Warehouse Management Software

June 1, 2007
This showcase spotlights some of the innovative software systems that have applications in warehouse management for the controlled-temperature distribution

This showcase spotlights some of the innovative software systems that have applications in warehouse management for the controlled-temperature distribution industry. Included are systems to improve communications with carriers transporting cargo, ones to consolidate less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments, as well as order replenishment systems, third-party logistics billing functionality, and cold storage warehouse automation services.

Millard chooses to use LeanLogistics TMS

Millard Refrigerated Services, the second-largest refrigerated warehouse and distribution company in the United States, has selected LeanLogistics, provider of web-native Transportation Management Systems (TMS). Many Millard customers use LeanLogistics' On-Demand TMS. This improves communications among carriers and customers and enables consolidation of less-than-truckload (LTL) shipments for improved efficiencies.

On-Demand TMS provides complete daily planning, execution, and settlement, along with increased visibility to pick up and drop data. Event notifications assure that customers and carriers are aware of schedules, requirements, and status. With the Business Intelligence functions built into On-Demand TMS, Millard has the ability to examine shipment history, analyze carrier performance, and generate insightful reports for better decisionmaking and continuous improvement.

Access www.leanlogistics.com for complete details.

Wegmans picks Prescient for replenishing

Wegmans has selected Prescient Applied Intelligence Inc to power its replenishment ordering. The company will use Prescient's Demand Planning and Inventory and Replenishment Planning modules to generate orders for about 800 vendors.

Wegmans is a family-owned, 71-store grocery chain in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. In 2004, the company implemented Prescient's on-demand replenishment program to generate orders for 200 of its vendors.

As Wegmans expanded south from Rochester NY, the company opened a second distribution center (DC) and added more vendors and products. Wegmans had been running its first DC with a customized mainframe application, but knew this 25-year old technology couldn't support its expansion plans. Wegmans chose to replace this mainframe replenishment technology with Prescient's on-demand system.

“We had great results when we used Prescient for our first 200 vendors. Forecast accuracy increased by over 100%, days of supply decreased by 25%, and service levels rose,” said Tom Adelsberger, merchandising systems manager at Wegmans.

HighJump Warehouse Advantage provided

HighJump Warehouse Advantage offers advanced functionality to manage even the most complex warehouse environments. This system helps to ensure fast, accurate fulfillment through directed, optimized workflow, using advanced wireless and bar code technologies, including RFID. Containerization, wave planning, slotting, and labor management drive further efficiencies.

This system executes strategic processes such as receiving, put-away/flow-through, inventory management, order processing, replenishment/pick/pack, loading, and shipping. HighJump Warehouse Advantage leverages technology to deliver the functionality needed to maximize operational efficiency and increase throughput.

E-mail Katie Wolfe at [email protected] for further information.

Spire Group makes Priya WMS standard

Spire Group Ltd will make Motek's Priya Warehouse Management System (WMS) standard for its new global network of smart refrigerated warehouses and distribution centers, beginning with a 2,251,000-cubic-foot facility in Montreal, Canada.

Besides the Montreal facility, which is operated by its subsidiary Everest Cold Storage, Spire Group plans implementations in 20-plus locations in the next five years. These include Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary, Canada; the United States; Ukraine; Russia; India; and China with continued expansion throughout 2007 and 2008.

Everest selected Priya for its robust functionality including engineered labor standards, third-party logistics billing, flexible reports, and voice and RF picking capabilities. Priya's Windows-based architecture enables seamless interfaces to other IT systems and maximizes flexibility, ease of use, and low total cost of ownership for Spire/Everest.

J&B Cold Storage chooses Priya system

J&B Cold Storage has selected Motek's Windows-based Priya warehouse management system (WMS) to fully automate its cold storage facility in St Michael MN.

Part of the J&B Group, J&B Cold Storage sought to replace a legacy paper-based system it had used for 13 years in preparation for business growth. Priya's performance and functionality, Microsoft platform, and voice-directed picking — a feature being considered for future use at J&B — were key factors in J&B Cold Storage's decision.

Another feature for J&B Cold Storage was Priya's ability to quickly and seamlessly add to an order up to the minute a truck leaves the warehouse. This not only ensures that trucks roll with full loads, but also that customers receive their orders as quickly as possible, without requiring J&B Cold Storage to create a new invoice.

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