Food and Beverage for Distributors White Paper

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The Top 9 Best Practices for Food & Beverage Distributors

Planning for Food and Beverage distributors is complex. Every day, buyers deal with the challenges of:

  • Waste due to expiration and spoilage
  • Constantly evolving product lines
  • Customer service issues
  • Uncertainty around promotions and major events
  • Varied purchasing rules
  • Growth of online sales channels such as Amazon
  • Inventory shortages and surpluses
  • Network of DCs, warehouses, customers, and suppliers
  • Lost revenue and lower margins dues to unbalanced plans

Recently, distributors have started being viewed as a strategic partner since their unique position in the supply chain provides greater industry visibility due to their many and diverse upstream and downstream relationships. Distributors bridge the gap between manufactures and retailers because they are exposed to data coming from both ends of the supply chain.
By following these best practices for end-to-end planning, you will be on your way to optimizing your supply chain and manufacturing operations, minimizing waste, improving customer service, and maximizing profitability.

“Vanguard Software was able to improve our forecast accuracy by over 50%!”

VP of Supply Chain, Global Pharmaceutical Company

Platform Features

Collaboration Hub

Social media-style communication feed allows users to collaborate across teams - even tag objects and people.

Mesh Network

Fast and reliable data transfer ensures you are never slowed down by your network.

Monte Carlo Simulation

Compare hundreds of scenarios in seconds. Generate forecasts with higher confidence levels and superior risk transparency.

Consumable Analytics

Gain visibility and foresight with our easy-to-read consumable analytics. Let our AI engine recommend next steps to ensure best practices.

In-memory sandbox

Play with what-if scenarios in-memory. Feel confident about your next steps before committing plans to the database.

Object-Oriented Database

Real-world modeling, flexibility, and reliability are just a few of the benefits of an object-oriented database.

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