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...


Westfalia TechnologiesWestfalia Technologies, York, PA

Web site: www.westfaliausa.com

Year founded: 1992

Number of employees: 80

Number of food customers: 20

Solution name(s): Savanna.NET

Worth noting: “The biggest challenge facing today’s grocery and foodservice industries is three-fold: more efficient order fulfillment; better inventory management; and greater availability of information/visibility to data across the enterprise. Savanna.NET assists our customers in all of these areas. Savanna.NET integrates seamlessly with material handling equipment (AS/RS, robotics, palletizers, conveyors, etc.) to efficiently manage the automatic fulfillment of customer orders, while also managing inventory and movements within the customer’s warehouse and communicating that information with any ERP/host system that our customers may have. We do all of this with our robust material handling solutions and our ability to help our customers utilize their existing assets (building, equipment, etc.) while doubling their storage capacity and reducing their information processing costs.”

 

Witron Integrated Logistics, Arlington Heights, IL

Web site: www.witron.com

Year founded: 1971

Number of employees: 1,200

Number of food customers: 12

Solution name(s): OPM-Order Picking Machinery, DPS-Dynamic Picking System, ETP-Ergonomic Tray Picking

Worth noting: “The biggest challenge is managing the growth in SKUs and the steep ABC curve that retailers are facing. Witron’s automated picking solutions remove the pickfront from the operation and allows the item list to grow without changing the picking system or warehouse footprint.”

 

Xata, Eden Prairie, MN

Web site: www.xata.com

Year founded: 1985

Number of employees: 210

Number of food customers: 200

Solution name(s): XataNet, Xata Turnpike

Worth noting: “Since 1985, Xata has been at the forefront of the development of technologies and services that have brought the power of science to the North American trucking industry. Combining enterprise software, onboard computing, real-time communication and global positioning, we’ve created intuitive and automated solutions that help improve operations by integrating operational and performance data with billing, payroll, routing and compliance systems.”

 

Zebra Technologies, Lincolnshire, IL

Web site: www.zebra.com

Year founded: 1969

Number of employees: 3,000

Number of food customers: 50

Solution name(s): An extensive portfolio of bar code, receipt, kiosk and RFID printers and supplies, as well as real-time location solutions

Worth noting: “In a fast-track world, choose Zebra solutions to help identify, track and manage your critical assets, transactions and people accurately and more efficiently. Zebra offers the broadest range of innovative technology solutions, on-demand digital printing and automatic identification solutions for business performance improvements.”

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