Food Service Distribution Software allows users to schedule, track, and manage inventory related to food storage and distribution. The software allows foodservice distribution companies to plan shipments, manage customers, and maintain well-documented records of food orders. Food Service Distribution Software has the ability to produce analytics reports used in sales processes and performance evaluation. They offer customized tools for analyzing performance, profits, and market prices to maximize sales effectiveness, and also contain tools for managing incoming distributions.
Technological advancements in cloud-based ERP solutions, favorable government regulations, and growing demand for food on-demand services drive the market growth. In the U.S., some of the local enterprises such as ABS Seafood, Golden Gate Meat Company, and Vegiworks are currently using Food Service Distribution Software to enhance productivity, control inventory management, improve pricing transparency, and evaluate performance.
Technological development is reshaping the Food Service Distribution Software market across all industrial sectors. Shifting customer preference towards online food ordering services through apps and websites drives the market growth. Today, the online food ordering platform offers umpteen services to customers, including menu comparison, review posting, scanning, and tracking. In 2018, about 82% of orders were placed from home, while only 16% were placed from the workplace.
The cloud segment holds the highest market share and is presumed to continue the same during the forecast period. Cloud foodservice solution offers a secure payment platform, meal plan solution, and loyalty applications at lower prices, which is why it is extensively used across several industrial sectors. In 2020, Saarioinen, a leading convenience food manufacturer in Finland, implemented Infor cloud Food Service Distribution Software to increase customer experience, warehouse and distribution management, end-end traceability, and performance evaluation, among others.
The SMEs segment is anticipated to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Increasing government initiatives to adopt Food Service Distribution Software for enhancing customer experience drives the segment growth. For instance, in 2017, the government of India (GOI) implemented the Depot Online System to facilitate effective management, tracking, and control of procurement, storage, and movement of food grains. The system enables SMEs to increase productivity and have better control over transactions. Advancement in technology such as cloud computing enables SMEs to collaborate more closely with customers, easily access the past order and transaction history, manage inventory level, and eliminate the need for hardware and internal network
The large enterprise segment dominates the market and is presumed to continue the same during the forecast period. Large enterprises, such as hospitals and financial institutions, are largely adopting Food Service Distribution Software, further driving the segment growth. In 2017, Food Service Solutions launched a food service platform that aids in reducing food waste and offers easy-to-use inventory reports to enhance customer experience and gain a competitive edge.
The software segment holds a significant market share. The segment is bolstered by the rising adoption of digital technology among people and favorable government regulations in terms of food safety. In 2019, the U.S. government implemented the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that focuses on improving the country’s food safety. In 2017, Amazon acquired the leading food distributor company Whole Foods to strengthen its business in food distribution service, further driving the segment growth.
The restaurant and hotel segment is projected to witness the fastest growth. The segment’s most prominent driver is the rapid technological advancement in the field of food delivery service. Shifting consumer preference towards online food ordering provides an impetus to the segment growth. Recently, Dineout launched Project Thali to eliminate hunger at local and national levels. Thus, Food Service Distribution Software will provide ease in business operations and inventory management, further increasing its adoption in restaurants and hotels.
COVID-19 has severely affected all industrial sectors, particularly SMEs. The Food Service Distribution Software market is witnessing a sluggish growth due to temporarily halt of business operations to support government regulations. However, some of the government agencies and large enterprises continue to provide foodservice distribution amidst the outbreak to provide people with necessary commodities. For instance, in 2020, Sysco and the U.S. Foods, the two largest restaurants, and food service distributors of the U.S. are supplying groceries to stores, further driving the demand for Food Service Distribution Software to track inventory management, supply chain, and performance.
Europe’s Food Service Distribution Software market is projected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period due to the rising adoption of Food Service Distribution Software. In 2016, internet penetration rates in Sweden and Austria were 56% and 46%, respectively. The leading players are channelizing efforts to develop innovative solutions to gain a competitive edge drives the regional market growth. The following table depicts the increase in market evaluation in 2016 of new European foodservice distribution companies.
Asia-Pacific’s market is backed by surging online ordering frequency, internet penetration, and favorable government regulation. The food tech industries are adopting Food Service Distribution Software to enhance productivity, effectiveness, price transparency, and control inventory management, further driving the regional market growth. In 2020, Swiggy, India’s largest online food delivery platform, partnered with Karnataka Government and Amazon Web Services to provide cloud platform services and distribute food among the people amidst a coronavirus outbreak.
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