Optimizing Food & Beverage Distribution Supply Chains Across the Globe
Descartes not only has the flexibility and industry expertise to support the unique needs of food distributors, but also provides solutions to help your company boost productivity, improve asset utilization, increase margins, ensure product integrity, communicate in real-time and maximize customer retention and service while, ultimately, growing your business.
See How These Key Industry Challenges Are Met:
- Ensuring Product Integrity and Security
- Meeting Regulatory Compliance
- Addressing Increased Competition
- Increasing Productivity/Lowering Operating Costs
- Managing Lower Margins
Food and Beverage Case Studies
Bake Five, a consortium of industrial bakeries providing more than 26% of the Netherland's fresh bread products, has improved retail supply operations with Descartes' cloud-based Messaging Gateway service. "Bake Five's successes have driven us to enhance the quality and reliability of our own services. Our expertise in streamlining communications between retailers and suppliers has enabled us to enhance our offering with solutions that automate and standardize critical processes to help make this community more effective and efficient."
Barry Callebaut Group, a Zurich-based manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, selected Descartes' transportation management system. The solution will help them reduce costs and administrative effort across their international supply chain with enhanced electronic processes to better manage shipments, carriers, lanes and lead times.
Coca-Cola Korea redesigned their sales and distribution processes through the use of the Descartes Sales & Territory Planner™ and was able to overhaul its operations in 20 months to improve efficiencies and customer service.
Colruyt Group is a major player in Europe's retail network. The group operates a number of leading retail brands, such as its discount supermarket chain. Colruyt chose Descartes' EMCS declaration module to help it comply with EU regulations on movements between EU member states of excise goods under duty suspension.
Delta Mossel, one of the largest mussel and oyster suppliers in Europe, has automated its operations with electronic communication that meets the compliance requirements of its retail customers using a combined solution from Descartes and partner, Schouw Informatisering.
Edward Don & Company required greater visibility into driver activity on the road and a more effective way to reduce the number of miles driven and hours that drivers spend on the road. Edward Don has seen a dramatic boost in productivity, and a reduction in both miles driven and hours on the road since they impemented the Descartes solution.
Hala Supply, a Descartes authorized reseller, implemented Descartes routing solutions in their trial area, Dubai. The Descartes route planning solution is a unique service that bases its processes on multi-level GPS maps of GCC cities.
Java needed their food distribution processes be traceable. This required an implementation of an automated production and distribution process. Descartes WinRoute™ was best suited for the specific needs of the food distribution organization, including: cold-chain management, regionalized vehicles, traceability, fleet management and automated geocoding.
Jumbo Supermarkten, a leading grocery retailer in the Netherlands, expands its outsourcing relationship with Descartes for its entire order-to-cash messaging process. Descartes' cloud-based Messaging Gateway provides Jumbo Supermarkten with reliable supplier connectivity and secure communications exchange that drive operational cost savings.
Lift Off Distribution the third largest Red Bull Energy Drink distributor in the U.S., is using the Descartes Route Planner™ RS solution to enhance its private fleet operations. Lift Off Distribution is attaining better levels of customer service and greater operational efficiencies by optimizing distribution territories, route plans and delivery frequency across a variety of customers. Read Press Release.
Magnus Fine Wines organized its distribution tours manually. With about 250 deliveries to plan every day, this was a tremendous amount of work. “Descartes' route planning software offers many advantages. We can handle more deliveries and can accept last-minute orders until 30 minutes before delivery planning is complete. We also have better control of deliveries that can be printed and provides us with real-time visibility of the status.”
Piller's Sausages and Delicatessens is a family-owned foodservice distribution company delivering high quality European deli, smoked meats and sausages to customers across North America. As demand for Piller's products increased, dispatchers had to add new stops to its fixed delivery schedule and ensure that loads were balanced. These tasks were done manually and became increasingly difficult to accomplish as the business grew. By using Descartes sequencing functionality to create engineered routes, Piller's has significantly reduced time and miles spent on road.
Radishbo-ya, a leading Japanese producer and distributor of fresh, organic vegetables to homes and supermarkets, has deployed Descartes Route Planner™ and Descartes Mobile™. "We're pleased that we're helping Radishbo-ya improve its customer service through advanced route planning and mobile technology,".
S. Bertram deployed Descartes Route Planner™ On-demand to optimize routing and scheduling for the their fleet. Now drivers start each day with a map of their route, giving them an exact plan versus the old system of "just winging it."
Schweppes organized their distribution planning process manually, which was both time consuming and very inefficient. With a seasonal peak in the summer months, Schweppes consistently commits to delivers within 48 hours, on the basis of orders received by fax, e-mail, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or phone. As soon as an order is put into the system, data is imported into the Descartes WinRoute™ solution, which then computes and calculates planning and delivery needs for the day.
Sligro Food Group encompasses food retail and foodservice companies selling directly and indirectly to the entire Dutch food and beverages market. Sligro Food Group has selected Descartes Excise Movement & Control System (EMCS) solution to manage electronic declarations for excise shipments.
Stewart Foodservice had little visibility into delivery status or changes that occurred throughout the day, including those caused by unpredictable weather conditions, customer no shows, dock waiting time, changing traffic patterns or customer delays. "Descartes offered an affordable and practical fleet management solution." While exceptions were previously reported at the end of the day, dispatchers now have real-time visibility to the drivers and know their exact route plan status upon arrival at each stop. This means customer service levels are high since more specific and direct answers can be given regarding ETAs or issues that might have occurred.
Tony's Fine Foods selected Descartes Perform™ for Food. The solution enabled them to have real-time communication, including electronic signature capture, to replace the standard industry two-part invoice and the vast resources dedicated to processing these documents.
US Foods needed to improve efficiency to keep up with growing demand. With a rapidly expanding footprint and thousands more daily orders, paper-based invoicing was simply taking too much time. Descartes Perform for Food™ was implemented to help reduce, and in some cases eliminate, paper and paper-based order management processes.
WAWA a provider of fresh produce, ready-to-go salads and deli products to customers in five states in the US. Wawa had unique fleet management challenges, their deliveries could not be made between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. and drivers needed to reach their destinations within two-hour time windows. Wawa decided to leverage its long-established relationship with Descartes by implementing Descartes Automated Vehicle Locator™ (AVL) service into its direct distribution operations.