Food companies are increasingly turning to automated processes throughout their operations, as a way to save both time and money. The company will now use Solve (IT)2 technology, created by Order Logistics, across the supply chain. "The Order Logistics Transportation Management platform and dynamic rule-based optimization capabilities will provide significant automation and reduce logistics costs in our rapidly growing business," said Karl Paepke, vice president of supply chain. When looking for a logistics automation platform, the company searched specifically for one that fitted in with current business operations, he said. The program has therefore been adapted to fit in with the company's current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, as well as the warehouse management system (WMS), he added. Paul McCready, vice president for Order Logistics, said that most companies are unwilling to abandon the status quo when automating the logistics process. "What companies are looking for is powerful and adaptable solutions to enhance the current working environment," he said. Logistics covers the planning, organisation, management, control and execution of freight transport operations in the supply chain. According to a study carried out last year by the European Commission, logistics costs account for 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the final cost of a finished product, including costs such as transportation and warehousing. Link Snacks claims to be the fastest growing meat snacks company in the US, producing a range of products such as beef jerky, chicken fajita cuts and beef sticks.