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.


Paragon Software Systems,
Dallas;
www.paragonrouting.com
Year founded: 1991;
Number of employees: 50;
Number of food customers: 75+
Solution names: Paragon Routing and Scheduling Optimizer; Paragon Multi Depot; Paragon Integrated Fleets; Paragon Fleet Controller; Paragon Home Delivery System; Paragon Fastnet; Paragon Multi Period Planner; Paragon Territory Optimizer; Paragon Fixed Route Manager; Paragon Carbon Minimizer.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Paragon software is used for routing and scheduling optimization on a daily basis; managing transportation resources; rationalizing fixed routes; strategic planning and modeling; scheduling home deliveries continuously as orders are being confirmed; and managing the execution of the transportation plan in real time using truck tracking technology.

PeopleNet,
Chaska, MN;
www.peoplenetonline.com
Year founded: 1994;
Number of employees: 190;
Number of food customers: 400
Solution names: PeopleNet g3 Onboard Computer, Mobile Communications and Fleet Management System; PeopleNet BLU Driver Display.
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Compliance; safety; fuel economy; driver productivity; route efficiency.
*Other solutions/services: EOBR; compliance solutions; automated fuel tax; accident reconstruction; driver training videos.

PINC Solutions,
Berkeley, CA;
www.pincsolutions. com
Year founded: 2004;
Number of employees: 30;
Number of food customers: 10+
Solution names: Yard Hound; Yard Hound Reefer
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Lack of real-time visibility (i.e. accurate and timely information) into the key linkages of the food supply chain in the yards (at DCs/warehouses, plants, stores, etc): automated yard info collection--eliminating time-consuming manual yard audits; real-time information sharing across organizations within a company--increase visibility for (geographically diverse) departments involved in transportation logistics planning and management; improve communication among yard and DC personnel--reduced unproductive administrative time; better asset and resource utilization--increase operational efficiency and reduce costs; enable fact-based decision making--provide actionable information for business process optimization and redesign RFID; transportation management; yard management.

QAD Inc.,
Santa Barbara, CA;
www.qad.com
Year founded: 1976;
Number of employees: 1,600;
Number of food customers: 300
Solution names: QAD Enterprise Applications 2008
Markets served: Manufacturers; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: QAD Enterprise Applications delivers a powerful combination of technology and pre-integrated business applications built specifically to address issues facing the food and beverage industry.

QUALCOMM,
San Diego;
www.qualcomm.com
Year founded: 1985;
Number of employees: 1,000;
Number of food customers: 25
Solution names: OmniVision Transportation Services including mobile computing platform; messaging; hours of service; arrival and departure notification
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Driver productivity and operational efficiency as related to delivery of goods; improvement in transportation-related safety; transportation related regularoty compliance.

Real Time Freight Services LLC,
Chicago
www.realtimefreight.com
Year founded: 2003;
Number of employees: 45;
Number of food customers: 5,000
Solution names: RTF Shipper Edition; RTF Carrier Edition; RTF Exchange Edition
Markets served: Manufacturers; supermarket retailers; grocery wholesalers; convenience store distributors; foodservice distributors; third-party logistics providers.
Key problems solved: Our customers realize a centralized, secure, controlled freight management solution. Increased efficiency is achieved at many levels from saving time and money with our closed loop architecture. Our shipper clients have the ability to scale capacity with the ability to access over 15,000 transportation members. The many advantages of a Real Time Freight membership include the reallocation of resources and lower freight spend. Real Time Freight eliminates information silos to help companies centralize and share information to help them make better and more informed decisions for today and for the future. Real Time Freight also provides the ability for shippers to track their freight as well as run sophisticated reports.

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