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TECHNOLOGY

SIMPLIFYING DISTRIBUTION
by Nico Roesler

A PHONE RINGS. A retailer is
short on product and eager to let
someone hear it. The questions
and accusations start flying.
Chaos sets in.
This is the production facility's
distribution nightmare. But it can
be avoided with today's advanced
distribution systems. Through
automation, producers can easily
track shipment and delivery from
beginning to end and, if there's
an issue, provide customers with
process schedules and order
fulfillment data.

Stay synced from the start
Production scheduling is critically linked to order fulfillment,
especially when order volumes
change day to day.
Eric VandenBerg, director of
customer solutions and product marketing for Harvest Food
Solutions, said one of the biggest
challenges with fulfillment and
production involves forecasting.

It's crucial to maintain proper
inventory needed to prepare for
upcoming sales, promos, new
product releases, weather events
and holidays.
In many cases, he says, companies admit there is a constant
battle between what sales wants
and what production can make.
"This battle usually leads
to over-or-under production,"
VandenBerg says. "In either
case, you never want to run out
of ingredients or packaging.
That means you pay for expedited shipments, or, worse, you
stop production."
Harvest Food Solutions offers
an application tailored to a
facility's daily needs. Its scheduling model is designed to
accommodate the high volume,
batch processing and fast-paced
environment that commissaries demand.
From the start, producers
should be able to focus on

Technology is only as
good as its users."
Eric VandenBerg, Harvest Food Solutions
customer service. Marc Braun,
president of Pcdata USA, says
producers compete in the market
in part by staying agile when it
comes to order fulfillment and
customer service.
"That translates into their customers being able to order very
late; up until they're supposed to
be getting their order, they can
make pretty significant changes,"
Braun says.
Pick to Light is Pcdata's solution for producers that fill complicated orders for a large range
of delivery points and with any
number of stock-keeping units.
Pcdata also created technology
that automatically scans picked
orders as they get moved. If a

product is loaded onto the wrong
truck or into the incorrect freezer,
an alarm sounds.
"Certainly, in the beginning
when we upgrade bakeries, we
hear these alarms go off all the
time," Braun says. "When they try
to load a stack onto it, but that's
not the truck where it's going.
You can correct the situation and
load it onto the right truck."
Then, once a delivery truck is
loaded, operators have an automatically generated load manifest
with details about everything on
that vehicle. He said this eliminates human transcription errors
on paper, and operators know
exactly what's going where.

Route accounting systems that use color-coded displays can prevent errrors before they occur.
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One key aspect to creating
traceability across a facility is
scalable technology that works
cooperatively with other parts of
the operation. Each system in a
facility can run independently but
still integrate, VandenBerg says.
Harvest Exchange, or HeX
moves data, migrates legacy systems and interconnects systems
into the Harvest Cloud network.
Cloud applications provide access
to data anytime, anyplace. Mr.
VandenBerg explained that this
technology opens the door to
seamless and secure unification
of an entire ecosystem of order to
cash management, production resources and customer integration.

PCDATA USA

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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019
Editor’s note - Perimeter power
Contents
The Wire - Kroger taking Apeel produce nationwide
Nielsen: Supermarket growth strongest on perimeter
Study says beef is the grocery sales champ
Walmart expanding Delivery Unlimited
Plant-based big with clean-label consumers
The fresh advantage
How much tech?
Bakery - Now trending
ARTISAN CHOCOLATE
Deli - Dining dilemma
DELI “MEATS”
Meat & Poultry - Premium cuts
Lamb
Produce - PACKAGED PRODUCE
Specialty fruits and vegetables
Seafood - VALUE-ADDED
Food Safety - Packaging matters
Commissary Insider
EQUIPMENT - DEPOSITING WITH SPEED, ACCURACY
SPOTLIGHT - VALUE-ADDED PRODUCE
TECHNOLOGY - SIMPLIFYING DISTRIBUTION
OPERATIONS - EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Product Showcase
Advertisers
Fresh Takes
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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Editor’s note - Perimeter power
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Contents
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - The Wire - Kroger taking Apeel produce nationwide
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Study says beef is the grocery sales champ
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Plant-based big with clean-label consumers
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - The fresh advantage
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 9
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 10
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 11
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 12
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 13
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 14
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 15
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 16
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 17
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - How much tech?
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 19
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 20
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 21
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 22
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 23
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Bakery - Now trending
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 25
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 26
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 1
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 2
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 3
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 4
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 5
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 6
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 7
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SK - 8
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 27
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - ARTISAN CHOCOLATE
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 29
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 30
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 31
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Deli - Dining dilemma
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 33
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - DELI “MEATS”
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 35
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 36
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 37
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Meat & Poultry - Premium cuts
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 39
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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Lamb
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 43
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Produce - PACKAGED PRODUCE
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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Specialty fruits and vegetables
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 49
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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 51
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Seafood - VALUE-ADDED
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Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 55
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Food Safety - Packaging matters
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 57
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 58
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 59
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 60
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - EQUIPMENT - DEPOSITING WITH SPEED, ACCURACY
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 62
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 63
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - SPOTLIGHT - VALUE-ADDED PRODUCE
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 65
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - TECHNOLOGY - SIMPLIFYING DISTRIBUTION
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 67
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 68
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 69
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - OPERATIONS - EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 71
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Advertisers
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 73
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - Fresh Takes
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 75
Supermarket Perimeter - October 2019 - 76
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