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News and Trends from Across the Food Supply Chain

Nestlé Waters Monitors Lift Truck Fleet Wirelessly

Nestlé Waters North America has initiated a series of follow-on purchase orders to implement I.D. System Inc.'s PowerFleet Vehicle Management System (VMS) on fleets of industrial trucks at six plants in the United States.
Nestlé Waters, based in Greenwich, CT, initially deployed the system at two sites during the second and third quarters of 2009.

"We are very encouraged by our initial deployment of I.D. Systems' wireless vehicle management technology in the initial installations," says Chris Lyon of Nestlé Waters North America's National Fleet Services group.

"We are very excited to begin rolling out this innovative technology across additional facilities to expand the benefits it brings to our supply chain organization," says Lyon.

According to Hackensack, NJ-based I.D. System, a wireless VMS helps improve material handling productivity by establishing accountability for the use of equipment, ensuring equipment is in the proper place at the right time, streamlining material handling work flow, and providing unique metrics on equipment utilization.

A wireless VMS also helps reduce industrial fleet maintenance costs by automatically uploading vehicle data, reporting vehicle problems electronically, scheduling maintenance according to actual vehicle usage rather than by calendar or manual data entry, and helping determine the optimal economic time to replace equipment.

Arby's Beefs Up Service With McLane

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. has expanded its network with McLane Foodservice to include food distribution services in Texas and surrounding states.

Based in Atlanta, Arby's is the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S. with more than 3,700 system-wide restaurants. McLane's Arlington distribution center began servicing 190 restaurants in the Texas market on November 2, 2009.

McLane Foodservice, a division of McLane Co. Inc. in Carrolton, TX, will provide Arby's with comprehensive supply chain services, including logistics, procurement and inventory management solutions. McLane currently provides services to 285 units in the Western U.S. through its Phoenix; Tracy, CA; and Riverside, CA distribution centers.

"McLane's expertise and top-notch operational efficiencies have supported our growth as a world-class supply chain organization," says Wendy Kleefeld, vice president, supply chain of Arby's Restaurant Group. "By expanding our partnership for service in the Texas market, we will continue to build upon that success."

McLane serves some of the world's largest chain restaurant systems and adheres to the most rigorous standards. With nationwide reach and a local presence in key population centers, McLane delivers world-class expertise, logistics, technology and promotion services.

Brookshire Optimizes Fleet With XATA

Brookshire Grocery Co. has chosen XATA Corp. as its preferred provider of onboard computer technology.

The Tyler, TX-based supermarket retailer selected the XATANET fleet operations software platform and services for its fleet of more than 75 vehicles. XATA, Minneapolis, is also providing implementation and training services to ensure a smooth adoption of the solution.

The implementation rollout was completed last month.

Serving customers in four states, Brookshire operates more than 150 supermarkets in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

"We really like how XATA is evolving its fleet optimization technology," says Scott Reilly, vice president of logistics, Brookshire. "With XATANET, we have a fleet operations solution that can expand as we need it. Brookshire's is proud of its high level of customer service and customer satisfaction, and XATANET will help us maintain this level of service by alerting us with delivery status in real-time."

Brookshire's is using XATANET to monitor and manage the performance of its fleets, including delivery details and driver behavior, such as speeding, excessive idling and hours of service.

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