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.


LANSA Inc.,
Downers Grove, IL;
www.lansa.com
Year founded: 1987;
Number of employees: 225;
Number of food customers: 330
Solution names: LANSA Data Sync Direct
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: LANSA Data Sync Direct provides a complete end-to-end solution for manufacturers and suppliers who need to be compliant with the Global Data Synchronization (GDS) initiative. The solution's primary objective is to provide easy-to-use management of a few (or thousands) of Global Trading Item Numbers (GTINs).

LANSA Data Sync Direct allows suppliers, distributors and manufacturers to access and update Item information stored in their existing ERP system and securely send it to a certified data pool of their choice. LANSA Data Sync Direct can be integrated with over 20 of the most popular ERP solutions using a simple mapping module concept. No additional software or outsourcing services are required. LANSA Data Sync Direct is installed on the enterprise's production server or can be delivered as an appliance bundled with a Windows or Linux server. A hosted version is also available on a subscription basis.

Lawson Software,
St. Paul, MN;
www.lawson.com
Year founded: 1975;
Number of employees: 4,200;
Number of food customers: 400
Solution names: Analytics for Food and Beverage; Planning Workbench for Food and Beverage; Lawson Stock Build Optimizer for Food and Beverage; Business Intelligence; Trace Engine; Supply Chain Management; Manufacturing Operations; Financial Management; Sales and Marketing Automation; Human Capital Management; Enterprise Asset Management.
Markets served: Manufacturers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Traceability; livestock management; supply chain management; forecasting and planning; plant maintenance; performance management; customer sales and service; manufacturing operations.

LeanLogistics,
Holland, MI;
www.leanlogistics.com
Year founded: 1999;
Number of employees: 75;
Number of food customers: 20
Solution names: LeanLogistics On-Demand TMS; LeanLogistics WebSettle; LeanLogistics Supplier Inbound Management; LeanLogistics Private Transportation Marketplace
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: On-Demand TMS provides complete daily planning, execution and settlement functions in addition to the periodic strategic procurement functions. It also provides unique functions that can only be delivered through a network: supplier inbound management, appointment scheduling, benchmarking and network-wide reporting, a private transportation marketplace to obtain capacity and lower costs and total supply chain visibility.

Logility Inc.,
Atlanta;
www.logility.com
Year founded: 1996;
Number of employees: 141;
Number of food customers: 28 percent of customer base
Solution names: Logility Voyager Solutions
Markets served: Manufacturers; grocery wholesalers; foodservice distributors.
Key problems solved: Eliminate supply chain problems caused by limited visibility, errors, incomplete data and delayed communications; optimize production in multiple plants by managing capacity constraints, changeovers, shelf-life limitations, safety requirements and more; plan and manage promotions by modeling multiple demand factors; streamline sales and operations planning; satisfy retailer requirements such as Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI); lower transportation costs and increase movement efficiencies.

Lucas Systems Inc.,
Pittsburgh;
www.lucasware.com
Year founded: 1998;
Number of employees: 50;
Number of food customers: 18
Solution names: Jennifer
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Jennifer improves order selection accuracy and productivity by creating a hands- and eyes-free selection process using voice technology running on industry-standard mobile RF terminals.

Manhattan Associates Inc.,
Atlanta;
www.manh.com
Year founded: 1992;
Number of employees: 2,200;
Number of food customers: 50
Solution names: Distribution Management; Transportation Lifecycle Management; Order Lifecycle Management; Inventory Optimization and Planning and Forecasting
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Out-of-stock issues; freshness; DC to shelf; inventory control.

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