Dallas-Area PRW Start-up Lone Star Cold Storage Opts for Headwater’s Delfour SmartEnterprise 2Third Party Logistics Management Software

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Lone Star looks to Headwater's elite management suite to for optimum control over receiving, storing and shipping as well as for internal efficiences and client convenience. Modular suite keeps paper processes at minimum, offers customers 24/7 web-based visibility of their merchandise status.

– After conducting a search involving more than a half-dozen software systems, Lone Star Cold Storage, Inc., a new public refrigerated warehouse company based here, has selected Headwater Technology Solutions’ Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 third party logistics (3PL) software suite as its management solution, it was announced today by Owner and President Andrew P. Fisk and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto. The new company addresses the meat and poultry industries primarily and is positioned for both domestic and export operations.

    According to Fisk, Headwater is providing accelerated implementation, compressing its normal process in order to accommodate receipts for the company’s first customer.

The 3PL solution will run in the Linux/Oracle environment and is being installed concurrently with the complete renovation of a 20-year-old controlled temperature facility that Fisk acquired last year. The facility is comprised of over 2,500,000 cubic feet of warehouse space, expandable to more than 5,000,000 cubic feet, and features an all-new refrigeration system that includes new blast freezers capable of 180,000 lbs. daily. It has 34 dock doors, including 3 for rail access, all of them opening to an unusually large receiving area to enable efficient staging.

According to Fisk, the choice of Smart Enterprise 2 was guided largely by a long-standing business philosophy based on service and technology that he used in previous businesses and believes is essential to this industry.

“Several critical SmartEnterprise capabilities supported our decision,” he said. “Document imaging and electronic forms will enable us to eliminate much of the paperwork and error potential associated with handling multiple clients’ merchandise. The system’s alerts capability gives us advance notification of pending and exceptional events vital to our customer service. Also, the systems’ on-line visibility module enables our clients to track the status of their merchandise in real time so they can monitor their key performance indicators. These are tremendous aids to efficiency, and they represent just a few of the benefits we will achieve with SmartEnterprise.”

The company’s SmartEnterprise 2 suite is comprised of the Enterprise Foundation, an integration layer; the RF Foundation, WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, the d’Amigo alert management and reporting tool, and the e-Vista web-based visibility tool, which enables customers to track the movement and status of their inventory in real time. It also includes the EZConnect EDI-XML data translation and connectivity solution that establishes direct computer-to-computer communications between trading partners.

EZConnect will be implemented for a premier Lone Star customer that employs a SAP database, as well as for other customers that wish to implement automated, untended transactions. EZConnect is a SQL-based any-to-any translator that facilitates exchanges between all database and all data formats.

Fisk and General Manager Richard Griffin are also closely following the work of the Headwater RFID and Voice Consortiums, both of which are cooperative efforts between Headwater and several of its customers.

“There are significant efficiencies to be achieved through these technologies,” Griffin said. “Also, the SmartEnteprise 2 system’s labor tracking feature will be of enormous value in controlling costs and maintaining efficiency. It is no longer enough simply to throw people at a problem. You need people with skills and technology that helps them do their jobs better.”

For additional information about Lone Star Cold Storage, Inc. contact Richard Griffin at 214 239 2727 or email. The company website, http://www.lonestarcs.com, is under construction and will be available as of October 17, 2005.

ABOUT HEADWATER TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC.

Headwater Technology Solutions Inc. is a supply chain software development and professional services firm that provides logistics management consulting and solutions, transportation management solutions, and an array of corporate/financial consulting and implementation services. Headwater’s Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 and Freight Logix third/fourth/corporate party logistics and transportation solutions enable seamless supply chain planning and execution that leads to smarter and more profitable management of goods as they move through the supply chain. The company’s supply chain consultation and implementation services focus on the Oracle, SAP and Microsoft platforms, with proficiency in warehouse and transportation management systems, RF and RFID technologies, and materials management systems (MMS). Headwater maintains corporate headquarters in the Toronto suburb of Markham and a regional office in Oakville, marketing its services and solutions internationally. For information, call 866 306 0999, email info@headwaterinc.com or visit http://www.headwaterinc.com.

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