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Preparing for Trade Promotion Management

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When you’ve decided to improve trade planning there are many dynamics to consider.  Here are five tips for setting your organization up for success. Decide what you want to fix and what habits need to be broken. Perhaps obvious, but a common pitfall is jumping straight to a solution.  Identify the outcomes that you want

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Smithfield Foods Selects AFS for Trade Promotion Management Planning

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Food industry expertise and unique closed-loop solution—to deliver greater visibility into complex trade spend processes. Phoenix, Ariz – Dec 11, 2017 – AFS Technologies announced today that Smithfield Foods, Inc. has selected AFS for its Trade Promotion Management solution for planning. Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork

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Overcoming Data Challenges to Support Data Driven Foodservice Decisions

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In November I attended the IFMA President’s Conference in Phoenix Arizona where the message of all speakers was loud and clear, data represents the largest opportunity and subsequently the biggest challenge for foodservice manufacturers today. AFS Technologies, who partners with the vast majority of the Forbes Top 25 Global Food companies, supports large manufacturers to

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AFS Serves the Forbes Top 25 F&B Companies

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Used with attribution from Forbes.com AFS Technologies purpose-built consumer goods software drives efficiencies at 7 of the Top 10 and half of the Top 25 Forbes global food & beverage & tobacco companies. So Why Aren’t You A Customer?

IFMA President’s Conference Recap

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I spent a good portion of last week in Phoenix AZ, attending the sessions offered at the IFMA President’s Conference. I listened intently to industry experts as they all provided an independent piece of the puzzle that is the future of foodservice. With little competition to be mentioned, data headlined the conference and is projected

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Why is Trade Spending Such A Pain?

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A trade spending P&L value equal to 15% of gross revenue is pretty common in highly competitive, commodity categories.  How have we gotten here?  Why is it such a painful topic to address?  There are many business factors that influence this (e.g. product performance, consumer preference, assortment, eCommerce, economy, environment).  I am going to focus

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CPG Trade Spending: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

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…Or so the proverb tells us.  But with so many challenges with trade spending and so many mature solutions in the CPG trade planning and trade spending space, why do so many companies not make the switch from reactive treatment to preventative measures?  AFS Technologies serves many consumer goods companies and users with it’s TPM

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AFS TPM Retail Solution Receives a Best-In-Class Field Analytics/Insight Distinction from the Promotion Optimization Institute

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Phoenix, Ariz. November 1st, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies was recognized for “Best-in-Class Field Analytics/Insight” in the TPx Vendor Panorama 2017, published by the analyst firm Promotion Optimization Institute (POI). In the TPx Vendor Panorama 2017, AFS TPM Retail received “Above Average” ratings for

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The Legacy Foodservice Conference in Richmond Recap

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The Legacy Foodservice conference in Richmond last month was a great event and we are thankful for the opportunity to attend and spend time with our industry friends. The Legacy team put on a fabulous show in their hometown and the members came prepared to do business. AFS had the opportunity to meet with distributors

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AFS at Golbon Fall Buying Show

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The Golbon Fall Buying Show in Boise, ID was a great event and we are thankful for the opportunity to attend. The Golbon team put on a fabulous show in their hometown and the members came prepared to do business. AFS had the opportunity to meet with distributors of all sizes to discuss their pains

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Noteworthy Customer Quotes

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AFS has a great customer base and we really enjoy working with our customers to help them grow their business. On this page we are going to populate quotes from our customers so you can see the benefits of the purpose-built work that goes into our best in class solutions.   ““As we rolled out

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Why does SSAE 18 Compliance Matter?

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Your financial information is one of the single most valuable assets your organization has, and keeping it safe in today’s highly technical environment can be a difficult and daunting task for many organizations. Having a vendor partner that is SSAE 18 compliant offers you the peace of mind that the financial information that is entrusted

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IFDA Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, FL

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I couldn’t be more proud to represent AFS Technologies, Inc. as a Judge at this year’s IFDA Truck Driving Championships in Orlando, FL. The event was in question as Hurricane Irma had recently left its mark on Central Florida, but the efforts of IFDA, the TDC Management Team and Disney all overcame the disaster to

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AFS Technologies – Distribution Management Systems Microsite is LIVE

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Phoenix, Ariz. – Sep 19, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, is proud to announce that it has just launched its new microsite for its Distribution Management Systems line of software solutions focused on supply chain execution solutions. AFS is a leader in the Food

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Did It Take a Hurricane for You to Assess Your Food & Beverage Supply Chain Data

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When a natural disaster is forecast, and will soon be bearing down on your business, you have little time to prepare; board up windows, secure the property, collect the things you see as important, protect physical assets and get your people to safety. The National Weather Center, State and Federal Governments prepared Floridians well for

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The Benefits of Applying “The Perfect Store,” Big Data and IoT

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When AFS Technologies began working with Carlsberg Baltics, the main challenges were a brand with a number one position in a declining beer market and aggressive competition looking to buy market share. So we looked to focus on activities that would address our objectives: save time – becoming efficient and effective; manage ‘out of stocks’;

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AFS TPM Foodservice Automates the Complexity of Growth Programs

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Your investment in distributor growth incentives needs to be supported by a solution that allows you the flexibility to offer tiered pricing to your distributor customers. Many manufacturers see the value of this price model but find it difficult to validate and support which often creates payment delays that upset their relationship with their distributor

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Charity Begins at Work – Leading Food and Beverage Software Vendor AFS Technologies Gives Back

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Phoenix, Ariz – Aug 18, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, is proud to announce that several of our Phoenix, Arizona employees and their families volunteered their time on Tuesday to give to a charity, ‘Feed My Starving Children’ www.fmsc.org a non-profit organization that provides

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AFS Technologies Adds Executive Supporting TPM for the Retail Industry Expanding its World Class Talent Base to Help its Consumer Goods Manufacturers Improve the Return on Their Trade Spending Investment

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Phoenix, Ariz – July 20, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, is proud to announce that Kurt Kaiser has joined the company as Vice President of Business Development for the Trade Promotion Management (TPM) solution group. Kaiser joins AFS from Nielsen where he served in

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OnDemand Webinars: Efficiently Plan, Execute and Analyze Trade Spend – for Post Event Analysis with AFS & T-Pro

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T-Pro Solutions and AFS Technologies, organizations that provide industry leading software applications designed to more efficiently plan, execute and analyze trade spend, for Post Event Analysis. Join hosts, Shelley Fow, Solution Engineer, AFS Technologies and Jon Vasatka, T-Pro Solutions EVP Customer Success, as they share how to answer some of the critical business questions all

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AFS Technologies ranked Best-in-Class for Merchandising and Guided Selling by Promotion Optimization Institute in their 2017 Vendor Panorama for Retail Execution and Monitoring in Consumer Goods

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Phoenix, Ariz – July 19, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, is proud to announce its Retail Execution solutions have been ranked Best-in-Class for both the Guided Selling and Merchandising categories by the Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) in their just released Vendor Panorama for Retail

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AFS Fast Minute: The Pitfalls of Tribal Knowledge

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This is an AFS Fast Minute When we talk with warehouse operators, we hear a lot of pain around what we like to call Tribal Knowledge. This arcane practice is usually snippets of unwritten information that is generally unknown to most of the workforce. Tribal Knowledge is allowing a few key warehouse employees to set

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See How AFS and Microsoft Can Help You Achieve Digitally Transformed Retail Execution

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From embracing analytics to empowering field sales with better tools and information, Consumer Goods companies are using solutions from AFS built on the Microsoft platform to increase their capabilities in the marketplace and realize revenue potential. See how AFS and Microsoft can enable your organization to achieve digitally transformed retail execution and operate more effectively

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Your Invitation to Dinner with AFS Technologies at the IFDA Smart Conference

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Attending IFDA’s Smart Conference, July 16–18, in Chicago? The agenda has a core focus on leveraging marketing techniques/solutions throughout your sales and B2C channels, this will drive a lot of discussions and you will ask; How does this fit into our own business’ ecosystem? If you would like to extend those event conversations, AFS is

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Experience the User Conference OnDemand

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  Experience the AFS User Conference OnDemand, Join the event that hundreds of consumer goods companies attended to get insights into the leading supply chain solutions from trade and retail planning for manufacturers to supply chain execution for distributors. Click Here.

American Beverage Corporation and Harvest Hill are LIVE on AFS TPM v3.

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AFS Services Team Shines With Efficient and Timely Implementations. Phoenix, Ariz – June 19, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, is proud to announce the implementation of two new customers on its trade-planning software AFS Trade Promotion Management (TPM V3). Both American Beverage Corporation and

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T-Pro and AFS – Post Event Analysis Webinar Invitation

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T-Pro Solutions and AFS Technologies, organizations that provide industry leading software applications designed to more efficiently plan, execute and analyze trade spend, will be co-hosting a webinar on Tuesday July 18th from 2-3PM EST on the topic of Post Event Analysis. Registration is complimentary to industry representatives and time will be allocated at the end

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How Do You Deal With Year-End Accruals?

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With the close of each fiscal year comes the setting aside or the “accruing” of funds to account for prior year trade commitments that have not yet been transacted to the general ledger. Earlier this year, AFS Technologies reached out survey CPG Manufacturers about how prepared they feel to support their year-end accrual reporting. We

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Post User Conference Corporate Message

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The Annual AFS Technologies User Conference wrapped up late Friday in Phoenix Arizona and it has been noted by our customers and CEO, Joe Bellini, as a success. The message was loud and clear, AFS Technologies is a committed technology partner who continues to reinvest in the area of their business that drives the most

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AFS Opens Latin American Office in Mexico City

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AFS Technologies, as part of its global expansion footprint, has opened an office in Mexico City to serve the Latin American market with its purpose-built software solutions. AFS Technologies Mexico & Latin America Paseo de la Reforma 350-11 Col. Juárez, Del. Cuauhtémoc Mexico City 06600 Phone: +52 (55) 9171-1557  

AFS Technologies at the GOLBON Distributors Show

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Golbon presented a great opportunity for its members recently at the Golbon Spring Member Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  We at AFS Technologies got to engage with them and listen to their stories. The most common problem faced by the members is the task of improving their processes. Whether that meant additional training programs for sales

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OnDemand Webinar: ePoD Managing the Last Mile – Master the Business of Delivery

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Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePoD) from AFS is helping consumer goods companies master the business of delivery. With the development of new Digital Supply Networks that are superseding the traditional supply chain, the importance of the ‘last mile’ for manufacturers and distributors is now more in focus than ever before. Dynamic fulfillment and Intelligent, on

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AFS ePoD 2.0 for Android Allows Users to Master the Business of Delivery

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PHOENIX – April 13, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announces the latest release of its electronic proof of delivery (ePoD) application for Android®. AFS ePoD 2.0 for Android enables real-time delivery automation with paperless proof of delivery, ensuring food safety with the certainty that the

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AFS Technologies’ Jonathan Greene Named to the 2017 Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain

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  Phoenix—March 20th, 2017 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Jonathan Greene to its 2017 Food Logistics’ Champions: Rock Stars of the Supply Chain award. Jonathan Greene, Vice President of Customer Development – Supply Chain Division, AFS Technologies, Inc., has been a driving force at AFS Technologies,

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AFS DSD 2.0 for Android Offers New Look & Feel While Continuing to Perfect Delivery

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PHOENIX – March 17, 2017 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announces the latest release of its Direct Store Delivery (DSD) application. AFS DSD 2.0 for Android enables superior results across critical business processes such as route creation/selling and loading/delivery, along with reconciliation of all route

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Is Your Consumer Goods Company Losing Money Due To This Rule?

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The 1-10-100 Rule The rule explains how failure to take notice of one cost escalates the loss in terms of dollars. The 1-10-100 rule concept when applied to controlling the costs associated with software development and deployment, states; that it costs one unit of labor resource dollars to correct an issue at development (prevention); it

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AFS Foodservice Explainer Videos

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AFS Trade Promotion Management Foodservice (TPM Foodservice) is a closed-loop solution, including an easy-to-use contract management tool, full claim validation and settlement services, and data analytics. The robust system identifies claiming errors, ensures accurate payment processing and provides rich insights to drive high-performing sales strategies. The solution enables you to work faster and smarter while

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OnDemand Webinar: Gain the Advantage with Mobile in the Warehouse

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Warehouses are under more pressure than ever from supply chain demands, margin goals and regulations, even more so for Food and Beverage Distributors as perishable products need to move efficiently through and be traceable in the supply chain. Adding mobile functionality into warehouse operations has many valuable benefits. Read the WMS Tablet Application Article on

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Microsoft AppSource | AFS Retail Execution Solution Videos

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AFS Retail Execution, built on Microsoft Cloud technology, helps consumer goods companies operate more efficiently, deliver better-in-store executions, and gain insights for increased shelf share and profitability. The following brief videos illustrate how the solution can be used by Sales Associates, Merchandisers, Supervisors & Sales directors.

Five Attributes That Set Modern Retail Execution Teams Apart

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By Luke Shave, CPG & Retail Global Industry Marketing Lead, Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise Group; James Caudill, VP of Product Marketing & Channels, AFS Technologies on November 3, 2016 Suppose you’re a retail merchandiser who needs to check promotional compliance at five brick-and-mortar stores in your territory. This means prioritizing which stores to visit first,

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OnDemand Webinar: Winning At The Shelf – Microsoft | POI | AFS

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Many consumer goods companies suffer from in-store execution challenges, which inhibit their sales growth and position them as less-than-optimal trading partners by retailers. Many have come to see retail execution as a cost of doing business instead of a competitive weapon that can deliver the desired sales growth. However, new capabilities have emerged across the

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Join the AFS Opt-In Mailing List!

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  Our email communications at AFS are always professional and most importantly, valuable information about the consumer goods industry that affect the way you do business now and in the future. We are not your everyday vendor, we are purpose-built. This means you are getting communications from experts on thought leadership, white papers, webinars and

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