Perishable shipping endeavors require supply chain oversight

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Reefer shipments have been a crucial component of the food transportation industry for years. Although typically used to describe cargo ships with refrigerated holding areas, a reefer can also refer to a containerized method of transporting perishable food products over land. Fresh Plaza reported that containerized shipments will account for 70 percent of seaborne reefer movement by 2015. 

According to Marc Rooms, Safmarine's Global Head of Reefers, produce, meat and seafood shippers are more dependent on containerized methods than ever before. The company has leveraged these resources to extend its reefer operations into regions across the globe, including Europe, Africa and Central Asia.

When an enterprise experiences a period of rapid growth, it can be easy for warehouse managers and other key business figures to lose sight of the overall operation. Important information can become siloed and communication between departments and facilities can break down. In a supply chain environment, a lack of operational oversight can lead to performance bottlenecks and ultimately result in missed deliveries and unsatisfied clientele. Businesses can avoid these situations by deploying an ERP solution such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV and gain greater perspective on various moving parts within the enterprise.

Supply chain management consultant Brian Nolf recently outlined the value of a comprehensive ERP system in InformationWeek. He noted that in many different industries, supply chain optimization software has helped businesses reduce their operational costs and increase profit margins. Companies that transport perishable goods depend on the reliability of their shipments. In order to maintain a watchful eye on the supply chain, business leaders should deploy these operational monitoring tools. Furthermore, warehouse managers can leverage these applications to track their physical inventory counts and ensure that discrepancies do not arise during the course of a shipment. This way, perishable foodstuff shippers can reduce the amount of revenue lost to missing products.

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