Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


PakSense, Boise, ID
www.paksense.com

Year founded: 2004
Number of employees: N/A
Number of food customers: N/A
Solution names: Ultra Contact Label; Ultra Wireless Label.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Companies must proactively look for technologies that help increase bottom line profits. An increase in bottom line profits can be attained by either adopting technologies that help reduce costs or help increase sales. When technology is adopted based on these principles, the expenditure can be justified because it is no longer a “cost.” It is now viewed as a way to improve company profits. Products such as the PakSense Ultra Label fall into this category of profit improvers because they help companies reduce costs by enabling them to increase efficiencies and pinpoint supply chain issues.

 

Paragon Software Systems Inc., Dallas
www.us.paragonrouting.com

Year founded: 1991
Number of employees: <50<br > Number of food customers: 75+
Solution names: Paragon Routing and Scheduling Optimizer; Paragon Multi Depot; Paragon Integrated Fleets; Paragon Fleet Controller; Paragon Resource Manager; Paragon Home Delivery System; Paragon Fastnet; Paragon Multi Period Planner; Paragon Territory Optimizer; Paragon Fixed Route Manager; Paragon Carbon Minimizer.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Paragon's route planning and transportation optimization software solutions have been proven to cut costs, reduce mileage and fuel use, streamline a wide range of different distribution operation types and improve efficiency across many industry sectors. In the short-term, Paragon's versatile operational planning solutions can streamline daily distribution, managing variations in order volumes and ensuring fixed route operations are running as efficiently as possible.

 

PeopleNetPeopleNet, Minnetonka, MN
www.peoplenetonline.com

Year founded: 1994
Number of employees: 185
Number of food customers: 200
Solution names: PeopleNet BLU In-Cab PC; PeopleNet PerformX; PeopleNet PACOS; PeopleNet eDriver Logs; PeopleNet Onboard Event Recording; PeopleNet Activity Standards.
Markets served: C-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Knowledge is power. Fleet managers who have access to vehicle and driver performance information when and where they need it have the power to make decisions and squeeze every ounce of profit out of their fleets. To combat economic challenges and fluctuating gas prices that thwart profitability, management needs controls over the types of information they get, how frequently and when it's delivered, the format it's in and the time period it covers. You can't manage what you can't measure and today's cutting edge technology solutions give fleet managers the tools they need to make their operation most successful.

 

PINC SolutionsPINC Solutions, Berkeley, CA
www.pincsolutions.com

Year founded: 2004
Number of employees: N/A
Number of food customers: 7
Solution names: Yard Hound; Yard Hound Carrier View; Yard Hound Reefer
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Yard management is a critical linkage in transportation logistics, and has a significant impact on the overall efficiency of the supply chain. Currently, many of the yards still rely on manual processes to manage the operations, creating a visibility gap such that accurate and timely data cannot be ascertained. PINC's cost-effective yard management solution leverages advanced technologies to provide automated, real-time visibility necessary for increasing the efficiency and reducing the costs of operating a facility, thus providing the quick ROI required for justifying SCM IT spending at a difficult economy time like today.

 

Profit Point, North Brookfield, MA
www.profitpt.com

Year founded: 1995
Number of employees: 14+
Number of food customers: 10+
Solution names: Profit Network; Green Network; Profit Scheduler; Profit Vehicle Planner
Markets served: Foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: In today's turbulent economy, logistics professionals are trapped between monolithic ERP data warehouses and the need to make quick, informed decisions. Trade-offs abound and, therefore, analysis tied to scenario visibility is critical. Smart decision-makers will make incremental investments in to technology that leverages these large data sets to provide actionable insights and planning for numerous possible futures across the supply chain.

 

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