It's all in the execution. Provia Software is providing supply chain execution software to two large regional third-party logistics (3PL) providers. Columbia Colstor, based in Moses Lake, Wash., and Centrepot of Memphis, Tenn., will both be using Provia's FourSite 3PL supply chain execution and ViaView visibility, event management and performance analysis products.
Top pick. Inther Integrated Solutions, a global systems integrator specializing in solutions for paperless picking and sorting, is partnering with TOP Systems, a German provider of voice-directed logistics solutions. TOP provides a pick-by-voice speech recognition product that employs standard hardware to increase picking accuracy. Inther's software solutions are used in distribution, warehousing and manufacturing facilities throughout Europe and North America.
Making the jump to B2B. HighJump Software has installed its Supply Chain Advantage suite at Fulfillment Systems Inc. FSI is a third-party logistics company that has traditionally provided clients with direct-to-consumer fulfillment. The new software will allow it to enter the business- to-business marketplace. The suite includes warehouse management and visibility solutions.
Stamp of approval. Irista Inc. will be upgrading warehouse management systems (WMS) and adding its transportation management applications at facilities run by Western States Envelope Co. Western States, one of the nation's largest envelope manufacturers, operates five manufacturing and distribution facilities in Wisconsin, Ohio, Kentucky and Minnesota. The upgrade, which includes the iristaWarehouse 8.5 WMS and the iristaTransport 8.5, will allow for more efficient order filling through advanced features such as wave planning, cluster picking, task management, automatic replenishment and shipping consolidation.
Spearheading a new initiative. Markem Corp., which provides product marking, coding and identification solutions, has chosen Kewill's Javelin Enterprise Ship solution to streamline its international supply chain. The software will allow information to be shared between Markem's three manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and sales and marketing offices. It will also provide Markem's customers with global visibility from its technology centers. Kewill's Javelin will be integrated into Markem's Oracle 11i Suite.
Sail on. Paxar Corp.'s Monarch products division has aligned with Shipcom Wireless to offer Monarch RFID printing solutions within Shipcom's Catamaran software. Together, the companies will offer the ability to write to and print information on RFID labels within a warehouse or manufacturing facility. Smart labels can be created that are programmed with the correct shipping, identification, product or pallet information.
Look under "F" for "fulfillment." Encyclopaedia Britannica has expanded its use of Ohio-based Inoveris to include worldwide e-commerce fulfillment of products sold through Encyclopaedia Britannica's online store. Inoveris currently handles most of the information provider's other types of fulfillment in North America. Online orders include encyclopedias, dictionaries, globes and software, most of which will now be processed the same day they're received. Inoveris will also provide Encyclopaedia Britannica with visibility into online demand and fulfillment status, as well as provide customers with information on their orders.
Catching the wave. HHP, a provider of image-based mobile data collection systems, is joining up with Wavelink Corp. to offer Wavelink Avalanche mobile device management software and Wavelink Terminal Emulation software on HHP's Dolphin 9500 series of mobile computers. The Avalanche software will allow centralized management of mobile devices and rapid, hands-off updates of wireless units located anywhere in the enterprise.
People pleaser. Varsity Logistics has become a member of the PeopleSoft Software Partner Connection Program, now that Varsity's ShipSoft software interfaces with PeopleSoft World software. The interface allows data to flow between the two software products and enables customers to process orders from order entry through package delivery.
That's one big magazine rack! Quad Graphics, the world's largest privately held printer of magazines, catalogs and commercial products, has selected Westfalia Technologies to provide a high-density storage system for its facility in Lomira, Wis. The system will measure 776 by 92 feet and will be 107 feet high. It will contain 1,600 linear feet of conveyors and four storage and retrieval machines that will serve over 42,000 pallet positions.