April 19, 2024

How BFC Empowers Executives to Drive Company Success

Published By

Denise Castillo

In food distribution, every decision an executive makes is rooted by the need for precision and efficiency. Owners and executives are constantly balancing the need to manage inventory, ensure accurate deliveries, and comply with ever-changing regulations, all while keeping costs down. It’s a tough job where the margin for error is razor thin and the right strategic tools are not just helpful, they’re the difference between protecting that margin and not.

Here’s where BFC Comes in.                                

This food-specific WMS is built for the unique needs of food distribution executives, offering clear visibility into every corner of your operation.

BFC delivers the data-driven insights required to make the right calls for your business, reduce error rates, and bring labor efficiency to new heights. In this article, we’ll highlight the impact BFC’s food-specific WMS has executives and why it needs to be a tool in the food distribution toolbox.

Steering Your Company with Confidence

Steering a company towards success requires a clear vision and the ability to set and communicate goals that are both ambitious and attainable.

Before systems like BFC were created, executives in food distribution often had to rely on incomplete data and gut instincts to set goals. This approach left much to chance and made it difficult to communicate objectives that were grounded in reality.

BFC changes the game for executives by offering:

  1. Real-Time Data for Goal Setting: Food-Focused WMS like BFC provide real-time warehouse data like operational efficiency, labor productivity metrics, inventory accuracy, compliance tracking, and financial metrics. These enabling executives to set precise and informed goals rather than relying on past trends and manual reports.
  2. Transparent Communication: With BFC, goals and their progress are transparently shared, ensuring departmental alignment with the executive's vision and a cohesive approach to achieving company objectives.
  3. Measurable Goals: BFC's tracking features allow for long-term goals to be divided into measurable, achievable milestones, making it easier to keep the team focused and on track.
  4. Investment Insight: BFC’s analytics turn data into actionable insights such as pinpointing the exact sources of operational inefficiencies, identifying the highest and lowest performing warehouse processes, tracking compliance levels in real-time to ensure regulatory adherence, and highlighting cost-saving opportunities within the supply chain.

If making decisions in the dark is your thing, then BFC isn’t for you. However, if you like knowing what is happening with your business, and you like having a clear understanding of your operations, let us know. We’ll happily show you how.

Control Your Operations, Control Your Margins

Efficiency on the warehouse floor is not just about moving products faster; it's about smarter labor movements, utilizing space better, reducing errors, and minimizing waste.

Operational roadblocks like mispicks or delayed shipments can escalate costs. Consider the repercussions of an incorrect order: not only does it necessitate a return or an emergency delivery—often at a premium cost—but it can also lead to damaged customer relationships and a tarnished brand reputation. BFC's system tackles these issues head-on:

  1. Reduced the Need for Hot Trucks: By improving picking accuracy, BFC decreases the chances of errors that require urgent correction. This reduces the reliance on costly emergency shipments that are sent out to rectify those errors.
  2. Reduced Damages and Returns: BFC improves the picking and loading process, which leads to fewer damaged goods and returns.
  3. Better Productivity: BFC is built on 20+ years of industry experience with best-practice workflows, allowing warehouse staff to do more faster, without compromising accuracy.
  4. Better Accuracy: With better accuracy in picking and inventory management, BFC helps to reduce errors across the board. See how much you can save by reducing your errors.

Improved operational efficiency leads to fewer errors, which in turn reduces the need for damage control and returns. This not only saves on direct costs but also protects the company's reputation, improving customer loyalty.

Creating a High-Performing Culture

Maintaining a high-performance culture within a food distribution warehouse isn’t just about having the right tools and systems in place. It's also about fostering an environment where each team member feels valued and understood. Sometimes, the owner is often at the heart of family-run businesses, facing unique challenges of managing business objectives while honoring family dynamics.

We get it. And we’re here to help play a pivotal role by removing some of the operational stressors that can spill over into workplace culture.

With BFC, the tasks that typically take up so much time and can lead to employee burnout—like dealing with mispicks or manually tracking inventory—are streamlined. This efficiency not only improves morale but also gives leaders more time to focus on their teams.

In essence, BFC doesn’t just change the way a warehouse functions; it changes the way people work together, helping cultivate a culture of high performance.

Scaling Your Operations For Growth

Scalability is not just a feature; it’s a necessity in food distribution operations, where the ability to adapt and grow can define the longevity and success of a business. BFC’s Warehouse Management System (WMS) is engineered to grow with your company, ensuring that as your business expands, your operations remain efficient and controlled.

One of BFC’s clients started when they had about $180 million in sales. Over the years, the client quickly scaled to a multibillion-dollar enterprise. BFC was right with them at each step and is still to this day. This is a testament to how BFC's system adapts to increasing complexity, higher volumes, and additional facilities, supporting growth every step of the way.

With BFC, scaling isn’t just about getting bigger; it's about getting smarter with your operations, ensuring that as your business grows, your efficiency and effectiveness grow along with it.

Be Fully Ready for FSMA 204

For executives in food distribution, regulatory compliance is more than a requirement; it’s a cornerstone of trust in the industry. BFC's system equips companies with the tools needed for this critical aspect, especially for adhering to FSMA 204 regulations.

FSMA 204 Readiness: With BFC, you can trace every item from origin to end-user, crucial for FSMA 204 compliance which aims to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Traceability & Record-Keeping: The system simplifies tracking and documentation, critical for staying up-to-date with industry standards.

As standards evolve, BFC evolves with them, ensuring your business is a step ahead in compliance management. This isn’t just preparation for today's regulations; it’s an investment in your future readiness. With BFC, you're set not just for now, but for what comes next.