Customer retention, increasing foot-traffic, and basket size are the new norms for grocery retailers to gain a competitive edge. However, your retail food distribution operation needs to be ready to handle whatever strategy your brand represents.
When it comes to food retail warehouse management, companies should seek out a scalable solution that can handle multiple product streams, including produce, frozen goods, and high-value items. You’ll need to incorporate powerful WMS (warehouse management system) technology to manage and optimize your entire fulfillment process, from faster replenishment to smarter labor cost management.
Considering the popularity of curated meal kits, customers can now receive ready-to-cook meals through the mail on their doorstep, after a quick online enrollment.
According to FMI-Nielson, by 2025, the share of online grocery spending could reach 20%, representing $100 Billion in annual consumer sales. That is the equivalent of approximately 3,900 grocery stores.
Just as shopping patterns are changing, grocery and food distribution is changing and many are taking an omni-channel approach to fulfill shoppers’ needs faster. Transparency throughout the supply chain is a must — knowing exactly where which SKU and lot number went and to whom is crucial for recalls and security. With e-commerce grocery on an upward trajectory, most grocery stores are seeing more than 100 orders per week.
Whether you’re a retail food warehouse or one of the 3PL warehouses out there, managing your fulfillment with a complete WMS allows you to manage an omni-channel fulfillment operation. Plus, the benefit of using the SSI SCHAEFER WAMAS solution allows operation of multiple facilities with key data insights—getting food to the table more efficiently.