scenario

Automatically place received inventory from new suppliers on QC hold so that it cannot be consumed in production until it has been tested and released.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Item & Hold Availability Views

Copy Item

Extended Unit of Measure

Advanced Item Variant Management

Change Item Variants

Enhanced Item Categorization

Promoted Item Attributes

Use-By Dates & Freshness Rules

Item/Vendor Catalog

 
Item Traceability

Where it came from, and where it’s going

Advanced Lot Management
Institute strong, comprehensive lot control without sacrificing efficiency…
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Lot on Line
bcFood’s lot on line functionality makes the assignment of item lots to transactions a breeze…
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Crop Years
bcFood contains the functionality to identify the crop year for agricultural commodities…
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Countries of Origin
bcFood lets you track the country of origin for the items that pass in and out of inventory…
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Advanced Lot Management

For food companies, lot number assignment is critical for tracking the movement of items through the supply chain, performing quality testing, and executing product recalls. bcFood builds upon the native item tracking features in Dynamics so that you can institute strong, comprehensive lot control without sacrificing efficiency.

Automated assignment – set up your items to automatically assign lot numbers from a predefined number series with every inbound purchase receipt or outputting of products from your manufacturing processes.

Multiple lot values – maintain the relationship between your numbering system and those of your customers and vendors by assigning separate vendor, customer, or other externally-assigned identification numbers to lot records.

Lot inheritance – when you reclassify an old lot, bcFood copies important identification information, country of origin assignments, and quality testing data to the new lot record, ensuring that important data follows your lots throughout the system.

Usage scenario

Automatically assign lot numbers to purchased products, then enter the vendor’s lot identification information on these records, making it easy to cross-reference separate numbering systems.

Lot on Line

bcFood’s lot on line functionality makes the assignment of item lots to transactions a breeze. While standard Dynamics forces your users to open a separate item tracking window to perform this task, bcFood allows you to specify lots directly on activity lines.

Systemwide convenience – bcFood’s lot on line feature has been added to any place where items can be entered. Sales, purchase, and transfer orders, production activities, warehouse documents, and item journals all benefit from this feature.

Manual or system-generated lots – manually key in lot values, or instruct the program to assign unique identification numbers to new lot records.

Automatic record creation – lots that are assigned on document lines are immediately entered into the system as new records, making it possible to record additional lot characteristics, perform quality testing, and place holds on product before it is received into your inventory.

Usage scenario

Assign lot numbers to items directly on document lines, then open the newly-created record and enter additional information about the lot.

Crop Years

If you receive, sell, or process agricultural commodities, you know the importance of properly identifying the crop year for your products. bcFood contains the functionality to set up crop year codes and assign these codes to your lot records, facilitating tracking and reporting activities.

Easy to assign and review – accessible directly from the Lot No. Information Card, crop year information is easy to assign to lot record, and can be included in standard Dynamics filters, allowing you to identify on hand product that falls within a particular growing period.

Mandatory requirements – make the assignment of crop years mandatory for all new lots of specific items, ensuring that this information is recorded consistently with each and every transaction.

Starting date definition – set up starting dates for each crop year code, then use this information to automatically assign the proper crop year to received commodities.

Usage scenario

Assign crop year codes to your lot records, then develop reports to indicate the percentage of a given crop year that is received, shipped, or consumed in processing activities.

Countries of Origin

For companies that buy and sell products on an international scale, bcFood lets you track the country of origin for the items that pass in and out of inventory. Assigned to individual lot records, this country of origin information is maintained as the item is moved, shipped, and even consumed in production activities.

Multiple countries per lot – record unlimited countries of origin against a lot, allowing you to accurately reflect a product’s journey through multiple countries.

Country prioritization – define preferred countries of origin for item records so that your users can make the right decision when given the choice of purchasing a product from multiple points of origin.

Restriction management – set up country of origin restrictions for your customers and vendors, preventing the shipment or receipt of products from certain countries to the designated parties.

Usage scenario

Record the country of origin for your internationally purchased products, then use restrictions to prevent you from selling them to customers who will not accept them for financial, ideological, or other reasons.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Item Tracing Segments

 
Warehouse Management

Send, receive, and store with efficiency

License Plating
Manage your pallets and their contents, including item, lot information, and weights…
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Mobile WMS and Production
Record inventory movements, picking activities, and production results in real-time…
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Scale Interface
Capture the scale-in and scale-out weights of trucks bringing product in and out of your locations…
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Shipping and Receiving Overviews
Give your shipping and receiving personnel visibility to pending activities…
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License Plating

Manage your warehouse with bcFood’s license plate records, which can be set up to represent your pallets, totes, bins, and other storage units, along with their contents. Store all of the item data at the license plate level, making the process of recording inventory movements considerably more efficient.

Streamline pallet movements – track multiple items, variants, lot numbers, serial numbers, and weights on a single license plate, simplifying the way in which you enter the movement of items in Dynamics.

Configurations and catalogs – set up multiple license plate configurations to reflect the different ways in which you stack and store your items, then create license plate catalogs to keep track of your customer and vendor’s preferred configurations.

Comprehensive management tools – bcFood’s license plate features allow you to build, transfer, count, merge, split, and break apart license plates with ease.

Usage scenario

Output finished product directly onto pallets, move these pallets into storage bins, then pick and ship them against a customer’s sales order.

Mobile WMS and Production

bcFood’s out-of-the-box integration with Beck Consulting’s bcMobile solution allows you to trade a paper-based system for handheld mobile devices with barcode scanning functionality. When your users record inventory movements, picking activities, and production results as they occur, this information is transmitted directly to Dynamics, giving you a real-time picture of your inventory.

An approachable interface – bcMobile’s intuitive graphical user interface can be personalized by role, controlling which tasks a given user can perform.

Extensive compatibility – available on both Android and Windows Mobile platforms, bcMobile has been successfully deployed on mobile units from popular manufacturers such as Zebra, Honeywell, and Motorola.

A library of transactions – bcMobile allows your users to perform major warehouse movements such as receipts, picks, and shipments; execute physical counts; enter production output and consumption as it happens; and obtain quick insight into specific item, lot, and license plate records.

Usage scenario

Place barcode labels on received and outputted items, then scan these barcodes to record the movement of these products.

Scale Interface

Capture the scale-in and scale-out weights of trucks bringing products in and out of your locations, then transmit these readings directly to bcFood, ensuring reliable, error-free data. Nationally certified, bcFood’s scale integration maintains compliance in all 50 states.

Minimal setup required – start collecting scale data with bcFood in no time after identifying the necessary scales within Dynamics and specifying a few default settings.

Weighmaster definition – set up your necessary weighmaster codes and tie them to default scales, ensuring that a user is extracting data from the proper device, and print the results of scale readings on compliant weighmaster certificates.

Weight review and correction options – scale readings are logged and accessible for easy review, and an easy-to-use reverse feature allows you to correct any inaccurate or improper readings.

Usage scenario

Transmit the scale-in weight of trucks bringing product into your warehouse to the associated receiving document in Dynamics, then obtain the scale-out weight to calculate the net weight of the product itself.

Shipping and Receiving Overviews

Give your shipping and receiving personnel visibility to pending activities with bcFood’s receiving and shipping overview screens. Presenting only the information that is related to receiving and shipping, these streamlined views allow users to focus solely on the task of managing how items move in and out of your locations.

Detailed shipment information – obtain additional insight on outbound documents with detailed shipping views that display every document line, allowing you to filter and group pending shipment activity by a common item or item type.

Quick document creation – create individual shipments or receipts for entire orders, specific order lines, or groups of lines that span multiple orders.

Access to related documents – open any associated warehouse or picking documents directly from these overview screens to get an instant picture of what activities have been performed against a shipment or receipt, and what remains to be done.

Usage scenario

Sort pending sales orders by shipment date and determine which orders are scheduled to be shipped soon, and which ones will be handled later in the week or month.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Delivery Tolerances

Enhanced Item Weight Management

Shipment Planning & Routing

In Transit Processing

Loading Docks

Truck Routes

Customer Ship-To Routes

FEFO Assignment

Get Bin Content

 
Global Trade Management

Trade with the world without leaving your desk

Bookings and Container Tracking
Track the shipment and receipt of products on an international scale…
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Required Documents
Create and manage the required regulatory and financial documents that are critical to shipping and receiving…
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Bookings and Container Tracking

Track the shipment and receipt of products on an international scale by using bcFood’s global trade features. Create bookings to manage the movement of the shipping containers that carry your items around the world.

Rapid booking creation – build bookings and containers directly from sales and purchase orders and let bcFood automatically enter many of the values from these source documents.

Comprehensive global trade data – record shipping lines, vessel information, ports of loading and discharge, delivery schedules, completion dates, inspection status updates, and more on each international booking record.

Create unique container records – use bookings to track the movement of one or more shipping containers and their contents, and maintain container settings such as identification numbers, dimensions, capacities, and seals.

Usage scenario

Create booking records to manage the overseas shipment of product, and use the various information fields to record all necessary data to maintain compliance with international trade regulations.

Required Documents

With bcFood, you can create and manage the required regulatory and financial documents that are critical to shipping and receiving. Your customs forms, fumigation and pesticide certificates, bills of lading, GMO statements, and other documents can be tracked from within Dynamics, making it easy for you to stay on top of the paperwork that is needed to successfully complete every transaction.

Multiple formats – generate required documents from standard Dynamics reports or style sheets you define in bcFood, or import them from outside of your system.

Automate assignment with defaults – set up default countries and organizations that should receive each document type, along with the necessary contact information for specific recipients.

Tracked by booking – on every booking, gain quick insight into which required documents have been generated, and which still remain, ensuring that no transactions are completed until the proper documentation is present.

Usage scenario

Set up separate customs documents for the different formats used by each country, then link these documents to the related country codes so that the proper documentation is generated for a given shipment.

Manufacturing and Processing

Convert raw materials into delicious products

Recipe and Packaging BOMs
Set up recipe and packaging bills of material for different production processes…
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Item Nutrients
Record nutrient information for your purchased ingredients and the food products you manufacture…
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Processing, Batch, and Package Production
Create, plan, schedule, and report production against different manufacturing procedures…
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Production Scheduling
Schedule and sequence production orders based on demand, inventory, and item type…
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Recipe and Packaging BOMs

In a process manufacturing environment, it may be convenient to separate the production and packaging of a finished good item into different processes. bcFood expands upon the existing production functionality in Dynamics by giving you the ability to set up recipe and packaging bills of material (BOMs).

Separate BOM types – segregate the mixing, blending, and batching of raw materials into an WIP product with the packaging of that item into a finished good with dedicated bill of materials groupings.

Batch sizing – define recipes according to standard batch sizes, then enter materials as percentages of the total batch, making it easy to adjust and scale bills of material.

Yields, scrap, and loss factors – include expected yields, scrap amounts, and anticipated losses, achieving greater accuracy in determining production output quantities.

Usage scenario

Create a recipe BOM for a WIP item, then use that item in multiple packaging BOMs to represent different packaging configurations.

Item Nutrients

Record nutrient information such as fat content, carbohydrates, protein, and sodium for your purchased ingredients and the food products you manufacture. With this information, you can ensure that your products meet certain nutritional standards and requirements.

Flexible nutrient definition – use Dynamics attributes to set up the nutrient values you wish to track, then link these to item categories so that the proper nutrients can be defined for different item groupings.

BOM-based calculations – define nutrients for your raw material items, then instruct the program to automatically determine a manufactured item’s nutrient values based on its ingredients.

Multiple printing options – create nutritional label templates using style sheets or bcFood’s BarTender integration, then print nutrient values directly from your system.

Usage scenario

Copy an existing recipe to a new “low salt” version, change the ingredients, then update the nutrient information to reflect the changes to the recipe’s sodium content.

Processing, Batch, and Package Production

bcFood extends the manufacturing capabilities of Dynamics with functionality that more accurately represents the type of production activities that are performed by food processers and manufacturers. Now you can create, plan, schedule, and report production against orders designed specifically to represent your processing, batching, and packaging procedures.

Unique production orders – starting with a standard production order template, create and maintain production orders that represent separate types of production activity.

Batch and lot production – create production orders according to defined batch or lot sizes, making it possible to plan for production that meets your equipment capacities.

Co-products/by-products – record multiple outputs per production activity, each with its own cost, accounting for scenarios in which a single process yields more than one product.

Usage scenario

Process fresh fruit, then batch the processed items with other ingredients as part of a recipe, and finally package the product into finished goods.

Production Scheduling

bcFood’s production schedule gives you the visibility you need to pending and active production orders, allowing you to schedule and re-schedule them as the situation demands. With all the information you need at your fingertips, you can sequence the order in which production activities are performed in as efficient and safe a manner as possible.

Easy production sequencing – bcFood will automatically sequence production orders according to predefined defaults while still allowing you to manually adjust the schedule as needed.

Ad hoc production – create production orders for on-the-fly manufacturing needs directly from the production schedule, then shift existing orders in the schedule to accommodate these new activities.

Filtering for instant visibility – predefined filters make it easy for users to quickly identify different types of production order, such as orders in which all scheduled activity has been completed, and those for which there is still more output to record.

Usage scenario

Use default sequence codes to group items by allergen, color, or package size, then instruct bcFood to automatically schedule production activity so that similar items are produced together.

Improved Production Costing

While the standard manufacturing capabilities in Dynamics provide a solid foundation for production reporting, they do not always match up with the realities faced by food manufacturers and processers. bcFood’s enhancements to Dynamics will let you record and allocate production costs in a manner that more accurately reflects the way you operate.

Address the unexpected – accommodate changes to production orders by factoring in the costs of substituted consumption materials, or record costs against unplanned outputs that were unknown or unforeseen.

Multi-output costing – define multiple outputs for a single production activity, each with its own cost that can either be manually entered or automatically allocated according to predetermined cost factors.

Finished order reporting – record costs against finished production orders, allowing you to close out production orders as soon as they are completed.

Usage scenario

Mark production orders as finished so that they are no longer presented as active orders in the schedule, then post landed costs to them as they become known.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Quick Production

Yield Tolerances

Families

Production Types

Consolidations

 
Trade Management

Take the complexity out of pricing and commissions

Advanced Price, Markup, and Discount Rules
bcFood’s Trade Management tools allow you to quickly implement all your pricing and discount structures…
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Commissions, Royalties, and Rebates
Set up and calculate claim amounts for your commissions, royalty, and rebate programs…
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Advanced Price, Markup, and Discount Rules

In an industry where pricing can vary for different groups of customers and items, it can be difficult to keep track of all these arrangements. bcFood takes the complexity out of pricing, markup, and discount setup with simple trade management tools that allow you to quickly implement all your pricing structures.

Calculation hierarchies – create multi-level tiers that determine a given price, markup, or discount amount based on whether a document meets certain minimum thresholds.

Period-specific pricing – set up start and end dates for every trade rate so that future pricing can be entered and then automatically applied on the desired date.

Separate financials – direct trade plan revenues or deductions to dedicated G/L accounts, making it easy to include or omit specific revenue streams in analysis activities.

Usage scenario

Create markups for freight based on a shipment’s total weight, then post your freight revenue to its own account in the General Ledger.

Commissions, Royalties, and Rebates

The trade management features in bcFood allow you to set up and calculate claim amounts for your commissions, royalty, and rebate programs. Using bcFood’s trade plan setup, you can accrue claims from transactions, then periodically pay them out to the recipients you identify.

Decide when to accrue – instruct bcFood to calculate claims based on shipment, invoicing, or payment activities, allowing you to determine exactly where in the sales process you wish to accrue these values.

Extensive calculation methods – calculate claims based on a percentage of a transaction’s price or profit, the number of units that were sold, or the weight of the product.

Comprehensive history – all claims are recorded as entries in a dedicated ledger, allowing you to maintain a complete historical activity of all accruals and claim payments.

Usage scenario

Set up commission plans for your salespeople based on the profitability of your paid customer invoices, then pay them out on a monthly basis.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Landed Costs & Accruals

Item Charge Trade Accrual View

 
Grower Accounting and Commodity Receiving

When your product starts as a seed

Grower Management
Track growers, ranches, farms, fields, and blocks, along with related details…
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Commodity Contracts
Set up the agreements you establish with your growers for each harvest season…
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Commodity Receiving
Create inbound receipts designed specifically for handling bulk quantities of commodities…
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Payees and Payment Schedules
Define payment schedules that ensure grower payments are processed on time…
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Grower Management

bcFood’s grower management and accounting tools allow you to manage the way in which you purchase and pay for commodities such as grains, milk, nuts, fruit, and beans. Stretching across all applicable areas of Dynamics, grower management allows you to process activities in a way that reflects the realities of your business.

Comprehensive grower setup – enter each grower in the system, with associated ranches, farms, fields, and blocks, making it simple to identify a given commodity’s point of origin.

Vendor integration – link grower records to vendors and take advantage of standard functionality, while still segregating growers from your other vendors for easy filtering and visibility.

Commodity items – define the commodities that you purchase from growers, including specific variants that represent different crop years or product varieties.

Usage scenario

Set up the growers you do business with, then identify the commodities, and specific varieties of these commodities, that you buy from each one.

Commodity Contracts

Maintain the business relationships between you and your growers with bcFood’s commodity contract functionality. Using commodity contracts, you will always have a clear picture of the expected and actual inbound quantity of commodities, as well as the pricing that has been established for these products.

Seasonal contracts – assign start and end dates to contracts to represent specific time periods, such as annual growing seasons, making it easy to close out and archive contracts once a given season has come to an end.

Variety-level setup – identify specific varieties or strains of contracted crops or other commodities, along with alternative variants that are also permitted under the terms of the agreement.

Linkage to commodity receipts – generate commodity receipts directly from contracts, update contract quantities with recorded receiving activity, and enforce business processes by preventing the receipt of commodities without a valid contract.

Usage scenario

Prior to growing season, set up the commodity contracts you have agreed upon with your growers and ranches, then monitor purchased versus contracted quantities throughout the course of the season.

Commodity Receiving

With bcFood, you can generate commodity receipts for the inbound delivery of commodities to your warehouse locations. These commodity receiving features address the unique challenges that come with handling bulk quantities of commodity products.

Streamlined order entry – commodity receipts narrow the entry of data to focus solely on the physical receipt of product, giving your users a clean platform for recording their activities.

Extensive traceability – using grower-specific information, record the exact ranch, block, or field from which a given receipt was harvested, making it easy to trace your inventory back to its exact point of origin.

Accurate weight information – specify the containers that were used as part of each receipt, then use these containers’ tare weights to calculate the net weight of the product itself.

Usage scenario

For every inbound truck delivery of commodities, enter the grower and field to identify the point of origin, then record scale-in and scale-out weight values for a more accurate picture of inventory.

Payees and Payment Schedules

Ensure that the payments you make to your growers during a harvest season or other contract period are on time with payment schedules. Define the payment percentages and recipients at every stage so that payments are always made to the correct parties, and in the correct amounts.

In-depth payment schedules – set up different payment classes for harvest advances, progress payments, final payments, and loans that are all mapped to unique General Ledger accounts, then use these classes to create payment schedules.

Flexible payouts – specify multiple payees against a single grower, then split grower payments across these entities according to established percentages.

Quality testing rates – integrate your grower management payment features with bcFood’s quality assurance module so that a given commodity’s quality testing results directly affect the final price you will pay to the grower.

Usage scenario

Make regular payments to your growers throughout the duration of established commodity contracts, with a final payment being made right in line with a contract’s end date.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Commodity Statements

 
Reporting and BI

Make decisions with accurate, real-time data

Data Warehouse
Create a dedicated reporting environment that lets you get to your data in a variety of ways…
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Integrated SSRS Reporting
Run your Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports directly from within Dynamics…
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Data Warehouse

bcFood’s data warehouse module removes the complexity of traditional report development, allowing users from all departments to easily and accurately access data. Using flattened data structures, you can design and run the reports and Business Intelligence tools you need to get insight into your organization.

Dedicated reporting environment – access live or staged data from a separate database that is periodically refreshed from your production database, allowing you to run complex reports without hurting performance in your live system.

Out-of-the-box structures – use bcFood’s vast library of predefined data structures that represent common reporting activities to quickly build reports and advanced Business Intelligence tools such as dashboards.

A solid data source – your data warehouse data is compatible with reporting tools such as Power BI, Microsoft Query, SQL Server Reporting Services, and Jet Reports.

Usage scenario

Pull information from multiple areas of Dynamics to create a single data structure for product sales history, then use this data structure as the basis of a Power BI dashboard.

Integrated SSRS Reporting

With bcFood, it is possible to run Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports directly from Dynamics. When you integrate SSRS reports with your Dynamics system, you put all the information your users need to perform their tasks right at their fingertips.

Comprehensive report options – use the more than 40 included SSRS reports that come with bcFood, design your own reports for your specific needs, or create key performance indicators to offer quick insight into your business.

Default settings – specify default filters so that reports are automatically run according to certain criteria, and select from multiple export options, including PDF, Word, and Excel.

Easy access from Dynamics – link your reporting portal to Dynamics and make it possible for your users to run SSRS reports directly from within their ERP environment.

Usage scenario

Group your SSRS reports by department within Dynamics, then tie your users to these groups so that the relevant reports can be easily accessed from each user’s Home page.

But wait, there’s more

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Improved Report and Document Layouts

 
Integrations

Add even more functionality to your ERP solution

EDI Integration
Integrate bcFood with our bcEDI solution to send and receive data according to the requirements of all major retailers…
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Multi-Carrier Solution Integration
Expand your shipping capabilities with our bcPacknShip solution, a multi-carrier application which give you access to over 100 carriers worldwide…
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BarTender Integration
Design and print your own barcode labels directly from Dynamics with bcFood’s integration to BarTender…
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Route Planning
Optimize your delivery routes with our integration to Intelligent Route Planner, from Antei…
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EDI integration

Stay compliant with your customers and vendors when you combine bcFood with our bcEDI solution. bcEDI allows you to send and receive data in a consistent, unified manner, enabling you to process transactions quickly and with greater levels of accuracy than ever before.

A hands-off approach – automate your EDI processes to automatically create and update documents in Dynamics, as well as send and receive data between you and your trading partners.

Pre-configured transactions – take advantage of bcEDI’s out-of-the-box templates for the most common EDI activities, including 850s, 810s, 855s, and 856s, and be up and running in no time.

Maintain standards – gain extra confidence that your data will reach your trading partners according to their criteria when you deploy bcEDI on a network such as SPS Commerce or iTrade.

Usage scenario

Automatically generate sales orders in Dynamics from your customers’ inbound 850 documents, then transmit outbound activities such as 856 advance shipment notifications and 810 invoices.

Multi-Carrier Solution Integration

Expand upon your bcFood and Dynamics shipping capabilities with an integration to bcPacknShip, providing you with automated, streamlined shipping features. Create packages and manage their shipments from within Dynamics.

Better packing and shipping tools – pick, pack, and ship individual parcels, cartons, or pallets against sales orders and shipments in Dynamics, with each package having its own unique tracking data.

In touch with technology – deploy bcPacknShip alongside an EDI solution to submit advanced shipment notifications directly from Dynamics, or use integrated electronic scales to capture weight values on shipments.

Integrated carrier access – bcPacknShip combines with top multi-carrier solutions such as ShipRush, EasyPost, and GoShippo, giving you access to more than 100 carriers worldwide, directly from Dynamics.

Usage scenario

Create shipment-specific packages, then export this data to a common carrier and print the necessary UCC shipping labels, all from your Dynamics solution.

BarTender Integration

Design and print your own barcode labels directly from Dynamics with bcFood’s integration to BarTender. By giving BarTender’s powerful capabilities a direct path to your Dynamics system, bcFood makes it easy to produce labels exactly how you wish.

Unlimited design options – use bcFood’s style sheet definition features to design labels in a variety of formats to accommodate certain variants, customer specifications, or country-specific shipping requirements.

Complete field mapping – add any field from Dynamics to your label templates, and use BarTender’s barcode wizard tools to quickly embed these values into barcodes.

A central point of management – print your labels directly from within Dynamics, allowing your users to remain in a single environment to perform all their tasks.

Usage scenario

Design case labels that contain information such as the item, lot number, and case weight, then embed this data into an easy-to-scan barcode.

Route Planning

If you want to get the most out of your delivery vehicles, look no farther than bcFood’s integration with Antei’s award-winning route optimization tool, Intelligent Route Planner (IRP). Maintained entirely within Dynamics, IRP allows you to plan and monitor your vehicle usage, track your transportation costs, and set delivery routes according to the most advanced planning algorithm available today.

Online Mapping – automatically generate an optimized route based on delivery addresses using popular mapping services such as Google Maps or Bing Maps.

Capacity-Based Truck Loading – load your vehicles according to weight or volume capacities, eliminating the need to unload and re-arrange a vehicle’s contents due to being overburdened.

Accurate Cost Tracking – obtain a clear picture of delivery costs by recording the mileage and time for every trip, then tying this data to the associated vehicles and employees.

Usage scenario

Load your trucks according to the scheduled destinations for your outbound shipments, then build an optimized route based on the delivery addresses.

bcPortals

Communication is the key to success

bcFood bcPortals Features Include:

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Customer Portal

Grower Portal

Vendor Portal

 
Preventive Maintenance

Fix it before it breaks

bcFood Preventive Maintenance Features Include:

We are continuously expanding the bcFood Feature Book. Below is a list of features that are included in bcFood but not yet explained in detail. Contact us to learn more about these features.

Asset Definition

Preventive Maintenance

Corrective Maintenance

Purchase Integration

Asset Usage

 
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