Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


 

Westfalia Technologies Inc., York, PA
www.westfaliausa.com

Year founded: 1992
Number of employees: 90
Number of food customers: 60+
Solution names: Savanna.NET Warehouse Management Software; Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems with Satellite technology, conveying, pallet flow systems, plus capabilities in case packing/handling systems.
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Highly flexible, and designed to expand as your company grows, Savanna is a modular software enabling companies of all sizes to select only the modules they need to handle their warehousing processes. Savanna offers a broad spectrum of interfaces to various ERP systems, web interfaces and PLC systems. For companies considering automating their warehouses in the future, Westfalia's key advantage is being the one provider knowing how to implement and service automation and software, in steps or all at once.

 

Witron Integrated Logistics Corp., Arlington Heights, IL
www.witron.com

Year founded: 1971
Number of employees: 1,100
Number of food customers: 26
Solution names: OPM automated case picking and palletizing system
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Using the OPM automated case picking/palletizing system from Witron will allow retailers to reduce labor and worker compensation claims by removing the lifting of heavy cases by order selectors.
Building a taller order pallet with no holes will allow companies to save transportation costs of up to 8 percent. Providing an aisle ready pallet or roll container to store clerks will mean faster replenishment of shelves, less impediment to shoppers, less walking and less handling of product resulting in dramatically reduced costs to the customer. Increased productivity and real time control will yield a competitive advantage.

 

WOW Logistics, Appleton, WI
www.wowlogistics.com

Year founded: 1977
Number of employees: 175
Number of food customers: 150+
Solution names: N/A
Markets served: Manufacturers; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: It is times like these when each company needs to evaluate its internal business procedures. By doing this WOW was able to streamline the process flow while increasing our efficiencies and reducing operational expenses. An example of this was the electronic signature process (similar to any retail store) on our BOLs. Our drivers now sign electronically when the load is picked up. This eliminates the need for paper copies while allowing the flexibility to send the BOLs real time to the customer. Companies need to embrace technology and welcome change to compete in this environment.

 

XATA Corp.XATA Corp., Minneapolis, MN
www.xata.com

Year founded: 1985
Number of employees: 171
Number of food customers: N/A
Solution names: N/A
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: XATA's technology provides on-demand business insight to its customers' fleets via a software-as-a-service delivery model. This business insight gives fleet operations personnel the tools and data needed to analyze their fleet operations, which results in improvements to their standard operating procedures through reporting, benchmarking and process automation. This is crucial for lowering overall fleet expenses, maintaining regulatory compliance, creating a higher level of safety, and improving customer satisfaction. In today's tough economy, fleets are under increasing pressure to run as lean as possible, without sacrificing service and getting to their destinations safely and on-time. Fleet management solutions help them do this and improve customer service as fleets are able to provide delivery information at a moments notice.

 

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