Innovative Software Helps US Foods Improve Freight Performance

ArrowStream Crossbow enables organizations to increase savings through a proactive approach to logistics management

Chicago, IL – April 15, 2014 – ArrowStream, Inc. (“ArrowStream”), a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for supply chain management, announced that it has partnered with US Foods, Inc. (“US Foods”), an innovative food company and leading distributor, to help the company enhance its inbound logistics processes.

“We had seen enormous potential in working with upstream replenishment patterns to improve downstream freight efficiency,” said Gautam Grover, Vice President of Operations Strategy at US Foods. “We also knew that we were just scratching the surface of what could be achieved if we could find the optimal patterns and then fully align our people and processes around seizing the opportunity.”

US Foods turned to ArrowStream and its Crossbow technology, implementing a sustainable approach to identify, monitor, and measure these improvements across functions. ArrowStream and US Foods personnel worked side-by-side and aligned to the same savings targets until the processes and technologies were fully adopted.

With Crossbow, US Foods has moved from a reactive execution environment to a cohesive planning process across both replenishment and logistics. As a result, US Foods is far more responsive to changes in its network and has expanded inbound freight volumes while delivering higher returns. In addition, US Foods has created better communication strategy and alignment between the Purchasing and Logistics teams, providing the right information for decision-making throughout the entire product flow.

“Utilizing Crossbow, we were able to deliver a higher level of performance,” said Grover. “ArrowStream’s team has worked with us as a true partner to integrate the Crossbow technology and process into our inbound logistics network. This technology implementation has been hugely successful.”

“US Foods has greatly enhanced its ability to truly manage its inbound network by aligning daily decisions across teams to common performance goals,” said Steven LaVoie, CEO of ArrowStream. “US Foods has been a terrific partner, and we are thrilled to support a team that is committed to the highest levels of success in logistics.”

About US Foods
As one of America’s great food companies and leading distributors, US Foods is Keeping Kitchens Cooking and making life easier for customers, including independent and multi-unit restaurants, healthcare and hospitality entities, government and educational institutions.

With approximately $22 billion in annual revenue, the company offers more than 350,000 products, including high-quality, exclusive brands such as the innovative Chef’s Line®, a time-saving, chef-inspired line of scratch-quality products, and Rykoff Sexton®, a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world. The company proudly employs approximately 25,000 people in more than 60 locations nationwide. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and jointly owned by affiliates of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P.

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