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...


PeopleNetPeopleNet, Minnetonka, MN

Web site: www.peoplenetonline.com

Year founded: 1994

Number of employees: 225

Number of food customers: 200+

Solution name(s): PeopleNet Driver Terminal, PeopleNet BLU, PeopleNet TABLET

Worth noting: “One of the largest supply chain challenges facing today’s grocery and foodservice distributors is to deliver product accurately and on time. With PeopleNet onboard, fleets are able to increase the efficiency of stops and improve supply chain communication through Automated Workflow messages, which are generated automatically based on a geo-fence that’s created around a location or event; gain remote temperature management of reefer units; minimize dispatch-to-driver calls with instructions sent to the driver for viewing upon arrival at pick-up and delivery locations, allowing drivers to skip the paperwork and key billing information into a custom form in the mobile communications device and send it to the back office; and with Automatic Vehicle Location, predict delivery times.”

 

PINC Solutions, Berkeley, CA

Web site: www.pincsolutions.com

Year founded: 2004

Number of employees: 40+

Number of food customers: 5

Solution name(s): Yard Hound – Advanced Yard Management

Worth noting: “PINC Solutions is the leading provider of real time supply chain asset visibility and advanced yard management solutions, with Fortune 500 customers in manufacturing, retail, logistics, and transportation sectors.”

 

Plex Systems, Auburn Hills, MI

Web site: www.plex.com

Year founded: 1995

Number of employees: 187

Number of food customers: 6

Solution name(s): Plex Online

Worth noting: “Food manufacturers around the world are facing new challenges and pressures to improve their safety and quality control processes. There’s no better time than now for them to adopt the best safety and traceability practices and tools from their counterparts in other manufacturing industries. Plex Online helps food manufacturing pioneers meet rigorous safety, quality, and traceability requirements.”

 

ProCat Management Services, LLCProCat Management Services, LLC, West Berlin, NJ

Web site: www.procatms.com

Year founded: 2001

Number of employees: 14

Number of food customers: 150

Solution name(s): PickRight, ShipRight, TaxRight, ShowRight

Worth noting: “ProCat’s PickRight technology virtually eliminates order picking errors, improves picker productivity by 20 percent, and reduces new hire training time to less than 30 minutes. ProCat’s ShipRight provides route information, delivery verification, and electronic signature capture.”

 

Psion, London, UK

Web site: www.psion.com

Year founded: 2000

Number of employees: 1,000

Number of food customers: 100

Solution name(s): 7530 Handheld Device, 7535 Handheld Device, 8515 Vehicle Mounted Computer, 8530 Vehicle Mounted Computer, 8580/8590 Vehicle Mounted Computer

Worth noting: “Psion provides the food industry with a resilient, rugged handheld solution for its logistics and overall warehouse management needs. Psion devices are also tough enough to withstand the food industry’s requirements for rugged devices that can withstand drops on the warehouse floor and low temperatures.”

 

RedPrairie, Alpharetta, GA

Web site: www.redprairie.com

Year founded: 1975

Number of employees: 1,600

Number of food customers: 100+

Solution name(s): For the food/beverage and food service industries, RedPrairie’s solutions include Inventory Management, TMS, WMS, Store Inventory Management, Recall Management, and Enterprise Workforce Management

Worth noting: “For more than 35 years, RedPrairie’s best-of-breed supply chain, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions have put commerce in motion for the world’s leading companies. Installed in over 60,000 customer sites across more than 50 countries, RedPrairie solutions adapt to help ensure visibility and collaboration between manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and consumers. RedPrairie is prepared to meet its customers’ current and future demands with multiple delivery options, flexible architecture, and 24/7 technical and customer support.”

 

Retalix Ltd., Plano, TX

Web site: www.retalix.com

Year founded: 1982

Number of employees: 1,200

Number of food customers: 400

Solution name(s): Retalix Power Enterprise Suite, Retalix Power Warehouse, Retalix Power Net, Retalix Power Sell, Retalix Power Menu, Retalix Mobile SFA (Sales Force Automation), Retalix Vendor Portal, Retalix Power Delivery, Retalix, Demand AnalytX, Retalix Transportation Optimization, Retalix Dock Scheduling, Retalix Yard Management

Worth noting: “Effective and efficient traceability is still one of the biggest challenges facing today’s grocery and foodservice distributors and manufacturers. As illustrated by several major recalls both in the U.S. and internationally this year, the stakes are high from both the food safety standpoint and the business perspective. Increased government regulations and industry requirements for product quality and traceability are driving food distributors worldwide to create more efficient and integrated supply chains. Distributors are gradually turning to technology providers like Retalix to help meet this demand.”

 

Retrotech Inc.Retrotech Inc., Victor, NY

Web site: www.retrotech.com

Year founded: 1985

Number of employees: 90

Number of food customers: 10-20

Solution name(s): ACTIV High Density Storage, Systems Integration, Project Management, Automated Materials Handling Retrofits and Modernizations

Worth noting: “Key problems solved with Retrotech include extending the service life of existing equipment; reviving equipment from defunct OEM or equipment no longer supported byOEM; improved space utilization; alignment of warehouse operations and goals with corporate strategy; designing a system that accounts for future growth; and designing a system the customer needs versus the one they want.”

 

Roadnet Technologies, Townson, MD

Web site: www.roadnet.com

Year founded: 1983

Number of employees: 160

Number of food customers: 830

Solution name(s): Roadnet Transportation Suite, Roadnet, Territory Planner, MobileCast, FleetLoader, Roadnet Telematics, Roadnet Info Center, Roadnet Performance Dashboard

Worth noting: “Companies using Roadnet Technologies’ tools can expect a savings of 5 to 15 percent in transportation related costs due to reductions in mileage and fuel, while increasing productivity. The applications empower customers to effectively manage delivery and distribution of products while improving service levels to their end-customer. Through greater cost savings and efficiencies, organizations have the ability to grow their business.”

 

Robocom, Farmingdale, NY

Web site: www.robocom.com

Year founded: 1982

Number of employees: 40

Number of food customers: 24

Solution name(s): Warehouse Management, Labor Management, Order Management, Voice Picking, and Transportation Optimizer

Worth noting: “Robocom is a provider of Supply Chain Execution software solutions. Our focus for nearly 30 years on Supply Chain Execution solutions has enabled our customers’ pursuit of warehousing and distribution operational excellence. The Robocom Team has a rich set of professional skills, extensive industry knowledge and strong technical expertise that will help your team to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.”

 

Ryan Systems, Canyon Lake, CA

Web site: www.ryansystems.com

Year founded: 2001

Number of employees: 5

Number of food customers: 4

Solution name(s): iFSS (Integrated Food Safety System), DCS (Delivery Control System)

Worth noting: “The biggest problem facing our industry is the 30 to 50 percent food yield losses due to short shelf lives, deliveries, and other food related issues (this is a world-wide problem). These food yield losses are also associated with 30 to 50 percent of waste related to fuel, land, pesticides, water used to grow non-conforming produce, or late delivery of products to market. The second largest issue has to do with assuring international food safety for imports and exports.”

 

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions, Miami, FL

Web site: www.ryderscs.com

Year founded: 1933

Number of employees: 17,617

Number of food customers: 51

Solution name(s): Control Tower, Value Added Services, Transportation Management, Dedicated Contract Carriage, Distribution Management, Cross Docking, Inbound Manufacturing Product Flow, Network Design, Reverse Logistics, Packaging, Cross Border, Origin/Destination Services

Worth noting: “Ryder Supply Chain Solutions can help address challenges such as supply chain inefficiency, limited supply chain visibility, product delivery accuracy, retail compliance, and order to cash cycle times.”

 

SAP Americas (a unit of SAP AG), Newtone Square, PA

Web site: www.sap.com

Year founded: 1972

Number of employees: 38,000

Number of food customers: 400+

Solution name(s): SAP ERP, SAP SCM, SAP CRM, SAP BI

Worth noting: “Up-to-date and accurate inventory records are more essential in a slow growth economy than ever before. They help with day-to-day operations as well as keeping food companies in compliance with local, state and federal regulations, and provide the fast and accurate records needed for a product recall. In addition, knowing which products and customers are profitable and which are not is also an essential decision making tool in the new normal.”

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