CPG Companies Drive Growth on Three Fronts
Faced with increased competition from new market entrants and private labels, consumer packaged goods companies are implementing growth strategies in three key areas, says Lora Cecere, research director at AMR Research. They are expanding into foreign markets and building global brands, introducing new products, and leveraging the extended supply chain to provide retailers and consumers with better-than-ever service. The road to transformation for these companies is far from smooth, however....
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Associated Food Stores Cooperative Deploys Warehouse Management System from Retalix
Associated Food Stores is replacing two legacy warehouse management systems in Montana with the TRICEPS solution from Retalix, and is expanding its use of the system at its headquarters distribution center in Salt Lake City.
Associated Food Stores is a cooperatively owned wholesale distributor delivering more than ...
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RFID Helps Eliminate Loading Errors at Walgreens DC
Pharmacy retail chain Walgreens has deployed an RFID system in its approximately 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Anderson, S.C., that alerts employees before they load a shipment on the wrong truck bound for retail locations throughout the Southeast. This has helped the company meet its goal of eliminating shipment loading errors and paperwork.
The deployment also enables Walgreens' warehouse management system to...
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Oco BI Solution Helps Welch's Manage Transportation
Oco BI Solution Helps Welch's Manage Transportation
Welch's, the food and consumer packaged goods company, is using its business intelligence solution from Oco to better manage its transportation needs. The solution's new reporting functionality reportedly allows increased collaboration with Welch's transportation carriers, and it provides Welch's with detailed analysis of fuel costs.
"After evaluating other BI products we selected Oco because we wanted a proven solution that will drive a rapid return and can be deployed within weeks," says Bill Coyne, director of purchasing and logistics for Welch's. "We are gaining greater visibility into cost-savings opportunities, which is especially important in light of rising fuel and transportation costs. Additionally, by extending Oco's reporting to our carriers, we are...
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As Roles Blur, Suppliers and Retailers Adjust
The world of consumer packaged goods is no longer marked by a clear division between manufacturers and retailers. Producers are getting closer to the end consumer, in an effort to improve demand forecasting and reduce out-of-stocks, while retailers are becoming manufacturers through private-label branding. Nari Viswanathan, research director of supply chain management with Aberdeen Group, reveals the reasons behind this dramatic shift, and talks about how CPG companies are fitting into their new roles. Both sides are struggling to make better use of point-of-sale information while improving notoriously inaccurate forecasts. Viswanathan also offers a report card on Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR), the joint industry effort that has yielded mixed results since its inception....
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Manual Distribution Process Goes Stale for Bread Maker
Alpine Valley Bread Company is a bakery headquartered in Arizona with 14 distributors who deliver products to approximately 200 separate locations of natural food stores and grocery chains, such as Costco. With the distributors visiting a growing number of sites each day, Alpine's manual process for delivering and ordering product was becoming cumbersome and inefficient.
Each distributor is responsible for managing the delivery and ordering of bread at each customer site. The distributor would take an order to a site, remove the...
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