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Supply Chain Management (SCM) Software Evaluation Report

Criteria in this Software Evaluation Report pertain to managing supplier, manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and customer business processes. Addressing demand management, warehouse management, international trade logistics, transportation execution, and many other issues for a complete solution, this Software Evaluation Report will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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How to Improve the Accuracy of Your Forecasts


Increased competition, lower margins, and more customer demands mean that distributors have to provide better product availability and more services with fewer profit dollars. To accomplish this, estimates of future use of stocked items must be as accurate as possible. Discover how analyzing weighted averages, trend factors, and other formulas can help you accurately anticipate—and manage—future demand for your products.

about forecast accuracy scm  a weighted average of about 134 pieces. A forecast of 134 pieces appears to be better than the previous estimate of 117 pieces, but it will probably still fall short of July''s actual usage. But remember that past usage is just one element of a comprehensive forecast. Trends No average of past usage can result in a forecast that is greater (or less) than the largest (or smallest) usage quantity included in the calculation. If usage is either consistently increasing or decreasing over time, a trend Read More

A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 3


Part 1 of this blog post series followed the progress of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan was the epitome of a well-managed supply chain management (SCM) software company in terms of market share, growth, profitability, and its products’ capabilities. Indeed, the company set the industry standard for the

about forecast accuracy scm  and was not forthcoming about its strategy with regards to tying together its diverse portfolio of solutions. Neither did the company have a plausible strategy for developing a scalable platform that would attract the largest global retailers. For more details, see TEC ’s six-part series from 2004, “JDA Portfolio: For the Retail Industry.” Well, what difference a few years and one good major acquisition can make. It strikes me that former Manugistics and JDA would be another combination of two Read More

Identifying the ROI of a Software Application for SCM Part 1: We Need To Know Now


If you are not experiencing organizational stress in some of the areas where the benefits may occur, then perhaps a decision to invest in supply chain management software should be postponed. If you do have some pain in one or more of these areas, then you can follow the concepts in this article to understand the potential of supply chain management software to fix the cause of the pain and improve your bottom line. This part discusses the challenge of limited time to perform analysis.

about forecast accuracy scm  Fast, reasonably accurate information about the impact of a software investment decision grows more critical. Many decision-makers look for an exact forecast of return on investment (ROI) from the purchase of a supply chain management application. At least four very real challenges make such perfect information elusive. Commonly, executives meet these challenges with responses that are not carefully considered. The challenges and the corresponding reactionary refrains are as follows: Limited time exists Read More

Infor Joins the S&OP Fray


With the release of Infor S&OP 1.0, Infor dispels rumors that it’s not an aggressive product innovator. Learn about the features and functions of Infor S&OP 1.0, a solution addressing every major stage in the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process and enabling fast, confident decision making, and follow a discussion between TEC Principal Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic and Infor’s SCM product managers on the S&OP market.

about forecast accuracy scm  have a champion passionate about the process that drives adoption and adherence. What happens is that person goes or does not exist? Strong executive leadership will always be needed to underpin a successful process, but some of the pressure can be taken away if the adherence to the agreed-upon process is executed and measured by technology. TEC: Can the S&OP process be carried out without technology? Does this relate to the S&OP maturity model? Infor: Yes. You can run a business without ERP, but at some Read More

The Art, Science & Software Behind (Optimal) Retail Pricing - Part 5


Part 1 of this series expanded on some of TEC’s earlier articles about companies’ need for better pricing management and optimization practices. This series, which focuses on the complexity of pricing and promotions in retailing, was inspired by JDA Software’s recent “edu-nouncement” on leading retailers consumer-centric pricing and promotions strategies, and by Revionics’ recent (and still

about forecast accuracy scm  lines, Revionics’ customers talk about sales increases of up to 5 to 10 percent,  net profit margin  increases of 1 to 3 percent (100-300  basis points ), and productivity increases of 20 to 30 percent. Revionics points out that a 1 percent improvement in forecast accuracy frees $14 million of excess inventory for a $1 billion retailer, while the optimal service level equals minimum total cost, generally speaking. Last but not least, DemandTec’s assortment optimization example features a $10 Read More

E2open Buys icon-scm, Makes Waves in Supply Chain Space


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Infor SCM Warehouse Management Provia


Infor SCM Warehouse Management is a modern extended-warehouse-management supply chain solution that provides business agility by automating fulfillment and distribution processes. Its core capabilities include inventory management, work and task management, and labor forecasting. The solution also supports capabilities such as slotting yard management voice-directed distribution cross-docking costing multiple inventory ownership value-added services billing and invoicing for third-party logistics (3PL) providers radio frequency identification (RFID) Infor SCM Warehouse Management is based on a modern Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE), zero-footprint, stateless architecture that is wide area network (WAN)-deployable with no client administration. This allows organizations to personalize radio frequency (RF) and terminal server environments to business and user needs, and provides a scalable architecture for centralized and decentralized support. Infor SCM Warehouse Management has been deployed in more than 20 countries, in multiple languages, and is available in an enterprise or business edition.

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SCM Software for Mills


Demand for mill products especially in the metals and packaging industry is growing fast. This presents a good opportunity for the software vendors who cater to the needs of customers in these industries. But these industries have some unique requirements which are discussed throughout this article. Supply chain management software which does planning and execution for manufacturing, transportation, distribution etc. for mills industry, needs to address these unique requirements.

about forecast accuracy scm  and keeps the information about the original order through all production levels. This technique is able to process multiple orders at the same time and yet keep information about products, work in process, and orders all the time. Changes in orders: Whenever there are changes in orders, either new lines can be created if there is an addition to an order or existing lines can be updated depending on situation. Container stuffing: At the time of order taking, the sales person will be able to know whether Read More

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TEC Analysts Want to Know About Your Software Solution


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Everything You Don’t Know about Desktop Search


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