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QC Software’s Approach to Reducing Waste in the Cold Supply Chain
Cold supply chains must be optimized to meet demand, reduce waste and improve safety. The Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides product visibility throughout the network for better planning, regulatory compliance and higher profit margins.
“Partners are leaving no stone unturned in their efforts to meet demand and contain costs. Distributors are building strategically located distribution centers to shorten delivery routes. Providers are taking advantage of automation to more quickly move product out the door. And they are utilizing advanced software applications to streamline the network,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a leading provider of warehouse control solutions throughout North America.
As distributors manage a larger product mix, they need a robust application to manage inventory as it moves from the farm to the supermarket. The Tier-1 Warehouse Control System accurately tracks product and exchanges information with ERP systems in real time, thereby providing visibility across the supply chain.
With access to current data, suppliers can operate in an agile environment. Because the Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides statistical data for trends, retailers can more accurately anticipate demand and plan accordingly. They can more readily respond to unexpected surges by filling orders from other locations. Better forecasting helps minimize waste and the costs associated with disposing of outdated inventory.
Accurate inventory tracking is essential for regulatory compliance. Government regulations are mandating that producers, distributors and retailers maintain detailed records in an effort to improve food safety. They should be able to track where and for how long product remained in cold storage or sat on the dock before being placed into a refrigerated unit. In the event of a product recall, companies can quickly pinpoint specific lot numbers and take the affected product off the market.
Introducing online grocery shopping presents new challenges. Additional transportation and labor costs reduce profitability. Recent failures demonstrate the need for greater agility. Companies have been consolidating distribution and concentrating on large urban areas to better manage this type of operation.
Integration of this large, complex network is essential. Producers, manufacturers, shippers, and retailers must coordinate delivery cycles to ensure freshness. The Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides the foundation.
QC Software is recognized as an industry leader in providing innovative and adaptive software solutions for order fulfillment and distribution centers. Their Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides advanced management capabilities for inventory control, resource scheduling and order management. For over eighteen years, QC Software’s solutions have enabled customers to streamline their warehouse operations with one of the lowest total cost of ownership records in the industry. Distributors realize increased system productivity and dependability.