Inventory Management for Perishable Goods Distribution

Dealing with perishable goods creates a tricky supply chain environment.  Where excess or insufficient inventory levels can be a problem for any distribution vertical, food distributors face a make or break situation when it comes to inventory management.

“When all the butternut squash comes off the vine in late summer, we don’t want to end up with more than people will use,” Matthew Reich, Vice President of Operations City Harvest, New York food distributor. “With our inventory management tools, we can make the decision to accept or refer a donation based on facts—real-time information stored in Microsoft Dynamics GP. Today, our food managers have access to inventory and outstanding sales orders and can see our current need and forecast our future need.”

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For 30 years City Harvest has been distributing food to New York City’s needy.  The food distributor delivers more than 42 million pounds of food in a year.  In order to manage their supply chain, employees, inventory, distribution fleet and reporting, City Harvest uses Microsoft Dynamics GP.

“We can inform virtually every department through reports built with Smart List Builder in Microsoft Dynamics GP,” says James Safonov, IT Director at City Harvest. “Staff can better match supply with need and vice versa.”

As if inventory management for perishable goods was not hard enough, City Harvest see its business double in December.  With a cloud based solution like myGPcloud, distributors with a dynamic seasonal changes can easily scale their solution up and down and save money when times are slow thanks to convenient monthly pricing.

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