Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


TZA--Tom Zosel Associates, Chicago, IL
www.tzaconsulting.com

Year founded: 1984
Number of employees: 40
Number of food customers: 55
Solution names: ProTrack Warehouse Labor Management System; ProTrack Drivers; ProTrack Mobile; Slot3D
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs
Key problems solved: Productivity can be improved through technology or engineering, but results are maximized when both are used in combination. Developing improved procedures and methods and implementing labor reporting software can drive improved distribution productivity. Companies can often gain five to 10 percent simply by re-engineering existing tasks with the correct methods. However, combining the right procedures with labor reporting software that can dynamically calculate performance expectations based on those engineered standards, clearly offers the largest opportunity for productivity improvement.

 

UPS Logistics TechnologiesUPS Logistics Technologies, Baltimore MD;
www.upslogisticstech.com

Year founded: 1983
Number of employees: 152
Number of food customers: 786
Solution names: Roadnet Transportation Suite including Roadnet, Territory Planner, MobileCast, Roadnet Performance Dashboard; Roadnet Info Center; NetScheduler
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Today, we are at an interesting spot--fuel isn't expensive enough to add a fuel surcharge but is just expensive enough to be painful. Our solutions can assist reducing or eliminating this pain by creating optimized routes and monitoring the execution of the routes to ensure that drivers are running them to plan and not running up out-of-route miles. UPS-LT products also allow distributors to become more efficient by finding routes and vehicles that are under capacity--if distributors can add just one more stop to the route, they are far more efficient.

 

Vocollect Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
www.vocollect.com

Year founded: 1987
Number of employees: 400
Number of food customers: 700
Solution names: Vocollect Voice--Vocollect's portfolio of software, hardware and services that support the use of voice in the DC/warehouse and beyond.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Companies should look for ways to further leverage their existing voice investment by going beyond selection and using voice for receiving, put-away, replenishment, cycle-counting, and other common DC tasks. Within the picking function, they can utilize voice to help enable process improvements like batch-picking and/or interleaving of tasks.

 

Voxware Inc.Voxware Inc., Hamilton, NJ www.voxware.com
Year founded: 1996
Number of employees: 70
Number of food customers: 40
Solution names: Voxware 3; Voxware DirectConnect
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Voxware voice technology reduces labor cost, improves accuracy and streamlines operations, leading directly to better margins. Our customers achieve short-term goals in two ways. First, unlike traditional voice solutions, our Voxware 3 software product is easy and quick to deploy because an expensive custom programming project is not needed. Second, the financial payback from Voxware voice is realized in months, not years.

 

Weber Distribution, Santa Fe Springs, CA
www.weberdistribution.com

Year founded: 1924
Number of employees: 500
Number of food customers: 90
Solution names: As a 3PL we have either purchased or written in-house solution applications. They are: Synapse WMS by Zethcon; TransLINKS TMS written in-house by Weber; Labor Management written in-house by Weber; Salesforce CRM; WAM written in-house by Weber, is our client account management program; Retail Compliance program written in-house by Weber Management System; Translinks Transportation Management System
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs
Key problems solved: Data analytics through visibility and system integration and efficient planning and forecasting, leading to increased inventory turn-over and higher order fulfillment potential.

 

Werner Enterprises Inc.Werner Enterprises Inc., Omaha, NE
www.werner.com

Year founded: 1956
Number of employees: 12,200
Number of food customers: 150+
Solution names: SMART (Shipment Management and Resource Tracking) System
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Drive cost out of your network by utilizing multiple shipper collaboration; customizable TMS that creates visibility for consolidation and mode conversion; partner with an organization whose philosophy is founded on designing and utilizing our proprietary systems to deliver the lowest cost solutions; supplier freight management giving the flexibility based on business needs; mode optimization allowing flexible to select cost savings based off demand.

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