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Craft breweries run a challenging business. From sourcing quality yeast, malt and hops, to developing new and exciting recipes, to distribution and hospitality – they have to maintain uncompromised quality, control costs and run productive operations.

If they create new products, they need to do so efficiently in alignment with consumer preferences and get them into markets before competitors do. Regulatory compliance and quality standards drive the need for control and process transparency. These activities rely on complex supply and distribution mechanisms, extensive production and storage equipment and facilities, and the ability of managers and workers to take the right actions. Their decisions need to consider information from multiple sources to be reliable and strategically sound.

As breweries begin to grow in size and sophistication, they encounter an increasing need to customize and keep adding features to home-grown systems until it becomes a collection of feature integrations making the entire software complex to use.

Why industry specific software for craft brewers?

To fill in gaps created by the existing systems, craft brewers are increasingly adopting industry specific software that comes with brewing specific functionality. Industry specific software centralizes and covers every aspect of the craft brewing business and allows for easier brewery planning by managing production processes, accounting and financials, sales order fulfillment including brewery-specific reporting.

Industry specific software makes it possible for craft beer companies to gain the intelligence, visibility, and control that enables them to produce top-quality products and grow their market share and revenue. It also helps them to minimize the risks and overhead of compliance and quality management. Industry specific software tailored to the craft beer industry can help brewers keep up with the pace of business and stay ahead of the competition, all while maintaining quality, managing beer recipes, tracking barrel-aged beers, sales revenue by brew and much more.

Industry specific software encompasses IoT

Industry specific software is the most effective, economical, low risk, and scalable way to harvest and analyse data from multiple sources. With sensors throughout your process connected to the internet of things (IoT), you can have more exacting control of each stage of brewing, packaging and shipping. These sensors may be inside fermentation vats, bottling machinery, warehouse or shipping dock. IoT also facilitates better maintenance of your equipment. If you want to give brewers, purchasing agents, maintenance teams, warehouse employees, or distribution workers mobile access to applications and data, the cloud makes this possible, no matter how many users are involved or which devices they prefer.

We know beer

As a complete brewery management solution for craft brewers, Columbus provides an industry specific solution that spans the entire enterprise, automating finance, sales operations, customer relations, procurement, manufacturing and warehousing capabilities you require to run an efficient, agile operation.

By combining industry knowledge with efficient technology solutions, Columbus enables craft brewers, large and small, to enhance quality and time-to-market through digitization-driven flexibility and scalability.

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