Supply chain risk is a serious concern with serious consequences for many manufacturers and distributors. You may have a plan in place when your suppliers can’t deliver, but how well do you know your supplier’s suppliers? The deeper your supply … Read more

 

According to a survey by Kantar Retail, General Mills and Procter & Gamble tied for the top spot on the ranking of top consumer packaged goods supply chains. Several well-known businesses made the list and one was even nudged off … Read more

 

Gearing up for the intense holiday shopping season required many manufacturers and distributors to ramp up activities.  An increase in production may put your business to the test.  However, with a strong business management solution, you can increase volume, product … Read more

 

Manufacturers and distributors rely on technology to streamline procurement, order fulfillment, and inventory management processes.  Accurate data is critical when scheduling production and distribution activities in order to meet customer demands.  As the pace of business increases, you need to … Read more

 

A recent study of North American food manufacturers by TR Cutler, Inc. revealed an interesting and complex relationship with enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions.  In an industry facing thinning profit margins and expanding SKUs, food manufacturers indicated that they need … Read more

 

How do you get vine-ripened tomatoes to the market before they spoil? As quickly as possible.  Whether grocery stores, food services, or big box merchants are relying on you for fresh produce or shelf-stable food and beverages, you have to … Read more

 

Manufacturers and distributors are looking for ways to improve warehouse operations and are increasingly turning to technology.  Advances in warehouse management solutions (WMS) and rugged handheld devices can reduce the time spent performing physical counts of inventory, can speed up … Read more

 

It may seem as though a supply chain disruption is one of those costs of doing business or just another problem faced by manufacturers.  Supplier problems can be lead to production delays, unhappy customers, and can put an unexpected dent … Read more

 

Manufacturers and distributors may have hundreds to thousands of inventory items to manage.  You need to maintain enough inventory to satisfy customers and prevent stock-outs without needlessly overstocking shelves.  Keeping tabs on so many items can quickly become time consuming … Read more

 

Collins_Distribution Quiz_July 2014Every distributor is looking for more good customers – customers that enjoy your products and services, place recurring orders, and pay on time.  It is more efficient to nurture long-term relationships than spend the time to look for and engage … Read more

 

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