Dot Foods utilises ERP software to reduce food supply chain costs
The largest foodservice redistribution company in the US, Dot Foods, has selected International Business Systems’ (IBS), Dynaman yard management tool to reduce costs in its food supply chain.
Dot Foods, a $5.5 billion company headquartered in Illinois, offers 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and delivers them in less-than-truckload quantities to distributors in all 50 US states. It selected IBS Dynaman and its customised yard management application to meet the growing needs of its nine distribution centres.
Unlike other companies, Dot Foods possesses a fleet that carries dry goods, frozen and refrigerated foods on the same truck. It also consolidates products from many suppliers into single deliveries to distributors. These unique approaches give distributors the advantage of having to make just single deliveries to restaurants in a given day, thereby reducing traffic and congestion, especially in urban areas.
Troy Schenk, Warehouse Systems Manager at Dot Foods, said: “Our expertise lies in our work supplying distributors with less-than-truckload quantities so they can reduce inventory and increase turns.
“IBS is helping us realise new efficiencies with yard management tools that give us additional visibility into our operations and also reduce costs.”
IBS Dynaman’s Yard Management application is based on a state-of-the-art visualisation tool that renders a customer’s dock and yard in an easy to understand, graphical representation. Users can then simply click on a truck and drag it to its destination, and IBS Dynaman will direct the yard activity, ensuring all moves are performed via direct communication with the Yard Jockey, or users can configure the advanced logic engine to initiate the best trailer moves needed to support the warehouse operation.
The application also directs and records routine yard activities like Trailer Audits, Trailer Prep, Refer Fuel/Temperature Settings, and more.
Tim Conroy, General Manager of the Americas at IBS, said: “We are honored to add Dot Foods to our roster of premier clients making a significant impact on the supply chain. Dot Foods brings a precision to its work supplying the food and beverage industries, and IBS Dynaman will help maximise efficiency in its distribution centres.”
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP, WMS and supply chain distribution software solution provider.
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Gartner: CEOs Want Their CSCOs to Focus on Cost and Digital
Chief Supply Chain Officers (CSCOs) will be expected to double their efforts in cost optimisation and digital transformation if they are to best support the short and long-term growth of their businesses, according to CEOs surveyed by Gartner.
The research and advisory firm surveyed 199 top executives from supply chain intensive industries between July and December 2020. It found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, the pandemic has shifted the focus dramatically away from undefined innovation projects towards concrete goals to bring resilience and control to their value chain.
Around a fifth (17%) of business leaders said they want their supply chain chiefs to gain greater control over spend and cost saving, while 16% believe they should dedicate their efforts towards supply chain resiliency - both in response to the impact of the pandemic.
“CEOs are tasking their CSCOs to focus on navigating through the ongoing disruption and ensure business continuity,” said Thomas O’Connor, Senior Director Analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice. “This includes dealing with pandemic-related lockdowns in key markets, supply chain shortages – as seen in the semiconductor industry – and challenges with the global flow of goods and increasing distribution costs.”
Supply Chain Digital Transformation Must be More Targeted
With 60% of those surveyed expecting an economic boom by the end of 2022, CEOs are also tasking CSCOs with redefining their transition to digital. The majority of respondents (80%) indicated they would be increasing year-on-year incitement in technology, but will aim to move away from nebulous digital transformation projects, instead focussing on targeted initatives.
CEOs said they need their supply chain chiefs to identify where and how digital can best support the business within the context of their specific industry or organisation. Areas most commonly cited were ecommerce/ebusiness (16%), customer interactions (9%), data analytics (9%) and customer experience (7%).
CSCOs must Prepare for Pandemic’s Impact on Business Change
More than two thirds of executives surveyed by Gartner said the pandemic had been a pivotal moment in realigning their business, with 79% expecting the outbreak to leave a lasting and transformational impression on the behaviour of society, and their organisation and individuals.
“Already, a range of companies have committed to social responsibility and sustainability goals – a huge integration challenge for supply chain leaders that manage global networks,” O’Connor added. “This means supply chain leaders need to establish metrics and goals for themselves and their partners, and ensure their targets are met across the whole value chain.”
This represents an enormous challenge for CSCOs, who will be at the forefront of managing and defining the evolution of their own organisations, as well as those of their supply ecosystem and partners throughout the value chain.