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Tech Investments Yield Extraordinary Results

Monday, April 6, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Abbey Kwiat
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The KeHe Team

 

The world is rapidly changing due to the coronavirus pandemic. In every sector, businesses are working hard to find their place and care for their people. As an essential distribution business, we are honored to play a key role in maintaining our nation’s food supply chain.

Like many other Americans, we’ve (personally) experienced aisles with limited items and social distancing measures at our local grocery stores. The food supply chain is more important than ever as global events have driven us to purchase food and other staples. However, there is no shortage of food in the country, and at KeHE, we are working hard to swiftly move product onto our Retailers’ shelves even in the face of this incredible increase in demand. There’s never been a more important time in our history to help people gather around their dinner tables.

Fortunately, our technology investments prepared us to handle the increased load on our operations. Our ordering, inventory, and back office systems have been tested and trusted. They are adaptable and flexible; responding amazingly-well to this unprecedented demand.

To support our outstanding professional truck drivers and operations teams, many of our corporate employees have transitioned to remote work from home. Last summer, KeHE moved to a new VPN that increased our capacity of remote working by an order of magnitude. As a result, we now have more than 2,000 employees working efficiently and securely. Our teams are well-positioned to support the professional operators who our customers rely on to serve their communities.

Investing in our digital infrastructure positioned us to quickly adapt to these unprecedented market changes. In these extraordinary times, we continue to stay connected to one another and to the customers we serve. Some of us may be distancing, but KeHE’s technology helps to maintain the networks that keep us all safe and Connected.


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