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Vertical Markets:
Food & Beverage
Food Distributors supply fresh, frozen, processed and prepared foods and those food groups can be dairy, poultry, fish, meat, produce and baked goods. Distributors can be broadline, they sell to many customers and specialists, they sell to a particular type of customer or a particular type of food. Customers can be institutions, restaurants, or grocery stores.

Logistics is the primary focus of these distributors as getting food items from producers to the various customers can be very complex. Speed and accuracy is critical. The newest technology is using RFID tags to track product movement through the supply chain.

Food and Beverage processors face numerous challenges in their day-to-day operations in today's marketplace. These challenges often present themselves in the form of rapidly changing raw material prices, USDA restrictions & difficulties, health & contamination issues, distribution & volume deficiencies, lack of product diversification and operational inefficiencies. Often these challenges are imposed from outside the operation by third parties, such as increased slotting charges and competition for shelf space.

Food & Beverage Distribution Software Directory

Absolute Value
Absolute Value: Forecasting and Replenishment
Absolute Value Food & Beverage
Food distributors face long lead times for frozen and canned goods, typically purchased in truckload quantities. They often use public frozen warehouses which close and relocate frequently. Depending upon the item, the forecast may roll up based on a food category, and recurring short-term demand regularly drives weekly forecasts. Learn more...
Advanced Distribution Partners
Advanced Distribution Partners: Advanced Distribution Microsoft Dynamics® AX
With demand dependent on consumer preferences and demographic trends, it is crucial that distributors of alcoholic beverages have a clear, timely view of inventory and accurate business intelligence. In order to make quick, informed decisions, you need a solution that can be deployed efficiently. Using a solution from Advanced Distribution Partners enables your employees to access up-to-the-moment data on site and remotely. Whether they are in the warehouse pulling product for orders or on the road placing orders for customers, they will have a full, accurate view of inventory. Learn more...
Blue Ridge Blue Ridge: CLARITY Replenish
Food & Beverage
CLARITY drives dramatic inventory reductions by managing each item individually at every location, improving service as well. Smarter safety stocks, economic buying cycles, solid demand forecasts, lead time forecasts and seasonal forecasts are just the start. Profit opportunities are abundant by increasing gross-margin with optimized deal forward buying and smarter promotional planning. New item management will deliver a discipline as well as better service with lower inventory. Learn more...
Demand Management, Inc. Demand Management, Inc.: Demand Solutions
Food & Beverage
Demand Solutions aids producers in new product launches, meeting seasonal shifts in demand, and in transitioning to new container sizes as retailers hold the line on prices by offering smaller packages. Learn more...
NetSuite, Inc.
NetSuite, Inc.: NetSuite Wholesale/Distribution Edition
The #1 Cloud-Based ERP/Financial Suite for Wholesale Distribution Companies
The NetSuite Wholesale Distribution Edition is the only cloud-based integrated business suite for wholesale distribution.

Solution enables:
Monitor and manage your business with the ultimate customizable business dashboard, featuring built-in best practices for
wholesale distribution.
Convert leads to orders, orders to shipments and shipments to revenue with NetSuite's advanced warehouse, inventory
management and order fulfillment capabilities.
Gain a real-time, 360-degree view of your customers and provide better customer service through NetSuite's seamless integration
of CRM with financials and other back-office systems.
Grow revenues, enter new markets and improve channel partner engagement with tools for partner relationship management (PRM).
Manage webstores and online business with NetSuite's ecommerce solution, which is tightly integrated with your accounting,
fulfillment, inventory, CRM, PRM and more. Learn more...
ProSoft Business Solutions ProSoft Business Solutions: SAP Business All in One for Wholesale Distribution
Food Service
Service, speed, cost and visibility is what determines success. From lot traceability to route profitability, ProSoft and SAP understands your industry. The largest Food Service companies are running SAP and achieving their performance goals and realizing real economic value. ProSoft is bringing the SAP tools, technologies and value to all Food Service distributors, not just the big guys. Learn more...
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.)
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.): S2K Enterprise Software
S2K Enterprise for Food Distribution is a total food management solution that gives distributors the tools they need to reduce costs, enrich customer service, improve decision making and maximize efficiencies throughout the organization. Learn more...