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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 101: The Basics You Need to Know


Today’s manufacturers face increasing global competition and complex manufacturing networks. Supply chain management provides manufacturers with the needed visibility into their supply chain, as well as software solutions, to help give them a competitive edge.

need supply chain visibility scm  All of these players need assistance in solving complex business issues that arise in the supply chain. SCM software addresses the needs of both manufacturers and distributors. The software can be customized to meet manufacturers’ needs by sourcing and obtaining the materials required to produce semi-finished or finished goods, and to aid distributors in moving products quickly and efficiently, allowing maximum visibility across the logistics network. Supply chain software includes many types of Read More

How to Get the Most from Your Supply Chain: SCM Reaches the Mid-market


Today’s midsized distributors can benefit from their software systems in ways that were impossible a few years ago. By layering advanced, affordable supply chain management (SCM) and electronic data interchange (EDI) functionality on top of their existing enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, they can profit from improved productivity and lower labor costs. Find out how.

need supply chain visibility scm  but there is no need to take out existing systems - rather, leverage existing investments. Mid-market companies should look for solution providers that have proven integration with their existing systems. Using their own existing platforms as the primary point of reference, companies should look for established, proven solution providers that have partnered together to deliver a packaged or bundled solution. Not only does this streamline the process and help move the decision-making process along, but it 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.

need supply chain visibility scm  or new store openings need finely tuned planning to be successful. Today, systems must move from PowerPoint-level tools to strong profit analytics for ensuring market success and return on investment (ROI). Metrics and reporting Metrics and reporting capabilities today must be forward-looking to report (but more importantly, prevent) negative business performance. Beyond excellent modeling and simulation capabilities, metrics systems must be real-time and predictive. They must not only record real-time Read More

How Much Supply Chain Optimization Do We Really Need? - Part 1


My recent series on how to plan and manage in uncertainty and volatility (which conditions have become the “new normal” in many sectors and industries) has generated much interest and many comments. As mentioned in the series, the inspiration came from Kinaxis customers’ case studies presented during the Kinexions 2011 user conference. Ottawa (Canada)-based Kinaxis has been experiencing a

need supply chain visibility scm  satisfy these key business needs. Since November 2010, SAP has been distributing a supply chain solution by a lesser know German vendor ICON as SAP Supply Chain Response Management (SAP SCRM) by ICON , a solution extension to its own SCM suite, SAP SCM (look for TEC’s upcoming article entitled “SAP SCM – Stepping out of Obscurity”). SAP had investigated several options to satisfy this role, and presumably one of those options might have been Kinaxis. For its part,  Oracle released its internally Read More

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.

need supply chain visibility scm  CONTENTS Executive Summary The Need for Network-Wide Supply Chain Visibility Decision Making and Event Handling Visibility Leads to Better Coordination Process Visibility Supply Chain Event Management Centralized Control, Role-Based Access The Pitfalls of Poor Supply Chain Visibility Collaboration and Coordination Alerting and Event Resolution Product Visibility: Items, Assets, and Inventory Tracking and Tracing Visibility Beyond Exceptional Events Inventory Visibility Performance Visibility Close the Read More

n.Skep


The n.SKEP solution suite enables a company to view, analyze, simulate, and understand all supply chain data. Supply chain managers are given a clear vision of the alternatives so they can easily make the right decisions. n.SKEP covers all supply chain processes at the strategic and tactical levels, as well as at the operation level, and enables drawing up multilevel forecasts, planning, optimization of distribution, and production. n.SKEP solutions enable information sharing between users via the intranet or Internet, warning them if any changes are made by anyone, and allowing synchronization of all relevant data. By using Single Click Collaborative technology, each click by a user enables immediate recalculation of all parameters impacted at all supply chain levels, while minimizing the number of clicks helps make n.SKEP more user friendly.  

need supply chain visibility scm  Skep The n.SKEP solution suite enables a company to view, analyze, simulate, and understand all supply chain data. Supply chain managers are given a clear vision of the alternatives so they can easily make the right decisions. n.SKEP covers all supply chain processes at the strategic and tactical levels, as well as at the operation level, and enables drawing up multilevel forecasts, planning, optimization of distribution, and production. n.SKEP solutions enable information sharing between users via the Read More

Quintiq-The Biggest Supply Chain Vendor You May Not Have Heard Of


Quintiq may be one of the faster growing supply chain vendors, and seems to be rising up the ranks of the supply chain vendors, based on supply chain revenues. How does a vendor emerge from relative obscurity to become one of the largest vendors? Apparently by largely ignoring discrete industry segments where other supply chain vendors focus and, instead, delivering planning and scheduling

need supply chain visibility scm  The Biggest Supply Chain Vendor You May Not Have Heard Of Quintiq  may be one of the faster growing supply chain vendors, and seems to be rising up the ranks of the supply chain vendors, based on supply chain revenues. How does a vendor emerge from relative obscurity to become one of the largest vendors? Apparently by largely ignoring discrete industry segments where other supply chain vendors focus and, instead, delivering planning and scheduling optimization software to a broad range of process Read More

J. D. Edwards FOCUSes on Active Supply Chain


With co-founder McVaney once again at the helm, J. D. Edwards flexed its new supply chain management capabilities at FOCUS 2000 in Denver.

need supply chain visibility scm  someday will supplant the need for conference room pilots. Autopilot automates user interactions with the OneWorld GUI. Market Impact Active Supply Chain has been generally available for less than a month and it is far too early to make detailed predictions on its future impact in the supply chain management software market. J. D. Edwards will be aided in its quest for supply chain implementations by its choice in acquiring Numetrix, a recognized leader in advanced planning technology. In addition to 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.

need supply chain visibility scm  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 Read More

Key SCM Features to Look For (And Major Players to Look Out For)


Many CFOs, CTOs, supply chain managers, and logistics managers struggle to decide which supply chain management (SCM) software is best-suited to their organizational needs. It doesn’t help that there is an abundance (literally hundreds) of SCM solutions available on the market. Today, I’ll help you understand key SCM modules, and look at some key players with well established SCM solutions

need supply chain visibility scm  users of the solution need a different way of thinking that involves building trust and having open means of communication with the external parties involved. Logility Supply Chain Products Logility’s Voyager Supply Chain Planning solution offers functionality for optimizing sourcing, load cost in transportation, and supply chain visibility through collaboration. It also provides the visibility and automation most customers require to plan, supply, schedule, manufacture, store, transport, and track supp Read More

Global Supply Chain Collaboration


The Global Supply Chain Collaboration Suite supports collaborative work processes at the points along the supply chain where retail trading partners interact. The product is intended to support areas where communication, information visibility, and joint goal setting are requirements for both parties. Agentrics Supplier Performance Management is a web-based solution that provides a way for companies to track business performance metrics and collaborate with trading partners to improve performance. The solution enables a collaborative process of performance benchmarking, measurement, and improvement to help retailers and their trading partners.  

need supply chain visibility scm  Supply Chain Collaboration The Global Supply Chain Collaboration Suite supports collaborative work processes at the points along the supply chain where retail trading partners interact. The product is intended to support areas where communication, information visibility, and joint goal setting are requirements for both parties. Agentrics Supplier Performance Management is a web-based solution that provides a way for companies to track business performance metrics and collaborate with trading Read More

Streamlining the Supply Chain


Unlike most other business, transmission and distribution companies do not have the flexibility to adjust their prices independently based on demand-supply dynamics. Given the practice of performance-based rate-making, these companies must continually strive to reduce cost. To achieve this, supply chain managers must create a blueprint of their processes by systematically analyzing their supply chain practices.

need supply chain visibility scm  the Supply Chain Unlike most other business, transmission and distribution companies do not have the flexibility to adjust their prices independently based on demand-supply dynamics. Given the practice of performance-based rate-making, these companies must continually strive to reduce cost. To achieve this, supply chain managers must create a blueprint of their processes by systematically analyzing their supply chain practices. Read More

SAP SCM-Stepping Out of Obscurity


Major new SAP products are being released in the realms of supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and product lifecycle management (PLM). TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic examines the solutions that SAP is offering for supply chain executives to expand beyond the traditional boundaries of SCM, PLM, and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

need supply chain visibility scm  data should eliminate the need for fixed and predefined hierarchies. Enterprise Inventory Optimization The aforementioned solution extension , SAP Enterprise Inventory Optimization (EIO) by SmartOps , aims to deliver ongoing benefits through a sustainable process of dynamically capturing, quantifying, and responding to supply chain variability and suggesting time-phased inventory targets across all items and multi-echelon locations (supply chain nodes). Supply chain variability can come from multiple Read More

Supply Chain Management (SCM)


Supply chain management (SCM) systems are used to coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers). These systems are used to manage demand, warehouses, trade logistics, transportation, and other issues concerning facilities, and movement and transformation of materials on their way to customers.

need supply chain visibility scm  Chain Management (SCM) Supply chain management (SCM) systems are used to coordinate the movement of products and services from suppliers to customers (including manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers). These systems are used to manage demand, warehouses, trade logistics, transportation, and other issues concerning facilities, and movement and transformation of materials on their way to customers. Read More

Infor SCM


Infor SCM (formerly SupplyWEB) is an automotive, web-enabled supply chain management solution. It enables interenterprise communication and systems integration and combines information from disparate systems.    

need supply chain visibility scm  SCM Infor SCM (formerly SupplyWEB) is an automotive, web-enabled supply chain management solution. It enables interenterprise communication and systems integration and combines information from disparate systems. Read More