Leading Perishable Food Distributor Improves Market Position with Blue Ridge SaaS Inventory Analytics Solution

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Tony’s Fine Foods sees ½ percentage point increase in service level with big data insights from inventory analytics.

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We are able to do more with fewer resources, and we’ve also seen an uptick in our service level by about half a percentage point

Less than 60 days ago, innovative California perishable food distributor Tony’s Fine Foods implemented a new business intelligence and inventory analytics application. Their goal was to improve visibility to supply-chain data, and the tools to analyze that information to improve performance. The company teamed with Atlanta, Georgia-based Blue Ridge, a leading provider of SaaS demand-driven optimization and analytics solutions, and widely recognized for enabling supply chain excellence.

The team at Tony’s Fine Foods is already beginning to see success just weeks after implementing Blue Ridge Analytics. “I’ve seen a change in the department—a more positive attitude. We are able to do more with fewer resources, and we’ve also seen an uptick in our service level by about half a percentage point,” noted Steve Dietz Vice President of Procurement at Tony’s.

Tony’s Fine Foods began as a family-operated business, and over the years has expanded into one of California’s leading perishable food distribution companies. The company continues to expand in order to support a growing customer network. Despite their growth however, they continue to have a family culture which has helped shape the company’s strengths. “We have accessible management. We are a pretty youthful, aggressive, forward-thinking dynamic group,” contributed Dietz.

While Dietz was happy with the strides the company made, he recognized a need for improvement. He knew the innovative culture of Tony’s would support an innovative change. Dietz found that innovative change in Blue Ridge. After a recommendation from a SaaS insider, Dietz contacted Blue Ridge. He was impressed with the collaborative involvement the company was offering, and recognized the investment Blue Ridge would make in Tony’s personnel. Along with Analytics, Blue Ridge implemented the company’s ‘Blue Chip Practice’, a proven talent development program that educates demand planning and replenishment professionals, empowering them to make strategic recommendations and decisions. Dietz saw the opportunity to transform his replenishment team from good to great. “The support and attention from Blue Ridge really attracted us,” stated Dietz.

Blue Ridge and Tony’s are optimistic about the results of their relationship and how it will continue to grow in the future. “We’ve made some internal changes that made a big difference, and the Blue Ridge Analytics solution has definitely helped shape our push towards improvement,” said Dietz. Ensuring customer success is a core value for Blue Ridge, and bold impact to their customer’s business is a priority. The Blue Ridge team delivers not only innovative technology, but also provides talent development and has decades of experience which has a measurable impact on a company’s bottom-line.

Tony’s Fine Foods expects to continue their growth and to improve their product availability and inventory optimization in the months and years to come. Blue Ridge management recognized that Tony’s appetite for change was significant, “Tony’s Fine Foods has an exceptional team that has embraced innovation and driven a half-point increase in service, which is highly exceptional in their industry over any timeframe,” stated Greg White, CEO of Blue Ridge, “We expect quick results, but companies are often wisely skeptical. We’re so pleased when our customers realize that with the right partner, rapid ROI isn’t just a sales pitch.”

About Blue Ridge Inventory
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 CVS, Shamrock Foods, CRP Industries, Europris, Home Hardware, Martin Brothers and Burris Logistics trust Blue Ridge and its unmatched expertise to be their inventory alignment partner, visit http://www.blueridgeinventory.com

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