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Make Better Purchasing Decisions

Craft brewers don’t necessarily have “almighty purchasing power,” but a Material Requirement Planning tool can help! Competition in the craft beer market as well as environmental limitations have pushed brewery’s hop contracts to be made years in advance. In addition, changes in vendor practices can sometimes catch you by surprise. Typical fluctuations in raw material availability, such…

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Flexible Scheduling Software for Breweries

VicinityBrew’s Calendar Provides Flexible Scheduling Software for Breweries. While you are considering more fermentation tanks to keep up with increased production demands, you may want to consider using a software solution to enhance planning and scheduling efforts. Manually controlling the flow of information is feasible at low levels of production when you’re still wearing multiple department…

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Excel is Not Actual Brewery Management Software

Most breweries start off with Excel as their primary brewery management software. Excel is easy to use, cheap and most people know how to use it. In the beginning, those are all really great things. However, as a brewery grows, Excel starts to get in the way. Many brewers find that what once worked well for…

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How Breweries Can Prepare for Supply Chain Disruption

Keeping a finished product mix available for consumers is one challenge; but how does the craft brewer respond on the front end of brewery supply chain – when a raw material shortage threatens overall production? Keeping your craft beer supply chain flowing is just as difficult as finding the perfect brew. You must coordinate the…

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11 Killer Sessions with VicinityBrew Clients at CBC 2015

With over 200 sessions, meetings, and events planned for CBC 2015, it may be hard to narrow down what content you will want to focus on in Portland. But we are here to help! This blog will spotlight 11 killer sessions not to be missed in Portland. These highlighted sessions happen to be curated by…

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4 Tips on Shopping for Brewery Software

Selecting a brewery software can feel like a daunting task. Making a choice can quickly become overwhelming and frustrating if you have not given real thought into what your brewery needs. Before you go out and register for brewery software demos, here are four tips to help the evaluation go much smoother. Identify if there is a…

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Balancing Labor Resources To Improve Operational Efficiency

Every organization is constrained by the resources that are available to them. Utilizing those resources effectively is a major key to success. How much beer you can brew and get out the door is constrained by labor resources, raw material availability and equipment scheduling. The ability to optimize any one of these can make a…

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Microsoft Brewery Software

What the heck is Microsoft Dynamics®?

If you are running a brewery, whether it’s a start up or a large brewery, you probably know that an accounting/distribution system is necessary to keep your business growing. Your brewery needs a software system to manage financials, reporting, daily operations, and more. VicinityBrew Software integrates with Quickbooks Online® for the smaller breweries who aren’t…

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Leveraging Excel Pivot Tables for Brewery Data Analysis

Business intelligence tools are a great resource for any organization to review raw data. Helping companies to mine, process, and report data points to enhance your ability to analyze results and come to a balanced conclusion. There are a number of solutions available offering varying scales of BI functionality. The most basic way to gain…

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Production Scheduling by Recipe

A common challenge for breweries is production scheduling. If only the production schedule could group different products that use the same recipe, even though they may be different finished good items, brewers would be able to gain efficiency by creating larger batches. In brewing, multiple finished products can be made from the same recipe. A…

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