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Companies Find Value From Automated Systems: Survey


“Exclusive Refrigerated Service eliminates the uncertainty faced by refrigerated food shippers that pool in bulk-headed frozen freight consolidation,” Janson says. “In addition to the proper environment, our refrigerated-foods customers are tapping into an established distribution program that helps reduce transportation and administration costs, while delivering accurate orders on time.”

Swiss Valley Farms
Deploys Solution To
Expand Globally

Swiss Valley Farms, a four state dairy cooperative with 1,000 members and annual sales in excess of $300 million, has deployed a solution from Atlanta-based Logility Inc. to improve forecast accuracy and help the company expand into new international markets.

Logility’s Voyager Solutions help drive efficient sourcing and production by automating the complex process of predicting market demand.

Davenport, IA-based Swiss Valley Farms, founded in 1958, has relied on manual Excel-based forecasting to develop production schedules, sales and marketing efforts and provide executive-level reports. This process slowed the company’s ability to expand into new markets such as Asia and South America, two burgeoning regions for dairy products.

Voyager Solutions will automate the forecasting process and enable Swiss Valley Farms to produce and distribute its quality dairy products in new international markets such as China.

“We pride ourselves on providing premium specialty cheeses suited to the unique needs of our customers,” says Jeff Saforek, vice president of sales and marketing, Swiss Valley Farms. “Logility Voyager Solutions will help us deliver on this promise as we grow Swiss Valley Farms and expand into new markets. In addition, we can now be more proactive in our planning and tightly align our product forecasts with our business plan to make our supply chain a key strategic asset to the company.”

Voyager Solutions provides access to reports and metrics that allow companies like Swiss Valley Farms to generate and track forecasts for multiple business needs including sales, marketing, logistics, and financials. In addition, moving away from Excel-based spreadsheets to the intuitive Voyager Solutions suite minimizes the potential for data entry and re-entry errors and boosts analytical insight.

U.S.-Mexico Cross-Border
Trucking Agreement Reached

The American Trucking Associations said it supports the announcement of an agreement in principle between the governments of the United States and Mexico to implement the long-delayed cross-border trucking provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“ATA is pleased that Presidents Obama and (Felipe) Calderon and their administrations have worked through their differences and have put our two countries on the path to resolving this issue after nearly 16 years,” says Bill P Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “We hope this agreement will be a first step to increasing trade between our two countries, more than 70 pecent of which crosses the border by truck.”

The agreement upholds previous requirements for Mexican trucks operating on US highways, notably that Mexican fleets apply for and receive authority from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; demonstrate they meet the same safety standards as US fleets; and that those trucks are prohibited from hauling freight between destinations within the United States.

“When properly implemented, NAFTA’s trucking provisions should evolve to allow for a more efficient, safe, and secure environment for cross-border operations between the United States and Mexico,” Graves says. “Ensuring a level playing field requires that both countries establish permitting and regulatory processes that are clear and transparent to ensure that carriers from both countries are treated equitably.”

Mexico is the second-largest export market for the United States. ATA hopes lifting the retaliatory tariffs imposed after Congress abolished a previous cross-border trucking pilot program in 2009 will help the two nations resume more normal trading patterns and increase the flow of commerce between the two countries.

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