ECL Group Finds Headwater's SmartEnterprise 3PL Software Solid Choice for Initial Operations, Its Scalability Ideal for Planned Growth

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Oakville, Ontario third party logistics provider selected Headwaters advanced logistics management software for its ease of integration and use in its initial operations and to accommodate future growth. The SmartEnterprise software suite enables the company to manage a 200,000 square foot multi-temperature facility with a staff of only eight people, including management.

ECL Group, Inc. has gone live with a SmartEnterprise third party logistics software (3PL) solution from Headwater Technology Solutions Inc. at its 100,000 square foot freezer, cooler, ambient temperature warehouse in Brampton, using the software to manage all inbound-outbound warehouse activities, space and personnel allocations, administration, reporting and billing, it was announced today by President Robert Reece and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto.

ECL Group entered the Brampton third party logistics scene in December 2005, taking over a 5,125,080 cubic foot multi-environment warehouse from a former provider as the first stage in a five-year plan for at least six such facilities. All are projected to be located in Canada, said Reece, who cofounded the company last year with Senior Partner Les Williams. Both founders are active in the day-to-day operations of the company, which operates as part of Euro-Can Logistics, a consulting firm headed by Reece that has provided services to leading logistics, warehousing and transportation firms in Canada and the United States.

“Although I was already familiar with SmartEnterprise, I initially felt that it might be overkill for a small operation,” Reece said. “However, it has turned out to be solid, perfect for our purposes now, and scalable enough to accommodate anything that might come along as we pursue our rather aggressive growth strategy. It was easy to install -- we went live in only four weeks -- and it is easy to learn and operate.”

ECL Group's SmartEnterprise solution includes the Enterprise Foundation, an integration layer; WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, and the d’Amigo alert management and reporting tool. It is integrated with QuickBooks accounting software, which it updates as various operational activities are executed. Reece personally handles customer billing on a weekly basis using the SmartEnterprise billing module.

The solution is also enabled for SmartEnterprise RF capabilities, which the ECL Group can activate later. The software runs on an on-site server under Linux, with an Oracle database.

“We operate our entire facility with only eight people, including ourselves and our office staff,” Reece said. “The SmartEnterprise solution enables us to make maximum use of our financial, physical and personnel resources so that we can perform efficiently with this small staff. Our overall cost going in was minimized by the fact that we were able to install and operate the solution with no major IT costs, as well as to make use of a low-cost computer.”

Besides multi-temperature storage, ECL Group provides an array of fulfillment services designed for clients in the food, business/consumer electronics, hardware and confectionery fields, among others. Currently, it serves 54 customers with contracts pending for at least eight more, Reece said. Among others, the roster includes the Toronto Zoo, for which ECL manages inventory and on-time fulfillment for the Zoo’s animal food.

About Headwater Technology Solutions Inc.

Headwater Technology Solutions Inc. is a global Supply Chain Execution (SCE) company focused on the 3PL WMS, TMS and LLP markets, supporting the flow of goods and information from the point of origin to consumption. Headwater’s SmartEnterprise 3PL/LLP/corporate logistics and Freight Logix TMS 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. Headwater maintains corporate headquarters in the Toronto suburb of Markham with regional offices in Oakville, Ontario and Atlanta, Georgia, marketing its services and solutions internationally. For more information, visit


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