"You Just Can't Eyeball Count 4000+ SKU's," Says Kevin Adams of Hometown Provisions, Inc.

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Kevin Adams of Hometown Provisions, Inc. has managed growth in his food distribution company by managing inventory with Food Connex. Kevin recently shared his tactics in a webinar and whitepaper.

We could not have continued growing without automating management of our inventory.

Two years ago, in 2009, Kevin Adams headed up the implementation of the Food Connex inventory control solution for his food distribution company Hometown Provisions, Inc. “We could not have continued growing without automating management of our inventory.” Kevin commented during a recent interview about the results of his investment.

Hometown Provisions, Inc., is an independent, family-owned business with over 30 years of experience distributing a wide variety of food products to more than 500 customers in southeastern Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. The company, Hometown Provisions, as it is known today has been in existence since 2005, when Richard P. Rote and Sons and Mellinger Foods merged. Since 2005 the company has grown into a regional distributor of over 4,000 food and paper products.

Kevin identified several major challenges Hometown Provisions needed to overcome to continue growing. “The first thing was just getting inventory on a system we could all access, and having it update automatically without having to do physical counts all the time. A small company with a limited number of items can get away with walking out into the warehouse for a quick count before calling in an order to your vendors or could expect a salesperson to know what is in stock for sale but we have 1800+ items that we stock and another 2000+ that we special order. You just can’t eyeball count 4000 SKUs.”

“Right now we can run a single report which shows us our suggested stock quantity, what we actually have in stock, what we have on order from our vendors, what we have allocated for our customers, what is left available, and the suggested quantity to re-order. This has enabled us to successfully manage the 4,000+ products we offer providing Hometown Provisions with one of the competitive advantages that has allows us to bring in the new customers that represent roughly 70% of our recent growth.”

Kevin's insight into food business growth were the foundation of a recent white paper and webinar series hosted by Paul Hernandez-Cuebas. The white paper is now available at http://www.foodconnex.com and the webinar schedule is released through the food industry newsletter CC4F News at http://www.cc4fnews.com


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