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.


ALK Technologies,
Princeton, NJ;
www.alk.com
Year founded: 1979;
Number of employees: 200;
Number of food customers: N/A
Solution names: PC*MILER; PC*MILER/Streets; PC*MILER/HazMat; PC*MILER/Worldwide; PC*MILER/FuelTax.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: PC*MILER is the industry-standard routing mileage and mapping software. It allows users to guide drivers to delivery locations, verify routes for rating and reporting, get time and cost estimates, streamline the freight payment and audit process, and import locations to customize the database.

Aquitec Inc. (a member of USC Group),
Bagshot, U.K.;
www.aquitecintl.com
Year founded: 1970;
Number of employees: N/A;
Number of food customers: 20
Solution names: SCM Warehouse; SCM Billing; SCM Procurement; SCM/400 WMS; Store Order; Labor Purchasing Management
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Supply chain costs; supply chain visibility; labor costs; inventory accuracy; service levels; productivity.

ArrowStream Inc.,
Chicago;
www.arrowstream.com
Year founded: 2000;
Number of employees: 80;
Number of food customers: 15+
Solution names: ArrowStream OnDemand.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Optimize promotional investment; efficiently manage complex supply chains through visibility of product; build better distribution-chain relationships with automation and synchronized information.

Battery Performance Research Institute,
Alexandria Bay, NY;
www. batteryperformancereports.com
Year founded: 2001;
Number of employees: 2;
Number of food customers: 12
Solution names: N/A.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Reduce battery room operating costs by doubling battery lifespan. Achieve an eight-month ROI by reducing over-the-road class 8 trucks with no starts and electrical system maintenance costs.
*Other solutions/services: Maximize truck and motive power battery performance

BFC Associates Inc.,
West Chicago, IL;
www.bfcsoftware.com
Year founded: 1984;
Number of employees: 15;
Number of food customers: 100+
Solution names: Dakota Series WMS
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Inventory control; elimination of errors; increase in productivity and profitability.

Blinco Systems Inc.,
Toronto;
www.blinco.com
Year founded: 1988;
Number of employees: 16;
Number of food customers: 7
Solution names: 3rdwave GMC
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Improved total business processes delivering significant improvements in inventory management, product cost reduction and operational efficiency. Improved procure to pay visibility and compliance.
*Other solutions/services: Visibility; reporting and analytics; customs.

Blue Sky Technologies Inc.,
Coppell, TX;
www.blueskytech.com
Year founded: 2003;
Number of employees: 10;
Number of food customers: 10
Solution names: Insight; Janus Appointment Management Systems; Insight Truck Tracker
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Supply chain visibility; key performance indicators; alerting; metrics.

Cadec Global,
Manchester, NH;
www.cadec.com
Year founded: 1976;
Number of employees: 90+;
Number of food customers: 50+
Solution names: Mobius TTS; PowerVue
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Helps extend supply chain into truck cabs. Monitors driver behaviors such as speeding, sudden decels, excessive idling, off-route driving to improve safety and reduce fuel consumption. Real-time cold chain management to preserve food in transport.

CAMS Software Corp.,
New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada;
www.camspro.com
Year founded: 1997;
Number of employees: 15;
Number of food customers: 20
Solution names: CAMS Professional; CAMS Backhaul Module; CAMS Service Manager
Markets served: Supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers.
Key problems solved: Online visual dispatch optimization; driver payroll, hourly and/or activity-based pay; backhaul and salvage optimization; transportation reporting; equipment utilization.

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