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MFB launches new inventory system at Normal, IL, location

Volunteers learn the new inventory system

MFB Normal has implemented a new inventory system, paving the way for MFB's other locations. The system, Primarius, includes scanning bar codes on pallets, which is quite different from the 20 years of using Excel spreadsheets. An implementation team has been meeting weekly for 18 months to prepare for the launch. The switch took a great deal of planning by IT Director Nate Westerfield and Jeni Hanson, MFB Normal's Procurement Director.

"Jeni spent countless hours learning the ins and outs of Primarius to help define the processes for all divisions," says Nate. "Her dedication was instrumental in making this implementation successful."

Learning the new system

The process involved training on new scanners, tweaking some distribution procedures, and training volunteers. Staff and volunteers from MFB's New England and Georgia divisions came to Normal to assist and learn from the experience. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are adopting the system and helping with the implementation.

This system continues MFB's history of fiscal responsibility by accurately tracking inventory and enabling future efficiencies. The New England and Georgia divisions plan to go live in June. 

Inventory team
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