A national supplier of made-to-order spice blends for restaurants, grocery stores, and food manufacturers relied on an off-the-shelf accounting program to run all business operations. Unfortunately, the software could no longer support their business needs and they were experiencing significant problems.
First, they noticed processing delays, as they could not view inventory at the lot level or access real-time inventory data. Next, since they were not implementing a first-in-first-out approach, their numbers for written-off expired product increased. They wanted to use audits to fix their issues, but the manual, hardcopy auditing process was overly labor-intensive and took away time from other high-value tasks.
Driven by a need to reduce losses and improve efficiency, the company turned to AltSource, a custom software development company in Portland.
The AltSource team met with the food and beverage manufacturer to look over work processes and identify which areas needed the most improvement. Focusing their efforts on inventory management, AltSource designed and built a more modern and digital way for the organization to manage production, inventory, recalls, and orders.
Digitizing the system with an end-to-end solution, AltSource was able to give the company real-time insights into their stock levels. Automated tools for running lot audits expedited the process and provided multiple ways to complete audits. Now the company could make data-driven decisions based on more accurate reporting.
AltSource also integrated the inventory management system with the company’s accounting software. Doing so brought the business logistics side and financial processes together, which eliminated several bottlenecks and increased productivity companywide.