The Craft Portal from GP Analytics integrates seamlessly with Beer30® by The 5th Ingredient® and allows suppliers to view distributor inventory projections. This creates a seamless ordering and forecasting workflow between the brewery and distributors. Through Craft Portal, suppliers can see the inventory availability at distributors and can manage orders directly through the portal. These orders will automatically sync with Beer30, allowing the brewery production team to manage order fulfillment directly from the software. By using Beer30’s production planning tools in conjunction with GP Analytics’ forecasting tools, brewers can improve sales and maintain a balanced supply and demand.
Nathalie Carisey, the Director of Supply Chain at Kona Brewing, uses VIP, GP, and Beer30 to balance supply and demand on a daily basis. According to Carisey, VIP provides data on sales to retailers and inventory information, Craft Portal provides forecasts and sales orders, and Beer30 provides the supply side information, including the production plan. The integration between Beer30 and Craft Portal, with VIP data pushed into Craft Portal, has made it easier for Carisey and Kona Brewing to balance demand and supply on a daily basis. Carisey notes that the integration has been critical to their daily operations and has allowed them to build and execute a master production schedule more easily.
In addition to streamlining the ordering and fulfillment process, the integration of Craft Portal and Beer30 also allows suppliers to use the powerful production planning tools within Beer30 in conjunction with the forecasting capabilities of Craft Portal. This can help brewers improve sales and ensure that supply and demand are in balance. Additionally, the integration eliminates the need for time-consuming manual data manipulation and double-entry, making the process more efficient and effective.
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Director of Supply Chain
I use VIP, GP, and Beer30 to try to balance supply and demand each and every day. In simple terms, it’s knowing what we need to brew and ship by when. So VIP has all of the data for sales to retailers and inventory information, GP gets me my forecasts and sales orders, and Beer30 gets me the supply side of things including the production plan. It’s been critical to what we‘re doing every day to make sure we can build a master production schedule that we can execute to. In terms of how we get these systems together, for me it’s been a lot of manual data pulled to be able to get that information into one place to do the work that we need to do. The integration between Beer30 and GP, with the VIP data pushed into GP, has made that a lot easier for us to be able to do this balancing of demand and supply each and every day.