Since Frankford Candy has implemented Accellos One Pinpoint EDI for AX, Hoffman prefers to rely solely on the resources provided by the ERP solution.
“The most painful time in any new technology relationship is at go-live,” said Hoffman. “With the Accellos EDI solution, it was totally pain-free. There were no lost orders and no lost invoices—and so no lost revenue.”
Brooklyn and Astoria, New York-based Empire Merchants, LLC, a distributor of fine wines and spirits, is the largest wine distributor in metropolitan New York. The company ships approximately 10,000,000 units per year. With a high order volume along with storage capacity concerns, Empire Merchants turned to CIBER, an integration company, to better identify what warehouse management system would suit their needs.
Empire’s Brooklyn facility had installed HighJump’s Warehouse Advantage system, which handles receiving, returns, inventory and replenishment.
“We chose HighJump Warehouse Advantage as our warehouse management system and CIBER as our integration partner based on their previous successful implementations with other wine and spirits distributors,” said Tony Magliocco, COO, of Empire Merchants, in a press release.
This system replaced a paper-based replenishment method while improving inventory accuracy.
“We couldn’t have picked a better software package and implementation partner than HighJump warehouse advantage and CIBER,” said Magliocco. “The software is working as the project team designed it. As a result, our fill rates have increased and our distribution costs have decreased dramatically.”
What lies ahead?
Moving forward, industry experts are expecting to see a shifting demand for cloud-based WMS along with other types of application software. One of the pros of using a cloud-based WMS is the ability to free up food and beverage managers from worrying about servers.
“The market is more open to cloud-based solutions now more than ever,” says HighJump’s Radunz. “This is primarily driven by the desire to focus more IT resources on core competencies related to serving customers better, rather than managing an IT infrastructure.”
Further enhancements with supply chain tracking and tracing will continue to be a future trend in the industry. With more stringent food safety standards on the way, the ability to seamlessly identify and track all food and beverage items will assist with staying compliant.
Furthermore, the need for radio frequency identification (RFID) systems will continue to rise. An RFID system increases automation and generates accurate visibility in the warehouse while concurrently lessening misplaced food or beverage products.
“As products move through the facility, we’re not going to require the manual intervention of actually scanning barcodes or entering information into a mobile computer,” says Accellos’ Collins. “A lot of that information will be automatically fed into the warehouse management system via sensors and other technologies.