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Logistics & Supply Chain
January 4, 2023

Cameron’s Specialty Coffee

Tracking coffee from bean to carton for freshest coffee each and every time

Use Case

Company Overview

Cameron’s Coffee is a coffee roasting, packaging, and distribution company, effectively roasting and distributing premium, specialty-grade coffee. They are headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota and operate since 1978. The company is leading provider of both branded and private label coffee products in the U.S. Cameron’s Coffee offerings include single serve coffee pods, bagged whole bean and ground coffee, and bulk whole bean coffee as well as select tea products.

The roaster predominantly serves the grocery sector but also uses an eCommerce platform to sell directly to customers. Cameron’s operates from a state-of-the-art production and distribution facility in Shakopee, MN where it employs best-in-class practices to ensure quality and sustainable coffee.

Their HQ and Production facility are in the same building, while the finished good warehouse is around the corner. The company employees travel the world to source high-quality arabica beans.

Project overview

  • Having only paper-based processes at the warehouse operations, employees manually check and encode items
  • Growing eCommerce demand from individual customers and business growth
  • Food and beverage companies are strengthening efforts around food traceability having to comply with new government regulations in this area.  
  • Green beans are shipped from overseas (South America), stored in the U.S. and delivered to hundreds of stores in the USA.
  • Therefore, inventory accuracy and live reporting capabilities are paramount

Generix Group's role

  • Every step of the transformation process is managed in the WMS+MES: roasting, flavoring, grinding, and packaging which ties into the ERP
  • The solution tracks how much coffee is roasted as well as which and how many ingredients are required for the product
  • Customization includes tracking the output quantity, as well as time and date for each batch of coffee, allowing Cameron’s coffee to see how many coffee bags are produced during each roasted batch, and measure raw materials needed to produce a set amount of every type and format of their coffee products
  • Streamlines existing processes to create mobility in the warehouse while helping employees be more efficient and accurate thus enhancing quality control
  • Ensures no waste of coffee beans takes place, if excess quantity is produced or over roasting happens, coffee can then be redirected to a relevant batch to be utilized correctly 
  • Assist with Customer compliance requirements (i.e., Walmart, Target, Menards, etc.)

“The WMS and MES systems through Solochain are user-friendly and very customizable. In a dynamically changing company, the system has been able to change and grow with our needs. We have found efficiencies that have allowed us to grow with minimal additional head count. And when we do have new hires, the system is easy to train and empowers employees to confidently complete their jobs."  Amy Fitzgerald System Administrator Cameron’s Specialty Coffee

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“The WMS and MES systems through Solochain are user-friendly and very customizable. In a dynamically changing company, the system has been able to change and grow with our needs. We have found efficiencies that have allowed us to grow with minimal additional head count. And when we do have new hires, the system is easy to train and empowers employees to confidently complete their jobs." 

Amy Fitzgerald
System Administrator Cameron’s Specialty Coffee,

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