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J.D. Smith and Sons upgrades warehouse software platform

VAUGHN, Ont. -- J.D. Smith and Sons, Ltd, a provider of transportation and warehousing services and an early adopte...

VAUGHN, Ont. — J.D. Smith and Sons, Ltd, a provider of transportation and warehousing services and an early adopter of Delfour Corporation’s logistics management solutions, is now migrating its software platform to Delfour’s advanced SmartEnterprise 2 product suite.

Headquartered in the Toronto suburb of Vaughan, J.D. Smith and Sons, the ISO 9002-certified company operates four ambient temperature warehouses in Toronto and another in nearby Cambridge.

With the new suite J.D. Smith and Sons will be running the Red Hat Linux operating system software and the Oracle9i database management system.

J.D. Smith’s new SmartEnterprise 2 implementation is comprised of the Enterprise Foundation, the WarehouseLogic 2.1 warehouse management system, the Active Desktop product suite navigation and alert notification tool, the e-Vista supply chain management and visibility tool, the d’Amigo real-time alert management and ad hoc reporting tool, and the EDI management module.

“Moving to SmartEnterprise 2 and the Linux operating system provides us with several advantages. Not least are the ability to use the most powerful and flexible versions of the software and the ability to move from conventional RISC hardware, which is expensive to buy and maintain, to the more economical Linux-based environment. We also will be positioned to make more use of Crystal Reports in support of our operating and administrative activities,” said Information Systems Manager Cameron Arntsen.

J.D. Smith wants to eliminate custom coded program functions wherever possible in favor of Delfour’s core functionality, Arntsen said.

Arntsen and his staff are also preparing to implement Delfour Business Partner ACOM Solutions’ EZConnect EDI-XML universal translation and connectivity solution for J.D. Smith customers, which will greatly enhance their current e-commerce capabilities. The X.12 EDI transaction sets scheduled for implementation include the Warehouse Shipping Order, Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice, Warehouse Stock Transfer Receipt Advice, Warehouse Shipping Advice, Warehouse Inventory Adjustment Advice and Advance Ship Notice, respectively.

“Integration of the new EDI-XML solution with the SmartEnterprise 2 suite will enable us to accommodate the B2B e-commerce requirements of any customer, since it is a true any-to-any solution that automatically converts inbound documents to the Delfour standard integration format and outbound documents to the formats required by trading partners,” Arntsen said.

Based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Delfour Corporation is a global provider of comprehensive, highly configurable, advanced supply chain solutions for the third and fourth party logistics (3PL, 4PL) and the third party fulfillment (3PF) industries.

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