Inventory Control System for a Food Distributor Overview:
A mid-sized food distributor that produces, packs, and ships goods across the United States, came to us in search of a better way to manage the growth of their operation. The food industry requires food businesses to maintain high quality control of the products produced and shipped from the company. The food distributor had complied with the regulations with their tracking current system, but as they moved forward, business owners realized the task would become more complex.
Lacking a management software:
As a distributor of frozen and packaged foods, the company relied heavily on knowing the product’s origin and its new shipping destination, as did this meat processor. Before meeting with EMS, the company utilized paper tickets to track their inventory. Then the employees would manually use Excel to track the inventory’s whereabouts, when the ticket moved through the warehouse. Unfortunately, this process created a long-term dilemma for the business, as employees would use valuable time re-tracing the food ticket’s steps, to find its origin. Ultimately, this created a headache for operations and slowed the company’s processes and efficiency.
Tracking with Flowtrac Software:
They wanted a solution that would solve their immediate inventory problems but would also grow and expand with them to handle other areas of the business in the future. FlowTrac would be able to handle their immediate need: track finished product as it’s stored in multiple warehouses, and monitor it as it is shipped out. This is a very basic function in the software, so minimal setup and configuration was needed.
However, the client wanted to be able to expand the system in several ways over the coming months. They needed a software that would integrate with their Peachtree accounting system. We have had several clients use FlowTrac integration with Peachtree, so we knew this would be a successful fit in that regard as well. While the client was only looking to track the finished goods for now, they also wished to expand into tracking their production processes, so they could track source of origin for each package as well as the stages that went into creating it. Again, this would simply require another module from FlowTrac to monitor Work in Process.
FlowTrac Return on Investment:
FlowTrac’s system allowed auto-integration to the business’s accounting system, which cut set-up time. Additionally, the food distributor received and a quick return on investment with the systems co-integrating. Long-term though, the expandability of FlowTrac was a critical factor in the owner’s decision making, as described earlier, the software would allow pre-shipment tracking and management – a new process for the company.
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