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 needs.
MicroAnalytics offers 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.
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 collection.
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 distributors.
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.
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.
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.