As the food and drink wholesale industry continues to recover from the impact of Covid, the return to pre-pandemic operating levels continues to be slow. Boosting productivity and efficiency is key.  Unfortunately, ongoing labour shortages and the rising costs of energy, shipping and materials have not helped. In addition, new government initiatives are increasing the costs and complexity of operations, tobacco track and trace, for example. 

However, there are a few ways to lessen the effect of these challenges with the clever utilisation of technology. Outlined below are three solutions you should consider: 

Optimise your warehouse productivity with Voice Labour Management  
Warehouse staff are at the heart of the supply chain; however, how can you continue to be as productive as possible with the ongoing labour shortages? What you need is a Voice Labour Management solution because it will help you: 

  • Reduce costs by automating time-consuming manual tasks so you can deploy your staff more efficiently elsewhere. 
  • Gain complete visibility of your workforce so you can schedule workload and adjust staff levels as needed.  
  • Increase operational agility due to better business intelligence. This means you can assign the right staff at the right time to adapt to changing fulfilment targets. 

Reduce time-consuming activities with Product Information Management (PIM)  
Are you seeing a proliferation of product information spreadsheets? Is updating your website, catalogues or other sales channels taking too long? Managing poor product information can slow down internal processes and add costs. Therefore, you need a Product Information Management (PIM) system that will help you: 

  • Gain more control and efficiency of your data management by centralising your product data into one secure repository.  
  • Reduce your time to market by speeding up the collection, embellishment, and approval of product information.  
  • Optimise productivity through a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for everyone to add, edit and publish product information for every sales channel. 
  • Make you fully compliant with regulations as Oporteo PIM comes with a range of management tools to help you monitor the completeness of vital product information, such as allergens. 

Streamline end-to-end fulfilment processes with Integrated Order Management 
You likely have a multitude of systems which are essential to your business operations, from ERPs to ecommerce platforms. All of which offer best practice and specialist functionality. However, one of the most significant barriers to business growth is the failure to integrate these systems effectively. An integrated Order Management solution (OMS) that encompasses all your essential business functions will enable you to manage stock, process orders better, and then pick, pack and despatch across all your channels. In addition, it supports fundamental business processes so you can:  

  • Easily fulfil orders across multiple sites through a centralised and real-time system.  
  • Scale your business without compromising your customer experience. 
  • Automate tasks to eliminate unnecessary errors. 

If boosting your productivity is something you want to prioritise, we can help you implement the best solution. Contact us to find out more.