How the System 3000 App Helped Improve Inventory Turns and Labor Savings


Salm Partners, located in Denmark, WI is the nation’s largest co-manufacturer of fully cooked sausage and hot dogs. They operate a co-extrusion, cook-in-package process that produces delicious, clean label, food-safe products.

Over the past several years Great Northern Packaging has experienced steady business growth with Salm Partners, which led to them needing more packaging on-hand. Salm Partners quickly realized that the lack of warehousing space in their production facility was going to be an issue. They needed a solution that would provide them enough corrugated packaging without taking up too much warehouse space.

The Solution

Electronic Interface

Aggregate Salm’s packaging requirements based on production schedule and work orders

Optimized Shipping

Data gives our shipping planners an idea of how trailers should be loaded

Packaging Availability

Packaging needed for their next order are the first available pallets on the trailer


Moving material directly to production line improved labor savings


We used our System 3000 solution to aggregate Salm’s packaging requirements based on their production schedule and work orders. This lets our customer service team and shipping planners know how the trailer should be loaded. The packaging needed for their next order is made first available on the trailer so they can pull what they need for their upcoming production and not the whole trailer.

Salm has experienced positive improvement in their packaging inventory turns, freeing up valuable space in the plant. They have also improved labor savings by eliminating touches by moving material directly to the production line. This is a great example by our customer service, shipping and IT Team putting our Great Northern Mission into Action!

Kimberly Forbes, Purchasing Manager, said “GNC has been our primary corrugate supplier for several years. Not only are they our preferred supplier but we have also built a successful partnership.   They have been instrumental to our success in helping with our warehousing and material handling issues.  We implemented a dropped trailer program that has enabled us to free up warehouse space and cut down on handling time.  Along with this, they provide short lead times, high quality product and great service!  We could not ask for a better partner than GNC!”


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