One Network Enterprises Enhances the Supply Chain Business Network for the Restaurant & Food Service Industry

One Network Enterprises latest version of its Real Time Value Network powered by NEO intelligent agents for the Restaurant & Food Service industry is now available.

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One Network Enterprises latest version of its Real Time Value Network powered by NEO intelligent agents for the Restaurant & Food Service industry is now available. The software will enhance the real-time business network that bring resiliency, efficiency and shared business benefits for the entire network of restaurants and food service companies and their rich ecosystems of suppliers, distributors and logistics providers. 

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"For the Restaurant & Food Service industry, driving forecast accuracy from sixty or seventy percent into the nineties is a big deal, and our platform makes it possible," says Greg Brady, CEO of One Network Enterprises. "One Network runs the whole process autonomously with the aid of its AI-enabled NEO agents. This means that restaurants can dramatically improve service levels and deliver the freshest product for the best possible customer experience – while at the same time cutting inventories in half, reducing waste, and lowering supply chain expenses, like the huge cost of expediting. Plus, there's a real revenue bounce as stockouts disappear. It's a recipe for success – and a true competitive advantage."

The new functionality, NEO, makes autonomous supply chain management possible for each location and its trading network. The perpetual inventory capability, keeps count of stock on hand for all current products and raw materials, which is crucial to replenishing needs so that inventory levels across millions of product-restaurant combinations can be monitored, refined and replenished. 

The One Network Restaurant & Food Service solution uses restaurant-level Point of Sale data or cafeteria location-specific consumption data augmented by planned forecasts to drive daily replenishment to locations and real-time order forecast updates to the whole network. 

Benefits include:

  • Improved forecast accuracy up to 95 percent
  • Increased revenue due to reduced stockouts and higher fulfillment rates
  • Reduced supplier expediting costs by 75-90 percent
  • Reduced restaurant inventories by 50-70 percent
  • Reduced waste by 0.4-0.9 percent
  • Decreased COGS (cost of goods sold) by 0.5-1 percent
  • Improved forecast accuracy to suppliers by 80 percent
  • Reduced manual planning and execution effort by 50 percent or more

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Restaurant & Food Service companies across segments can benefit from a range of new capabilities that improve inventory planning accuracy and responsiveness including: 

  • Forecasting Based on Restaurant Foot Traffic enables restaurant operators & planners to model product demand despite gaps in other quantitative information like sales, orders or shipment history.

  • Chain-of-Custody Tracking across the supply chain provides product ownership tracking to allow the management of disputes, enhances product track and trace, enables targeted recalls in a faster, simpler, and more precise manner, and supports full cold chain support with temperature control.

  • Internet of Things (IoT) Capabilities provide a new stream processing framework so the restaurant's network is better positioned to handle high volume events, GPS information, and data from temperature sensors.

  • High-Fidelity What-if Scenario Capabilities allow managers to evaluate complex scenarios to study the effect of a proposed change before it is implemented. This could be as simple as changing an order policy type for a particular supply node, or as complex as changing several parameters, like demand variability and supply variability, to observe the effect on stock levels.