Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


 

Daifuku Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan
www.daifukuamerica.com

Year founded: 1937
Number of employees: 5,663
Number of food customers: 5,325+
Solution names: Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (AS/RS); Sorting & Picking Systems (including Sorting Transfer Vehicles); Conveyor & Vehicle Systems; Containers & Carts; Warehouse Management & Control Software
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: Innovative solutions are required to meet an endless variety of unique needs. That's what Daifuku is about. Founded in 1937, our 70 years of experience in automated material handling for a variety of industries gives us the knowledge, products and capability to tailor a solution to meet your unique material handling challenge. Daifuku assists customers with each step of material handling from planning to proposal, design, manufacturing, installation, after-sales service and facility retrofits.

 

Datex Inc.Datex Inc., Clearwater, FL
www.datexcorp.com

Year founded: 1978
Number of employees: 55+
Number of food customers: 30+
Solution names: FootPrint WMS; FootPrint 3PL; FootPrint e-Portal; FootPrint Yard Management System; Professional Services.
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: In today's environment, technology is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Short and long term goals of retaining customers, attracting new business and providing better service can be accomplished implementing the right technology with the right processes. Companies need to demonstrate that they are able to provide accurate, reliable and real-time information as needed. With technology, a company can reduce errors, lead-time, manual operations as well as increase productivity and customer service.

Deacom Inc., Wayne, PA
www.deacom.net

Year founded: 1995
Number of employees: 17
Number of food customers: 5
Solution names: Deacom Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software.
Markets served: Manufacturers.
Key problems solved: In today's economic environment, food manufacturers and processors can use a single, integrated ERP system to streamline business processes, such as recipe management, purchasing, inventory and lot control, sales order entry, accounting and financials, and regulatory reporting, in order to maximize productivity and profitability for the achievement of short- and long-term goals.

 

Demand SolutionsDemand Solutions, St. Louis, MO
www.demandsolutions.com

Year founded: 1985
Number of employees: 90
Number of food customers: 20 percent of clients
Solution names: Demand Solutions Supply Chain Planning Suite: DS Forecast Management; DS Sales & Operations Planning; DS Requirements Planning; DS Collaboration; DS Advanced Planning & Scheduling; DS Retail Planning.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: With signs of the economy picking up, now is the perfect time for food companies to invest in technology that will help them grow their businesses by enabling a competitive advantage. A competitive advantage can be earned in the short term through implementation of supply chain planning technology by immediately identifying an excess or shortage of inventory that could increase expenses or decrease customer satisfaction. In the long term, food companies that have demand visibility will have a competitive advantage as they will be able to anticipate declining demand because of the economy, or hopefully, increasing demand as the economy strengthens.

 

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