Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


 

TAKE Supply Chain, Austin, TX
www.takesupplychain.com

Year founded: 1994
Number of employees: 450
Number of food customers: 10+
Solution names: Gemini Simplified Interface (G.SI) for Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM); Compliance Label Manager (CLM)
Markets served: Manufacturers; c-store distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: TAKE Gemini and CLM solutions enable food manufacturers to improve operational control, inventory accuracy, visibility and order fulfillment by automating processes across production warehousing facilities. These improvements help companies improve business processes, while reducing costs -- of great importance in today's tough economic times--by increasing speed and visibility and eliminating costly data delays and errors in warehouses. With minimal implementation and training costs, Gemini and CLM provides far greater lot control and visibility across supply chain processes, enabling food manufacturers to respond immediately and with great precision to potentially costly, brand-tarnishing product recalls.

 

Technology Group International, Toledo, OH
www.tgiltd.com

Year founded: 1990
Number of employees: 25+
Number of food customers: 40+
Solution names: Enterprise 21ERP
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Despite the current global economic climate, Food Logistics readers, short-term, can leverage technology to improve access to information, improve customer service through faster order processing, decrease on-hand inventory levels while simultaneously increasing order and line item fill rates, and achieve both time and cost savings by migrating to an integrated software platform. Long-term, companies can leverage technology, software in particular, in such a way to allow the organization to grow in sales revenue without a proportional increase in overhead expenses due to faster, more efficient internal business processes, thus leading to greater bottom-line profitability and more sustainable long-term business viability.

 

Terra TechnologyTerra Technology, Norwalk, CT
www.terratechnology.com

Year founded: 2001
Number of employees: 50
Number of food customers: 7
Solution names: Demand Sensing; Multi-Enterprise Demand Sensing; Inventory Optimization; Multi-Enterprise Inventory Optimization; Transportation Demand Sensing
Markets served: Manufacturers
Key problems solved: Consumer spending patterns have changed as cost-conscious consumers react to the unprecedented economic upheaval. Consumers have traded down to store brands, reduced spending on non-essential items and increased reliance on coupons and discounts. Now more than ever historic demand is not a good predictor of future demand. Terra's solutions apply pattern recognition mathematics to daily downstream data, including channel inventory, POS data and shipment history, to more accurately predict future consumer spending. Forecast accuracy increases by 40 percent or more for all food companies. More accurate forecasting decreases inventory requirements while increasing service levels and profits.

 

TGW-Ermanco Inc., Spring Lake, MI
www.tgw-ermanco.com

Year founded: 1964
Number of employees: 200 (U.S) 2,000 worldwide
Number of food customers: 15+
Solution names: BOOSTER; COMMANDER; COMMISSIONER; CRUZ; CRUZCONTROL; GAPMASTER; INTELLIROL; MUSTANG; NBA; NBC; NBS; NBT; RLC; SPECTRA; STRATUS; TGW ERMANCO; TURBO; ULC; XCELSORT; XENOPRESSURE; XENOROL; XenoTRACTION
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Short term goals such as energy management (run on demand and lighting) and modernization retrofits offer immediate efficiency and payback improvements, with ROI of less than one year. For the longer term, companies should look at automation solutions such as AS/RS that traditionally had paybacks of five or more years, but now offer a one to two year ROI. The shorter ROI comes from taking into effect not just the cost of a solution, but the many factors it will affect and the total overall cost of ownership that an integrated logistics solution provides.

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