MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods announced they have added all sellable levels of UPC information for products on the Dot Expressway® website. This means the manufacturer's item and inner pack retail UPC code information is available, giving distributors full visibility of the manufacturers set up information. Distributors who sell products to the consumer packaged goods industry need all UPC codes to have complete information on the products they are selling.
With its roots in the foodservice industry, Dot previously provided distributor customers with case UPC information. "As we continue to grow in other channels, specifically in retail channels, that service the consumer packaged goods industry we realized it was important for our customers to have this information," said Devin Fogleman, director of channels at Dot Foods. "We were receiving feedback from our customers that we needed to make this a priority. In the end, we hope this change makes it easier for our customers to do business with us."
Historically, this information has not been readily accessible through electronic means. Over the past several years the industry-wide 1Sync initiative has given Dot the opportunity to collect more comprehensive information from manufacturers to populate their database. "This was a highly anticipated change," said Bri Shaw ebusiness support manager of Dot Foods. "We made the change on the Expressway in late December and then started receiving emails from our customers thanking us for the change before we could even make an official anouncement."
The Dot Expressway® is a website that allows Dot customers to track purchase history by dollars, cases or specific dates; search Dot's online product catalog of over 100,000 items by supplier, keyword, category or manufacturer; download product and pricing information; and even place orders online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In 2011, the Dot Expressway® averaged over 37,000 hits per day.
About Dot Foods Inc.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 100,000 products from 700 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.