Prophesy OnDemand Case Study released: Derby City Logistics, LLC..

Prophesy has announced the release of a case study on Prophesy OnDemand customer Derby City Logistics, LLC.

Summary
Derby City Logistics, LLC began as a small trucking company based out of Louisville, Kentucky. At its start-up, the company consisted of two employees and a fleet of three trucks. 

Before purchasing Prophesy OnDemand, the team at Derby City Logistics spent much of their time dispatching manually. Casey Robinson, Derby City Logistics Operations Manager, shared, “Everything was manual. Drivers were paid a flat rate and the payroll was outsourced.”

Find out how Prophey OnDemand, web-based solution, helped Derby City Logistics succeed by reading the case study…

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WMS Webinar Tomorrow! Drive Process Improvements with KPI’s

We hope you will join us on July 30th for our first in a four-part series of webinars. 

In today’s always moving business world, it’s necessary to know where your business stands on a daily basis.  AccellosOne Pulse gives you insights into your key performance indicators every day, to help you make the tough decisions for your company.  Whether you’re a 3PL, distributor, retailer, manufacturer, or transportation specialist, AccellosOne Pulse will give you the understanding necessary to keep your company on track.  Offered as a standalone solution or an integrated component of the overall AccellosOne family. 

Register for the Webinar!

Along with time sensitive graphs and charts that highlight key conditions to aid in the decision making process, this webinar will also explain what AccellosOne Pulse offers, such as:

  • Customizable Dashboards / real-time analytics
  • Proactive alerting to solve problems before they happen
  • Improving integration of data from multiple business applications
  • Providing real-time visibility to a broader audience:  greater number of internal users, external partners and customers

Don’t let your business get behind, register for Accellos Drive Process Improvements with KPIs webinar on July 30th, now!

Deal Feed International Article Features Accellos/HighJump Merger

A recent article published by Deal Feed International featured the Accellos and HighJump merger announcement. The article emphasized how the complementary technologies from both companies will be helpful in satisfying the advancing needs of logistics service providers, retailers, and distributers. Both companies value innovation and quality customer service, the article states, which will be advantageous to both their current and future customers.

Deal Feed International is a popular resource for business professionals looking to stay updated on company mergers and acquisitions. The website has a wide range of subscribers including managers at small to mid-sized businesses, as well as large corporates from around the world. Articles are published by region and division so that these subscribers can see mergers that are most relevant to them.

The read the full Deal Feed International article, please click here.

To learn more about the merger, read our official press release.

Accellos Announced as a Sage Summit 2014 Sponsor

Accellos has been officially announced as a sponsor for the upcoming Sage Summit in Las Vegas.

This annual conference will be taking place July 28-31 and will serve as an educational experience for both the small and medium sized businesses in attendance. The summit will be a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network and engage in meaningful conversation. Ultimately, the goal of the conference is to help these businesses expand upon their knowledge base and therefore stimulate company growth.

To read more about the summit and its sponsorships, please click here.

Optimize for Tomorrow – WMS Webinar Series

Please join us for a four-part webinar series starting July 30th

Our Accellos experts will give their input on the challenges that small to medium size businesses face in the Omni-channel retail world, and offer solutions based on their industry expertise.

The webinar series will start with Chris Barnes, Accellos WMS Sales Engineer, as he talks about AccellosOne Pulse, and how it allows insight into the key performance indicators that drive everyday business decisions.  Next, Jackson Billbrey, Accellos Product Manager, will talk about AccellosOne Ship, which offers time and labor saving capabilities to handle the stringent shipping requirements and ensures compliance with customers.  Then, Jared Mendenhall, Accellos Managed Services Specialist, will explain Accellos Cloud; what it is, why you want it, whether you need on premise or Azure, and a review of the implementation and total costs.  Finally, Chris Barnes will be back to finish the series with the importance of a successful Warehouse Management System (WMS), and how the need for real-time activity tracking and inventory visibility offered is a must in today’s business world.

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Accellos 4.0 Release Featured in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Article

A recent article published by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods discusses the importance of software in effectively managing frozen food supply chains. Included in this article, was Accellos’ latest 4.0 release which focuses on cloud based eLearning.  This product offers many different features that are beneficial to supply chain companies. The article went on to highlight some of these benefits, including the ease at which new employees can be on-boarded.  This can be done by recording “how-to” videos that can then be utilized during training. This makes instruction more efficient and cost effective in the long run.

 

To read the full article, please click here.

T.C. Trading Company, Inc. and Accellos Provide Unique Services for Ship Provisioning

Accellos has issued a case study of T.C. Trading Company, Inc. This case study describes how T.C. Trading Company uses AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL Warehouse Management System (WMS) to provide seasonal distribution services from facilities in the port community of Blaine, Washington.

Summary
As a growing traditional public warehouse 3PL, T.C. Trading Company, Inc. sought to expand their business and launched a ship provisioning business in 1996.  Ship provisioning is the service of providing vast amounts of food and other items, including perishables, herbs and spices, alcohol, and nonperishable supplies, for consumption and reserve in cruise ships for thousands of passengers and crew for an extended voyage.  By 2011, the ship provisioning business had steadily grown, which drove the need for automated warehouse management including catch weight tracking.

AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL provided the logistics software platform that keeps the provisioning process on course, from receiving vendor shipments at the warehouse doors, to the consolidation of the orders into cost-effective loads, to the billing information to the cruise ship suppliers. The software has enabled the company to accommodate business requirements faster, and to virtually eliminate errors in both the servicing of ships and the 3PL warehousing.

T.C. Trading Company went live using AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL in 2012 and has since experienced the following benefits:

  • Greater staffing flexibility
  • Expedited cruise ship provisioning
  • Concurrent government/commercial services
  • Coordinated international shipping management
  • Simplified bonding procedure
  • Centralized cold/ambient storage control
  • Fast, easy transition to Accellos system
  • Real-time inventory management
  • Increased productivity – e.g. pick by weight
  • RF/wireless operations management
  • Electronic document production
  • Exceptional software flexibility, adaptability.

“Our customer profile continues to evolve but our emphasis on accommodating each one remains our priority. We store and we ship – it’s what we do – and we go out of our way to do it how our customers want it done. AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL is indispensable to that effort,” said Phillip Hayes, Operations Manager, T.C. Trading Company, Inc.

“AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL has changed our company and how we conduct our business in major ways,” Phillip adds. “It is difficult to be in the 3PL business and not have the right software and we are satisfied that whatever our requirements, Accellos has a way to make them work.”

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Accellos Welcomes Albatros Media a.s.

Albatros Media a.s. purchased Accellos’ Warehouse Management System (WMS) in March to automate many of their warehousing processes and to shorten order fulfillment times.

albatros-media

This company has been in operation for 64 years and has managed to become the largest publishing house in the Czech Republic. They produce upwards of 1,000 new titles per year, including both fiction and non fiction books for people of all ages. The business is rapidly expanding and is now finding success in the Slovak Republic as well.

 Welcome aboard!

To learn more about this company, visit their website: http://www.albatrosmedia.cz/en/.

 

 

ROI Checkpoint 1 of 3 in Warehouse Management: Inventory Control

Inventory Control

For a WMS, all gains start at Inventory Control.  The premise being that the physical inventory is located where the system says it is.  The company wants a system to ensure at the bin level inventory levels achieve 98.9% or greater accuracy.  Therefore, the system must have the following features:

  • Online/Real Time data management using radio frequency based devices and scanning in order to collect the inventory/location data when confirmed by the user
  • Real Time reporting of the transactions and location inventory values
  • Cycle Counting to continuously count the inventory to measure the accuracy of the location inventory and make adjustments to the inventory given errors occur.    

Given the overall budget for the warehouse, bin levels that reach 99% accuracy can have up to a 3% return on investment.  The main areas impacted will be picking and packing orders.  If the inventory is where it should be, pickers are apt not to lose productivity hunting down inventory for the order, and packers typically and checking/packing more accurately picked orders.  Highly accurate locations typically results in the company foregoing an annual physical inventory, saving on non-productive wages and operational overhead. 

CHECK POINT: Inventory Control does not constitute a true WMS

Inventory control can be provided by automated data collect systems so beware of ADC vendors branding as WMS providers.  Further, understand that these systems are often overlays of the ERP database and can only be as responsive as the ERP.  Latency, or unresponsiveness HURTS any gains made in inventory accuracy.  Also, ensure the solution has cycle counting capabilities.  Without it, you lack real inventory control.  

To learn more about AccellosOne Warehouse Management System, click here.

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