In this blog post, we analyzed four inventory management solutions that integrate directly with Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting system. We’ll look at how these systems compare in terms of commonly desired features, supported QuickBooks versions and natively-supported operating systems.
The Distribution Blog
I recently caught up with Dan Carmody, President of Detroit’s Eastern Market, and Frank Dell, CEO of food consultancy Dell Mart Inc., to discuss solutions to food deserts. Before diving into their solutions, however, I should note that food deserts are a multidimensional problem that requires multidimensional solutions.
Current trends suggest that the status quo of long-distance food distribution may be primed for disruption. Increased consumer demand for locally-grown organic foods, coupled with a renewed interest in living in urban cores and rising gas prices, collectively suggest that U.S. food distribution networks will soon need to evolve.
The growing interest in online shopping is creating headaches for distributors – as well as new opportunities. The challenge is increasing consumer expectations, coupled with a paradigm shift from fulfilling business-to-business orders to fulfilling business-to-consumer orders. Here’s how distributors can thrive with ecommerce.
Organic food currently suffers from inefficient distribution network. Organic distributors need to adopt technology that automatically informs grocers of available inventory and pricing. At the same time, grocers will need to invest in technology that allows them to find the right organic distributor at the best price.
The locavores are swarming and the popularity of local food is increasing across the nation. The number of farmer’s markets has more than tripled since the USDA started tracking markets in 1994 – increasing from 1,755 to 6,132. In 2010, direct sales from farmers to consumers increased to over $1.2 billion.
August’s salmonella outbreak has left two major Iowa farms with egg on their face, and customers have been returning to stores in droves to get their five bucks back. But what happens next? How do retailers, distributors, and suppliers coordinate their efforts to deal with the dilemmas associated with a food recall? In other words, what will become of the eggs?
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