Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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

2009 FL 100

For the sixth year in a row, Food Logistics has identified the top 100 technology and solution providers to the food industry. Known as the FL100, this resource is a listing of software, hardware and IT service providers that focus on the unique technology needs of the food distribution industry.

Grocery and foodservice manufacturers and distributors are turning to these solution providers to help them reach their business goals. The FL100 are based on their proven track record and expertise in the industry. In this section, we've included a series of charts that list 19 categories of solutions.



AFS Technologies Inc.AFS Technologies Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Year founded: 1982
Number of employees: 200
Number of food customers: 1,000
Solution names: Priya WMS; DSD--Delivery, Automation/Mobile Sales; Discovery Business Intelligence Tools
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers (3PLs).
Key problems solved: AFS Technologies provides a portfolio of technology solutions designed to optimize profitability in all operational areas. Within the four walls of the warehouse, Priya WMS reduces labor costs and optimizes space utilization while improving transaction/inventory accuracy. Our Delivery Automation/Mobile Sales tools improve driver productivity by eliminating paperwork. Discovery Business Intelligence provides the warehouse manager with actionable performance analysis to ensure operational efficiency.


Agentrics, Chicago, IL

Year founded: 2005
Number of employees: 150
Number of food customers: 60
Solution names: Agentrics Product Lifecycle Management; Agentrics Supply Chain Optimization; Agentrics Spend Management and Contracts
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers, c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Our business solutions enable our customers to launch more products faster, trade more efficiently and achieve significantly higher inventory turns--chain-wide. Our solutions help retailers and suppliers further strengthen market success and profitability as well as enhance the integrity of their brands and customer appeal by ensuring ideal price points, product availability and just-right inventory positions chain-wide.


Aldata Solution Inc.Aldata Solution Inc., Atlanta, GA

Year founded: 1986
Number of employees: 531
Number of food customers: 315
Solution names: Aldata G.O.L.D. This retail suite includes modules for merchandising, sales, replenishment, logistics and store operations. Aldata's Apollo Space Optimization. A collection of powerful, easy-to-use software solutions that give customers the ability to automate planogram production while enabling consistent, accurate execution of category plans and new product launches at any required granular level.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Aldata enables retailers to increase efficiency and reduce costs throughout the supply chain with solutions geared towards the store, back office and warehouse. With automatic replenishment and accurate forecasting, retailers can ensure they have the right mix of products on the shelf while better managing inventory. Aldata helps retailers decrease excess inventory--freeing up revenue and warehouse space.


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