Food Lion Goes Live With One Network Logistics

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Food Lion here is up and running with the One Network Retail grid, joining other top retailers from around the nation including Kroger, Safeway, Publix and Hannaford.

The Delhaize subsidiary is utilizing One Network shipment execution and appointment scheduling platform that includes visibility and the advanced functionality needed to both sense and respond to demand signals, a vital requirement in creating a demand-driven network.

Food Lion's implementation leverages industry standards formulated by the One Network Standards Board, which provide a framework for order and shipment prioritization for the management of in-transit inventory.

Although these standards benefit all participants in the supply network, Food Lion will gain particular advantages by using carriers more effectively, reducing dwell times, and drive on-time performance, which will in turn help reduce inventory buffers. The carriers also benefit by improved asset utilization and improved appointment scheduling productivity.

"Clearly, we are very pleased with the rapid supplier adoption of the appointment scheduling system and expect the compliance to go far higher," said Pete Bonneau, Food Lion's supply chain director.

"Food Lion achieved good success in the first month through a combination of their business processes and the network effect that One Network enables. The vast majority of their suppliers and carriers are already using One Network to service other leading retailers, which creates a powerful effect of rapid adoption and high on-line scheduling compliance that significantly reduces operating costs," said John Keenan, c.e.o. of One Network.

Food Lion operates more than 1,220 stores and employs approximately 70,000 associates in 11 Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
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