Executive Briefings

Brewing Supply Chain Transformation at Caribou Coffee

Four years ago, Caribou coffee's supply chain was managed with spreadsheets. Their only method of gauging demand was the order-fill numbers of product leaving the warehouse - basic replenishment. The team knew they were missing a big opportunity - accurate visibility to drive a more efficient operation, right-size inventory, improved customer service, as well as the expansion of product sales. The supply chain team also knew they were faced with a lot of risk. Could they respond to demand variability?

Historically, Caribou managed approximately 200 SKUs. Today, Caribou has more than 600 finished product SKUs. It quickly became apparent they could not manage this level of growth on spreadsheets.

Caribou decided it was time to take the company's supply chain in a new direction. This included a greater focus on supply chain innovation and investing in supply chain technology. The team decided it was time to acquire a supply chain solution which could help them manage their many supply chain components. They started with demand planning, inventory planning, and replenishment planning, along with all the performance management functionality to drive their success. They evaluated several supply chain solutions before they found a great fit for their growing company.

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Keywords  supply chain management, supply chain solutions, supply chain systems, inventory management IT, inventory control, performance metrics, performance monitoring

Historically, Caribou managed approximately 200 SKUs. Today, Caribou has more than 600 finished product SKUs. It quickly became apparent they could not manage this level of growth on spreadsheets.

Caribou decided it was time to take the company's supply chain in a new direction. This included a greater focus on supply chain innovation and investing in supply chain technology. The team decided it was time to acquire a supply chain solution which could help them manage their many supply chain components. They started with demand planning, inventory planning, and replenishment planning, along with all the performance management functionality to drive their success. They evaluated several supply chain solutions before they found a great fit for their growing company.

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Keywords  supply chain management, supply chain solutions, supply chain systems, inventory management IT, inventory control, performance metrics, performance monitoring