• Blue Link Makes FL100+ 2017 List

Blue Link’s Food Inventory Software Named to Food Logistics’ 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List for the fifth time!

The annual FL100+ list (which is in its 14th year) recognizes the top software and technology providers in the food and beverage industry that play a critical role in food and beverage manufacturers, food service distributors, and grocery retailers’ supply chain processes such as distribution, inventory tracking and meeting industry compliance.

It goes without saying that the need for robust software that allows for end-to-end visibility and traceability is especially important to the food and beverage industry since these companies frequently need to manage product recalls. The ability to quickly trace the impacted product(s) using a software solution in the event of a recall minimizes any associated damage to the business.

The benefit of having a system like Blue Link’s Food Inventory Software is that it is an all-in-one solution – this means that on top of functionality to deal with product recalls, it also offers a variety of flexible tools that can manage and automate business processes across the entire company and also help to achieve and sustain FDA/ISO/CFIA compliance. Blue Link features include:

  • Fully integrated inventory, accounting, contact management, order entry, warehouse management and more
  • Traceability – lot tracking
  • Price matrices with automatic markup, volume discounts and contract pricing (individual or group)
  • Landed cost tracking – duty, brokerage, freight etc.
  • Multiple units of measure: unit conversions – buy and sell the same products by weight, multiple containers, volume etc.

eCommerce Integration

Another benefit of Blue Link’s Food Inventory Software is its ability to integrate with eCommerce platforms or a secure B2B order portal.  Food and beverage distributors and wholesalers know that to have a competitive edge in today’s B2B market and to increase their profitability and be flexible enough to meet their customer’s changing needs,  they must embrace eCommerce technology. However, an eCommerce platform should not create an overwhelming amount of extra work and effort. The idea behind eCommerce or having a B2B portal is to make the order and fulfillment process easier for your business to generate and complete more sales. Back-end food inventory software such as Blue Link integrated into your eCommerce/order portal platform allows businesses to automate order fulfillment processes from receiving to picking, packing and shipping.

Inventory Management – Once an order is placed online, Blue Link automatically allocates product/inventory for order fulfillment in real-time. The updated inventory quantities are then published to the online store. Businesses can also set up criteria for evaluating orders placed online such as product availability and total order amount, and if all criteria are met the order gets sent through to the warehouse for picking – without a human having to manually perform any tasks.

Picking, Packing, and Shipping – Once inventory gets allocated to an order, employees in the warehouse have access to accurate inventory and shipping information, all-in-one system. Orders are processed correctly and in a timely fashion with features such as:

  • Managing multiple warehouse locations
  • Creating consolidated pick slips for more efficient picking
  • Tracking inventory based on bin/shelf plus overflow locations
  • Allowing users to print shipping labels directly from the system
  • Ability to integrate mobile handheld picking and barcode verification scanning
  • Serial number/lot number selection is associated with products to track the history of the product

Inventory Management Software for Wholesale and Distribution

Full Press Release 

VAUGHAN, Ontario—December-15, 2017Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Blue Link to its 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list.

The annual FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list serves as a resource guide for software and technology providers whose products and services are critical for companies in the global food and beverage supply chain.

“New developments and innovations in the software and technology sector are making sizeable impacts on the global food supply chain,” notes Lara L. Sowinski, editorial director for Food Logistics and its sister publication, Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “The result is a greater visibility, improved regulatory compliance, enhanced shelf life for perishables, and the emergence of a more proactive and nimble food supply chain that benefits both the food industry and its logistics partners, as well as the end consumer.”

Companies on this year’s 2017 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list will be profiled in the November/December 2017 issue of Food Logistics, as well as online at www.foodlogistics.com.

About Blue Link ERP Software

Blue Link ERP software is designed for small to medium size distribution, wholesale and retail businesses looking to grow their company. Business management processes are improved with Blue Link’s flexible and user-friendly ERP functionality such as inventory management, accounting, warehouse management, barcode scanning, eCommerce integration, lot tracking, customer relationship management (CRM), and more. Blue Link functionality can be readily customized to match customer specific business processes. The result is higher productivity, more meaningful reports and better business decisions to drive growth.

About Food Logistics

Food Logistics is published by AC Business Media, a business-to-business media company that provides targeted content and comprehensive, integrated advertising and promotion opportunities for some of the world’s most recognized B2B brands. Its diverse portfolio serves the construction, logistics, supply chain and other industries with print, digital and custom products, events and social media.