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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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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.   “No one business is

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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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Season’s Greetings Video Card 2016

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Season’s Greetings and Thank You to All Our Industry Friends and Family. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Have a Great and Happy New Year, See You in 2017  

2017 AFS User Conference – Practical Analytics for Everyday Decision Making

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  AFS is pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 User Conference is now open. AFS would like to personally invite you to participate in our two-day event themed, “Practical Analytics for Everyday Decision Making.” Applications that we use to run our businesses should not only automate and integrate workflow across departments, customers, and

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WMS Tablet Application

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December 4, 2016, Phoenix, Ariz. — For today’s warehouse operation, spending less time in an office and more time on the warehouse floor, with the inventory and trailers being received and shipped, means improved data accuracy and labor efficiencies. Before mobile devices existed, critical data was written down on paper, then keyed in later at

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OnDemand Webinar: Chicken Express, Benefits of Implementing AFS WMS Enterprise

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Change is difficult but necessary for people in business, without change you can’t grow. Building structure around how change is tested and implemented aids efficiencies. Process improvement is meant to be continual. For a Warehouse it is critical that change is done smoothly with the least amount of disruption and the benefits are significant. Chicken

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AFS Implements ERP and Order Management Solution at Foodservice Distributor

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AFS Technologies Successfully Implements ERP and Order Management Solutions to Expand Texan Foodservice Distributor’s Efficiency and Effectiveness PHOENIX – October 7, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announced the successful go-live of its AFS™ ERP and AFS™ Order Management System (OMS) for Laptop and Web

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Gehl Foods – Customer Spotlight Case Study

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Driving Business Performance Through Brand and SKU P&L – Dan Lord, IT Manager for Gehl Foods presents the Customer Spotlight at the 2016 AFS User Conference. Gehl Foods successfully implemented AFS TPM Foodservice and AFS G2 Analytics.  

Super King Markets ERP (Case Study Conference Track)

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Super King Markets presented a customer spotlight workshop at the 2016 AFS User Conference entitled, “From the Flintstones to the Jetsons.” Before they came to AFS they described some of their operation processes as “in the stone age” they wanted to get faster and modernize their systems. This entire organizational transformation, how they went from

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Experts Dispel Myths Around TPM

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Optimization is limited to strategic or annual planning modeled at the regional level or across top-tier retailers. “Applying predictive analytics as part of the trade promotion management lifecycle will drive the desired business optimization.” AFS Technologies Joe Bellini, CEO Reality: Optimization techniques have historically been used by consumer goods manufacturers to analyze terabytes of data

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TPM In The Highly Competitive Consumer Goods Marketplace

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In the highly competitive consumer goods marketplace, trade promotion management (TPM) solutions have become a must to optimize and control trade spend. As software partners enhance TPM capabilities, the software runs the risk of becoming too complicated for end-users to adopt.   When implementing a TPM solution, often the VP of Sales makes the configuration

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Myth: Retail Execution Applications Are Synonymous With Sales Force Automation

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Retail execution technologies are moving beyond the automation and audit function of field sales and merchandising to where they now provide functionality that transforms the way consumer goods companies manage retail activities. It’s moved from automating key priorities at the store to optimizing processes and expanding the ability to monitor key indicators such as category

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OnDemand Webinar: Predictive Modeling with SunnyD using Nielsen Data

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At the “2016 POI” TPM Conference, the final session on Friday was packed with Manufacturers looking to get insights into how Sunny Delight Beverages were winning with trade spending and the ability to forecast lift for future streamlined success.   Sunny Delight Beverage, Co. was looking for a way to predict the lift of a

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Trade Promotion Management Leader AFS Technologies Predicts Market Growth in FY17

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AFS Technologies (www.afsi.com), has experienced significant growth in the past two years and predicts continued growth as the company enters fiscal year 2017. Joe Bellini, CEO of AFS Technologies, shared how developing robust end-to-end trade promotion management software solutions, AFS Trade Promotion Management (TPM) Retail and Foodservice, has been a driving force for the company’s

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AFS Predictive Modeling Webinar Preview with Nielsen and SunnyD

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Please register for Predictive Modeling using Nielsen Data with Client Guest Sunny Delight Beverage on Sep 7, 2016 10:00 AM PDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6296567017477049603 Introducing an exciting new concept in trade planning and management, a low risk, cost effective approach to Predictive Analytics incorporating Nielsen Data. Sunny Delight Beverage is currently successfully utilizing this capability. For

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Keeping Up with AFS ERP Financial Reconciliations

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Managing monthly financial account reconciliations can be an arduous task, but with a few fundamentals in place, it can be very manageable. Every company needs to balance its books, but how that is done can either be a smooth disciplined process or a drain on business time and resources. This Powerpoint presentation by AFS will

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AFS Retail Execution Software For Manufacturers Featured in Microsoft AppSource Store

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AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announced their retail execution solution is one of the first apps to be featured in the new Microsoft AppSource, a new destination for business users to find and try out line-of-business SaaS apps from Microsoft and its partners. “AFS was pleased

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Making Cent$ with Data Overload

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In todays’ highly competitive consumer space, Manufacturers are often disadvantaged to succeed in a “do more with less” environment. The margins are often so narrow that staying within them is a feat for only the worthiest of financial contortionists. So what is the key to staying alive in this dynamically competitive game of cat and

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Myth: Optimization Is Limited To Strategic Or Annual Planning Modeled At The Regional Level Or Across Top Tier Retailers

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Optimization techniques have historically been used by consumer goods manufacturers to analyze terabytes of data to predict the likely outcomes of future trade promotions as part of their strategic and annual planning cycles. These techniques are now evolving to where they can provide close to real-time insights given recent advancements in the field of predictive

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Driving New Opportunities with Direct Store Delivery (DSD)

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Technology developments have the potential to redefine ‘business as usual’. In the right hands, powerful mobile devices, connected to high-speed networks, can drive innovative approaches so Direct Store Delivery (DSD) practices are crisply executed, store-aligned, and consumer-centric. Greater brand presence at the shelf showcases products for shoppers, strengthens category presentation, and accurately reflects strategies set

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OnDemand Webinar: Is Your Business Providing Services To Meet The Needs Of Your Customers?

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Prospecting: Services or Price? Which provided services build dependencies with your customer types? How do you maximize your profitable sales potential? How do you streamline the complexity of order entry? How do you synchronize your orders across your sales channels? Customer Engagement:  How to build dependency with provided services. These and other questions will be

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New App Automates Track and Trace While Maximizing Delivery Driver Productivity

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Companies that deliver on paper are missing the key advantages of real-time communication and automation. With today’s strict standards for track and trace, extending the automated processes beyond the warehouse to the time of delivery is the next logical step. Knowing the right case was delivered to the right stop at the right time is

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AFS Technologies Recognized as a Representative Vendor in the Gartner Market Guide for Retail Execution and Monitoring Solutions for the Consumer Goods Industry

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AFS Retail Execution Evaluated for its Activity Optimization, Collaboration and Data Analysis Features and Functionality Phoenix, AZ – July 11, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announced the company has been recognized as a Representative Vendor in Gartner’s 2016 Market Guide for Retail Execution and

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Foodservice Trends and Transitions – A Year in Review

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Bob Goldin, Executive Vice President of Technomic, a leading research and consulting firm servicing the food and foodservice industry, spoke to participants at the 2015 AFS user conference about the direction of foodservice and some of the key drivers of change. A year later much of what Bob shared has come to fruition and continues

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It’s Time To Evaluate Your ERP System

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It is time to evaluate if your ERP system and see if it is keeping up with today’s fast-paced business environment. First-generation systems, while stable and reliable, have their limitations. If your system requires costly manual processes and workarounds to meet your business needs or if migrating to a new system would improve your business

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OnDemand Webinar: Managing Warehouse Inventory with Status

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In the warehouse product is always, even if you don’t have a process established, in some kind of status; Spoiled, Expired, in QC, in Production or various other stages. Regardless of the perishability of your product it is important for efficiency to have a system in place. What will you learn from this webinar? This webinar

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AFS Duluth Employee Appreciation Luncheon

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May 20th, 2016, AFS Duluth, GA, employees enjoyed a catered company lunch this week. BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad and Salad.   Thanks to Barbara Coleman for pulling it together, it was enjoyed by all.  

How to Ensure Your TPM Implementation is a Success

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The measure of intelligence is the ability to change. – Albert Einstein Change management is one of the most difficult challenges an organization faces. It stokes apprehension of the unknown and a resistance to a potential workload increase without the balanced benefit of end-state upsides. How organizational leaders introduce change dramatically impacts its success. This

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AFS Partners with Tier One Manufacturer to Drive Operator Insights

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AFS was contacted by a leading beverage manufacturer to help them establish a way to gain insights into their operator customers by monitoring coupon usage in their foodservice channel. Their main motivator was to micro-target customers to alter spending behavior without having to commit to long-term trade funding. Coupons, like other trade spend, permanently drive

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C-Store Data Visibility [Infographic]

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  Foodservice manufacturers struggle with having clear visibility into their C-store channel business. By applying a more robust data management system, there can be quicker and deeper insights that can help target sales campaigns and drive overall growth. Learn more about C-Store Data Visibility.