RedPrairie, a leading consumer driven Optimisation Company, has stated that Kehe Food Distributors has purchased RedPrairie’s E2e Supply Chain Suite, including Warehouse Management (WMS), Transportation Management (TMS) and Labour Management Solutions (LMS).
Kehe distributes specialty foods to over 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states of America. The RedPrairie Solutions will replace its custom legacy systems, providing better overall inventory control, freight savings and labour management.
Kehe plans to implement the RedPrairie solutions at their main distribution centre located in Illinois as well as their forward distribution centres (DC’s).
The supply chain suite will help Kehe maintain complete visibility to and control of its products throughout the entire supply chain. Kehe plans to gain improvements in lot and date control, truck loading, productivity and freight savings.
“Even though we have a high degree of automation in our distribution centres, we want improved product visibility and accountability in order to stay at the forefront in our industry. The RedPrairie solution will solidify Kehe’s position in the industry as a technology and customer service leader,” said Scott Cousins, CIO for Kehe Food Distributors.
Originally founded in 1952, Kehe supplies organic, natural, ethnic, and other specialty food products to more than 9,000 grocery stores in 47 states of America, including Albertson’s, Kroger and H.E.B.
Kehe's ethnic offerings include African American, Asian/Oriental, Eastern European, Hispanic, Indian, Italian, Organic, and Kosher food products.
John Jazwiec, RedPrairie President and CEO says, “By purchasing the entire supply chain suite, Kehe will optimise the functions in each of their supply chain areas, and will synchronise the flow of products and information between them. RedPrairie has helped other leading food distributors get better at mitigating risk and improving efficiency and throughput without sacrificing quality.”
“We are looking at considerable savings in all segments of our supply chain network. Load optimisation and transportation planning with these new tools will significantly improve our ability to respond to our customers,” said Bill Gianaras, VP of operations for Kehe.
RedPrairie’s E2e Solutions for Food and Beverage help companies deliver products in their possible condition and at the low possible cost.
The E2e supply chain execution solutions help customers apply preferred methods (i.e. the ideal way to perform each task), standards and real-time monitoring and feedback to encourage efficiency and throughput improvements.
In a people-intensive industry that works on low margins, the Workforce Management capabilities improve efficiency.
To improve throughput, RedPrairie provides variable aging based on location or zone (frozen, refrigerated or ambient), country-of-origin tracking, customer-specified packaging, labelling and handling, and temperature-based zone loading and monitoring.