AFS Picks Procurant for Produce Order Management Systems Boost
Associated Food Stores (AFS), a coalition of over 450 independent retailers in the western United States, has chosen Procurant, a collaborative software platform for retail grocers, to manage perishables purchasing and source-to-pay order management. Procurant’s web-based procurement and food safety platform facilitates connectivity among all stakeholders in the grocery perishables supply chain. It enables seamless purchasing and payments, real-time collaboration among buyers, suppliers, and logistics providers, and ensures the efficient and reliable management of perishable goods orders. The platform also supports the collection and reporting of traceability data mandated by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rule 204 regulations.
“This is a big step forward for our members and customers. Fresh produce has always been at the core of a great grocery experience, and it requires strong partnerships and trust across the supply chain to make that happen,” said Todd Bell, VP, Procurement at AFS. “The Procurant team really understands this, and we look forward to working with them to enhance the way AFS manages this important category across our operations.”
“Retailers like AFS recognize the importance of produce and perishable goods for their customers,” said Eric Peters, CEO of Watsonville, California-based Procurant. “We’re honored by the trust and confidence AFS places in Procurant, and we look forward to a long and productive partnership with their exceptional team and their fantastic network of suppliers – many of whom are already on Procurant.”
Last October, Schnuck Markets Inc. strengthened its produce supply chain by partnering with Procurant and implementing the Procurant One tech platform for perishables purchasing, produce inspection, and source-to-pay order management. AFS, headquartered in Salt Lake City, is a grocery retailer cooperative supplying independently owned retail supermarkets throughout the western United States and is ranked 71st on Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.