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» Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, TX, will deploy Power Sell and Power Net software applications from Retalix Ltd., Dallas. Power Sell will enable the foodservice distributor’s 500 distribution sales reps to better serve their customers. Power Net is a Web-based customer service portal that enables customers to access account information and create orders online.

» Sysco Corp., Houston, has recognized Minneapolis-based Thermo King Corp. as “Operator of the Year.” This is the second year in a row that Thermo King has received the prestigious award.

» Dayville, CT-based United Natural Foods Inc. has announced that its 259,729-square-foot Ridgefield, WA, distribution center has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The DC features 54,000-square-feet of cold storage, making it the first refrigerated distribution center to achieve Gold certification by the USGBC.

» C&S Wholesale Grocers, Keene, NH, and First Book, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that provides new books to children in need, have joined together to give 50,000 books to schools and programs serving children in the C&S headquarters community of Keene and throughout the Monadnock region of New Hampshire.

Jupiter, FL-based J.J. Taylor is optimizing its supply chain with solutions from Manhattan Associates Inc., Atlanta. The beer and wine distributor is implementing Manhattan ILS: Integrated Logistics Solutions, built on Microsoft. NET, to optimize its distribution network.

» Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Co. LLC), Orlando, FL, has become an official member of the EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, a voluntary collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the transport industry that reduces greenhouse gases and other pollutants and improves fuel efficiency.

» The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded PepsiCo, Purchase, NY, a 2009 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency. After more than a decade of action, the cumulative effects of PepsiCo’s resource conservation program have resulted in an improvement in energy efficiency for its U.S. operations of nearly 30 percent.

» Saddle Creek Corp., Lakeland, FL, has opened a 269,000-square-foot distribution center in Santa Fe Springs, CA, for Hornell Brewing Co. Inc., national marketer of AriZona brand iced teas and other brands. Saddle Creek selected a facility near the Hornell Brewing production facility and a major highway network.

» PeopleNet Debuts Trailer Tracking System
PeopleNet has rolled out its new tethered trailer tracking system that reduces detention time and eliminates delivery errors.

“Razor-thin margins make delivery errors downright unforgiveable,” says Ron Konezny, CEO of the Minneapolis-based company. “Our Trailer ID system lets the back office monitor tractor/trailer hook-ups, drops and locations of hooks and drops in real-time, so fleet managers know precisely where their equipment is.

“In addition, this technology brings the trucking industry one step closer to wireless fleet management,” says Konezny.

PeopleNet’s Wi-VAN Gateway enables communication with the trailer, trailer components and tractor components, and the Trailer Tracking Module communicates specific details about the trailer. Keeping the tractor and trailer connected to the back office provides visibility into active and inactive trailers—which trailers are hooked to which tractors, when they were hooked or dropped, and the location of the last hook or drop.

The total information loop occurs in seconds, with the Trailer ID software, sending trailer and location information to the Wi-VAN Gateway (mounted inside the tractor), which relays the information to the g3 (PeopleNet’s onboard computer).

The g3 sends the information to the PeopleNet Network Operating Center, where it is stored. Customers can access a series of reports including Hooked Tractor, Trailer Locations, Alerts and Trailer History. Fleets can also retrieve data for integration into their back office systems.

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