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Transforming Processes is Name of the Game at Federated’s Annual Membership Meeting

Federated is making a big push to streamline the supply chain and automate sales activities that are currently labor-intensive, and is investing heavily in data warehousing all to bolster the bottom line, members heard at the group’s annual membership meeting taking place this week in Phoenix.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Federated is making a big push to streamline the supply chain and automate sales activities that are currently labor-intensive, and is investing heavily in data warehousing all to bolster the bottom line, members heard at the group’s annual membership meeting taking place this week in Phoenix. OptiCat President Brad Duncan, a Federated technology partner, speaks to Federated members at the group's meeting in Phoenix.
 
Federated is holding the meeting April 25-27 at the Arizona Grand Resort.  
 
“We start off tonight with a big thank you to our suppliers,” said Larry Pavey, who serves as president of the Co-Man business unit for Federated. “Federated obviously is indebted to our suppliers. You guys do a great job supporting our members.”
 
During the IT meeting Wednesday afternoon, members heard how Federated partner GCommerce is transforming sales of special-order items from several steps into a one-stop order system where they also order faster-moving SKUs.
 
Federated’s Al Joyner explained how ESC, or Enhanced Supply Chain, was launched with Epicor in the fourth quarter of 2011 and is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the overall supply chain.
 
“We hope that through the use of our data, we’ll help drive significant business change,” he said. “We didn’t want to have just another data warehouse. We want the best in the industry. This is a very important initiative for us.”
 
Members also heard about Federated’s continued sponsorship of racing events and an increase in advertising and marketing impressions.
 
Today, Federated will discuss the recently opened the Hovis Technical Training Center in Mercer, Pa. The innovative, 10,000-square-foot facility has trained more than 550 customers. Members also will get an update on Federated’s Co-Man warehouse, which was opened in 2000 by members who decided to open a jointly owned warehouse.
 
Federated’s annual awards dinner is tonight, where vendors will be recognized, and honors such as Outstanding Vendor of the Year and the Art Fisher Memorial Membership Award will be bestowed.

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