Managing Change Through Uncertainty

This year's FL100 listing offers tools and services to help companies weather the economic storm.


Salient Corp., Horseheads, NY
www.salient.com

Year founded: 1986
Number of employees: 100+
Number of food customers: NA
Solution names: SIM (Margin Minder)
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Using Salient's technology, short and long-term goals can be met by your organization with a solution that breaks the four barriers that traditional BI solutions face. With speed, simplicity, specificity, and self-sufficiency, our solution dissolves the dependency on IT for creating reports and brings actionable data closer to the point of execution. Using a Windows-based interface, anyone that needs to know can access their data and drill down to their answers, reported in instantaneous response times.

 

SAP America, (a unit of SAP AG), Newtown Square, PA
www.sap.com

Year founded: 1972
Number of employees: 38,000+
Number of food customers: <100
Solution names: ERP; SCM; CRM
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Technology offers food distribution companies the opportunity to achieve greater control of their business, so that they will know which products, customers and even which orders are profitable, and which are not. This system-wide visibility allows the food distributor to make adjustments during difficult times so that they will emerge from the recession stronger and better able to compete and to take advantage of the opportunities that will undoubtedly present themselves.

 

SSI SchaeferSchaefer Systems International Inc., Charlotte, NC
www.ssi-schaefer.us

Year founded: 1937
Number of employees: 9,000+
Number of food customers: 39
Solution names: Schaefer Case Picking System; Schaefer Carousel System (single unit pick); Schaefer AKL (miniload AS/RS)
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: SSI Schaefer's technology allows our customers to lower unit price per shipped when margins are at the tightest. This allows a company to be more profitable in the short term and more competitive over the long term.

 

Silvon Software Inc., Westmont, IL
www.silvon.com

Year founded: 1987
Number of employees: 50
Number of food customers: 150
Solution names: Stratum
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: In today's economy, food businesses must react quicker in getting smaller orders out the door more frequently to their grocery retailers, drive down operational costs even further to meet retailer pricing demands, and maintain both high service levels and good margins while doing so. The supply chain visibility offered by today's technology like the Silvon Stratum application suite supports these market-driven requirements by providing functionality for continuous business planning, real-time performance analysis that leverages demand signals coming from POS and other data, guidance on what should be done when performance variances occur, and continuous response to changing business conditions.

 

SmartTurn, San Francisco, CA
www.smartturn.com

Year founded: 2004
Number of employees: 35
Number of food customers: 15
Solution names: SmartTurn Inventory and Warehouse Management System
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: In today's economy, supply chain risk assessment should play a significant role in driving the adoption of technology. Combined with a renewed focus on the supply chain and maximizing cash from within, companies are turning to warehouse management technology as the foundation to quickly augment and in some cases, replace existing systems. Because of the Internet, on-demand WMS provides affordability not previously possible. In the short term, WMS technology can help with visibility and assessing any uncertainty surrounding trading partners heightened by operational reductions over the past 12 months. The increased visibility provides the mission-critical information for making informed decisions.

 

Software Logistechs Inc.Software Logistechs Inc., Toledo, OH
www.softlog.us

Year founded: 1997
Number of employees: 6
Number of food customers: 4
Solution names: DC-Xpress WMS
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Solves key issues like inventory accuracy, labor efficiencies, quality customer service and elimination of physical inventories.

 

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