Managing Change Through Uncertainty

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


 

INSIGHT Inc.INSIGHT Inc., Manassas, VA
www.insightoutsmart.com

Year founded: 1978
Number of employees: 30
Number of food customers: 34
Solution names: SAILS; INSIGHT Bid Analyzer; X-System (Optimization Engine); INSIGHT Enterprise Strategy (IES)
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: INSIGHT's SAILS helps companies in this difficult economic environment by giving the best answer to strategic and tactical supply chain planning questions, such as minimal energy usage, alternative fuels and sources, and the length of the supply chain, which comes into question when considering outsourcing. INSIGHT has experience across all forms of low-cost and green transportation options from pipeline, ship, barge, rail, truck, and air. They consider all--and mixed--modes of transport. Mixed modes introduce complexity, but are just the type of problem addressed by INSIGHT customers, whether container or piggyback trailer. In addition, INSIGHT customers routinely do analyses for on-time delivery, assessing safety stock, in-transit stock, lead time, and economic order quantity (EOQ). Even though oil prices are going down, firms need to regularly evaluate their supply chain strategies. In particular, strategic sourcing (including outsourcing) decisions must be carefully re-examined, especially with respect to international supply chains. It is important to recognize that energy price increases affect every level and activity of the supply chain: procurement, manufacturing, ports, distribution centers, transportation, inventory, and so on.

 

Intelogix Corp., Kennesaw, GA
www.itlgx.com

Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 5
Number of food customers: 5,600
Solution names: OneLink; OneSource; OneLink Mobile Edition; RestaurantOne
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: The Internet generation can hardly imagine life without it. Technology is no longer an exception. Technology is an enabler to your business plan and model. It can simply improve economies of scale, market share, collaboration and globalization. Short-term goals such as cost savings, productivity, reducing error rate, knowledge-sharing and automation are often realized immediately. Long-term goals of launching new products and services in new markets with self-service applications are becoming more available. Technology fuels the competitive advantage, don't get left behind.

 

Interlink TechnologiesInterlink Technologies, Perrysburg, OH
www.thinkinterlink.com

Year founded: 1986
Number of employees: N/A
Number of food customers: N/A
Solution names: Warehouse Link (WHSe-LINK)
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: WMS technology reduces human error and expensive labor-intensive paperwork. WMS increases productivity, product knowledge, customer service and competitiveness. To attain the short-term goals (company survival), Interlink suggests looking at the ROI. A company moving from a paper-based system to an automated WMS, will see a return in a short six to nine months. Interlink provides the same WMS functionality and support to five user systems as they do 5,000 user systems. Scalability is as simple as buying more hardware! This fits in nicely with long term goals and being prepared to meet the demands when the “bump” in the economy is over.

 

Intermec Technologies, Everett, WA
www.intermec.com

Year founded: 1966
Number of employees: 1,900
Number of food customers: N/A
Solution names: Intermec rugged mobile computing, bar code and RFID solutions.
Markets served: Manufacturers; c-store distributors; foodservice distributors; 3PLs.
Key problems solved: The demand to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency is crucial to short and long term success in today's economic environment. With the convergence of information capture and management technologies like near-far scanning, VoIP, voice/speech recognition, RFID, and signature capture being a major factor in addressing this key business need, Intermec technologies enable businesses to meet and exceed demand and be strategically positioned for success once the economy recovers.

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