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VAI aiding Seacore’s growth

March 9, 2020
Seafood distributor increasing revenue, sales and inventory, automating processes for efficiency with S2K for Food solution

Seacore Seafood, a Canadian distributor of fresh and frozen seafood, has doubled revenue and sales, grown its inventory by 20%, and automated the fish-cutting process to become 80% more efficient using the S2K for Food solution from VAI, a developer of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

The two companies have worked together for more than a decade to streamline Seacore’s operations and scale its business throughout North America, VAI said.

Seacore serves thousands of distribution, retail and wholesale customers through its three divisions—OceanPrime, Fisherman’s Depot and Seafood Depot. To manage more than 5,000 fresh and frozen items, and handle hundreds of order entries per day, Seacore needs a sophisticated ERP system that can optimize truck routing, verify order shipments and automatically track inventory. By leveraging VAI’s S2K for Food software, which includes S2K Route Management and S2K Inventory Management, the company has increased its truck routing process by 50% and reduced order picking time by 40%, according to company leaders.

“Seacore’s business has excelled over the past decade and VAI’s S2K solutions have played a large part in this expansion,” said Sal Battaglia, vice president of sales and marketing at Seacore Seafood. “With VAI S2K for Food, we have increased visibility into the supply chain, expanded inventory, and have seen exponential sales growth.

“VAI was the only ERP provider who understood the food industry and could uniquely fit our business and growth needs. We look forward to harnessing new capabilities from VAI to optimize product distribution and continue to grow the business.”

Seacore implemented VAI’s S2K Mobile Order Entry in 2016. Today, Seacore uses the S2K Mobile application to place orders online. Utilizing the VAI mobile application to automatically enter orders and track inventory online and offline, Seacore is able to ensure no orders are dropped, and customers, sales representatives and truck drivers are able to look up products in real-time. VAI S2K Mobile Order Entry also equips Seacore with e-commerce functions, enabling sales representatives to print or email transactions, view customer payments, and see a product’s image, details, availability and price.

“Mobile is increasingly a top requirement of companies who receive hundreds of orders every day and need full visibility at all times,” said Debajyoti Das, vice president of mobile development at VAI. “With VAI S2K Mobile Order Entry, Seacore Seafood is able to receive orders offline from different time zones, ensuring no sales are lost and inventory stays up-to-date.”

Seacore plans to transition this year to S2K for Food 6.1, the newest S2K food release update from VAI. The update adds automated tools and enhances the user interface for customers to gain deeper insights and drive more successful business outcomes.

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