Latin American Logistics

3PLs turn to localized fulfillment software to manage goods, warehouses

Tempe, AZ  November 2, 2001  The largest third-party logistics providers (3PLs) in Colombia and Venezuela have signed on to use a localized version of order-to-delivery fulfillment software from U.S. firm Provia Software.

Provia worked with its local distributor, Tecsys Latin America (TLA), to develop a native language version of the software company's solution to offer 3PL clients in the region, and the effort seems to be paying off.

Bogotá-based Almaviva, the largest 3PL operator in Colombia (with 30 warehouses in 14 cities around the country), is using Provia's FourSite application in a bid to maximize warehouse operations and keep control of the services offered to such customers as Ford, Sony, Kimberly Clark and LG Electronics.

Elsewhere on the continent, Valencia, Venezuela-based Cealco, that country's largest 3PL operator, is using FourSite to administer dry and frozen goods for such customers as Plumrose and Unilever.

In addition to Almaviva and Cealco, Almacenadora y Distribuidora 1 CD, based in Paracotos, Venezuela, has also signed on to use FourSite. This company specializes in management of inventory of promotional material and consumables for companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Gillette and Procter & Gamble.

"FourSite allows 3PLs to utilize the advanced software tools needed to optimize their customers' supply chains with features including order and warehouse management, 3PL billing and invoicing, RF [radio frequency device] data collection, labor management and transportation planning," explained Ken Lewis, Provia's president and CEO.