Descartes Systems Group, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Web site: www.descartes.com
Year founded: 1981
Number of employees: 600+
Number of food customers: 200
Solution name(s): Descartes Routing, Mobile and Telematics, Descartes Transportation Management, Descartes Customs & Regulatory Compliance, Global Logistics Network Services
Worth noting: Descartes’ solutions are highly flexible enabling food and beverage companies to develop optimal planning scenarios that best fit their unique inbound and outbound distribution, fleet and contract carrier requirements. Descartes specializes in providing innovative, supply chain management solutions to help the food industry reduce costs, boost productivity, improve asset utilization, increase margins, ensure product integrity, communicate in real time, GPS-tracking, enhance customer service and greater PO-to-store visibility.
England Logistics, Salt Lake City, UT
Web site: www.englandlogistics.com
Year founded: 1997
Number of employees: 315
Number of food customers: 75
Solution name(s): Customizable SaaS offerings through its Supply Chain Management team
Worth noting: Clients look to England Logistics to receive better customization, service, and product without the large monetary commitment common with purchasing, managing, and upgrading their own systems. It is one of the few companies who own a programming entity and can tailor solutions to each individual client.
ExtenData, Englewood, CO
Web site: www.extendata.com
Year founded: 2002
Number of employees: 25
Number of food customers: 23
Solution name(s): Mobile Conductor, DSD (Direct Store Delivery), POD (Proof Of Delivery), Bulk milk, Bulk delivery, Tire Recycling, Sales & Merchandising, Feed & Livestock, Field Service
Worth noting: Mobile Conductor is a highly configurable solution and is tailored to each customer. It is scalable to serve companies with 5 vehicles and up to large organizations with 1,000+. The solution is deployed on-premise or in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. It serves a wide range of industries such as specialty foods, broadline distributors, food service, tire recycling and bulk fluid pickup and distribution.
FoodLink Online, Los Gatos, CA
Web site: www.foodlink.net
Year founded: 1999
Number of employees: 45
Number of food customers: 2,000
Solution name(s): FoodLink for Buyers, FoodLink for Suppliers, FoodLink for Carriers, FoodLink Deal Manager, FoodLink DirectConnect, FoodLink Open EDI
Worth noting: FoodLink is the perishables purchasing platform used by the majority of top fresh food wholesalers, and has added more retail buyers in the past year than all other fresh purchasing solutions combined.
Fortna, Reading, PA
Web site: www.fortna.com
Year founded: 1950
Number of employees: 250
Number of food customers: 19
Solution name(s): Professional Consulting and Design Services
Worth noting: Fortna created an inclusive model to tackle real problems and achieve the best results with a deep proficiency in supply chain strategy, distribution center operations, organizational excellence, materials handling and supply chain systems.
FreightCenter.com, Trinity, FL
Web site: www.freightcenter.com
Year founded: 1998
Number of employees: 119
Number of food customers: 30
Solution name(s): Truckload Logistics Division, FreightCenter TMS
Worth noting: FreightCenter.com’s primary focus is using Web-based tools to help both businesses and individuals with their freight shipping needs. We have a combination of price, quality, reputation, and creative and flexible contract terms.
FuelQuest, Houston, TX
Web site: www.fuelquest.com
Year founded: 1999
Number of employees: 200
Number of food customers: 7
Solution name(s): FuelQuest Fuel Center
Worth noting: FuelQuest does not own fuel assets or trucks for distribution, which allows FuelQuest and Fuel Center to act solely in the best interest of the customer. FuelQuest also provides an on-demand value management dashboard to track the savings for each Fuel Center customer.