Hardie's Fresh Foods has a rich history in the fresh produce business, providing farm fresh fruit and vegetables to food service and retailers since 1943. Further investing in its distribution operation, the premier fresh food distributor has selected supply chain planning solutions from Blue Ridge to better align its produce inventory with expected demand from its customers. Blue Ridge's technology will optimize the inventory in Hardie's four Texas-based distribution centers that total more than 185,000 square feet of refrigerated produce.
"The fresh food business has become infinitely more complex in recent years with large numbers of added SKU's (stock keeping units) and additional suppliers, so we are excited to implement Blue Ridge's system," said Greg Rowe, Chief Operating Officer, Hardie's Fresh Foods. "This technology will help us manage our complex supply chain and better serve our customers."
"Retailers work with Hardie's because they have a long history of delivering top-quality produce," said Jim Byrnes, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Ridge. "Adding inventory planning and forecasting to their already sterling operations process will ensure that their produce gets to their customers faster, with maximum freshness and longer shelf life."
The Blue Ridge supply chain platform is the most accurate way for retailers and distributors like Hardie's to spot and plan for changes in customer demand before they happen. This insight helps Blue Ridge customers reduce costs, improve service levels, and assure product availability to customers without creating a costly inventory surplus.
Blue Ridge was a leader in the most recent Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning, due to its track record of translating customer data into precise and economically-driven demand and supply plans.
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