Turn key. Gordon Food Service (GFS) has selected FKI Logistex to provide an automated material handling system for a new distribution center in Kenosha, Wis. The more than $10 million deal includes five pick modules, 30,000 feet of conveyor, a sliding shoe sorter, and multiple slapper lines. This is the second such installation FKI Logistex has done for GFS, which uses a high-speed conveying and sorting system from the vendor at its Shepherdsville, Ky., DC.
Crunch time. Snack food company Shearer's Foods has gone live with RedPrairie's E2e Supply Chain suite in its 235,000-square-foot distribution center in Navarre, Ohio. The solution includes RedPrairie's Warehouse Management, Transportation Management, and Workforce Management solutions. Shearer's also plans to implement the E2e Supply Chain suite at its Lubbock, Texas, facility later this year.
Bean there. L.L.Bean has selected UPS as its primary package delivery carrier. UPS will now provide both ground and air delivery of customer orders placed through L.L.Bean's catalogs and Web site.
Empowering. Southern Co., an Atlanta-based electricity provider, has chosen the Click Commerce Parts solution to manage its inventory of more than 500,000 part numbers across 200 stocking locations. The Click Commerce solution, which is provided under a software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreement, will help Southern reduce its inventory.
Shrimp ship. Ocean Garden Products, a San Diego-based seafood company, has installed Prophesy ShipperPlus software to reduce its transportation costs. The transportation management software helps Ocean Garden select carriers as well as determine rates, optimal delivery routes, and the best way to consolidate orders. The software has already cut Ocean Garden's transportation spend by 20 percent.
Speaking up. Agilysys has chosen Vanguard Voice Systems' AccuSpeech Mobile Voice Platform to enable voice applications within its NextVision Web-based mobile and wireless retail software suite. The voice technology will be added to NextVision functions such as data entry, application function commands, and navigation capabilities.
Seeing the light. Neonlite Electronic & Lighting Ltd., a manufacturer of energy-saving lighting products, has selected Infor's SCM Warehouse Management Enterprise Edition and Infor SCM RFID to boost efficiency and reduce waste in its manufacturing and distribution operations. Neonlite will use the warehousing software to improve the management of production materials moved between its facilities and suppliers, while Infor SCM RFID will aid in the shop floor management of inventory.
Military intelligence. The Sierra Army Depot in Northern California has gone live with an automated asset and inventory tracking system from Savi. The depot, which consists of 1,200 buildings across 59 square miles, serves as an Expeditionary Logistics Center for the storage, maintenance, assembly, and containerization of operational stocks and other support items for troops. The Depot Total Asset Visibility and Inventory Management System cuts operational costs and improves efficiency by locating and tracking containers and other assets as they move through the depot's facilities.
Things are looking Upp. Upp Technology, an Illinoisbased provider of health-care IT solutions, has provided an Inventory and Resource Management System to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. The solution will help the agency manage inventories throughout the state's public health facilities and provide real-time information sharing with government and public health personnel across Louisiana.
Down under. HK Systems has entered into a marketing partnership with Australia-based Dexion Ltd. Under the agreement, Dexion will market HK Systems' automated material handling and software solutions in the Australia and New Zealand markets.
New enlistments. East Penn Manufacturing and Nuvera Fuel Cells have teamed up to provide 20 ReadyPower units to the Susquehanna Defense Distribution Supply Depot in New Cumberland, Pa. The fuel cell/battery hybrid units have been installed into 20 Yale forklifts as part of a two-year demonstration program run by the Defense Logistics Agency.