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3PL Crossroads Distribution Chooses Made4net’s Warehouse Management System WarehouseExpert™

1 February 2009, 7:00 am

(Paramus, New Jersey & Alberton, South Africa) February 1, 2009 – One of the largest third party logistics companies in South Africa, Crossroads Distribution, has recently decided to incorporate Made4net’s complete Warehouse Management System (WMS) for 3PL companies , WarehouseExpert™ and BillingExpert™, into its Alberton warehouse operations.

After careful consideration of Made4net’s 3PL WMS solution and implementation plan, Crossroads Distribution has chosen Made4Net WarehouseExpert™ and BillingExpert™ (modules of the SCExpert™ suite) for implementation at their warehouse in Alberton, South Africa. The implementation is to bring the 3PL business to the next level in terms of technological sophistication to flexibly manage multiple customers across verticals as well as complete visibility. The complete implementation is expected to take about two and a half months. Made4net’s partner, the LAS implementation team, is currently busy with the system setup and configuration.

The implementation of WarehouseExpert™ and BillingExpert™ is a very exciting development for Crossroads Distribution as they will be able to provide complete world class third party logistics (3PL) services streamlined to their ever growing South African customer base, knowing that their execution systems will dynamically be able to adapt to their customers highly demanding requirements and collaborate with them as an extension of their business with the necessary flexibility and visibility. Crossroads selected the SCExpert modules for its extreme agility, ease of use and a very quick implementation cycle. The application is entirely web based, which will enable Crossroads customers to have instant access to their inventory and orders from any device connected to the Internet, all of which serve to improve communications between Crossroads’ clients, staff and daily tasks involved in running a successful warehouse.

Commenting on Made4net’s warehouse management system, Crossroads IT director Hendrik Vermeulen says, “Not only has this system offered full width of functionality but the depth of functionality encourages the engagement of our customers in participating in the management of their products delivered through live, real time interactivity capabilities. The recent acquisition of this capability provides an important link in the complete visibility suite that we offer, from placement of a request for Information or Quote on prospective suppliers, to manufacture of the product, to local offshore transport and shipping, into SA Customs, collection from Port, into our warehouse or cross-dock facilities, to delivery centre or shelf, our clients now have the ability to view the location of their products, interact with the various role players, receive all relevant documentation and access a complete communication archive, related to the specific order or orders.”

With WarehouseExpert™ for 3PL, Crossroads can control operational costs and increase the profitability of the logistics services provided to its customers. The South African 3PL can now define different handling procedures for each client, with the ability to address unique requirements for specific verticals (like apparel, automotive, pharmaceuticals, foodstuff), and utilize resources to work efficiently. Based on real time data, BillingExpert will enable Crossroads to manage and track all inventory handling, storage fulfillment and transportation activities by business unit or client. Its billing features include special handling charges, custom ancillary charges, and billing for specific environments and tasks in the warehouse.

Made4net’s WMS solution for 3PL will help Crossroads improve contract management with its clients and increase billing accuracy, level of service and boost profitability. WarehouseExpert™ coupled with BillingExpert™ will improve performance at every stage of the fulfillment process, from receiving and shipping to returns management and customer billing. In addition, Crossroads Distribution is looking forward to strengthening its core competence with the optimization of physical and human resources to fully satisfy its customers’ versatile logistical requirements and return a profit with low total cost of ownership.

About Crossroads Distribution

Crossroads Distribution provides a full third party logistics (3PL) service to a variety of customers and market segments in Southern Africa. Crossroads evolved out of the Jowells Transport empire of Namaqualand in the Northern Cape during the 1930s, with an annual turnover exceeding R800 million and a combined staff complement of 2500. Today four operating divisions in the group offer many sectors of agriculture, commerce, mining and industry diverse services. These include full truckload heavy haulage, express road freight distribution and warehousing, domestic and international courier, motor vehicle franchises and automotive parts and services. The aim is to provide clients on a contractual basis with innovative, synergistic and practical solutions in logistics and supply chain management. For details:

About LAS

Since 1990, Logistics Applications Services (LAS) has assisted manufacturing and distribution organizations in achieving huge returns on investment by streamlining their planning, execution, and control processes – driving costs out of their Supply Chains while improving responsiveness to changing dynamics. Having completed many extensive projects for some of South Africa’s most prestigious companies, LAS consulting services are able to assist organizations in realizing their vision. With the best solutions backed by LAS’ comprehensive implementation offerings, LAS is committed to reduce risks and payback periods. For details:

About Made4net

Made4net is a leader in delivering real-time solutions for managing and improving Supply chain Execution. Offering a Best of Breed WMS from small to large warehouses, dynamic routing to optimize the distribution process, and additional complementary solutions such as Yard Management, Loading Optimization, and Delivery management, which provide an end-to-end solution for any logistics oriented organization. Made4net’s SCExpert™ platform offers a comprehensive yet modular suite of products that may be implemented individually or as a complete end-to-end integrated solution. For details: