In today's tough economic climate, grocery and foodservice distributors and manufacturers are facing complex distribution challenges and they're applying more technologies to better manage their supply chains.
For the fifth year in a row, Food Logistics has identified the top 100 technology solution and service providers to the food industry.
Known as the FL100, this resource is a listing of software, hardware and IT service providers that focus on the unique needs of food companies. The FL100 are based on their proven track record and expertise in providing food companies with technology and services to help them meet their business objectives.
In this section, we've included a series of charts that list 18 categories of technology solutions and identifies which solution(s) each of the FL100 offers. On the following pages, we list the FL100 with more details, as well as their web addresses.
Year founded: 2005;
Number of employees: 250;
Number of food customers: NA.
Solution names: 1SYNC Item Management Solution; 1SYNC Price and Promotion Solution; PCATS Gateway Solution; 1SYNC Brand Identity Solution.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Reduces out-of-stock volume; reduces new item set-up times; decreases item-maintenance time; reduces invoice discrepancies; higher customer satisfaction.
ABF Freight System Inc.,
Fort Smith, AR;
Year founded: 1923;
Number of employees: 12,000;
Number of food customers: 100+
Solution names: Shipment Director; Returns Center; Business Trend Analysis; OptiPool; Merge-In-Transit; Supply Chain Services; Reverse Logistics.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: ABF is consistently recognized for best-in-class performance in productivity, safety and security, loss and damage prevention, yield discipline and electronic and market innovation.
AFS Technologies Inc.,
Year founded: 1985;
Number of employees: 150+;
Number of food customers: 750+
Solution names: AFS Enterprise Resource Planning; Priya Warehouse Management; AFS Order Management System; AFS Driver Delivery System; Discovery Business Intelligence; Compass Forecasting; PromoAssist Trade Promotion Management; Profile Product Database.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors, third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: All AFS solutions are designed to help our food and beverage customers optimize effectiveness, efficiency and profits.
Year founded: 2005;
Number of employees: 150;
Number of food customers: 60
Solution names: Agentrics GenNovation; Agentrics GenSource; SA2 Worldsync (global data synchronization joint-venture).
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers, convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Agentrics provides a full end-to-end solution for companies looking to improve management of their product development and launching process, sourcing plan for optimal savings, master item data and collaborative forecasting.
*Other solutions/services: eSourcing and supplier discovery services; PLM for private label goods development.
Aldata Solution Inc.,
Year founded: 1986;
Number of employees: 543;
Number of food customers: 310 in 53 countries
Solution names: Aldata G.O.L.D. This retail suite includes modules for merchandising, sales, replenishment, logistics and store operations.
Markets served: Supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors.
Key problems solved: Integrated demand and replenishment optimization; store execution; WMS and inventory optimization; item and price management; merchandise management and optimization; supply chain visibility; supplier management; business management and support; retail intelligence and analytics.