Software Solutions for Logistics Needs
Edgy technology for growing business
Distribution sales and
marketing software providers for the beverage industry continue to improve
technology for the demands of the industry. For efficient and
cost-effective systems that manage everything from growing SKUs to
warehouse challenges, new retail/supplier requirements and government
mandates, companies are turning to software experts for their logistics
Beverage Industry assembled
a collection of what leaders in distribution sales and marketing software
are offering to wholesalers, bottlers and distributors. The solutions
reduce costs and lag time, improve sales and delivery efficiencies, and are
available for beverage companies across all categories and business sizes.
The following information provides an overview of technology for every need
2200 Clarendon Blvd.
Arlington, Va. 22201
TruckStops Vehicle Routing software and OptiSite Distribution planning
software, which are both beneficial to the beverage industry. TruckStops
provides companies that operate a fleet of trucks with the most efficient,
cost-saving routes. TruckStops features include: handling static or dynamic
routes, linking with Microsoft MapPoint and PC*MILER, offering turn-by-turn
directions and exporting optimized vehicle routes to GPS.
OptiSite distribution center planning software is a
full-featured distribution planning and site location model designed to
help companies analyze and manage distribution resources more effectively.
OptiSite for Windows can suggest the optimum number and location of
distribution centers, as well as the best use of current facilities. The
software will help companies decide which suppliers to use, where to stock
products, how much to stock and what distribution centers will provide the
best service, at the least cost, to each market area.
319 W. Martin St.
Raleigh, N.C. 27601
Intervolve provides mobile and Web solutions for beverage warehouse,
delivery and retail execution. Intervolve solutions expand beyond
traditional route accounting and sales order entry to include market
intelligence. Its DistributionSuite is a broad set of applications that
provides real-time market data to help distributors plan, execute, measure
and adjust to dynamic market conditions and gain competitive advantage.
DistributionSuite enables distributors to create, access and track account,
brand and package-level sales quotas; automate sales processes (e.g., call
frequency, team-sell, ride-with and point sheets); identify and analyze
account and market trends; measure sales team effectiveness; analyze
effectiveness and control merchandising investments; and streamline data
Also from Intervolve, Route Accounting System (RAS) integrates sales order
management, inventory management, financial accounting, reconciliations and
route maintenance into a single, real-time, enterprise-wide application to
reduce operating costs. RAS provides real-time inventory management across
all locations; analytics to retailers; and real-time inventory management
between suppliers, warehouses, trucks, salespeople and accounts.
Other recent innovations
from Intervolve include:
DistributionSuite Sales Quota Management System delivers
Web and mobile sales quota forecasting capabilities to provide beverage
wholesalers with new ways to view the market, improve execution at retail
and increase revenues.
Analysis software delivers new market intelligence and performance
analytics. This release enables beverage distribution teams across the
company to gain new market views and insights into sales performance to
quickly adjust activities and impact retail execution.
Route Accounting System
enhancements provide fully integrated inventory picking, allocation, pallet
optimization and loading capabilities. The new software enables beverage
distributors to significantly streamline warehouse and delivery processes,
tailor picking processes to retailer and routing needs.
UPS Logistics Technologies
849 Fairmount Ave.,
Towson, Md. 21286
UPS Logistics Technologies
is a provider of transportation management software, offering a variety of
tactical and strategic solutions. Whether implemented individually or as an integrated suite, UPS Logistics’
software modules provide a resource that can increase profitability for
Among the products that UPS Logistics Technologies
Roadnet, a daily routing tool that allows for a balance
between delivery profitability and customer service through routing
MobileCast, an enterprise-wide pickup and delivery
management solution, which uses a dispatch and tracking software
application, wireless networks and support for multiple mobile devices to
provide real-time route visibility for increased operational efficiencies.
Territory Planner, a tool that creates well-defined
territories and routes. Historical data, including delivery days,
open/close times, preferred delivery times, volume and geographic location
is used to create optimized and balanced territories, routes and stop
FleetLoader, a process that analyzes and optimizes
beverage SKUs for loading of both bay or bulk vehicles. Multiple loading
strategies can be employed to meet the needs of all delivery types and
warehouse requirements. As a result of implementing FleetLoader, customers
experience decreased loading time, while loading more and using less manpower.
Trimble Mobile Solutions
3650 Concorde Parkway
Chantilly, Va. 20151
The Trimble Mobile
Solutions suite for consumer packaged
goods companies combines handheld applications for DSD, retail execution
and equipment service management with in-vehicle fleet management solutions
such as GPS tracking, DOT and fuel tax reporting.
Trimble Mobile Solutions’ RoutePower is a flexible route
accounting solution that is easy to implement and integrates into existing
technology infrastructures. It is a handheld application that supports
route sales, presales and delivery functions for DSD personnel.
RoutePower helps streamline DSD processes to ensure
the right mix of products are placed in the right stores, in the right
quantities, at the right time, and that they are appropriately merchandized
to maximize sales. It provides simple checklists and step-by-step menus for
store visits, and includes automatic signature
capture capabilities to create invoices and job tickets to expedite payment
Additionally, the Trimble Mobile Solutions Equipment
Service Management (ESM) application is an automated solution to install,
remove and repair vending or fountain dispensing equipment. The Trimble ESM
solution is based on Trimble’s flexible and configurable mobile
application framework, which:
Manages work schedules to ensure assigned technical tasks
are completed on time and enables faster response time to emergency service
Tracks and reports time and mileage for more accurate
details about technician activities, which can reduce field service
Tracks parts usage and assets in the field.
Improves service time.
history to diagnose recurring problems.
Allows for custom or ad
hoc surveys to capture data.
Uses wireless GPRS
technology for improved communication for work assignments, messages and
activity status and completion reports; as well as provides two-way
Satellite Logistics Group
12621 Featherwood Drive
Houston, Texas 77034
Satellite Logistics Group (SLG)
specializes in a host of technology-based logistics solutions for the
beverage industry, and specifically developed the empty keg return process
for international brewers through its Kegspediter System. The system is a
custom-technology platform that has saved breweries millions of dollars by
shortening their keg return cycle.
SLG also developed the Online Visibility tool, which
uses the Internet to provide secure, real-time supply chain visibility for
clients. The Online Visibility tool allows customers to find product
wherever it is in the supply chain. It gives customers an aerial view (that
can zoom) between several operating and management systems (Transportation
Management, Warehouse Management, Financial Management and International
HighJump Software, a 3M Co.
6455 City West Parkway
Eden Prairie, Minn. 55344
HighJump Software provides
the power to navigate the challenges of proliferating SKUs, new
retail/supplier requirements and government mandates with route accounting
systems and solutions for warehouse management and mobile sales/delivery.
HighJump DDE (distribution and delivery engine) combines advanced truck
loading and picking capabilities to help companies keep track of work
performed in the warehouse with detailed visibility into picking and
loading activities by truck, route or employee. HighJump Warehouse
Advantage offers advanced warehouse management functionality to handle
complex distribution environments. The system ensures fast, accurate
fulfillment through directed, optimized workflow, using advanced wireless
and bar code technologies.
Designed for the Microsoft Windows mobile platform,
HighJump Mobile Sales Advantage can improve the efficiency of a
company’s sales team. This presale application identifies sales
opportunities, increases shelf space and boosts productivity with
electronic information to efficiently complete orders and secure new deals.
Also available, HighJump VirtualCooler, created for
full-screen mobile devices, is an advanced presale application that
improves the efficiency of sales managers and executives managing major
chains or stores. HighJump VirtualCooler gives a team integrated sales
presentations, store-level sales program definition and management,
sophisticated ordering capabilities and multi-location inventory access.
203 Colonial Drive
Horseheads, N.Y. 14845
Salient Corp. provides
fact-based performance management solutions for DSD consumer products manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.
Salient’s Margin Minder is a “point-and-click” trade management solution that eliminates guesswork
and waste in trade spending decisions. It enables non-technical sales
professionals to see precisely what, where and who delivers the greatest
profit and growth in return for investments in trade promotions and other
sales initiatives. Then it can use this knowledge to adjust business
levels, such as product mix, price, duration, frequency and support levels.
Margin Minder runs on Salient’s UXT Meta
Warehouse, a technology platform for organizing, integrating and tracking
activities such as sales, supply chain (purchasing, inventory and
distribution), vending, maintenance and repair operations, HR, financials
Also sold under the brand
name Margin Minder Max, UXT gives managers the capability to track the
“dead net” value of individual customers and assets. It draws
transactional and causal data from multiple sources, including legacy
processing systems, data warehouses, ERP, financials, syndicates and the
Web, and automatically computes the actual value contribution created by
transactions, such as net profit, loss and productivity (growth, profit per
location, SKU, unit of capacity, headcount, hour, etc.). Margin Minder Max
provides bottom-up transparency within and
across business processes.