Del Monte Looks to the Cloud for Inventory Visibility

May 4, 2011
Using a cloud-based logistics trading platform, food giant Del Monte has gained better visibility to its global suppliers

Del Monte Foods, one of the largest producers, distributors and marketers of branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market, has enhanced the capabilities of its global supply chain operating platform through a cloud-based technology service delivered on the GT Nexus trade and logistics platform. Since 2007, Del Monte has used GT Nexus as its global transportation management system of record. The expanded services take the solution a step further by automating the inventory and document management processes between Del Monte and its international supplier community.

Delivered through the same Web platform that Del Monte uses for its ocean freight management, the new capabilities provide views and controls to support orders, inventory, shipment plans and trade documentation. Capabilities include:

● Enhanced inventory visibility – across transport modes, from order to final destination
● Trade document automation
● Importer Security Filing (ISF) technology
● Supplier collaboration and order management
● Shipment planning at origin.

“Along with a number of other tools we have implemented, these new capabilities have injected an additional level of transparency and control to our supply chain,” says Robert Lim, vice president, demand and supply planning, with Del Monte Foods. “We are driving value through lower safety stock levels, cycle time reduction, ISF risk mitigation and demurrage fee reductions.”

GT Nexus is also serving as Del Monte’s central supply chain information hub for managing international shipments. The system captures real-time status information and digitized documents from suppliers, carriers, logistics providers, brokers and the U.S. government. This data is standardized online and available to a broad spectrum of users across the company. This information is a searchable and measurable record of activities in the Del Monte supply chain.

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