The mass distribution sector

The mass distribution sector is subject to many standards and regulations, imposed by the government as well as the distributors.
Hyper- and supermarkets require suppliers to comply with quality standards, lead-times, costs and traceability standards. This is even more true for manufacturers of the retailers' own-brands.

The products have specific management requirements:

  • management of fresh and frozen products, with storage and order picking in cold rooms or rooms with controlled temperatures
  • management of dates (UBD, SBD, BBD) and FIFO policies to reduce out-of-date products to a minimum
  • upstream and downstream traceability with batch tracing numbers and SSCCs
  • ability to deal with different weights
  • efficient pallet and full-case preparation

The quality of the traceability system is crucial, since it determines the efficiency of the product recall procedures in emergency situations. The traceability system can be implemented so as to group together the batches of raw materials which make up the end-product, in order to assess the direct impact of a non-compliant batch.

Logistics challenges

  • Demand for new products: increase in the number of batches, large number of SKUs, storage in different areas.
  • Pressure from the mass distribution industry: JIT production installations, smaller more frequent orders, requests for products to be allotted to different orders.

Our proposal

Our solutions ensure tailor-made responses to common issues in food-sector logistics, such as the optimisation of stock rotation, strict compliance with BBDs, complete, real-time supervision of products and operations, or the improvement of quality management, including supplier quality control, lock-outs and quarantine.

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