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A global survey will kick off at the Asia Cold Chain show taking place from July 22 to 24 in Bangkok, Thailand. The survey questions are designed to understand, what strategic and tactical operational elements are turning up the heat in the cold storage industry. Are there significant regional differences or has globalization created similar requirements? 

In the highly competitive world of cold chain logistics, being the most trusted solution in 3Pl and distribution warehousing is no mean feat. It has taken continuous product development built from customer feedback to build a purpose built solution that is the coolest choice in the market place. 

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7 Reasons Why 2015 is the Year You’ll Implement a Warehouse Management System

Thinking of implementing a warehouse management system (WMS)? You’re not alone. The days of manual warehouse operations are numbered. Spreadsheets, paper and standalone systems can’t deliver the inventory accuracy and supply chain visibility it takes to stay competitive these days.

Fortunately, today’s best-of-breed WMS solutions have evolved to meet the needs of the SMB market with respect to cost, scalability and ease of use. Time-to-value can be a matter of weeks, even when systems integrations or new warehouse technology are in the mix.

Here are seven of the biggest reasons why 2015 will be the year that your business – along with thousands of other SMB supply chain participants – will make the leap to a WMS:

  1. You don’t want to go through another peak season with your current processes. That leaves two options: curtail that impending growth, or automate.
  2. You’re poised to win your first contract with a major retailer. That means new complexities and compliance concerns, as well as the possibility that chargebacks will wipe out your profits if you don’t automate.
  3. You’re moving to a new warehouse. There’s no way you want to keep your outdated, manual processes at the new facility.
  4. You’re looking at complementary warehouse technology, like carousels and conveyors. But why speed up materials handling if you don’t have a system to give you visibility into what’s going where?
  5. You’ve done e-commerce, CRM and ERP. Now it’s time to “do WMS” and get your warehouse up to speed with your sales and marketing.
  6. You’re involved in a merger or acquisition, and are concerned that you won’t be able to scale warehouse activities to match your growth without putting a WMS in place. Further, a WMS can provide the metrics management needs to predict growth potential, as well as reveal the underlying cost structures required to efficiently integrate new lines of business.
  7. You’ve been hearing about the ROI that other SMBs in today’s omni-channel retail supply chain are accruing from WMS investments. A common metric is that operational savings from implementing a WMS are 20% annually. That means a 10-person warehouse staff currently operating at $50,000 per resource will save $100,000 per year with a WMS. Factor in the “soft benefits” resulting from improved organizational effectiveness, increased customer satisfaction and various capacity improvements, and you’re looking at a rough average ROI of twelve to eighteen months after go-live for a typical WMS.

These kinds of issues and changes may seem daunting. But they also present ideal opportunities to optimize your warehouse to yield superior supply chain visibility, greater operational efficiency and the ability to adapt quickly to ongoing changes in market demands.

Contact us to discuss how a WMS can help your organization in 2015 and beyond.

Total Vs True Cost of Ownership

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According to Gartner Inc., one of the world’s leading IT research and advisory companies, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) “…includes hardware and software acquisition, management and support, communications, end-user expenses and the opportunity cost of downtime, training and other productivity losses.”

When 3PL providers calculate their TCO for their technology investments, the upfront costs are easily definable and measurable, as they mainly include the cost of acquiring the technology. Even support and maintenance costs over the next few years can be ascertained. However, the “True Cost of Ownership” is what outsourced logistics companies need to measure before they invest.

Calculating “True Cost of Ownership” requires answers to the following questions:

  1. Is the software actually created for their 3PL’s specific usage scenarios?
  2. Has it been cobbled together from generic warehousing and distribution use cases?
  3. Will it provide a multi-client servicing environment with a multitude of specific requirements (static or dynamic)?
  4. Do these specific requirements require getting into the code to be set up?
  5. Can profiles be created by administrators on-the-fly, without any programing expertise?
  6. Can the product be easily integrated or will it require months of testing and fault checking?
  7. How much of my team’s time will be spent transitioning from my previous system?
  8. Besides downtime during implementation and deployment, how much uptime can I expect after it goes live?
  9. How much specialized expertise will need to be hired to run the software or implement changes going forward?
  10. Do the vendors know my business today, and are they prepared to develop the product to reflect 3PL-specific customer and market changes in the future?

If the answers to any of these questions gives you cause for concern, then you know that the true cost of ownership is much higher than the price quote you have on your desk. There are many non-3PL software vendors masquerading as 3PL solutions in today’s marketplace.

Red River Transport Project Named to SDCE Top 100

SDCE Top 100 2015Red River’s implementation of AccellosOne Transport was recognized as a top project in the 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100. The “100” list recognizes enterprises that provide supply chain excellence to their customers. 

Red River Transport is a small rapidly growing trucking company in Texas transporting natural gas, propane, and other commodities across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and employs 25 over-the-road tanker drivers along with a handful of back office workers.

The company has developed a solid reputation for reliable, on-time deliveries in an industry filled with unexpected surprises. With a growing customer base, manual processing of data was beginning to take a toll on employees by increasing their workload and no efficient way to manage and track all of the data. The company turned to the HighJump’s AccellosOne Transport solution to manage its operations.

“HighJump’s AccellosOne Transport solution has completely transformed our back office operations,” said Atticus Miller, president of Red River Transport. “The most valuable asset the software has given us is that we no longer enter data two, three or even four times to get billing, payroll and compliance completed in a timely manner. Rather than chasing down information, any stakeholder can see whatever they need to see whenever they want to see it.”

To read about the Red River project in Supply and Demand Chain Executive, click here

To see the press release announcing this recognition, click here. 

 

 

Roll Call for Sage Summit 2015

The AccellosOne WMS team is getting excited for Sage Summit 2015 taking place in America’s culture-rich, New Orleans. The conference will be held July 27-30 at the newly renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Don’t miss out on these four incredible days – one unforgettable event, the time to register is now!

Sage Summit is an annual conference that brings together businesses across the country to discuss strategies, explore new techniques, and engage in meaningful conversations. It is an opportunity for small to midsized businesses to expand their knowledge base and stimulate growth, profitability, and competitive advantage.

Our team is looking forward to hearing our customers’ stories and discussing how our applications can help propel their business forward. We’re bringing to market an expanded product portfolio with many more exciting components than we had in Summit 2014. And, it doesn’t stop there. We will be announcing our WMS integration with Sage ERP X3, stay tuned and drop in our booth for exclusive details!

Whether you’re looking to solve a key business challenge, evaluate the Sage product offering, or acquire successful strategies from your peers, you’ll have access to a wealth of interactive experiences through the impressive agenda, speaker lineup, and thought leaders. Discounted hotel packages are still available and if you act now you may also be able to get airfare discount.

We value the partnership we’ve created with Sage over the many years and are proud to be a Sponsor of this year’s event. With many of our team members in attendance we look forward to connecting with you at Booth 625! Please contact us anytime with questions about the event, our seamless integration with Sage ERP, or activities at our booth. See you on the trade floor!

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HighJump and PeopleNet Announce Enhanced Mobile Communications Integration

Prophesy2014_HighJump Product RGBHighJump, a global provider of supply chain software, and PeopleNet, a leading provider of fleet mobility technology, today announced the release of an enhanced integration between HighJump’s Prophesy Dispatch Transportation Management Solution and PeopleNet’s mobile communications interface.

The interface between Prophesy Dispatch and PeopleNet’s mobile communications solution is designed to allow dispatchers and drivers to focus more on their jobs and less on the legwork of communicating load information. The newly expanded interface will allow load information to be sent automatically to the driver’s in-cab device including origin; address; city; state; destination; goods information including weight, pieces and pallets; scheduled pick up date; and delivery date and time.  It also enables the driver to send and receive key logistical information such as actual arrival and departure times; bill of lading numbers; inventory measures such as number of goods and quantities broken down into weight, pallet and pieces; trailer number and more.

Read the full press release. 

Top 10 Reasons why Accellos is the Preferred Cold Chain Solution

Why are we the preferred solution for more cold chain enterprises around the world than any vendor?

You might get a variety of reasons based on which company you ask, but here are the Top Ten overall;

  1. Breadth and depth of capabilities
  2. Deep domain expertise – built and supported by 3PL experts
  3. Decades of experience supplying solutions to the industry
  4. Rapid implementation and deployment
  5. Configurable for multi-client operations
  6. Knowledgeable and responsive technical and user support
  7. Expert Training
  8. Industry leading benchmarks for service level agreement compliance
  9. Flexible pricing options – SaaS, Perpetual, On-Premise, Cloud
  10. Highly available and extensible architecture

 

Our customers on the Top 25 lists include:

North America:

  • Americold Logistics
  • Lineage Logistics
  • Preferred Freezer Services
  • VersaCold Logistics Services
  • Nordic Logistics and Warehousing,LLC
  • Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co.
  • Congebec Logistics, Inc.
  • Hanson Logistics
  • Conestoga Cold Storage
  • Confederation Freezers
  • Brookfield Cold Storage
  • Interstate Cold Storage, Inc.
  • Halls Warehouse Corporation
  • MTC Logistics
  • Nor-Am Cold Storage, Inc.

To see a full list of the North American Top 25 list, please click here

http://www.gcca.org/resources/industry-topics/cold-chain-market-research-trends/iarw-top-25-list-of-largest-refrigerated-warehousing-and-logistics-companies/iarw-north-american-top-25/

 

Global:

  • Americold Logistics
  • Lineage Logistics
  • Swire Group
  • Preferred Freezer Services
  • VersaCold Logistics Services
  • Nordic Logistics and Warehousing, LLC.
  • Cloverleaf Cold Storage Co.
  • Frialsa Frigorificos S.A. De C.V.
  • Congebec Logistics, Inc.
  • Hanson Logistics
  • Conestoga Cold Storage

To see a full list of the Global Top 25 list, please click here

http://www.gcca.org/resources/industry-topics/cold-chain-market-research-trends/iarw-top-25-list-of-largest-refrigerated-warehousing-and-logistics-companies/iarw-global-top-25-list/

HighJump and Grizella Announce Enhanced Carrier Monitoring Integration

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management solutions, and Grizella, a software provider for the freight transportation industry, today announced powerful enhancements to the integration between HighJump’s Prophesy DispatchSeries Software and Grizella’s SaferWatch™, a motor carrier risk management solution.

Prophesy DispatchSeries Software, the industry-leading transportation management solution designed to manage all aspects of a trucking or freight brokerage operation, has expanded its popular interface with SaferWatch™, the market leading carrier qualification, onboarding and monitoring solution, which pulls data from multiple government agencies including FMCSA, DOT, SMS, and A.M. Best.

The enhanced integration allows users to view Carrier Certificates of Insurance data, as well as to download the actual CERT instantly and store it in the Dispatch Document Imaging module. The Dispatch system will automatically monitor unlimited Carrier Insurance Certificates, and the user will receive alerts in real-time directly within their Prophesy Dispatch Software solution.

Read the full press release. 

HighJump Acquires Nexternal

nexternalHighJump, a global provider of supply chain management solutions today announced that it has acquired Nexternal, a leading cloud-based eCommerce platform provider based in California.

Nexternal provides an omni-channel commerce platform that serves manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  Nexternal’s platform includes a functionally rich order management system that captures both business-to-business and business-to-consumer orders, via standard and mobile web browsers. Going beyond traditional eCommerce, companies use Nexternal’s commerce platform to run call centers, generate and manage subscription orders, retrieve Amazon marketplace orders, create club orders and receive orders from other systems via its API.  The system acts as the single hub for all pricing, promotions, status and customer care related to the order management lifecycle. 

Read the full press release. 

Is Your Warehouse Ready for FSMA Compliance?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) shifts the focus of federal regulators, especially the FDA, from reacting to food contamination to preventing it. The first major upgrade to America’s food protection system since the 1930s, FSMA gives the FDA sweeping new powers to regulate how food is grown, imported and stored.

Prompted by the escalation of food-borne illnesses and costly food recalls in recent years, FSMA’s mandate to protect the public will certainly impact food warehouses and food logistics providers.

The initial guidance that President Obama signed into law in 2011 is essentially a blueprint. FSMA requires the FDA to undertake more than a dozen rulemakings and issue over ten guidance documents, as well as an array of reports, plans, notices, and other information. Public comment on revised provisions are still under review, but the comment period closed on December 15, 2014.

Publication of revised guidelines is therefore imminent, and most businesses will be required to be in compliance within one year after publication of the final rule. Now is the time to get ready for the new rules.

FSMA specifically emphasizes the role that warehouse and logistics providers play to keep food safe. All FDA registered facilities, which includes warehouses and distribution centers, will be required to implement preventive controls.

Though the specifics of these controls are not yet spelled out in their entirety, there is no doubt that warehouses and others in the food supply chain will be mandated to provide traceability and recall of goods from raw ingredients to final product. This is essential for compliance with lot traceability requirements to support efficient recalls.

When a recall occurs – and they will – all partners in the food supply chain will need to demonstrate complete visibility and detailed tracking capabilities at the lot level. Is your warehouse management system (WMS) up to the task?

Inability to prove basic FSMA compliance for recall purposes is likely to hurt your business, as retailers and manufacturers will seek warehouses that can provide traceability to support recalls as part of their own FSMA compliance efforts. Beyond that, there could be further repercussions such as FDA fines and sanctions.

Depending on the severity of a violation, penalties could range up to pulling your FDA registration, which would put you out of business. Other FDA enforcement actions could include warning letters and mandatory recalls. Worse than the sanction itself could be the resulting brand and reputational damage to your operation.

If you are currently unable to track and trace any item by lot number, you will need to bring these traceability capabilities online within the next year or so. You will probably need to prove compliance to retailers, manufacturers, and other supply chain partners well before you need to demonstrate it to the FDA.

To learn how a family-owned food manufacturer achieved seamless inventory accuracy to meet the needs of large retailers in only five weeks, while achieving significant cost savings, download our Arthur Schuman case study.

To start a conversation with WMS experts on how to bring lot-level traceability online quickly and cost-effectively, contact Accellos.

 

 

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