Digital Record-Keeping: Three Reasons for Leaving the Manual Age Behind

By Steven Burton

Going electronic saves companies time and money, but, most of all, it helps a food business upgrade its food safety practices to protect consumers who purchase their products. The very idea that the manual way of doing things — pen and paper — is a smart business decision is a thing of the past. But how electronic companies are changing their company culture to adapt, ranges widely. Merely going electronic — i.e., doing things almost the same way, only swapping Word documents and email for paper files and snail mail — is not enough.

It’s not easy to make the argument to change the way something has been done for decades, especially when those changes come with a price tag. But the reality is that, as a food manufacturer, you can save hundreds of hours per year by converting your manual records and reaping the huge benefits of automation technology. This process, although it may be intimidating at first, has some significant long-term benefits.

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