Managed inventory services save food processors time and money

RP news wires

Severe economic conditions facing most every manufacturer in North America have food and beverage plants racing to reduce costs and improve in-plant efficiencies. Many in the industry haven't been sheltered from this downturn. In addition, ensuring that they have the right outsourcing processes and parts providers is a major area of focus. Barnes Distribution, a leading full-service distributor of maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies, is providing proven solutions to its food and beverage customers facing these tough economic times.

One way Barnes Distribution is achieving this is through the delivery of their vendor managed inventory service program. The program includes a thorough analysis of the customers' in-plant processes to help improve efficiencies relative to parts retrieval, regular stock maintenance, optimization of inventory levels and streamlined methods to order, track and receive parts. "With our managed inventory services, we help our customers by providing additional staff at no cost." said Rob Onorato, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Barnes Distribution.

"As organizations struggle in the current economy to do more with less, food and beverage customers are looking to Barnes Distribution to help them streamline their production and increase their efficiencies. This is a major area of focus for our North American Sales organization." Onorato continued. "We have ways, far beyond products, to help our clients reduce their total cost of ownership while simultaneously helping them improve productivity."

For food and beverage customers, the key to Barnes Distribution's managed inventory service program is that it is process driven and follows the development of a customized program for each customer. This takes the hassle out of procurement and organization and allows the customer to focus on their core business. For a major North American food brand, Barnes Distribution assessed their parts room and all aspects of their inventory system, resulting in an annual savings of approximately $20,000. "Barnes Distribution's services provided this customer with solutions that save time, improve efficiencies and drive down the total cost of ownership." said Bob Bristow, national accounts manager for Barnes..

About Barnes Distribution
Barnes Distribution is a global industry leader in the distribution of high quality maintenance, repair, operating and production supplies for industrial maintenance, the automotive after-market and service industries. With top quality brands Barnes Distribution offers more than 55,000 general line MRO supplies, ready access to millions of non-stock items, and a diverse range of service options and innovative solutions. Barnes Distribution is a business of Barnes Group Inc., a diversified global manufacturer and logistical services company focused on providing precision component manufacturing and operating service support for a variety of customers worldwide.

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