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Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of April 8, 2013
Supply Chain Shorts for the Week of April 8, 2013
In this week’s Shorts, we talk about
’s release of
’ value proposition; and a recent visit to
. What have you been up to this week, supply chain-wise? Wandered off the beaten path and happened upon something interesting? Drop us a line or give us a call.
JDA has released
, as expected, which should be a terrific new platform—product, and marketing—for JDA. With its several acquisitions, and storied history, JDA has become a conglomeration of technologies. With this announcement (which TEC will have more to say about in the near future), JDA brings 30 different solutions onto a common, cloud-based platform. JDA has certainly had the breadth of supply chain capabilities to make it a leader; now it potentially has the underlying platform to make its solutions—and its marketing message—a more integrated one.
, executive vice president and chief technology officer, who had been
’s (first ever) CTO from 2011–2012, seemingly jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the fire, going from tackling the rationalization of RedPrairie’s architecture to being the face for the platformization of JDA Software, to integrating the RedPrairie-JDA solutions.
Retail Solutions, Inc.
We sat down this past week with Retail Solutions’ (RSi) Guy Courtin, Director of Product Marketing, to get a brief update on RSi. This company, formerly known as
, founded in 2003, has become a leader, and a fast-growing one at that, in retail execution management. RSi is co-founded and led by
, whom some of you (and this is a real test of your knowledge of the enterprise software space) may remember from the days of MES vendor
The retail space is a fascinating industry these days, with multiple competing factors wreaking havoc: ubiquitous connectivity, the proliferation of mobile technologies, and the ever-shifting trends in the social landscape, particularly around personalization and location. All of this complicates life for the manufacturer and retailer where, already, there can be as many as 5–10 billion data points coming in per day for a single large manufacturer. [Jonathan Golovin summarizes the essence of some of the retail industry trends quite well in a short USA Today article recently, “
Big Data's lessons for old school in new media
”, that is worth a read.]
Retail Solutions prides itself on being able to turn data into information very quickly for its 500+ CPG companies, and 70+ major retailer chains, helping them turn volumes of uncleansed data into executable strategies. The value proposition for companies is huge. Think about
being able to increase their sales by 23% through better promotions, or
being able to reduce out-of-stocks for direct store delivery by 20%. These kinds of value propositions have enabled Retail Solutions to be grown rapidly over the past 10 years to an anticipated $40M–$50M in 2013, with overseas expansion contributing more to this growth this year. Now if RSi could only tell me why #4 unbleached coffee filters have mysteriously disappeared from my local
Stop & Shop
for the past several months.
After first talking about Oz Development a few weeks ago, P.J. Jakovljevic and I decided a closer look was warranted, and recently made a visit to Oz in Westboro, MA (via Massachusetts’ Route 9, which is no yellow brick road). While Oz has what appears to be solid value propositions, with, reportedly, the phones ringing off the proverbial hooks to prove it), even Oz’s president,
will admit the story is not an easy one to tell.
Its core mission is all about delivering mass customized integrations, in the areas of eCommerce (
), warehouse (
), and shipping (
), on a subscription basis. Oz has prebuilt integrations to
, as well as to
. Oz also offers, however, beyond these prebuilt integrations, a platform for companies to build their own integrations, as well as, of course, much more customized integrations that can be done for many other ERP, CRM, and homegrown systems.
A typical customer for Oz seems to be
. When this manufacturer of tents, sleeping bags, and camping equipment implemented NetSuite, with an EDI solution from NetSuite partner
, Oz integrated its
shipping solution to SPS Commerce to provide fulfillment.
Other significant partners include
. Speaking of which, no sooner had we returned from our visit to Oz, than we saw the announcement of
ChannelAdvisor’s S-1 filing
in anticipation of an IPO. But that is another story.
when I need it? With
each happening the week of May 6th, and
happening the following week, plus a son’s graduation in Philadelphia happening in between, cloning cannot get here fast enough.
Patriots’ Day Message
In honor of Massachusetts’
today, coinciding with the 117th running of the
, we bring you a message this morning from renowned marathoner
Joan Benoit Samuelson
: “[M]arathoning is all about the story. If I can tell a story, then I’ll go out and run a marathon.” Food for thought for the software and technology sectors.
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