Technology Emerges as a Competitive Differentiator

For the eighth year in a row, Food Logistics has identified the top 100 technology and solution providers to the food industry. The FL100 is a listing of software, hardware and IT service providers that focus on the unique technology needs of the food...


 

Manhattan Associates, Atlanta, GA

Web site: www.manh.com

Year founded: 1990

Number of employees: 2000

Number of food customers: 100

Solution name(s): Manhattan SCOPE (Supply Chain Optimization from Planning to Execution) solution

Worth noting: “Manhattan Associate’s SCOPE uses unrivaled predictive and algorithmic technology to dynamically and optimally refine supply chain operations in real time as internal or external conditions change. It breaks down functional silos to create Whole Chain Awareness™—holistic, end-to-end supply chain visibility and insight that prevents decisions in one supply chain operational area unknowingly impacting another area; and identifying and optimizing opportunities across the entire supply chain for improved performance.”

 

MercuryGateMercuryGate, Cary, NC

Web site: www.mercurygate.com

Year founded: 2000

Number of employees: 75

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): MercuryGate TMS

Worth noting: “MercuryGate helps companies reduce transportation costs through load consolidation, carrier selection, and process improvement. Most direct customers are mid-sized shippers with a transportation spend of less than $500 million per year. The best fit is those that require the use of a full-function, multi-modal transportation planning and execution application.”

 

Mettler-Toledo, Columbus, OH (North America HQ)

Web site: www.mt.com

Year founded: 1901

Number of employees: 10,000

Number of food customers: 3,000+

Solution name(s): PFA569lift

Worth noting: “With the new food safety regulations, hygienically-designed equipment is of the utmost importance. The PFA569lift floor scale simplifies washdown in hygienic applications. Its easy-to-lift platform allows quick access to the interior of the scale for thorough cleaning. One person can lift the platform manually. Made entirely of stainless steel, the PFA569lift floor scale is durable enough to provide accurate, repeatable weighing while standing up to constant use in wet and corrosive environments. A versatile design allows installation in a pit or on top of the floor. Adjustable feet make it easy to level the scale on uneven floors or when moving the scale to a new location.”

 

Motorola Solutions, Schaumburg, IL

Web site: www.motorolasolutions.com

Year founded: 1928

Number of employees: 64,000

Number of food customers: 1,150+

Solution name(s): N/A

Worth noting: “Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter.”

 

Movement TechnologiesMovement Technologies, Gaithersburg, MD

Web site: www.movementtechnologies.com

Year founded: 2009

Number of employees: 25

Number of food customers: 2

Solution name(s): Movement Technologies’ Transportation Management System, Move BID, MoveDOCK, MoveRATE, MoveFLEET

Worth noting: “Today’s biggest challenge facing the food service industry is the fear of change. As a commodity, transportation costs are only increasing and the food service industry is going to need to adapt to these cost increases with better, more efficient processes and systems. Movement Technologies offers proven business and technology solutions that automate, centralize, and monitor the supply chain process...helping companies to cut hard and soft costs, save time, and prepare for the 21st Century.”

 

Multisorb Technologies, Buffalo, NY

Web site: www.multisorb.com

Year founded: 1961

Number of employees: N/A

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): FreshPax® Oxygen Absorbing Packets are one of Multisorb’s most popular Drop-In solutions for absorbing oxygen. FreshPax® packets have been proven to extend the shelf life of oxygen-sensitive products, resulting in the reduction of preservatives and the retention of flavors, color, aroma, and quality

Worth noting: “As the world leader in active packaging technology, Multisorb Technologies has developed innovative sorbent solutions for a wide range of applications for the healthcare, food and beverage, electronics, transportation, storage, and government industries. Our Drop-In, Fit-In, and Built-In sorbent solutions are designed to meet specific application requirements. Our highly-trained applications engineers and R&D scientists will collaborate with you to provide a unique, cost-effective solution to manage moisture, oxygen, odor, hydrocarbons, volatiles, and/or other substances that can adversely affect the shelf life and integrity of your product.”

 

NECS, Inc., Madison, CT

Web site: www.necs.com

Year founded: 1987

Number of employees: 16

Number of food customers: 1,500

Solution name(s): entree Food Distribution Software, entree.NET Online Ordering, Electronic Order Pad (iPad/Android Mobile App)

Worth noting: “Some of the biggest challenges facing our industry include adherence to the Bio-Terrorism Act of 2002, adaption of the GS1 bar code standard, and automation of the warehouse.”

 

Next Generation Logistics, Inverness, IL

Web site: www.nextgeneration.com

Year founded: 1988

Number of employees: 15

Number of food customers: 150

Solution name(s): FreightMaster TMS

Worth noting: “FreightMaster TMS has integrated features that allow corporations to reduce their carbon footprint by minimizing miles through route optimization and building efficient routes and the selection and utilization of carriers that have high EPA SmartWay scores.”

 

Next View Software, Orange, CA

Web site: www.nextviewsoftware.com

Year founded: 1997

Number of employees: 10

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): SaaS Warehouse Management System, SaaS Labor Management System

Worth noting:“Our vision is that Next View will provide innovative, functionally and technologically advanced systems to the supply chain software market aimed at helping our customers achieve operational and IT excellence for their supply chain initiatives.”

 

OptricityOptricity, Research Triangle Park, NC

Web site: www.optricity.com

Year founded: 2005

Number of employees: 9

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): OptiSlot DC™, OptiProfile™

Worth noting: “Optricity serves warehousing and distribution operations with any combination of high velocity products, dynamic product mixes, frequent SKU changes, and significant seasonal or promotional influences. Customers seek to cut costs and optimize operations, particularly in slotting, profiling, or in areas where our RASSQ (routing, assignment, sequencing, scheduling and queuing) engines can be applied to solve unique supply chain problems.”

 

Oracle, Redwood Shores, CA

Web site: www.oracle.com

Year founded: 1977

Number of employees: 104,500

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): Oracle Demantra Demand Management, Oracle Transportation Management, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle JDE Enterprise One, Oracle Suppy Chain Management Solution, Oracle Warehouse Management

Worth noting: “Volatile commodity pricing, rising cost of fuel and transportation costs, and a downturn in consumer spending are among the biggest challenges facing the industry.”

 

ORTEC, Atlanta, GA

Web site: www.ortec.com

Year founded: N/A

Number of employees: N/A

Number of food customers: N/A

Solution name(s): ORTEC’s solutions focus on the broad segments of Pallet and Load Building, and Routing and Scheduling

Worth noting: “ORTEC is a leading provider of advanced planning and optimization software solutions and consulting services. Our solutions result in optimized fleet routing and dispatch, vehicle and pallet loading, workforce scheduling, delivery forecasting and network planning. ORTEC provides best-of-breed, custom made and SAP® certified and embedded solutions, supported by strategic partnerships.”

 

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