Spartan Stores, the nation’s tenth largest grocery distributor, is rolling out Perpetual Inventory and Computer Automated Ordering solutions developed by SofTechnics. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based grocery wholesale distributor and retail operator is utilizing the solutions for improved management of product selection, reduction of out-of-stocks, better forecasting, profitability at SKU level, and reduction of costs.
Results from the pilot have been very positive, according to Dave Couch, Spartan Stores VP of IT. “Spartan Stores will move in an exciting new direction as the result of the CAO / PI project. Our objective is to implement a CAO system that provides forecasted orders that are optimal and accurate,” Couch said. The Softechnics applications are tightly integrated with a Demand Forecasting and Inventory On-Hand Optimization application from SAF-AG, a Swiss software firm.
The SofTechnics/SAF unique approach utilizes SofTechnics’ suite of store level mobile applications to provide data where and when needed, combined with SAF’s SuperStore application to provide fully automated replenishment, automated perpetual inventory, and optimization of inventory units on-hand.