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AFS Predictive Modeling Webinar Preview with Nielsen and SunnyD

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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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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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AFS Technologies Recognized as a Representative Vendor for Retail Execution Solution

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AFS has been recognized in Gartner’s 2016 Market Guide for Retail Execution and Monitoring Solutions for the Consumer Goods Industry[1]. Get a complimentary copy of report This report profiles leading vendors in the retail execution marketplace to help consumer goods companies use technology to significantly improve in-store selling activities, sales force productivity and retail collaboration,

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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.  

C-Store Data Visibility

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It is the standard scenario, a foodservice manufacturer produces product and ships it out through their distributor partners… then repeat. The problem is that the distributor is not the end customer and therefore the manufacturer is unable to create focused sales plans targeting their actual consumer, in this case C-Stores. Distributors can be asked to

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Making Sense of Operator Sales Data

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It is the standard scenario, a foodservice manufacturer produces product and ships it out through their distributor partners… then repeat. The problem is that the distributor is not the end customer and therefore the manufacturer is unable to create focused sales plans targeting their actual consumer, in this case C-Stores. Distributors can be asked to

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Introducing AFS ePOD [Video]

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Proof of Delivery is a method to establish the fact that the recipient received the exact contents sent by the sender. Instead of requiring drivers to maintain and submit physical paperwork every day – mobile, electronic proof of delivery (ePoD) solutions enable real-time, highly visible, paperless delivery, on time and clean invoice. ePoD can capture

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Top 5 Common Myths of Selecting an ERP Solution

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All distribution companies, regardless of size, need tools to manage their business. Some may feel spreadsheets handle the basics, while others use a simple billing system. The innovators in the group understand that an ERP solution is much more than a means to track business activity. The capabilities provided by ERP offer operational efficiencies that

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OnDemand Webinar: End of Trade Promotion Year: How to Avoid Surprises.

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In today’s webinar, Joel Cartwright the Director of Product Development for Trade Promotion Management Retail at AFS Technologies will be presenting this webinar on End of Trade Promotion Year: How to Avoid Surprises. What will you learn by attending this webinar? Improving year end accrual accuracy: • How much money do I need to set

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Positioning Your Sales Team to Win at the Shelf

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For manufacturers today, significant effort must be focused on “winning at the shelf.” Research—and retail sales numbers—prove that purchase decisions are influenced at the shelf more than ever before. Manufacturers are stepping up to take greater responsibility for the optimal presentation of their own products in retail outlets. This is seen as being vital to

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Customer Feedback from surveys after the AFS 2016 User Conference

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The following comments are all sincere feedback from our fantastic clients and partners about their experience at the AFS 2016 User Conference at the beautiful JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in April 2016. “Great location to hold the event! Well done!” “My overall opinion of the conference is very positive. The location

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AFS Phoenix BBQ Luncheon

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Joe Bellini, Todd Lawson and David Alberty are serving up BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, Potato Salad and Salad to the AFS Phoenix staff on this casual attire Thursday. Desert and drinks outside on a wonderful Phoenix day in late spring. Thanks to Patricia Hill, Kim Bender and Robyn Rieger for helping to pull it

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AFS TECHNOLOGIES EXPANDS TPM SOLUTION THROUGH AN INTEGRATED ANALYTIC ALLIANCE WITH NIELSEN

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AFS Integrates Nielsen’s Trade Promotion Optimization Solution within its Trade Promotion Management System Phoenix, AZ, April 5, 2016—AFS Technologies, the leading provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, today announced the expansion of their TPM solution through an integrated analytic alliance with Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN).  This alliance blends data from two leading analytic

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AFS Technologies® Introduces New Electronic Proof of Delivery for Distributors and Wholesalers

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New App Automates Track and Trace While Maximizing Delivery Driver Productivity PHOENIX – April 8, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, at its annual user conference today announced a new software called AFS™ Electronic Proof of Delivery (ePoD) to enable distributors and wholesalers to execute

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AFS Technologies® Extends Digital Image Recognition Functionality to Support the Perfect Store in its Latest Retail Execution Release

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Newest version focuses on high efficiency, accuracy and improved user experience   Phoenix, AZ – March 31, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, today announced the release of its upgraded AFS™ Retail Execution. The latest upgrade features several key enhancements to increase the efficiency, accuracy

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AFS Technologies® Enables Operator Coupons As a Strategic Growth Model for Foodservice Manufacturers

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Newest AFS Trade Promotion Management Foodservice Release Continues to Increase Productivity in Managing Trade Spend Phoenix, AZ. – April 4, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, today announced the release of its upgraded AFS™ Trade Promotion Management Foodservice (TPM Foodservice). The latest release helps foodservice

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Scenario Planning Provides Insight for CPG Industry

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As senior vice president of sales at Sunny Delight Beverages, Eddie Young understands that to be effective with the management of trade spending, you need to implement scenario planning to create an annual calendar of trade promotions. Young, who joined the Cincinnati-based beverage maker after it was spun off from Procter & Gamble in 2004,

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OnDemand Webinar: How Strategy, Automation and Control Drive Growth in Foodservice

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Join Sheryle Blasko, formerly a Business Analyst at Kraft Heinz Foods, as she looks at how four Tier 1 & 2 CPG companies use strategy, automation and control to drive growth in their foodservice businesses. Hear from Daniel Friedrich, Nestle Global Business Solutions Manager. Robert Krone, Director of Foodservice Finance at Dannon. John Kittle, Vice

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OnDemand Webinar: Machine Learning and Retail Execution

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With all the data available these days, the decision making process at all levels has become a cumbersome task. Only few people in each organization understand the relevance of the information gathered and are able to define the strategy to follow to be successful at the shelf. With Machine Learning, the process of analyzing great

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Scavuzzo’s Webinar – Warehouse Improvements – Increasing Accuracy & Efficiency

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Warehouse Improvements Using AFS WMS – Increasing Accuracy & Efficiency In this webinar, John Robba of Scavuzzo’s will talk with AFS’ Jordan Bullington, WMS Manager, about how Scavuzzo’s address the challenges of increased accuracy and efficiency in their warehouses. John will talk about how they train new employees and get them up to speed fast.

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AFS Technologies® 2016 User Conference Builds Customer Buzz for “Purpose-built” Software Strategy

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Manufacturers, distributors, logistics providers and sales agencies hear exciting announcements regarding software futures, alliances and capabilities PHOENIX – April 11, 2016 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, has completed another successful user group conference. Hosting 42 sessions over the course of two days, AFS demonstrated its

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Optimize Operator Incentives: Leveraging your Coupons to Improve End Location Customer Insights

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To drive growth in the highly competitive foodservice marketplace, manufacturers are increasingly looking to focus their efforts on operator growth.  The foodservice distribution model makes it almost impossible to understand the trends and purchasing patterns of the operator customer, which is critical to understand how to target and drive growth into those initiatives. AFS Technologies

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Beyond the Hype – The Real Role of Mobility in Consumer Goods

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A key aspect of mobility is to enable companies to process information as close to real-time as technology permits in order to support and facilitate rapid decision-making. Most companies know which information needs to be exchanged across associates, but only a few have a clear mobile strategy that is able to leverage a real-time architecture

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OnDemand Webinar: The Importance of Date Control in a Warehouse Management System

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Management of warehouse inventory with expiration dates is critical to the efficient operation of a warehouse facility and important in protecting bottom line margins. This webinar will cover date control with visibility for expiring inventory, date encoding and scanning to rotate oldest first.