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Kehe Food Distributors Acquires RedPrairie Supply Chain Suite, With Goal of Boosting Warehouse Efficiency

Kehe Food Distributors has picked up the E2e Supply Chain Suite of software vendor RedPrairie Corp., a specialist in applications for warehousing, transportation and labor management. Kehe is a distributor of specialty foods to more than 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states. According to RedPrairie, the new software replaces Kehe's custom legacy systems. The company plans to implement the tools at its main distribution center in Illinois, as well as in a series of forward distribution centers. The goal is to maintain complete visibility over product at all locations, both in storage and in transit. Kehe is seeking improvements in lot and date control, truck loading, productivity and freight costs. "Even though we have a high degree of automation in our distribution centers, we want improved product visibility and accountability in order to stay at the forefront of our industry," said Scott Cousins, Kehe's chief information officer. E2e will allow for real-time monitoring and feedback on operating efficiency. The software includes variable aging of inventory based on location or zone (frozen, refrigerated or ambient), country-of-origin tracking, customer-specified packaging, labeling and handling, and temperature-based zone loading and monitoring. Founded in 1952, Kehe sells a wide variety of organic, natural, ethnic and other specialty food products. In another company announcement, RedPrairie said its WMS and Workforce Management applications now include features and billing options to support third-party logistics providers. The tools support all of the functions required to optimize a multi-client distribution center. User-defined billing options cover such tasks as receipt check-in, putaway, picking, loading, storage and value-added services. Among the users of the software is Interstate Warehousing, a provider of public refrigerated warehouse services in North America.
Kehe Food Distributors: http://www.redprairie.com
3PL Applications: http://www.redprairie.com

Kehe Food Distributors has picked up the E2e Supply Chain Suite of software vendor RedPrairie Corp., a specialist in applications for warehousing, transportation and labor management. Kehe is a distributor of specialty foods to more than 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states. According to RedPrairie, the new software replaces Kehe's custom legacy systems. The company plans to implement the tools at its main distribution center in Illinois, as well as in a series of forward distribution centers. The goal is to maintain complete visibility over product at all locations, both in storage and in transit. Kehe is seeking improvements in lot and date control, truck loading, productivity and freight costs. "Even though we have a high degree of automation in our distribution centers, we want improved product visibility and accountability in order to stay at the forefront of our industry," said Scott Cousins, Kehe's chief information officer. E2e will allow for real-time monitoring and feedback on operating efficiency. The software includes variable aging of inventory based on location or zone (frozen, refrigerated or ambient), country-of-origin tracking, customer-specified packaging, labeling and handling, and temperature-based zone loading and monitoring. Founded in 1952, Kehe sells a wide variety of organic, natural, ethnic and other specialty food products. In another company announcement, RedPrairie said its WMS and Workforce Management applications now include features and billing options to support third-party logistics providers. The tools support all of the functions required to optimize a multi-client distribution center. User-defined billing options cover such tasks as receipt check-in, putaway, picking, loading, storage and value-added services. Among the users of the software is Interstate Warehousing, a provider of public refrigerated warehouse services in North America.
Kehe Food Distributors: http://www.redprairie.com
3PL Applications: http://www.redprairie.com