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How Sysco Uses Technology to Manage Its Complex Supply Chain

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. ...
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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.

Read more about technology in the wholesale distribution industry with MDM’s 25-page electronic Special Report: The State of the Distribution Software Market.

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.

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