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.


Terra Technology,
Norwalk, CT;
www.terratechnology.com
Year founded: 2001;
Number of employees: 35;
Number of food customers: 15
Solution names: Demand Sensing; Inventory Optimization; Multi-Enterprise Demand Sensing; Multi-Enterprise Inventory Optimization
Markets served: Manufacturers
Key problems solved: Inaccurate forecasts result in manufacturing and shipping the wrong product mix. Manufacturers produce excess inventory to avoid losing sales, wasting resources producing and shipping products with unexpectedly low demand and incurring the cost of unplanned manufacturing changeovers and expedited shipments to meet demand for high demand products. Terra's solutions apply better math to the planning process; improving service while reducing manufacturing disruptions, expedited shipments and safety stock requirements.

TGW-Ermanco Inc.,
Spring Lake, MI;
www.tgw-ermanco.com
Year founded: 1964;
Number of employees: 240;
Number of food customers: 100+
Solution names: Integrated material handling solutions
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors.
Key problems solved: Labor savings; improved space utilization; reduced order-fulfillment time.
*Other solutions/services: Integrated material handling solutions.

TLC--Total Logistic Control,
Holland, MI;
www.totallogistic.com
Year founded: 1902;
Number of employees: 2,400;
Number of food customers: 165
Solution names: Transportation management and warehouse management solutions
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers
Key problems solved: TLC supply chain capabilities are "source to shelf." We operate across the key supply chain functions and bring the supporting technology. TLC targets companies which are interested in outsourcing all or portions of supply chain operations and/or supply chain technologies.

Tom Zosel Associates Ltd. (TZA),
Chicago;
www.tzaconsulting.com
Year founded: 1984;
Number of employees: 44;
Number of food customers: 51
Solution names: ProTrack Warehouse Labor Management System; Protrack Driver; ProTrack Mobile; Slot3D
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers
Key problems solved: Best practices, engineered standards and SOPs implemented to improve labor management, productivity and lower costs.
*Other solutions/services: Slot3D slotting technology.

ToolsGroup,
Boston;
www.toolsgroup.com
Year founded: 1993;
Number of employees: 65;
Number of food customers: 21
Solution names: Service Optimizer 99+
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Inventory optimization; supply chain performance management; demand sensing and demand management

Transervice Logistics Inc.,
Lake Success, NY;
www.transervice.com
Year founded: 1969;
Number of employees: 1,350;
Number of food customers: 13
Solution names: Dedicated transportation and maintenance solutions; dedicated contract carriage; full-service leasing; maintenance
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Implementing seamless transitions from private fleets to dedicated contract fleets without disruption.
*Other solutions/services: Dedicated transportation and maintenance solutions.

Transplace,
Frisco, TX;
www.transplace.com
Year founded: 2000;
Number of employees: 526;
Number of food customers: 100+
Solution names: Transplace Transportation Management System; Transplace Order Management System; Scenario Pro Shipment Planning; Trailer Management
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Inbound /outbound shipment planning and optimization; improved operational efficiency while reducing cost; accurate and timely payment process to improve cash flow; route and mode analysis reducing network costs; determined appropriate placement for distribution centers; faster, on-time pickup and delivery; diversified LTL carriers mix for improved service.

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