5 Things Food and Beverage Companies Should Look for in a WMS
October 22 2019
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beverage companies are under constant inventory stress, much more than other
CPG industries. You’re looking at strict control and safety requirements,
limited shelf lives, increased regulatory scrutiny, and much more.
to get the warehouse support you need to keep things rolling and customers
happy, but not just any old system will do. Today, there are food and beverage
WMS tools available that know your industry and requirements, simplifying your
reporting, delivery, production, and fulfillment needs.
To help you
select the right WMS, we’ve taken a look at five essential considerations for
food and beverage companies looking to build out their tech stack.
1. Smart Record Keeping
beverage inventory controls are your best option to protect your business.
Keeping records and responding to changes or issues can help you avoid
spoilage, expiration, and other conditions that ruin products or generate
and beverage WMS is designed to monitor and record all of your products based
on their specific needs, showing that items have remained in safe conditions
throughout your production, supply chain, and delivery to the final customer.
Plus, you can automate actions like reports and alerts when something is
outside of defined parameters.
notifications of temperature rise for a crate or pallet ensures a safe
lifecycle for your operations and can help you maintain compliance. No matter
who needs the data, we’ll help you track it, record it, and provide it.
2. Advanced Sensor Support
beverage WMS support must be heavily tailored to your products and supply
chain, especially if you take on some of the manufacturing efforts yourself.
Features that companies like yours should look for must include traceability
and tracking to manage expiry dates and unique requirements at every location
in your operation.
temperature data from the dock to the cooler and then out the door onto refer
trucks is necessary to keep your products, customers, and reputation safe. In
the digital world, many partners also request this data, so your food and
beverage WMS should use EDI and other data technologies to make sensor
information capture and sharing simple.
you track and protect all of your goods with sensor and other data support, and
then move you a step further with all of your retail compliance needs such as
labeling, documentation, GS1, and more.
3. Corrective and Preventive
Process ToolsFood facilitates,
including many warehouses, are required to have systems that keep product
inventory safe. The FDA breaks down these requirements
along categories such as hazard analysis, corrective and preventative actions,
and many conditional elements that point to specific hazards around food, its
processing, and storage.
beverage WMS tools should be able to help you maintain these policies and
demonstrate them to regulators. The FDA looks for evidence that can be
contained in reports, which Made4net makes easy to generate and review.
determine a new corrective action to be taken and tracked, our platform is
there to help you implement it and record it. Real-time supply chain visibility
that we provide can also be used to support your QA activities, especially for
inventory management, shipping, FIFO, and overall recordkeeping.
4. Unique SKU and Retail Tools
your business often requires working with retailers to develop specific
offerings and shipments. Sometimes that can be a custom packaging or kit that
combines multiple products, while others may want different shipment sizes or
quantities for distinct locations.
such requirements across each customer location and managing them manually
introduces significant chances for errors. And, in these cases, mistakes can
mean returned products and shipments, delays in fulfillment, and angry phone
Let us help
you avoid all of that with retail automation tools that are flexible enough to
adapt to each customer’s needs and dynamic to respond to the problems or
challenges that can arise each day. We’ll give you the tools needed to develop
and track unique SKUs and product combinations without missing an inventory
5. Multiple Distribution
When one of
your competitors fails to deliver on time, you want customers to turn to you to
pick up the slack and help that retailer avoid empty shelves. Being flexible to
your customers’ needs and partner demands can help you maintain a reputation as
a reliable partner who can fill gaps that unexpectedly arise.
food and beverage WMS provides you with dynamic routing and transport
management tools that integrate with flexible inventory allocation rules,
making it easy for you to see what you have and can mobilize at a moment’s
notice. Prioritize immediate needs while still meeting your standard and
expected order volumes.
inventory tools ensure that you’re restocking with plenty of lead time,
allowing you to scale up and reduce stockout concerns. Your
business deserves a complete food and beverage WMS that gives you some of the
most potent tools available while keeping dashboards and reporting easy for
everyone to see and understand. Make the most of your inventory and be the best
partner in your supply chain by adding Made4net’s WMS
solutions today. Ready to learn
more? Contact Made4net for
a free demo using food and beverage data.