When hurricane season arrives, meteorologists and those living along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts rely on sophisticated data tracking and expert monitoring to stay informed and keep safe. To keep pace with an explosive number of SKUs, the beverage industry avoids the “eye of the storm” by equipping field staff with handheld technology and streamlined direct store delivery (DSD) solutions to capture data, track vehicle locations and improve productivity.
Direct-store-delivery (DSD) solutions no longer are the clunky order-entry devices of times past, notes David F. Giannetto, senior vice president of performance management for Salient Management Co., Horseheads, N.Y.
In a recently completed survey of 250 companies with direct-store-delivery (DSD) operations, nearly two-thirds of respondents stated that their businesses are becoming more complicated, according to survey sponsor Intermec, an Everett, Wash.-based subsidiary of Honeywell Scanning and Mobility.
Beer and wine producers represent a growing segment of the beverage industry today. According to the Brewers Association, Boulder, Colo., the number of breweries in the United States is at a 25-year high, with this growth attributed to the popularity of craft beers across every demographic. Craft beers include those produced by small- and medium-sized breweries as well as by large, well-known producers that have introduced a wide variety of specialty artisanal beers to meet consumer demand.
Just like the Secret Intelligence Service wouldn’t send James Bond on a mission without the best gadgets, distribution managers need to ensure that their sales and distribution representatives in the field are equipped with all of the tools to get the job done.
Businesses seeking to empower — and monitor — their employees in the field have adopted smartphones and tablet computers and are leveraging wireless capabilities to increase communication. In response, direct-store delivery (DSD) software and hardware suppliers are developing new options that help these mobile workforces.
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