Hoffman Beverage Company Selects Softeon ELITE Series Solutions to Improve Warehouse Productivity and Delivery Operations

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Hoffman Beverage, a leading Anheuser-Busch distributor, will support continued expansion with tools for warehouse management, voice-directed picking and loading operations, load Optimization and route delivery. This solution is provided by Softeon, which has the richest functionality in the supply chain execution market.

Softeon, provider of the industry’s most innovative software solutions for supply chain execution, announced today that Hoffman Beverage, a leading distributor of Anheuser-Busch products, has selected its ELITE series SCE solutions to help the company improve operational efficiencies in its warehouse and delivery operations.

Hoffman Beverage, headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, will deploy an integrated set of Softeon software solutions in its two warehouse facilities.

“We were looking for a solution that would help us drive operational efficiencies, integrate easily with our existing corporate systems, and provide a high ROI,” said Kirk Baldwin, Vice President of Operations for Hoffman Beverage. “Softeon provides us with many unique capabilities and an approach that will enable us to lower our costs while improving customer service.”

Added Chris Scott, Chief Technology Officer at Hoffman: “After a comprehensive evaluation of the voice-based ELITE WMS, including visits to an Anheuser-Busch distributor site where high velocity operations were driven by this voice-based solution, we chose Softeon to be our partner in assisting us with our plans.”

Softeon’s ELITE series solutions will integrate with Hoffman’s existing order processing and accounting systems. Key components of the total solution will include:

-- A Warehouse Management System (WMS): The WMS will enable Hoffman to streamline receiving processes through use of Advanced Shipping Notices, achieve real-time inventory visibility and lot control, improve order picking productivity, and have paperless operations though use of either radio frequency or voice-based mobile terminals.

-- Slotting and Warehouse Simulation: These tools will enable Hoffman to further improve its pick line set-up and order picker productivity.

-- “Route Saver” Trailer Optimization: Softeon’s Truck Load Optimizer will enable Hoffman to optimally create and pick customer-specific delivery carts, and to optimally load both Mickey Body’s “Route Saver” trucks as well as traditional side-loaded vehicles currently in use.

-- Direct Store Delivery (DSD) Automation: Softeon’s advanced DSD module running on handheld computers to automate data collection and delivery transactions, and to significantly improve the inventory reconciliation process.

“A growing number of beverage distribution companies are recognizing the payback from investment in warehouse productivity, inventory management, truck load optimization, route delivery and other logistics solutions” said Gana Govind, president of Softeon. “We are very excited to partner with Hoffman Beverage to help the company to drive continued operational improvement.”

As with all modules in the ELITE series, the solutions being implemented by Hoffman Beverage are built with Softeon’s advanced technical architecture. The technology is completely web-native, multi-platform, database independent, and built using advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) design principles. As a result, Softeon customers receive a flexible, easy to implement solution that provides high initial ROI and the ability to adapt quickly to changing requirements over time.

About Softeon

Softeon (http://www.softeon.com) provides the industry’s most functionally rich suite of WMS and supply chain execution solutions. Built on an advanced, fully web-native technical architecture, Softeon’s ELITE series offers a comprehensive yet modular solution for warehouse and distribution management, order management, labor and resource management, work order processing, and transportation management. Companies consistently find the ELITE series offers the most deep and comprehensive set of capabilities in the supply chain execution industry, supported by an advance and flexible technical architecture, satisfying both operations and IT requirements.

Softeon’s growing list of customers includes such well-known companies as L’Oreal, Time-Warner, Matrix, DaimlerChrysler, House of LaRose, Federation Distribution Services, the Internal Revenue Service, Reliable Sprinkler, and other logistics leaders.

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