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Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Supply chain management (SCM) solutions include applications for 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 knowledge base will support your evaluation of an SCM suite. 

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Rethinking the Supply Chain: Meeting the Complexity Challenge


The requirements of operating in a global, just-in-time (JIT) market have made supply chains much more complex than they were 10 years ago. Much of the software meant to assist in managing this complexity has itself become too complex to use—and too expensive to cost-justify. Discover the benefits of using a less complex supply chain solution that better supports a collaborative effort along your supply chain.

ds fm managing supply chain  plans and the finished goods needed to meet real customer demand. For the most part, the enterprise software market has risen to the challenge of complexity in the supply chain by making its supply chain management solutions more and more complex, often to the detriment of the very efficiency and cost-effectiveness that supply chain users need. The feature bloat of supply chain management software is wel ldocumented, and the price and total cost of ownership for mainstream supply chain software is Read More

Case Study: Terumo


Terumo Cardiovascular Systems, global manufacturer and distributor of medical products, has more than 1,500 finished goods, many of which are assembled in one factory and sterilized in another. With so many products and steps in the supply chain, supply and demand planning abilities are key to smooth operations. Find out how the company saved $1 million (USD) with forecast management and requirements planning solutions.

ds fm managing supply chain  software helps small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) as well as major divisions of Fortune 500 corporations reach their planning goals. Source : Demand Solutions Resources Related to Case Study: Terumo : Terumo (Wikipedia) Case Study: Terumo Supply Chain is also known as : Supply Chain Analytics , Supply Chain Automation , Supply Chain Benchmarking , Supply Chain Best Practices , Supply Chain Certification , Supply Chain Collaboration , Supply Chain Companies , Supply Chain Consultant , Supply Chain Read More

Logility Connections 2012-Focus on Supply Chain X-Factors


In today’s fast-paced world, companies and their supply chains need to outperform their competitors and remain in business. Logility’s focus on supply chain X-factors can help them do just that. In this latest article, TEC principal analyst Predrag Jakovljevic gives a rundown of the vendor’s recent user conference and how Logility’s broad supply chain management (SCM) solution suite provides the capabilities to enhance your business.

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Does Supply Chain Management Software Make Sense in Wholesale Distribution? Part 2: The Critical Objectives


There are critical objectives that Supply Chain Management Software must satisfy to meet the challenges faced by wholesale distributors.

ds fm managing supply chain  of the appropriate quality needs to move to the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. This means that raw material purchases must be carefully timed and allocated to the service center locations. Processing schedules must be reliable and flexible. Finished goods inventories must be managed for extremely short delivery lead times and for exacting quality standards. Outbound trucks have to be scheduled precisely, loaded efficiently and routed optimally. Naturally, all shipments should be Read More

Cash is King—And So is Your Supply Chain: How Mid-Market Companies Can Optimize Supply Chain Operations for Strong Cash Flow and Focused Growth


For companies of all sizes and across all industries, cash is not only crucial, it’s king. Just to survive, businesses have to carefully manage their cash flow, making sure that payments aren’t going out faster than resources are coming in.

There are a number of ways companies can automate and optimize their supply chains to improve cash flow, such as building strong relationships and implementing new technology. But it should be noted that making the decision to invest in technology or update a supply chain process is a cash flow decision in itself, and should thus be weighed carefully.

It is important to realize that the cost of a supply chain or cash flow failure is, in most cases, significantly higher than even the highest price tags for these investments. With that in mind, supply chain solutions and automation technologies are more often than not worth the investment for growing mid-market companies.

This white paper looks at the importance of cash flow management, especially vital for mid-market companies in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth.

Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing inventory, and investing in new technologies can help your bottom line.

ds fm managing supply chain  in the current economic landscape. Due to their size, mid-market companies have a smaller financial cushion than their larger competitors, which means they have a reduced margin of error, a thinner cushion for tough financial situations, and a smaller investment pool for funding growth. Download the guide for more information on why you should optimize supply chain operations to improve cash flow, including explanations on how seeking out supply chain efficiencies, managing cash flow through managing Read More

Remapping the Supply Chain Universe, by Ann Grackin and Sree Hameed


Supply chain management is a truly dynamic field. Over the last few years the fundamental structure of the chains has changed to the point where many of the working assumptions have to be reevaluated. ChainLink Research’s new 3D approach provides a useful framework for evaluating supply chain solutions.

ds fm managing supply chain  business model, and technology needs have changed. And those win/lose quadrants tell us very little about how a particular technology can support your business goals and supply chain models. Changing models and new technologies require a new way to select enablers What are these new enabling technologies? Within this brief article, we cannot explore all the nuances of the new web-enabled technologies for linking enterprise processes, delivered on-demand , which did not exist a decade ago. These Read More

Symix Launches eSyte Supply Chain


Symix Systems, Inc. recently announced an addition to its e-business application suite, eSyte Supply Chain. It offers multi-site capacity and material planning capabilities that have been given new relevance with the advent of B2B collaboration.

ds fm managing supply chain  3) companies had their hands full optimizing internal supply chain processes and could scarcely hope to influence those of its trading partners. The recent drive to optimize interactions with suppliers and customers to improve fulfillment has given companies a new directive to seek out information technology that can support multi-site optimization. We expect other vendors to begin showcasing existing multi-site functionality as well as launching new offerings. User Recommendations Although products such Read More

Supply Chain Collaboration: The Key to Success in a Global Economy


Outsourcing and global competition are forcing companies to transform their supply chains from linear processes into adaptive networks. Communities of customer-centric, demand-driven companies must share knowledge in order to adapt to changing markets, and respond to shorter life cycles. Discover how supply chain management (SCM) solutions can help your company create a truly adaptive and collaborative supply network.

ds fm managing supply chain  the delivery of finished goods to the customer. In this new environment, supply chains must exhibit a high degree of adaptability, responsiveness, and collaboration. Organizations are now finding it essential to transform traditional supply chains from linear, sequential processes into adaptive supply chain networks in which communities of customercentric, demand-driven companies share knowledge, intelligently adapt to changing market conditions, and proactively respond to shorter, less-predictable life Read More

What's in a Name for Supply Chain Vendors?


Paragon Management Systems, now Adexa, is the latest niche supply chain management vendor to re-christen itself in the last seven months. Since July, four small vendors have assumed new names and personas to better differentiate their offerings in the marketplace.

ds fm managing supply chain  products are targeted for softgoods manufacturers and distributors . Market Impact For Intrepa, Essentus, and Adexa, the name change is part of a initiative for positioning in the electronic fulfillment market. On the other hand, Provia has taken a more conservative stance, hoping the new name communicates its good track record of solution delivery to its 350 customers. The basic theme underlying all the moves is the desire for differentiation in a crowded marketplace. There are at least ninety small and Read More

Measuring the Supply Chain Outside Your Enterprise


Since supply chains, by definition, are about the end-to-end inter-enterprise process, we highlight the growing importance of looking outside your four walls when thinking about supply chain performance management. If you are overwhelmed by the number of supply chain measures you are tracking, it’s better to focus your energies on a few that can have a significant impact.

ds fm managing supply chain  than one technology. Process, methods, and technology all play a vital role in getting improvements in performance. Better late than never In all fairness, performance management has taken a back seat, because progress for many in the supply chain journey has not come easily (in which case, just moving forward could be satisfying enough for some). Part of the challenge is that there isn''t consensus around a sound methodology to date. A few popular frameworks like balanced scorecards, SCOR, etc. have been Read More

Managing Trees versus Managing Grass


Within the product lifecycle management (PLM) arena, there is a category of solutions with a very specific industry focus: fashion and retail PLM solutions. For example, Lectra calls its solution Fashion PLM; at PTC, its FlexPLM solution is created for retail, footwear, and apparel; TradeStone Software names  its solution Merchandise Lifecycle Management (MLM)  (instead of PLM) and focuses on

ds fm managing supply chain  are perennial, whereas many breeds of grass bud in spring and wither before the winter arrives. Following the same idea, car models have new versions every year, but the changes are usually incremental (in the way that trees are constantly growing, with subtle changes over time)—how different is the Jeep Liberty 2008 from the Jeep Liberty 2009? On the contrary, fashion products (except for those considered classic) are often driven by trends and seasonal cycles. At least twice a year, apparel companies Read More

10 Keys to Managing Risk in Perilous Times


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WAM Systems Offers Supply Chain Planning Packaged Solution For Chemicals


Not many people know of WAM Systems, a privately held supply chain management vendor situated in a Philadelphia suburb. Emboldened by growing interest and new venture capital, the company intends to make its presence known.

ds fm managing supply chain  automotive and consumer packaged goods industries. WAM was conceived to help companies address supply chain problems specific to areas of chemical processing such as reaction operations, liquid and gas transfer, evaporation, mixing, and extrusion. Since the company''s inception revenue composition has steadily shifted toward licenses while revenues from custom services have waned. Today, WAM''s livelihood relies predominantly on sales of its packaged solution suite, PICASO Advanced Planning System and Read More

Reference Guide to Supply Chain Management (SCM) Features and Functions


This guide to supply chain management (SCM) functions/features will help you determine which SCM features are a high priority for your organization. Learn about SCM functions and features for WMS, TMS, international trade logistics (ITL), supplier relationship management (SRM), demand management, supply chain analytics, order management, service parts planning, and more.

ds fm managing supply chain  true total cost of goods sold at the time of the initial buy-sell transaction. The SCM software should also enable users to track incremental costs as the shipment is processed from point of origin to final point of receipt. All costs and activities should be available at the transaction initiation point and can be classified by the primary components, which are product costs, compliance costs, and logistics costs. Commerce Starting with the initial request for goods—whether this is an RFI, a request Read More

The Truth About Supply Chain Visibility


That's just one of the key realities you'll learn about in the white paper achieving supply chain visibility: there is more than meets the eye.

ds fm managing supply chain  when put into the hands of front-line people; portals, exchanges, and Excel spreadsheets make poor substitutes for a real visibility solution; visibility combined with effective response management is the real ticket to supply chain success. The search for visibility may be the Holy Grail in supply chain circles these days, but don''t be fooled. It isn''t visibility alone that matters, it''s being able to act on the information that visibility gives you that leads to true supply chain excellence. Discover Read More