Tackle Business Challenges With Technology Solutions

This year's list of the FL100 offer tools to help companies gain a competitive advantage while reducing costs and increasing productivity.


SSI Schaefer Systems International Inc.,
Giebelstadt, Germany;
www.ssi-schaefer-noell.de
Year founded: 1937;
Number of employees: 7,500;
Number of food customers: 37
Solution names: Schaefer Case Picking System (SCP); Schaefer Carousel System (SCS)
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: SSI Schaefer solves space, accuracy, labor and throughput (SALT) issues common in distribution centers of companies experiencing high growth.

Sterling Commerce,
Columbus, OH;
www.sterlingcommerce.com
Year founded: 1974;
Number of employees: 2,675;
Number of food customers: 1,244
Solution names: Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite; Connect:Direct; Gentran Integration Suite; Sterling Collaboration Network
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Sterling Commerce offers supply chain solutions, community management and process integration solutions that enable companies to collaborate, share logistics information and therefore better manage the logistics process flow.
*Other solutions/services: Community management; B2B connectivity; supply chain visibility.

Summary Systems,
Plano, TX;
www.summarysystems.com
Year founded: 1987;
Number of employees: 8;
Number of food customers: 3
Solution names: Foodservice Distribution System; Dispatch Commander
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Closing the loop in the distribution chain; enabling 100 percent accurate deliveries; recording delivery exceptions in real-time; reducing short unloads or short-on-truck events; provides proof data to reduce fraudulent claims; reduction in paperwork; pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections; electronic DOT logs.

Supply Chain Consultants,
Wilmington, DE;
www.supplychain.com
Year founded: 1993;
Number of employees: 45;
Number of food customers: 6
Solution names: Zemeter software suite including: Demand Planner; Supply Planner; Inventory Planner; Finite Scheduling; Performance Management; Business Analyst; Zemeter S&OP; Zemeter S&OP Azimuth.
Markets served: Manufacturers.
Key problems solved: Supply Chain Consultants provides collaborative, best-of-breed, fully integrated supply chain solutions that can help manufacturers realize substantial bottom-line results.
*Other solutions/services: Supply chain planning.

Supply Chain Intelligence,
Cary, NC;
www.scintelligence.com
Year founded: 2001;
Number of employees: NA;
Number of food customers: 12
Solution names: iSuite; Outbound Shipment Intelligence; Inbound Shipment Intelligence.
Markets served: Supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Routing and scheduling planning and plan execution for managed fleets. Integrated order splitting and targeted time requirements are used heavily by food industry participants.

Swisslog Logistics Inc.,
Newport News, VA;
www.swisslog.com
Year founded: 1998;
Number of employees: 100;
Number of food customers: 7
Solution names: AS/RS--pallet and case conveyors
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors.
Key problems solved: Our solutions optimize customers' production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs.

Technology Group International,
Toledo, OH;
www.tgiltd.com
Year founded: 1990;
Number of employees: NA;
Number of food customers: NA
Solution names: Enterprise 21
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Enterprise 21 includes a wide range of functionality that is needed to support the food industry.

Teradata Corp.,
Dayton, OH;
www.teradata.com
Year founded: 1979;
Number of employees: 5,500;
Number of food customers: 100
Solution names: Enterprise Data Warehouse: Teradata Database 12.0; Customer Management: Teradata Relationship Manager; Demand Chain Management: Teradata Demand Chain Management; Supply Chain Management: Teradata SeeChain; Teradata Supply Chain Accelerator, for SAP; Platform: Teradata
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Better predicting product assortments that will drive the most profitable customers to purchase; reducing out-of-stocks, overstocks and slow moving inventory to improve margins.

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