St. Paul, Minnesota, (PRWEB) November 30, 2005
Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage, a family- owned public refrigerated warehouse company, has completed a six-month review of third party logistics software solutions and has selected Headwater Technology’s Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 software suite as its logistics management and fulfillment solution, it was announced today by President Drew Greenberg and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto. Implementation has begun and the company expects to go live with the new system in January 2006.
Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage currently operates 4,000,000 cubic feet of freezer, refrigeration and dry storage, serving more than 100 food industry clients in the Upper Midwestern United States. The SmartEnterprise 2 solution replaces a largely manual, custom-programmed legacy solution that evolved over time, Greenberg said. It was considered no longer adequate to accommodate the company’s expanding requirements, including customer needs for greater access to information and control over the flow of goods.
“We narrowed the field down to three finalists,” he said, “and we were very comfortable with Headwater’s background and experience as well as with the SmartEnterprise 2 system. We felt that as a turnkey solution, it could be implemented quickly and cost-effectively, and we were encouraged by the developer’s in-depth familiarity with the requirements of controlled-temperature food warehouse operators.”
The SmartEnterprise 2 software suite being implemented at Newport-St. Paul Cold Storage is comprised of the Enterprise Foundation integration layer, Headwater’s RF Foundation, the WarehouseLogic 2.6 logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, the Radio Frequency module, the d’Amigo alert management and reporting tool, and the Boomi EDI module. The software will run in the Linux environment with an Oracle database.
“We expect to achieve significant advantages in terms of productivity, workflow and customer satisfaction through extensive automation of most of the activities that we typically have performed manually,” Greenberg said. “The system is rules-based, which not only provides us with best practices, but also leaves the door open for us to insert our own rules, operating procedures and alert parameters. Our customers are looking forward to using the web-based e-Vista visibility tool to access the status of their merchandise at any point in the logistics chain on a 24/7 basis.”
Another major opportunity, Greenberg noted, is the ability to stem the tide of paperwork that threatens to swamp business operations of all kinds today.
“By using scanners and electronic document entry and distribution, we will be able to eliminate many paper document processes,” he said. “This is a tremendous boost to efficiency not only for our company, but for our customers as well, since paper we do not issue is paper that they do not have to process.
“Going forward, we will extend our use of EDI with as many customers as possible, which will further streamline processes on both ends of our transactions by establishing direct, hands-off computer-to-computer communications on a 24-hour basis.”
Newport-St.Paul Cold Storage commenced operations in 1959 and in the intervening years has expanded its one-story, modern facility five times.
ABOUT HEADWATER TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INC.
Headwater Technology Solutions Inc. is a 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 3PL/4PL/corporate 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. Its 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 or visit http://www.headwaterinc.com.
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