Distributor of healthy snacks & foods
Operations at a Glance
Quick and constant growth led to the expansion into multiple warehouses complicating inventory management and order processing.
An inventory management system powerful enough to handle a high volume of orders, simplify operations and works with QuickBooks.
Gained control of inventory and orders as the business continued to grow with eCommerce, EDI and many other features.
Explosive growth leads KIND Snacks to Acctivate to handle the volume
Since Daniel Lubetzky launched KIND Snacks in 2003, they’ve experienced growth few companies achieve.
With year over year growth of 90 to 100 percent, the New York-based company has attained their success with a commitment to healthy snacks and foods, a pledge to social entrepreneurship with impact, and a desire to make the world a bit more… KIND.
It all started when Lubetzky saw a need for a better bar.
Something healthy. Something tasty. And, as the company states, something with “ingredients you can see & pronounce.”
KIND Snacks now offers 22 bars and 6 Healthy Grains snackable clusters and has achieved distribution that leaves the snack industry envious.
KIND Snacks’ distribution network began with one 3PL provider and their inventory in one place but, as they grew, their distribution management needs grew as well, as KIND Chief Information Officer, Khaled Abohalima, explained.
Managing an entire business
Abohalima and his team began searching for a new system to handle their order management and distribution network in 2011.
“I am going to be honest, we looked at having an ERP back then and after researching it, it turned out to be a big project that we didn’t even have the manpower to execute.
So, we decided to put ERP on the back burner for a while and have an inventory solution.
We started researching and found Acctivate. So, Acctivate was the in-between between QuickBooks and a larger ERP system.”
What sold Abohalima on Acctivate?
KIND is the type of company that hits the ground running in everything they do, so they needed a software partner that could assist with getting the implementation in quickly and smoothly.
“Overall, it was an easy implementation that was about two months or three months and then we were up and running,” Abohalima commented on the process.
With Acctivate in place and sales volumes continually increasing, Acctivate became key to daily sales and order management.
eCommerce & EDI tools that automate & handle volume
Magento is KIND Snacks’ webstore of choice and one of the many eCommerce platforms Acctivate integrates with for one click order synchronization.
Abohalima described Acctivate’s eCommerce tools as…
“We did the initial mapping once and everything just simply works,” said Abohalima.
The Acctivate/TrueCommerce EDI solution is positioned at the core of KIND Snack’s order processing management as well.
Abohalima continued. “Having a partner like TrueCommerce has helped a lot, we don’t have to do any of the mapping, your team and their team got together and built up the business plugin and they manage our department mapping, so for us it’s just a phone call or an email.”
Summing it up
When asked for three words to best describe Acctivate, Abohalima said, “I’m not sure if three words can actually describe the whole operation, but I think inventory and order processing are the top two features that saved the company the last few years. We wouldn’t have done it if that was QuickBooks alone.”
And, if asked by a colleague for a business and inventory management system recommendation?
Fellow food distributor, The Brand Passport went to KIND Snacks for a recommendation and they are now also a satisfied Acctivate customer. Read more…
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