All along the food supply chain, companies are adopting sophisticated inventory management programs to improve their efficiencies and boost their bottom lines —and commissaries are no exception. Many retailers are exploring fresh production within commissaries, central kitchens and other offsite facilities to address some of their labor challenges and product quality standards, said Joe Smirlies, senior vice president of product management of Toronto-based Invafresh. And they’re using “grocery-centric” inventory management products created by Invafresh and other companies to help them.
“Utilizing non-grocery centric solutions undervalues the benefits of a highly heterogeneous and integrated solution that Invafresh offers,” Smirlies said. “We offer commissaries direct access to in store insights, especially with consumer demand and inventory positions for all products produced by these facilities.”
In addition, the Invafresh platform seamlessly transforms in store needs into large scale multi-store production plans and source ingredient replenishment requirements for one or many commissaries or other offsite facilities used by retailers, he added.