Minority-Owned 3PL Consultant/Provider Global Supply & Logistics, Inc. Implements Headwater Logistics and Transportation Management Solutions

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GSL, a two-year-old, Charlotte-based logistics company catering to the foodservice and food retailing industry, plans to expand nationally and looks to the Headwater solutions as its transportation and logistics management platforms.

Global Supply & Logistics, Inc. (GSL), a two-year-old minority-owned logistics management and consulting organization focused on the food service industry, has expanded its menu of services with the acquisition of multi-temperature warehouse facilities in Chicago and the implementation of third party logistics management (3PL) and transportation management systems (TMS) from Headwater Technology Solutions Inc., it was announced today by GSL’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stanford R. (Ron) Banks and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto.

According to Banks, who created the company in 2004 with President/COO Greg Kirchner, the Headwater SmartEnterprise 3PL software and Freight Logix TMS system replace legacy and proprietary solutions that were in place at the time GSL acquired the Chicago facilities.

GSL’s Chicago acquisition, a 181,000 sq. ft. facility with 4.7 million cu. ft. of freezer and cooler, represents the first phase of a planned network of at least five regionally located warehouses intended to create a national logistics services platform for manufacturers addressing the food service and food retailing industries. The company’s 50 or more current customers include prominent food manufacturers and broadline distributors.

“We realized over the course of our first two years that while our consulting and supply chain optimization services for food manufacturers were extremely successful, we were missing a vital element in not providing third party logistics capabilities,” Banks said. “Manufacturers need 3PL in order to reduce the complexity of their distribution operations and more tightly focus on core competence, and foodservice customers need the benefits of a central source of supply.”

“We selected SmartEnterprise and Freight Logix to manage our 3PL activities after examining many different solution options,” said Dean Swint, vice president of information technologies. “We also considered very favorably Headwater’s successful and productive relationships with other third party logistics providers. It is an ideal solution for meeting our current requirements as well as for our aggressive plans for growth and diversification.”

SmartEnterprise is a tightly integrated solution that enables 3PL operators to conduct multiple activities for multiple clients concurrently. It is built from the ground up for 3PL management, providing single-point data access and control, comprehensive periodic and ad hoc reporting and data mining, RFID, RF voice and data communications, integrated billing, real-time 24/7 web-based customer visibility, and electronic data interchange (EDI) for seamless and untended transactions with customers.

The Freight Logix TMS solution is integrated with SmartEnterprise as well as with Great Plains Financial software to provide comprehensive end-to-end transportation management from load building to billing. It manages and controls revenue and costs for any segment of the transportation operation, -- leg, trip, truck, driver, lane, customer or any combination of segments.

“We have seen the difference very quickly,” Banks said. “For example, we saved 15 hours in a single report generating activity in the first week of operations under SmartEnterprise. Headwater’s support in the implementation phase was outstanding, and gave us a feeling of great confidence in the software systems and in the company.”

About Global Supply & Logistics

Global Supply & Logisticssm is a logistics services provider to the foodservice distribution community, supporting the reduction of supply chain expense and improving service levels. GSL provides network design cost modeling, spend analysis, and Request for Proposal (RFP) preparation and circulation. In addition, the company offers purchasing programs, freight negotiation services, transportation analysis, redistribution, forward warehousing and logistics services. GSL focuses on developing roadmaps for its clients to define better competitive supply chain solutions and on providing third party logistics capabilities for product storage and inventory and transportation management. The company is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. For further information, visit http://www.globalsupplyandlogistics.net

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 and Atlanta, marketing its services and solutions internationally. For more information, visit http://www.headwaterinc.com.


Lynn Couto

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Martin Banks

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