Sysco chooses Xata for fleet optimization

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Xata Corp., a provider of fleet optimization software and services, announced today, Jan. 22, that Sysco Corp., North America’s largest foodservice marketer and distributor, has selected Xata as its preferred provider of onboard computer technology. Xata will provide Sysco with Xatanet, its flagship fleet operations solution, and implementation and training services. Deliveries are expected to begin the first quarter of 2008.

Sysco is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers that prepare meals away from home. Its products also include equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. Sysco currently maintains North America’s largest private fleet composed of more than 9,000 vehicles at 177 locations throughout the United States and Canada.

“This is a major step in our long-term strategy of transforming Xata into the nation’s leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider for the transportation industry,” says Jay Coughlan, chairman and chief executive officer of Minneapolis-based Xata. “Once fully rolled out, the addition of the Sysco fleet of 9,000 vehicles enhances our market leadership position and is a significant step in our plan to leverage our Xatanet system to its maximum potential.”

“We are excited about the opportunities presented by a common onboard technology platform across our organization,” says Gary Cullen, vice president of distribution services at Sysco. “Ultimately, this is about improving safety and efficiency. The tools provided by Xatanet should be invaluable toward increasing fleet safety, fuel efficiency and customer service.”

Xata introduced Xatanet 4.0, the latest version of its Web-based on-demand software, in October 2007. Xata says Version 4.0 further expands its capabilities to provide its customers with a robust fleet optimization system, providing access to accurate real-time data encompassing all aspects of a customer’s delivery operations. For more information, go to