Enterprise 21’s supports the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer packaged goods industries through the tracking and online visibility of inventory shelf life and associated expiration dates. This visibility enables sales and marketing personnel to proactively move these products before their expiration. Enterprise 21 can automatically allocate inventory to sales orders and production processes on a first-expire-first-out basis (FEFO). Furthermore, retest periods can be established for shelf life-managed items so quality control (QC) personnel can reevaluate the physical properties of the given inventory. This process helps ensure compliance to regulatory requirements, protects the organization from unnecessary recalls, and helps reduce inventory costs due to product and ingredient obsolescence.