Fresh Choices, Fresh Challenges: How Automation can Optimize Food Distribution

Cimcorp in the News: When it comes to food, today’s consumers demand variety, healthy choices and—perhaps most importantly—freshness. To remain competitive, food manufacturers and distributors now have to maneuver through a proliferating number of SKUs and seasonal peaks in business, all while ensuring their products comply with stringent regulations on food quality and safety. One of the most critical points in this complex supply chain is the distribution center, where efficient material flow is necessary to deliver fresh, top-quality products to market.

To keep up with the modern food supply chain, we are seeing more organizations turn toward automation. Through automated solutions, distribution centers can quickly and effectively move products from receiving or storage, all the way through to dispatch. Rapid fulfillment means longer shelf lives, which presents a huge benefit to perishable foods, such as dairy, baked goods, seafood, meats, fruits and vegetables. In addition to speed, robotic automation can help facilities drive down costs, unveil new space savings and run at their best through the ebbs and flows of seasonal demand.

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