Ben E Keith extends partnership with ArrowStream

Ben E Keith Company has renewed its license of ArrowStream’s Crossbow technology. With Crossbow, the foodservice distributor will continue to advance its inbound logistics performance by leveraging real-time data intelligence and analytics to better optimize transportation costs, as well as providing higher service levels and inventory turns.

One the largest US foodservice distributors, Ben E Keith manages an increasingly complex network of hundreds of suppliers nationwide. To scale distribution operations while maintaining service levels and minimizing transportation costs, the firm requires a state-of-the-art data solution to gain visibility into performance drivers and make real-time decisions based on data insights with complete accuracy.

“We continue to partner with ArrowStream based on its technological capabilities, our proven track record of success on the Crossbow platform, and their foodservice knowledge,” said Andy McCaskill, senior vice president of purchasing, Ben E Keith. “Our goal is to maintain control over freight efficiency while remaining highly responsive to our customers, and the insights Crossbow provides into the performance of our freight under management plays an important role.”

Crossbow powers Ben E Keith’s inbound logistics planning by connecting to both the Purchasing and Transportation systems. This link provides visibility into actual performance and cost drivers to optimize ordering and routing patterns, reducing logistics spend and improving organizational alignment.

With Crossbow, Ben E Keith can identify the mix of supplier pairings, order sizing and delivery timing that drives the lowest possible freight cost while protecting inventory cycle times. In addition, Crossbow’s real-time operations monitoring and feedback framework allows Ben E Keith’s purchasing, logistics and transportation personnel to collaborate in reducing freight costs without disrupting daily operations.

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Headquartered in Chicago, ArrowStream has been serving the food industry for more than 18 years, combining proven supply chain expertise with data science and analytics to help clients rethink and optimize supply chains.

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