Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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

Chainalytics, Atlanta, GA

Year founded: 2001
Number of employees: 50
Number of food customers: 45
Solution names: Supply Chain Consulting;Transportation Planning; Inventory Planning; Supply Chain Strategy; Supply Chain Design and Infrastructure Planning (network design); Strategic Market Planning; Strategic Procurement Planning Services; Strategic Master Planning; Transportation Planning; Transportation Operations Assessment; Transportation Master Planning; Transportation Procurement; Model-Based Benchmarking Consortium; Fleet Routing & Scheduling; Inventory Planning; Inventory Deployment Planning; Portfolio Management
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Inventory decisions can affect your company's profitability. Consider velocity, variability, value, life-cycle stage, shelf life and evaluating margin contribution to help you meet customer expectations, minimize total cost, and maximize company ROI.
Reduce your company's complexity and shape demand by rationalizing your product portfolio. Manage inventory more effectively to lower overall pricing.


CipherLab, Plano, TX

Year founded: 1988
Number of employees: 256
Number of food customers: 15+
Solution names: CipherLab handheld mobile computers, BT and tethered scanners, fixed data terminals
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: CipherLab products help food and logistics companies attain efficiencies that will save them time and money--something any company can relate to during the current economic environment. CipherLab's mobile computers, scanners and fixed data terminals automate inventory management processes, and eliminate the costs associated with manual data entry, stock overage and empty shelf space. By eliminating manual tasks, companies save money through streamlined staffing.


CombineNet, Pittsburgh, PA

Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 80
Number of food customers: 13
Solution names: The CombineNet Advanced Sourcing Application Platform (ASAP)
Markets served: Manufacturers; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Customers of CombineNet's Advanced Sourcing Application Platform are finding the immediate savings they need to survive in these challenging economic times, helping to reduce costs of supply from the sourcing of raw materials through delivery of final product to consumers. And through the collaborative capabilities of Expressive Commerce powered by CombineNet's industry-leading sourcing optimization technologies, they are preparing their organizations, and those of their key suppliers, to thrive in the future, by identifying core strategic suppliers, new sources of supply, new product innovation, and more efficient manufacturing and logistics strategies that will drive long-term competitive advantage when the economy turns around.


Container and Pooling Solutions (CAPS), Livonia, MI

Year founded: 1998
Number of employees: 20
Number of food customers: 80
Solution names: CAPS-315 tote rental (trip or term rental of plastic collapsible IBCs); CAPS-TRAC Suite--Container tracking and management, including: CAPS-Scan; CAPSxchang; CAPS-Trac--Individual tracking, Aggregate tracking; Lifecycle Management Solutions--Cleaning, Repair, Recycling
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: In a tough economy, supply chain optimization and asset management is key. Companies cannot afford to lose and replace/repair costly assets. Through the use of technology, specifically asset tracking solutions such as CAPS-TRAC, customers can minimize asset loss, and determine where damages occur in the supply chain, allowing them to bill back those locations. Reducing container loss also reduces the premium freight required to rush shipments to the correct facilities.


Corcentric, McLean, VA

Year founded: 1998
Number of employees: 87
Number of food customers: 115
Solution names: Electronic Invoice Presentment and Payment solutions for Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable, which allow companies to manage their business transactions with maximum efficiency. Invoice data, disputes, approvals, payment disbursement and payment reconciliation are transformed from paper based manual processes to automated electronic processes. The result is substantial operational improvements and cost reductions in AP, AR, Procurement, and Treasury. Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Corcentric's solutions can mean significant cost reduction and increased efficiency across supply management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and corporate treasury functions. In the short term, streamlining such back office operations can help offset other business costs that, in this challenging economic environment, limit profitability. For virtually any food industry enterprise, a paperless workflow process for managing disbursement and reconciliation can result in dramatically improved efficiencies, while reducing staff support and errors and increasing profitability.

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