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Mobility Can Save the Sale

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Every consumer goods manufacturer loves a hot selling product—so do retailers and consumers, for they make it a reality. But a disruption in its availability can have an impact on missing a loyal customer, a sale or both. Mobility helps empower field sales reps to ensure this never happens. The job ‘retail execution’ plays in

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Product Traceability in the Warehouse

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How much inventory do we have on hand? Where is it? Where did it come from? Where is it going? Just a few questions a warehouse manager is constantly asking and wants the answers at their fingertips so they can make the right decisions before the cycle repeats. The AFS Warehouse Management System (WMS) platform

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Investor Panel discussion

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Jonathan Feeney, CFA, Athlos Research and Andrew P. Wolf, Managing Director, BB&T Capital Market shared their thoughts on the industry. They both felt the CPG industry is responding to the economy’s low interest rates and investors’ demands by returning cash to stockholders and focusing on cost containment. But this is impacting growth. In fact volume

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Retail is Dead. Or Is It?

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Is retail really dead? This is the topic covered by the keynote presenter, Douglas Stephens, at the CGT Sales and Marketing Summit 2015. Stephens, author of The Retail Prophet, stated there is a 23% year-to-year increase in ecommerce growth. However it is not all rosy. There is a challenge is with delivering purchases as quickly

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A Day in the Life of a Mobile Field Rep

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In the consumer products industry, the shift to mobile computing is having a profound effect—particularly among the field teams responsible for managing customer relationships and growing sales. Here’s why. Mobile applications are easy to use. They can be easily integrated with other operational systems. And they provide direct and fast access to information that can

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Furmano Foods Selects AFS for Trade Promotion Management

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Foodservice industry expertise and unique end-to-end solution—to deliver greater visibility into complex trade spend processes Phoenix, AZ – June 25, 2015 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software and services purpose-built for consumer goods companies, today announced Furmano Foods has selected AFS Trade Promotion Management Foodservice (TPM Foodservice) to better manage their foodservice

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AFS Technologies Cited in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms Report

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Phoenix, AZ – May 4, 2015 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software and services purpose-built for consumer goods, today announced  AFS Data Discovery (formerly Discovery G2), an end-to-end  data visualization and data discovery solution, was cited in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, February 2015 report (1). AFS was

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Chicken Express Restaurant Chain Relies on AFS Technologies to Power Distribution Center Operations

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Scalable Warehouse Management Solution Helps Longtime Customer Maximize Expansion Opportunities Phoenix, AZ – May 11, 2015 – AFS Technologies, a leading global provider of software and services purpose-built for consumer goods, has continued to support the evolving operations of longtime-customer Chicken Express. With more than 200 restaurant locations and a new state of the art

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AFS is a proud sponsor of the CGT Sales & Marketing Summit 2015

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As a sponsor of the CGT Sales & Marketing Summit, AFS is looking forward to seeing clients and future clients and share more insights about our “Closed-loop Sales and Trade Planning” platform. The event takes place on June 1-3 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. In the consumer goods industry, success begins and

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AFS Technologies is proud to be a sponsor of United Fresh 2015

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AFS is proud to be a sponsor of United Fresh. We are looking forward to seeing clients and future clients at the event and share more insights about our supply chain platform. United Fresh will take place on 08-13 June 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. United Fresh 2015 is the industry’s major destination event—the place where leaders go to

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AFS is proud to be a sponsor of Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) Geneva 2015

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AFS is proud to be a sponsor of POI Geneva Summit. We are looking forward to seeing clients and future clients at the event and share more insights about our “Closed-loop Sales and Trade Planning” platform. POI Geneva will take place on 12-13 May 2015 in Geneva – Switzerland. The Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) brings together

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AFS Technologies Announces New CEO with 32 Years of Executive Experience with Technology in the Consumer Goods Industry

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Continued Focus on the Delivery of Software and Services Purpose-built for Consumer Goods Companies AFS Technologies, the leading provider of software and services purpose-built for consumer goods companies, announced today that Joe Bellini has joined as Chief Executive Officer.  Bellini joins AFS from One Network Enterprises, where he led the company’s market expansion into multiple

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Can You Afford to Ignore Analytics in the Warehouse?

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Industry discussion about Big Data and analytics has drawn a lot of hype, but there’s no mistaking that these two technology applications are more than just a passing trend. A recent Grocery Manufacturers Association report, Formula for Growth: Innovation, Big Data, and Analytics, noted CPG companies that understand “how to improve their analytical maturity, competencies, and

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OnDemand Webinar: Flexibility and Innovation in Retail Execution

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If you are interested in the topic of Retail Execution and especially in what kind of innovation will shape it in the near future, you should definitely not miss this one.   Some topics covered: Understand industry best practices for optimizing retail execution activities Learn more about the benefits of an integrated in-store image processing and

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AFS Technologies Voted #1 Customer Relationship Management Company by The Annual Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Readers’ Choice 2015

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   Phoenix, AZ– January 26, 2015 – AFS Technologies, (AFS) the global provider of solutions purpose-built for consumer goods companies, has been voted #1 in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and will be recognized within several other categories of the Best in Class Top List of Providers in the Annual Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) Readers’ Choice 2015.

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CGT Study Explores the Human Element of Trade Promotion Management And The Missed Opportunity Hidden In The Data

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Phoenix, AZ– January 6, 2015 – AFS Technologies, (AFS) the global provider of solutions purpose-built for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, teamed with Consumer Goods Technology (CGT) to explore the human element of TPM and better understand how well systems are actually being used and by whom to manage trade spend and deductions. The study

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AFS TECHNOLOGIES EMPOWERS GROCERY BROKER WITH MANAGEMENT SOLUTION DESIGNED FOR SALES AGENTS

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Phoenix, AZ, Dec 30, 2014 – Slattery Marketing, the largest volume independent corporate brand grocery broker in the New York-New Jersey area, has chosen to implement a comprehensive web-based ERP and database management solution from AFS Technologies, Inc. Designed specifically for the unique needs of Sales Agents, the AFS GenWeb™ and AFS Data Exchange solutions

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SOLUTIONZ INC. TURNS TO AFS TECHNOLOGIES’ SALES AGENTS SOLUTIONS TO ELIMINATE MANUAL PROCESSES

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Phoenix, AZ, Dec 30, 2014 – Solutionz Inc, a brokerage servicing all COSTCO distribution centers, has selected to partner with AFS Technologies, Inc. and adopt its AFS GenWeb™ solution. Established in 2011 and based in Temecula, California, Solutionz Inc. operates eight satellite office throughout the United States. The strategic decision to implement a web-based ERP

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AFS Technologies Recognized on “Food Logistics FL100+ List”

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Food Logistics, based in Fort Atkinson, WI, recognizes AFS Technologies, for its supply chain solutions on its 11th annual FL100+ List  Phoenix, AZ– December 29, 2014 – AFS Technologies, the only global, end-to-end solution provider to the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, today announces that it has again been recognized by the Food Logistics in

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AFS Technologies Acquires The POP Company, a Mobile Sales Force Automation Company Based in China and Singapore: AFS’ CPG Customers Gain Full Support in Asia Pacific

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December 2, 2014, Phoenix, AZ: Today, AFS Technologies Inc. announced it has completed the acquisition of The POP Company (TPC), the premier provider of cloud-based sales force automation and retail execution solutions with customers in Asia, Australia , New Zealand and Russia. “This acquisition of TPC and its impressive roster of CPG clients represents a

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AFS Technologies Partners with Trax Image Recognition to Provide Real-Time Retail Execution Solution

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Phoenix, AZ September 15, 2014 — AFS Technologies, a global leader for sales force and store execution solutions, and Trax Image Recognition, a leading provider of in-store shelf monitoring and execution solutions based on image recognition, today announced an agreement that will allow both parties to co-market their solutions as a complete, integrated product suite.

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Justin’s Goes Nuts for AFS Technologies’ TPM Retail Solution

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Phoenix, AZ August 13, 2014 — Justin’s, a pioneer in the natural food industry and producer of organic and all-natural nut butter spreads, has chosen AFS’ TradePro Retail solution to strengthen its ability to optimize trade spend, reduce their increasingly complex work effort, and gain powerful insights into promotions to support their rapid growth across North

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AFS Technologies Launches DataPro

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Phoenix, AZ August 5, 2014 —  AFS Technologies today announced the recent launch of AFS DataPro, a robust data integration mapping service that delivers cleansed, mapped and standardized claim and velocity data. DataPro is designed to empower any manufacturer with the ability to handle increasingly complex identifier issues, frequent formatting miscommunication challenges, as well as match incorrect

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Converting to New AFS TradePro™ TPM Solution in Stages Provides Rapid Results and Speedy Implementation for Snack Manufacturer

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Phoenix, AZ May 21, 2014 — AFS Technologies, the leading provider of business enterprise and on-demand software solutions for Food, Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods industries, has helped thousands of companies replace Excel® in favor of its integrated Trade Promotion Management (TPM) technology—but perhaps never as rapidly as with snack manufacturer Popcorn, Indiana. In a

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Solutionz Inc. Turns to AFS Technologies’ Sales Agency Solutions to Eliminate Manual Processes

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Phoenix, AZ, May 13, 2014 – Solutionz Inc, a brokerage servicing all COSTCO distribution centers, has selected to partner with AFS Technologies, Inc. and adopt its AFS GenWeb™ solution.  Established in 2011 and based in Temecula, California, Solutionz Inc. operates eight satellite office throughout the United States. The strategic decision to implement a web-based ERP

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Gartner, Inc. “Vendor Panorama for Trade Promotion Management in Consumer Goods”

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Phoenix, AZ April 28, 2014 — In the new report, Vendor Panorama Trade Promotion Management (TPM) in Consumer Goods, 2014*, Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, evaluates the current TPM marketplace and offers an in-depth analysis of the leading vendors in the space, including AFS Technologies. The report is designed

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AFS Technologies Strengthens its TradePro™ Foodservice Offering with Robust Reporting Features and Complete User Interface Facelift

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Phoenix, AZ April 14, 2014 — AFS Technologies, the only provider of full service business enterprise and on-demand software solutions for the foodservice industry, announces a new version of its AFS TradePro™ Foodservice platform. The integrated solution simplifies and automates the complex layers of Foodservice trade investments providing manufacturers with visibility into claims, contracts, settlements

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Lucerne Foods Selects AFS Technologies to Automate and Analyze Trade Promotions

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Phoenix, AZ April 9, 2014 – Food and beverage manufacturer Lucerne Foods has selected to implement the AFS TradePro™ Retail and Discovery™ G2 Data Discovery tools from AFS Technologies.  Lucerne Foods operates more than 18 manufacturing plants spanning a breadth of categories and is a division of Safeway Inc., one of the largest food and

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A Myth: Product recalls are bureaucratic nightmares

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As recalls become increasingly common in today’s complex, global marketplace, consumer goods producers, manufacturers and distributors can no longer afford to provide goods without traceability. In recent years companies have faced bankruptcy because of lost revenue, hefty fines from the FDA, incalculable brand damage, and a month or more spent recalling products. To find out more, download our whitepaper by

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Scenario Planning – the key to effective Trade Promotion Management

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Trade promotion management (TPM) is the process of planning, budgeting, presenting and executing incentive programs which occur between the manufacturer and the retailer to enhance sales of specific products Scenario planning is the variable that businesses face when a retailer introduces a new opportunity for a promotion, needs to fill a vacated promotion or wants

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Helping your field force achieve the Perfect Store

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There is no doubt that a vigorously planned and executed Perfect Store plan can lead to retail activity acceleration. But “Perfect Store” is these days a very widely used term by different companies and industries. While everybody has a strategy which contains Perfect Store elements, there might still be elements which can improve it. Having tens

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AFS Technologies’ New Warehouse Management Systems 2014 Platform Supports GS1 Standards and Produce Traceability Compliance

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Phoenix, AZ, March 10, 2014 – AFS Technologies, a leading Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) software developer for the Food, Beverage and Consumer Goods industries, is pleased to announce the newest release of its AFS WMS platform. The 2014 AFS WMS solution offers multiple voice picking enhancements, complete Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) functionality and includes integration

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AFS Technologies Continues to Strengthen its Consumer Packaged Goods Expertise with the Addition of Jim Christen

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Phoenix, AZ, March 3, 2014 – AFS Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of business enterprise and on-demand software solutions for the Food, Beverage and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industries, has appointed Jim Christen as Chief Revenue Officer. Mr. Christen assumes his position effectively immediately and will be based at the Company’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix,

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Signature Brands Selects Trade Promotion Management Tool from AFS Technologies

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Phoenix, AZ, February 27, 2014 – Signature Brands, a manufacturer and marketer of dessert decorating products, will adopt the TradePro™ Retail Enterprise Trade Promotion Management (TPM) solution from AFS Technologies, Inc.  Based in Ocala, Florida, Signature Brands “makes every day special” for their consumers with their extensive line of Betty Crocker® and Cake Mate® dessert

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Court Square Capital Partners Announces Majority Investment in AFS Technologies

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Phoenix, AZ February 18, 2014 – AFS Technologies, Inc., a global leader in software solutions for the Consumer Packaged Goods industry (CPG), including the Food and Beverage segment, today announced that Court Square Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm with over $6 billion under management, has acquired a majority interest in AFS.  This investment

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Baker’s Express LLC Adopts AFS ERP and AFS WMS Solutions to Improve Efficiencies in Distribution

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Phoenix, AZ February 4, 2014 – Baker’s Express LLC, a distributor of bread and baked goods to the supermarket industry, will adopt multiple tools from the AFS Technologies, Inc. product suite, including AFS ERP and AFS Warehouse Management System (WMS) to reduce manual processes and gain operational efficiencies and accuracies.  Baker’s Express is a cross

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Perfetto! Italian Pasta Manufacturer Teams Up with AFS Technologies

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PHOENIX, AZ, January 20, 2013 – AFS Technologies, Inc. is pleased to announce Rana Meal Solutions has selected to implement the AFS TradePro™ Retail Trade Promotion Management (TPM) software system.  Founded in Italy, Rana Meal Solutions is the leading producer of pasta and sauces throughout Europe and recently expanded operations and distribution into North America.

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AFS Technologies Acquires 100% of Visicom to Strengthen its Global Leadership Position for Mobile Computing

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Phoenix, AZ, January 13, 2014 – AFS Technologies Inc., the leading provider of integrated business software solutions for Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Food & Beverage verticals, has completed the acquisition of Visicom, a leading provider of Retail Execution and Direct Store Delivery (DSD) solutions in Europe. The acquisition of Visicom provides AFS Technologies with

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McLean Marketing Partners with AFS Technologies for its Suite of Sales Agency Solutions

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Phoenix, AZ, November 20, 2013 – McLean Marketing, an established foodservice brokerage, has selected to partner with AFS Technologies, Inc. and adopt its AFS GenWeb™ solution.  Established in 1986 and based in Bergheim, Texas, McLean Marketing proudly serves and supports high-quality foodservice manufacturers in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. The strategic decision to implement a

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