Sturm Foods Serves Up Accurate Inventory With Manhattan Associates

Food manufacturer realizes improved capabilities, including an accuracy level of 98.5 percent, with SCOPE solutions.

Manawa, WI: Sturm Foods has implemented solutions within the Manhattan SCOPE supply chain portfolio from Manhattan Associates to optimize supply chain processes in five of its distribution centers, all located here.

The company started as a dairy farm operation in 1905, providing eggs and dairy products to friends and family in Manawa, located just outside of Green Bay. It entered the private label distribution market in the 1970s and grew into a global dry grocery manufacturer for both the retail and foodservice industries, producing healthy drink mixes, instant cereals and a line of organic foods.

With a customer base of large retail chains, each with specific order requirements, Sturm Foods turned to Atlanta-based Manhattan Associates for a solution.

"Our five distribution centers required one viewpoint that tied our inventory together," says Glen Bunnell, manager, information technology, Sturm Foods. "Before we partnered with Manhattan Associates, we couldn't really gauge our accuracy rate, which was a critical factor as we continued to grow and service some of the biggest retailers in the world."

Sturm Foods implemented Manhattan's warehouse management solution from the Manhattan SCOPE Distribution Management product suite and quickly realized improved inventory capabilities, including an accuracy level of 98.5 percent, while reducing the cost of labor by more than 50 percent. In addition, the company cut damage costs by 20 percent and eliminated the need for a year-end physical inventory.

"It's like the perfect dance- you can watch the people move fluidly from task to task, and it's all forward motion. There's purpose in their actions and they are all in step," continues Bunnell. "The benefits we've gained with case picking, functionality on our warehouse floor, and system directed tasking have been vital to our manufacturing and distribution processes. But our CFO is more pleased with the fact that Warehouse Management paid for itself in just eight months."

Manhattan Associates' Warehouse Management solution is designed for optimal collaboration and communication with an extensive network of suppliers and partners. The Manhattan SCOPE portfolio is developed on a Supply Chain Process Platform that facilitates the communication of cross-suite applications to address specific supply chain requirements for the goals of each Manhattan customer. Manhattan SCOPE solutions are designed to seamlessly optimize day-to-day processes from one common interface, in real time.