BRAMPTON, Ont.– Confederation Freezers, a multi-facility third party logistics (3PL) provider serving Canadian and International customers from four food-grade controlled temperature and ambient temperature warehouses in Ontario, is upgrading its warehouse management software to Headwater Technology Solutions Inc.’s Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 third party logistics (3PL) suite.
The news was announced jointly today by Corporate Office Manager Lyn Miles and Headwater Senior Vice President Joe E. Couto. Confederation Freezers is a founding member of the Headwater-sponsored RFID Consortium and hosts one of the consortium’s two labs at one of its facilities.
Installation of new hardware is currently in process, with implementation and testing of SmartEnterprise 2 scheduled to follow immediately. The earlier version of the logistics management software has resided on an IBM RS6000 computer running IBM’s AIX operating system, accessing an Oracle database. In the new implementation, the software resides on an IBM blade server that also houses one blade each for the Oracle database, the application server, the freight system and EDP operations.
“Customers want new features and capabilities,” Miles said. “SmartEnterprise 2 positions us to provide those currently most in demand among the Confederation Freezers customer base.”
Confederation Freezers has consistently kept pace with the evolution of the SmartEnterprise 2 predecessor solution, Miles said. Headwater’s Delfour SmartEnterprise 2 suite not only represents an upgraded solution, he said, but also a comprehensive redesign that incorporates an array of new features and capabilities, among them alerts management, source imaging, expanded labor tracking and expanded voice and data communications.
Confederation Freezers’ SmartEnterprise 2 suite includes the Enterprise Foundation, an integration layer; the RF Voice Foundation, WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, the d’Amigo alert management and reporting tool, and the e-Vista web-based visibility tool that enables customers to track the movement and status of their inventory in real time. Among Confederation Freezers’ largest customers, 20 now use e-Vista, leading to major savings in time and money on all sides.
“Confederation Freezers has used the WarehouseLogic system successfully for more than ten years and now serves some 250 clients, with more than 19,000,000 cubic feet of storage space under management,” Couto noted “It is a large and complex assignment and with SmartEnterprise 2, the company will be able to provide better and faster service at lower cost.”
The company’s facilities communicate with the browser-based logistics management software via the company’s Telnet private network. Over time, Confederation Freezers plans to move its electronic data exchange with customers to EZConnect EDI-XML, a data translation and communications system developed by Headwater Business Partner ACOM Solutions, Inc.
For more information about Confederation Freezers, visit www.confederationfreezers.com
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