BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 20 -- Railex, LLC, a new division of Andrew and Sons Management, LLC, has redefined produce distribution with Motek's Windows®-based Priya® warehouse management system (WMS). The innovative Railex approach replaces trucks with rail cars that run from a 200,000 square foot warehouse in Wallula, Washington, to a 200,000 square foot warehouse in Rotterdam, New York. To ensure 99% accuracy of every shipment, Railex installed Priya companywide. Priya's unique ability to support both third-party logistics functions and its ability to provide real-time inventory data has enabled Railex to successfully change the way produce is transported and distributed, ensuring stores and consumers receive the freshest produce possible.
"Railex is breaking new ground and providing services that directly impact the end consumer, from speeding fresh produce to market to improving the environment by eliminating nearly 250 trucks from the roads," said Ann Price, Motek CEO. "We are proud to play such an important role in this new business model."
Railex depends on Priya's sophisticated inventory management system to increase speed and accuracy. As trucks come into the warehouse, produce pallets are either cross-docked for lot sales or graded, selected, packaged, and labeled with store brands for resale as packaged goods. Produce is then immediately loaded onto trains for cross-country transport. While the produce is in transit, Priya provides real-time inventory data to sales teams who sell the bulk produce en route so it can be cross-docked immediately onto trucks in New York for direct delivery.
"Railex completely reinvented produce delivery," said Woody Dunkum, director of operations at Railex. "Priya reduces warehouse time by providing a unique and efficient cross-dock feature and precisely tracks the inventory by giving us specific information by lot, pallet, and/or location. The powerful Priya WMS is an integral part of our process, and we continue to make steady improvements to the flow of information and ultimately the product."
"Priya not only speeds accurate inventory management and accounting, but it enables Railex to be fully accountable to its customers, growers, and regulators at every step of the process," added Price. Priya's robust billing and reporting allows Railex to track customer inventory such as bags, pallets, and cartons, to ensure stock is on hand to accommodate orders. In addition, the inventory management software automatically generates and prints detailed invoices for each customer.
About Railex -- www.railexusa.com
Railex, LLC, is the newly formed division of Andrew and Sons, the parent company for a network of national produce distribution firms established over 30 years ago. Railex's new distribution centers will be designed for packing, re-packing, grading, warehousing and freight forwarding for a variety of produce commodities in order to accommodate the industry's "just in time" delivery needs. The rail service will be made available through an agreement between Railex and Union Pacific Railroad's and CSX Transportation's new dedicated produce train.
About Motek® -- motek.com
Founded in 1991, Motek is the warehouse management software technology leader. Motek's single, all-inclusive product, Priya, is the only Tier 1 Microsoft Windows®-based WMS available today. Motek's reputation for innovation began when the Smithsonian Institute recognized it for being the first RF WMS on a PC. Since then, Motek has been the first WMS on Windows, the first WMS with real-time engineered labor standards, and the first Windows®-based WMS with voice recognition.
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