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.


Daifuku Co. Ltd.,
Osaka, Japan;
www.daifukuamerica.com
Year founded: 1937;
Number of employees: 5,663;
Number of food customers: 5,325+
Solution names: Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (AS/RS); Sorting & Picking Systems (including Sorting Transfer Vehicles); Conveyor & Vehicle Systems; Containers & Carts; Warehouse Management & Control Software
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: We help companies recapture floor space, reduce errors, streamline processes, decrease cycle time and improve productivity.
*Other solutions/services: Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS).

Deacom Inc.,
Wayne, PA;
www.deacom.net
Year founded: 1995;
Number of employees: 15;
Number of food customers: 2
Solution names: Deacom Integrated Accounting and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software System.
Markets served: Manufacturers.
Key problems solved: Establish data integrity throughout its business; create company-wide control process controls; minimize user training across the company, from the novice to the sophisticated user.

DemandTec Inc.,
San Carlos, CA
www.demandtec.com
Year founded: 1999;
Number of employees: 270;
Number of food customers: 140
Solution names: For Retail: Lifecycle Price Optimization; End-to-End Promotion Management; Assortment and Space; Targeted Marketing. For Consumer Products: Trade Effectiveness
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: DemandTec enables retailers and consumer products companies to optimize merchandising and marketing decisions, individually or collaboratively, to achieve their sales volume, revenue and profitability objectives. *Other solutions/services: Price, promotion and assortment optimization and deal management.

Dematic Corp.,
Grand Rapids, MI;
www.dematic.us
Year founded: 1939;
Number of employees: 1,300;
Number of food customers: >50
Solution names: CL-100 conveyor; SL-300 sortation; PickDirector; SortDirector
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Store-friendly deliveries; SKU proliferation; increased accuracy and productivity.

Descartes Systems Group,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada;
www.descartes.com
Year founded: 1981;
Number of employees: 350+;
Number of food customers: NA
Solution names: Descartes Delivery Management Suite
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Create engineered plans; benchmark driver and customer performance; provide dynamic route optimization and optimal route sequencing; monitor on-time delivery performance; improve customer service, through proactive customer notification and exception management in the field.

Echo Global Logistics,
Chicago;
www.echo.com
Year founded: 2004;
Number of employees: 435;
Number of food customers: 30
Solution names: Total Logistics Management
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Echo is a technology-based transportation management company that leverages the transportation spend of our more than 7,000 clients to create bottom-line cost savings for our clients.

EPIC Group--Global Technology,
St. Charles, IL;
www.epicglobaltech.com
Year founded: 2000;
Number of employees: 11;
Number of food customers: 14
Solution names: Hawkeye Perfect Measure Systems
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Retailers and manufacturers: Eliminates follow on trucks to stores for when a pallet or tote does not fit due to erroneous weight or cube; perfect slot selection in the warehouse; eliminates costly state fines for overweights. For shelf management systems and category management: perfect measurements allow perfect shelf plans that fit all products at retail.
*Other solutions/services: Dimension measuring; cubing; space management.

Eqos Inc.,
Burlington, MA;
www.eqos.com
Year founded: 1997;
Number of employees: 60;
Number of food customers: NA
Solution names: Eqos Enterprise and Eqos FastTrack Sourcing
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers.
Key problems solved: Eqos FastTrack is the industry's first "one-stop" solution designed to unite and streamline retail sourcing operations across buying teams, including agents and suppliers, both locally and globally. This web-based, fully hosted and supported solution supports multi-category retail businesses and is deployable within 30 days. Designed to deliver increased margins, decreased product lead times, reduced risk of non-compliance and improved customer loyalty, FastTrack provides smart sourcing for a monthly fee.

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