A recent article from Fortune Magazine looks at how foodservice distributor Sysco uses technology to manage its shipments internally and externally – schools, stadiums, assisted-living facilities, and more – if the venue serves food, chances are Sysco supplies it.
The distributor ships 21.5 million tons of produce, meats, prepared meals and other food-related products each year, per the article. It uses software, databases, scanning systems and robotics to do it efficiently.
As the article says:
"Sysco’s supply-chain logistics are especially complex because a single jar of caviar can’t be handled the same way as a box of frozen onion rings or an 80-pound tub of flour. That rules out most off-the-shelf inventory-management software."
The article is a good piece to get a picture of how Sysco has managed to improve its warehouse processes using technology. Click here to read about Sysco’s technology usage.
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Thank you to Adam Fein of Pembroke Consulting for pointing out this piece on Sysco. Fein will be featured in an upcoming free MDM Webcast, June 9, The Mid-Year Economic Update for Wholesale Distribution.