How Cloud ERP Helps Overcome FoodService Supply Chain Struggles

The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) recently released an infographic showing areas of strain in every step of the foodservice supply chain.  Understanding these problem areas is critical so that food distributors can anticipate issues and adapt quickly.

See what IFDA says are the key supply chain issues in terms of:

  • Raw Materials
  • Overseas Transportation
  • Suppliers
  • Distributors
  • Operators
  • Consumers

Ultimately, these challenges can be traced to three main causes:

  1. Labor shortages which affect the entire supply chain
  2. Forecasting and demand being in flux which makes it challenging for suppliers to produce goods
  3. Inflation which affects fuel, wages, and raw materials costs and puts more strain on operators working with already-tight margins

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To learn how cloud ERP can help combat the labor shortages affecting the supply chain and fill in some of these gaps, view this webinar on-demand.

There are common elements of cloud ERP solutions that can make your people more productive, and also attract new people.

Easy to Use

Young employees do not want to learn old, outdated systems and frustrations over inefficient systems can lead to employees leaving or new employees choosing not to join the organization.

Enables Reporting Without Relying on IT

In today's world, users should be able to easily get to data, automatically create pivot tables or put things into Excel, or be able to take the report writers that are available in a new modern system and easily filter or select data. No one should have to make a request to IT and then hope that they'll get it done in the next week or so.

Remote Accessibility & Mobility

Everything in today's world has become mobile. One thing that the Covid-19 pandemic did was drive the need for remote work and the ability to access information on any device.

Leading Technology with Ongoing Development

Because the technology moves so quickly, many software companies that may have created a great program for the industry 20 or 30 years ago, don’t have the human or financial resources to continue to develop their solution with better and more complex technology being released every day. Having current technology that is constantly and consistently being enhanced and developed is essential to keep moving your business forward.

Rapid Order Entry and Industry Functionality

With all of the slow-downs in the foodservice supply chain, it is essential that distributors are getting orders in quickly and accurately. Also, if the technology does not fit the needs of your business, your people will not be as productive. You will only get the benefit of the technology if the technology does what you need it to do.

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