Leading Beverage Distributor Aims to Unleash Profits with Blue Ridge SaaS Inventory Analytics Solution

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Wirtz Beverage Group partners with Blue Ridge to guide sustained inventory performance with SaaS Inventory Analytics Solution.

Wirtz Beverage Selected Blue Ridge as its Inventory Analytics Provider
With Analytics, management is better positioned to understand the reason behind current happenings, react accordingly, and make appropriate strategy adjustments to assure our customers' needs are met without inflating inventory.

Innovative SaaS demand forecasting, replenishment planning and analytics provider Blue Ridge announced today that Wirtz Beverage Group has gone live with the Blue Ridge Analytics solution. Wirtz, a leading national beverage distributor, teamed with Blue Ridge to drive sustainable inventory results with better business intelligence.

Wirtz selected analytics to augment their current forecasting and replenishment solutions. The company recognized that they could capitalize on the wealth of customer and inventory insights with an innovative, inventory focused analytics solution to make better demand forecasting, planning and replenishment decisions and to identify and prevent supply issues. “The Visibility Analytics solution allows us to take control of our product demand forecasts and inventory replenishment process,” stated Don Pydo VP, GM Business Operations at Wirtz Beverage Group. Pydo continued, “The flexibility to create custom reports and dashboards has revealed opportunities to improve inventory performance and most importantly excel at servicing our customers.”

Increased visibility to current demand trends as well as potential supply-chain disruptions also motivated Wirtz to implement Analytics. The benefits of reporting and predictive business analysis extend from management to the logistics and replenishment level. “If our replenishment buyers are operating with total awareness, that allows them to do their job quicker and more effectively,” noted Pydo. He then said, “By that same token, with Analytics, management is better positioned to understand the reason behind current happenings, react accordingly, and make the appropriate strategy adjustments to assure our customers’ needs are met without inflating inventory levels.”

Founded in 1926, Wirtz has a history firmly rooted in family culture. The company has been family owned and operated for four generations now. Wirtz Beverage Group has since grown to $1.5 billion in annual sales with operations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin. “Honoring quality and at the same time embracing innovation has played a major role in our continued growth and ability to provide best-in-class service for our customers and suppliers,” stated Pydo.

Blue Ridge management realizes that Wirtz has a drive for innovation and extraordinary service that is uncommon. “Wirtz has long been a leader in the beverage industry. Their management vision and strong performance allowed them to expand significantly in an industry where expansion is not easy,” stated Greg White, CEO at Blue Ridge. White continued, “The commitment that Don and his team have shown to exceeding customer expectations has served them well, and we’re proud to contribute as they reach for even higher levels of performance.”

About Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge leads the way in enterprise-class Software-as-a-Service supply chain solutions. Blue Ridge solutions and services turn inventory investments into cash flow and revenue generation opportunities. The company’s robust cloud-based solutions deliver a tightly-integrated, yet flexible architecture for demand analytics, forecasting, planning, replenishment, SKU rationalization and other demand-driven optimization solutions to provide a sound foundation on which companies can solidify and enhance their supply chain initiatives. To find out why global supply chain leaders such as Burris Logistics, CRP Industries, Europris, Home Hardware, K. Ekrheim, Lovenskiold, Martin Brothers and Procurator trust Blue Ridge and its unmatched expertise as their inventory alignment partner, visit http://www.blueridgeinventory.com
About Wirtz Beverage Group
Wirtz Beverage Group is a leading national distributor of the world’s top luxury and premium wine, spirits and beer brands. With more than $1.5 billion in annual sales and operations in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin, Wirtz Beverage Group counts the world’s elite suppliers as its partners. The company’s distinction comes by embracing innovation and aggressively driving top-line growth. Honoring quality and integrity are its hallmarks while its financial stability is unrivaled. Wirtz Beverage Group provides customers and suppliers a best-in-class model for success. Wirtz Beverage Group is a division of Chicago-based Wirtz Corporation, having diversified interests in banking, real estate, insurance, sports, entertainment and wholesale distribution throughout the United States. Founded in 1926, Wirtz Corporation has been family-owned and operated for four generations.

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