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Case Study: How Blue Link ERP Software Helps Predator Group Manage Inventory and Distribution

Distribution center

Pool cue distributor Predator Group needed an automated, cloud-based solution to manage their complex inventory and distribution needs. In early 2013, the company made the switch to Blue Link wholesale and distribution ERP software and has since seen improvements in nearly every area of operations.

QuickBooks Inventory Management Software: 4 Affordable Systems


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.

Innovative Distribution Can Combat Food Deserts

USDA Inspected

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.

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Food Traceability?

Mobile Food Traceability

These days, retail shoppers expect detailed product information to be readily accessible through their smartphones. And for most consumer products, it is, with one notable exception: food. A new mobile app aims to change that by delivering food traceability information directly to mobile phones.

The Future of U.S. Food Distribution

Future of U.S. Food Distribution

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.

Three Strategies for Reducing Fuel Costs in 2012

Strategies for Dealing with Fuel Prices

The era of cheap oil is over. The last few years have seen high fuel prices and increasing market volatility. The good news? Companies that manage a fleet can cope with rising fuel costs by streamlining fuel procurement, improving operations and fleet management, and better planning delivery routes and shipment loads.

How Distributors Can Thrive with Ecommerce

ecommerce and Distribution

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.

How Distributors Can Improve Relationships with Value-Added Services

Value-Added Distribution Services

These days, distributors are dealing with increased demand for services from customers that have pared back staff and want more help from their partners downstream. Here are five value-added services distributors can provide to improve their customer relationships – and satisfy the services demand.

Creating A Healthier Organic Food Distribution Network

Organic Label

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.

Bringing Home the Bacon (Safely) Under the Food Safety Modernization Act


Food-related illnesses cost the US $152 billion each year. These costs stem from emergency and ongoing medical care, lost work time, pain and suffering, and death. Clearly, more preventative measures are needed to get this financial and health issue under control. The Food Safety Modernization Act takes a step in this direction.

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