Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


TopVox Corp., Barrington, IL

Year founded: 2006
Number of employees: 50+
Number of food customers: 75+
Solution names: topSPEECH-Lydia; VOXter; Voxter-S; Voxter-RFID
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs
Key problems solved: Using voice recognition in logistics processes creates a “hands-free, eyes-free” environment for the operators which results in the perfect solution to optimize the workflow and increase productivity (by an average of more than 20 percent) at an affordable cost of entry. The most cost-effective way to introduce voice in the warehouse is to implement the system in the picking operations due to the proven fast payback. Then, continue to expand the use of voice to other functions, such as receiving, put-away, cycle-counting and returns. The TopVOX voice recognition system is easily integrated and extremely flexible.


TLC--Total Logistic Control, Holland, MI and

Year founded: 1902
Number of employees: 2,550
Number of food customers: 185
Solution names: TMOne for transportation and we offer LMS and WMS as well
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers.
Key problems solved: The supply chain is transaction and information intense. Those without contemporary technology risk competitive disadvantage. This is especially true in difficult economic times where such technology can provide better controls, more fluid coordination, and smarter business practices. In addition, technology has never been more affordable--3PL's can spread costs across multiple customers; SaaS; and web-based applications. While technology is vital, many companies are finding that outsourcing can be a huge assist in these economic times. By combining and placing operations and technology in the hands of focused supply chain professionals, new levels of performance can often be realized.


Transplace, Dallas, TX

Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 550
Number of food customers: 100+
Solution names: Transplace Transportation Management System; Transplace Order Management System; Scenario Pro Shipment Planning; Trailer Management
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Increased automation of business operations allows companies to gain better visibility throughout the supply chain. By utilizing logistics technology to optimize and manage supply chain operations, companies can improve accuracy, timeliness, reliability and efficiency, resulting in improved service levels, better truck utilization, closer relationships with carriers and reduced transportation-related expenses. This helps manufacturers, retailers and CPG companies to not only remain competitive during the difficult economic environment but to position themselves to succeed when the economy rebounds.


TranSystems, Kansas City, MO

Year founded: 1967
Number of employees: 1,100
Number of food customers: 65
Solution names: Supply Chain and Transportation Consulting
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Technology is not the only answer to meeting short- and longer-term goals, particularly during tough times when, for many companies, cost containment without sacrificing customer service is so critical to maintaining competitive position. TranSystems works with clients to evaluate and benchmark current performance, fine-tune work flows and processes; and then, as appropriate, identify and prioritize the equipment, technology and systems investments that can enhance performance while delivering measurable contributions to inventory management, throughput, margins and return on assets.


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