Liberty Cold, a new division of West Liberty Foods and Open Sky Group client, was highlighted in the September issue of Modern Materials Handling. Congratulations to Liberty Cold on the story and the project’s success!
Here’s an excerpt from the article, “Software system gives new facility a competitive edge”:
“Tim Cox, Vice President of Liberty Cold, says he had some experience with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and system integration and was looking for a solution that allowed Liberty Cold to integrate with other software packages and execute seamlessly.
“Our goal is to leverage technology in our systems and buildings to bring value to clients and help identify opportunities in their supply chains,” he says. “This has been my passion since I began in the industry more than 15 years ago…Without that help and this system, it would have been a lot of extra steps for us. It would have been night and day,” Cox says. “I don’t know if it would have been possible at all.”
The new system also offers business intelligence and analytics to Liberty Cold’s customers using a portal where they can get information about inventory. Cox is now using the system to look for trends and seasonality so they can move toward a predictive staffing model. “We’re considering adding some labor management system capabilities since labor is our biggest controllable cost. It’s gone very well so far, and there’s still room to grow.”
The new facility and software systems are able to onboard new 3PL customers quickly. Liberty Cold’s integration partners were even able to perform a special one-off integration that enabled the company to take on a big customer that does LTL consolidation. After developing an integrated way to receive product into the system, print, tag, and putaway product, the facility now handles 2,400 pallets of volume weekly for that customer.”