CASE STUDY: Manufacturing

About Nueske’s

A third-generation company. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats is a specialty meat supplier in Wittenberg, Wisconsin, United States. The company produces artisan applewood smoked bacon, ham, sausage, and poultry. Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats are served at fine dining establishments, steakhouses, cafes, and bistros across the country. You can also find our products at specialty grocers and delis. Nueske Meats are also available for personal use via catalog at 

Nueske’s is an eight-time winner of the gold Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation (sofi) award from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade.

Why DocuWare

In 2019, CFO Mary White started discussing process improvement
to allow the company to scale up. Nueske’s set the goal to become less reliant
on physical pieces of paper.

Their previous processes:

  • Required manual three-way matching of vendor invoices,
    receiving documents, purchase orders, and subsequent payments advice.
  • Dissemination and routing of documents complicated by
    multiple physical locations.
  • Manual filing, retrieval, and look-up of vendor invoices and

Project Highlight

 50% Reduction in time spent in PO-related AP processing

“This implementation was enjoyable! The James Engineering Team had the ability to recommend industry best practices and guide us through the implementation”

~Gail Harder, Controller, Nueske’s

Why James Imaging Systems

What Nueske’s set out to find in a vendor:

A business partner, not just a vendor

A proven history of process improvement

Ability to consult on best practices, not just copy the current paper process in
digital form

How Nueske’s Uses DocuWare

  • Phase one was getting all Accounts Payable (AP) documents from both ERPs centrally stored in DocuWare.
  • Phase two leveraged DocuWare’s Workflow toolset to create a streamlined approval process, regardless of ERP.

Future DocuWare Uses

  • Use DocuWare to tie Capital Expenses to specific assets
  • Automate the Vendor On-Boarding:
      • Automated emails to new vendors
      • Links to Web Forms for Data CaptureCentralized storage for tracking