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Fresh food supply chain solution beefs up quality control, transportation and promotions management

Torrance, CA  November 14, 2002  Food industry solution provider Agribuys this week rolled out the latest version of its supply chain suite, beefing up quality control, transportation management and promotions management in the new release of the renamed solution.

Agribuys said version 10.5 of its freshly redubbed Fresh Foods Link solution adds new features that will improve and simplify quality control procedures while extending transportation management functionality to accommodate food warehousing and cross-dock operations.

The new promotions management capability provides a more flexible system for shippers to support advertising specials for fresh foods within standard corporate business rules and practices, the solution provider said.

Specifically, the newest release adds the following functionality:

" Extensions to the Logistics-Link transportation manager allowing grocery buyers to also become sellers and set up a wholesale channel for a range of customers;

" Functionality within the Receiver-Link allowing retail grocers to implement cross-dock operations for fresh food, using a new incoming/outgoing inventory control capability to receive bulk produce, perform quality control inspections and then create numerous small lots for delivery to branch stores or customers;

" Improvements for quality control information flow in the Order-Link module facilitating communications among shippers and buyers to speed invoice reconciliation, including the ability to create score cards for various products; and,

" A new promotion tracker system that allows retail grocers to tie their pricing policies and inventories directly to planned advertising programs, providing improved and more flexible information flow within the Logistics-Link system for shippers to ensure adequate supplies of special or discounted items on the shelves at the right time.

The new release also marks a name change for the solution. "Our new name, Fresh Foods Link, more accurately and completely describes what our solution does: link all participants of the fresh foods supply chain together via ... Internet based software," said Laurence Sotsky, vice president of sales and marketing for the software company.