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.
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