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Navigating COGS in Manufacturing

Discover how the cost of goods sold (COGs) impacts food manufacturers and how shifting to automation can optimize costs and efficiency.


Staying ahead in the market isn't just about the quality of the products you produce; it's equally about the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of your production processes.

A key metric all manufacturers should care about is their products' Cost of Goods Sold (COGS).

Simply put, COGS refers to the direct costs attributable to the production of the goods sold by a company.

This includes the materials and labour costs directly used to create the product. In food manufacturing, managing COGS isn't just important—it's crucial for survival and profitability.

A deep understanding of your costs is a major challenge facing many in manufacturing, particularly when a manufacturer lacks automation and digital solutions connecting data throughout the operation.

Here are some pain points and challenges associated with hesitating to adopt technology to help understand COGS

Increased Labor Costs: Manual processes require more manpower. With rising labour costs, not automating can lead to significantly higher COGS.

Inefficiencies and Waste: Without automation, processes are slower and more prone to error. This leads to wasting materials and time and directly increases the COGS.

Scalability Issues: Manual operations can limit the ability to scale up production efficiently during peak demand, impacting revenue and cost per unit.

Data Inaccuracy: Manual data entry and tracking can lead to errors, affecting inventory management, forecasting, and, ultimately, cost management.

Embracing Automation for Better COGS Management Transitioning to automation and digital solutions offers numerous benefits for managing COGs in food manufacturing

Reduced Labor Costs: Automation reduces the need for a large workforce, directly impacting labour costs. Technology also enables your workforce to do more of the high-impact activities that help generate more profit.

Efficiency and Consistency: Automated processes are faster, more consistent, and less prone to errors, ensuring better use of materials and time.

Scalability and Flexibility: Digital solutions can easily adapt and scale according to demand changes, ensuring operational efficiency.

Accurate Data for Better Decisions: Automation provides precise, real-time data, aiding in better decision-making and forecasting, ultimately leading to optimized COGS.

Integrating new technologies such as IoT devices, AI-powered analytics, and cloud-based production management software helps cut down direct costs and provides a strategic edge.

Businesses become agile, data-driven, and better equipped to face the dynamic nature of the food industry.

For food manufacturers, adopting automation and digital solutions is not just a leap toward innovation but a necessary step to stay competitive and profitable.

Reducing and understanding COGS while enhancing product quality and production efficiency is key to thriving in today's market. As the industry moves forward, those who embrace these changes will undoubtedly lead the way.

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