Brampton, Ontario (PRWEB) June 29, 2005
Confederation Freezers, a multi-facility third party logistics (3PL) provider serving Canadian and International customers from four food-grade controlled temperature and ambient temperature warehouses in Ontario, is upgrading its warehouse management software to Headwater Technology Solutions Inc.Âs Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 third party logistics (3PL) suite, it was announced jointly today by Corporate Office Manager Lyn Miles and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto. Confederation Freezers is a founding member of the Headwater-sponsored RFID Consortium and hosts one of the consortiumÂs two labs at one of its facilities.
Installation of new hardware is currently in process, with implementation and testing of SmartEnterprise 2 scheduled to follow immediately. The earlier version of the logistics management software has resided on an IBM RS6000 computer running IBMÂs AIX operating system, accessing an Oracle database. In the new implementation, the software resides on an IBM blade server that also houses one blade each for the Oracle database, the application server, the freight system and EDP operations.
ÂCustomers want new features and capabilities,Â Miles said. ÂSmartEnterprise 2 positions us to provide those currently most in demand among the Confederation Freezers customer base.Â
Confederation Freezers has consistently kept pace with the evolution of the SmartEnterprise 2 predecessor solution. HeadwaterÂs Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 suite not only represents an upgraded solution, Miles said, but also a comprehensive redesign that incorporates an array of new features and capabilities, among them alerts management, source imaging , expanded labor tracking and expanded voice and data communications.
Confederation FreezersÂ SmartEnterprise 2 suite includes the Enterprise Foundation, an integration layer; the RF Voice Foundation, WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, the dÂAmigo alert management and reporting tool, and the e-Vista web-based visibility tool that enables customers to track the movement and status of their inventory in real time. Among Confederation FreezersÂ largest customers, 20 now use e-Vista, leading to major savings in time and money on all sides.
ÂConfederation Freezers has used the WarehouseLogic system successfully for more than ten years and now serves some 250 clients, with more than 19,000,000 cubic feet of storage space under management,Â Couto noted ÂIt is a large and complex assignment and with SmartEnterprise 2, the company will be able to provide better and faster service at lower cost.Â
The companyÂs facilities communicate with the browser-based logistics management software via the companyÂs Telnet private network. Over time, Confederation Freezers plans to move its electronic data exchange with customers to EZConnect EDI-XML, a data translation and communications system developed by Headwater Business Partner ACOM Solutions, Inc.
About Confederation Freezers
Confederation FreezersÂ facilities represent a mix of freezer, cooler and ambient space in Ontario. The company began in 1974 as a single 1,200,000 cubic foot facility on Summerlea Road in Brampton, Ontario. A series of acquisitions and expansions has grown the business to over 19 million cubic feet in four facilities, all located in Ontario. One Brampton facility is 100 percent freezer; one is 95 percent freezer; and a third is 50 percent cooler and ambient space. The fourth facility, located in Brantford, offers a balance of freezer, cooler and ambient storage. The combination of a strong and talented hands-on Owner/Management team has enabled Confederation Freezers to attain and maintain leadership status in the 3PL Industry. For more information, visit http://www.confederationfreezers.com
About Headwater Technology Solutions Inc.
Headwater Technology Solutions Inc. is a diversified software development and professional services firm that provides supply chain solutions and support for corporate and contract logistics operations, with expertise in the SAP, Microsoft and Oracle technology platforms. HeadwaterÂs highly configurable, Oracle/Java-based Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 solutions enable seamless supply chain planning and execution that leads to smarter and more profitable management of goods by third and fourth party logistics providers (3PL, 4PL). The companyÂs allied supply chain consultation and implementation services for Fortune 500-level corporations focus on the SAP and Microsoft platforms, with special expertise in warehouse management systems (WMS), RF and RFID technologies, and materials management systems (MMS). Headwater maintains corporate headquarters in the Toronto suburb of Markham, regional offices in Ottawa and Montreal, and it markets its services and solutions internationally. For information, call 866 306 0999, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.headwaterinc.com.
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