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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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Supply Chain Network Visibility and Analytics


The complexity of the global economy is a powerful motivation for companies to look for new ways to increase efficiency and productivity. That’s why companies must have the ability to transform information into meaningful, accurate insights. Most importantly, these insights must be systematically interconnected, to align business strategy with tactics through a seamless integration of analytical, transactional, and collaborative processes.

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Transportation Management and the Adaptive Supply Chain Network


To respond to the demands of today’s highly competitive global environment, traditional linear supply chains are evolving into complex, global ecosystems. These “pull” (demand-driven) environments working in conjunction with traditional “push” environments are known as adaptive supply chain networks (ASCNs). ASCNs allow all supply chain stakeholders to share knowledge, make collaborative decisions, and sense and respond immediately to changing conditions.

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RedPrairie: Enabling End-to-End Supply Chains (from Manufacturer to Retail Shelf)


RedPrairie provides best-of-breed supply chain execution, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions designed to streamline and expedite the flow of goods from raw materials into the hands of the consumer. In this article, TEC senior analyst P.J. Jakovljevic describes how the company has positioned itself through its acquisitions, outlook, and integration initiatives to be able to fulfill its “Buy Anywhere—Fulfill Anywhere” philosophy.

edi things supply chain managers  solutions to streamline and expedite the flow of goods from raw materials into the hands of the consumer. RedPrairie was founded in 1975 as McHugh Freeman & Associates , a consulting and systems development firm offering general warehouse management solutions, with the first packaged systems appearing in the mid-1980s. RedPrairie’s flagship warehouse management system (WMS) has undergone extensive development over the years to become today’s industry-leading Warehouse Management (WM) . In the 1990s Re Read More

Case Study: Anchor Blue


Fashion retailer Anchor Blue was looking for a way to increase supply chain visibility, reduce costs, and shorten the time required to get products onto store shelves. The company implemented the Inovis AS2 software solution to consolidate data from multiple partners into a single view. Learn how the new electronic data interchange (EDI) system helped reduce transaction costs and get merchandise into stores faster.

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Why Managing BOM Is Such a Big Task


In the discrete manufacturing sector, the bill of materials (BOM) is a fundamental piece of product data that exists throughout the major stages of a product's life cycle. According to Wikipedia, BOM is the term used to describe the raw materials, parts, subcomponents, and components needed to manufacture a finished product. Simply speaking, BOM is just a list of all materials needed to be

edi things supply chain managers  life cycle. According to Wikipedia, BOM is the term used to describe the raw materials, parts, subcomponents, and components needed to manufacture a finished product. Simply speaking, BOM is just a list of all materials needed to be assembled together into a product. The concept is clear and simple, and it doesn’t seem to be a difficult task to manage BOM, especially when we have a powerful tool—software—in hand. However, this is true only when the product structure is so simple that not much colla Read More

Making Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage: Implementing S&OP


Improving the supply chain is essential for any company that wants to gain or maintain a competitive edge. To do this, companies are adopting sales and operations planning (S&OP) strategies. Years ago—when the pace of market change was slow—S&OP was a nice-to-have; today it’s a business imperative! But it doesn’t have to happen overnight. By taking a five-step approach, companies can implement S&OP at their own pace.

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Social Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop


Social media is adding new value to cloud-based supply chain management for companies of all sizes. Internal social media (via Intranet) and external sites like Facebook and Twitter are being increasingly used in a new, flexible supply chain cycle. Read this article to learn how two very different companies are taking advantage of the unique contribution social media can make to the dynamic supply and demand loop.

edi things supply chain managers  Media in Your Supply Chain Keeps Everyone in the Loop Social media is providing a key link in the new generation of cloud-based supply chains. Cloud-based supply chain management (SCM) platforms have been around for more than a decade now, although they haven''t always been described as such. In recent years, though, this kind of software is starting to be built with social media capability as a central pillar. Companies with long supply chains that need to communicate with myriad partners across the 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.

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New Data Triggers for International Supply Chain Finance


Corporations have drastically changed their global supply chain models over a short period. The market is also in the early stages of migrating to data triggered finance, creating opportunities for banks and logistic companies to develop international supply chain finance solutions.

edi things supply chain managers  are using letters of credit (LC) less and less to finance these imports. Force #2: The number of consumer brand manufacturers using third parties to manufacture outside the US has exploded. The automotive and high tech sectors have been most progressive in sharing information (designs, forecasts, etc.) with contract manufacturers, and other industries are following suit, given the aforementioned transformative trends. In some cases, brand companies no longer pay tier one and two suppliers directly. 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.

edi things supply chain managers  to look beyond their immediate suppliers and shift towards a holistic approach that includes the supply base several tiers upstream. Consider the following examples: Brand manufacturers of digital cameras (and imaging products) have come to realize that their ability to profitably meet demand had a lot to do with how they manage the procurement of the CCDs (the chips that capture the images), which are often under allocation from (a very small group of) manufacturers three tiers upstream. This is a Read More

Successful Supply Chains Part I: The Nine Rules of a Successful Supply Chain


Problems can arise when supply chains start to mature and are asked to meet an ever-increasing list of tasks and strategies. As this happens, supply chains can start losing hold of the critical basics that make them work and, just as importantly, that help the companies using the supply chain meet their own objectives. It is important, therefore, to keep a list of ‘supply chain basics’ handy and continually monitor your supply chain with these underlying principles in mind.

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Supply Chain Management 101


I covered the basics of ERP previously, and thought I'd move on to supply chain management (SCM), which we're also featuring in tomorrow's TEC Newsletter (go to Newsletter archives), with lots of white paper goodness, to boot. So, What is SCM? Supply chain management (SCM) systems coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including

edi things supply chain managers  that sales for the preceding quarter had been $100 million (USD) lower than expected. The official reason, according to Nike? Confusion in its supply chain. What’s more, as soon as Nike announced its supply chain breakdown, the company''s stock plummeted 20 percent—making a $100 million loss look nearly trivial. Later that year, Cisco announced a $2.2 billion inventory write-off. The culprit, once again: supply chain problems. This fiasco was—and still is—the largest inventory write-off in 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.

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Supply Chain Management Is Evolving toward Interdependent Supply Networks


Optimizing supply chain management processes to work more closely with trading partners, requires enterprises to act together as interdependent supply networks. The development of service oriented architecture will be crucial in achieving the necessary flexibility characterizing such networked supply chains.

edi things supply chain managers  on what the direct intermediate customer requires. Linear interactions will give way to interactions that occur in parallel. Slowly, businesses are evolving toward the concept of the lean supply chain , working together toward a common set of customer-driven goals, and acting as an ISN. SCM needs to become more about information exchange among the entire supply chain, and to expand beyond limited point-to-point integration with a select few partners. As manufacturing operations embrace and adopt lean 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.

edi things supply chain managers  do not have an EDI infrastructure, by allowing them Web access to packaged bundles of role-based services. The supplier portal integrates all the underlying collaborative elements, including supplier selfservice, inventory collaboration functionality, and access to collaboration folders. You often see the following processes in your supplier collaboration: Purchase order and release processing Supplier-managed inventory The kanban process Dynamic replenishment Invoice/credit/debit processing Purchase Read More