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A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players - Part 4
Part 1 of this blog post series followed the genesis of Manhattan Associates from its inception in 1990 throughout the mid-2000s. During this time, Manhattan

flowcasting  brand-new product,  E2e Collaborative Flowcasting (or Flowcasting for short) , which is basically demand sensing, but with an approach that is 180 degrees different from its traditional supply chain planning (SCP) counterparts. The process starts with actual item/ stock-keeping unit (SKU)  by store  point of sales (POS)  and inventory data to forecast demand up through the extended supply chain, and then adjusts the forecast daily based on the actual results. In other words, Flowcasting is Read More...
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Analyzing Manhattan Associates’ Supply Chain Platform Play - Part 3
Part 1 of this blog series analyzed Manhattan Associates’ innovative Supply Chain Process Platform (SCPP)-based analytic applications, including Supply Chain

flowcasting  In addition to RedPrairie’s Flowcasting and retail store inventory management systems giving its customers the retail shelf demand insight (that Manhattan does not currently offer), the recent Escalate Retail acquisition promises the combination of e-commerce “shop anywhere, buy anywhere, pick-up anywhere, return anywhere” capabilities. The acquisition was RedPrairie’s response to the market realities of the consumer being in the driver’s seat and defining the marketplace for retail. Read More...
Optiant Going to a (Much) Better Place: Logility - Part 1
The mergers and acquisition (M@A) market seems to be coming back slowly. One evidence of this could be the late-March acquisition of long-struggling

flowcasting  of  RedPrairie ’s up-and-coming Flowcasting product : one only really needs to keep safety stocks at the both ends of the supply chain while the goods at all other nodes should just flow through using the smallest possible multiple value of the  economical order quantity (EOQ) . We won't be able to answer the question who-is-right until we get a big enough number of supply chains utilizing Flowcasting for comparison. Many articles at TEC (and elsewhere) have focused on IO software solutions. Only Read More...
RedPrairie and JDA Software Merger, Part One: What’s (Not) to Like?
My blog series in 2009 entitled “A Tale of a Few Good SCM Players” talked at great length about RedPrairie Corporation, JDA Software, and Manhattan

flowcasting  Andre Martin and his Flowcasting group, which offers store level forecasting and fast distribution requirements planning (DRP) for retailers and manufacturers. It is a very good system that finally links the actual retail store point of sale (POS) demand with the upstream supply chain—but RedPrairie has struggled to take it to market (it has only a few live customers that cannot even be revealed). What are the Remaining Question Marks? Unfortunately, the RedPrairie/JDA analyst call on the day of the Read More...
Are Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie's Paths Really Diverging?
My 2009 series on a few good supply chain management (SCM) players portrayed Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie Corporation as fierce

flowcasting  planning (which includes the  flowcasting concept ), where it will face Kronos, Infor Workbrain, Reflexis Systems, CyberShift, Dayforce , and other competitors rather than Manhattan. As said in  my article right after RedShift 2010 , RedPrairie’s user conference, the company is currently able to help retailers with forecasting, replenishment, optimized scheduling and execution in the store, and labor planning and management . However, retail merchandizing, pricing and assortment optimization, and Read More...
Are Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie's Paths Really Diverging?
<!--StartFragment-->My 2009 series on a few good supply chain management (SCM) players portrayed Manhattan Associates (NASDAQ: MANH) and RedPrairie

flowcasting  planning (which includes the  flowcasting concept ), where it will face Kronos, Infor Workbrain, Reflexis Systems, CyberShift, Dayforce , and other competitors rather than Manhattan. As said in  my article right after RedShift 2010 , RedPrairie’s user conference, the company is currently able to help retailers with forecasting, replenishment, optimized scheduling and execution in the store, and labor planning and management . However, retail merchandizing, pricing and assortment optimization, and Read More...
How to Plan and Manage in Uncertainty and Volatility? Based on Reality and Facts, Duh! - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series articulated the acute need to bring supply chain planning and execution together so that enterprises can react quickly in an informed

flowcasting  operations . RedPrairie ’s Flowcasting application solves the problem of disparate planning and execution data sets and time horizons by using near real-time point of sale (POS) data in retail stores (and the data on what is exactly on shelves) to adjust the plan on a daily basis .  Actually, the updates could be presented more frequently, but such rapid adjustments cause too much fluctuation and system “nervousness.” It is the realization of enterprises that they need to “plan, monitor, and Read More...
Linking S&OP and CPFR (For Retailers' and Manufacturers' Sakes): An Executive Panel Discussion
My recent blog series on the JDA FOCUS 2010 user conference focused primarily on JDA Software’s strategy and product roadmap on the heels of its recent

flowcasting  of the novice RedPrairie Flowcasting solution,  while Kinaxis RapidResponse ’s speed of what-if scenario creation, simulation, and tactical decision-making (on a single decision-making data model) has helped many companies with the issue of system responsiveness . As additional examples,  the Logility Voyager S&OP and CPFR solutions give companies the ability to automate many of the acceptable tolerance measurements  so that their valuable human resources are focused only on where they can add Read More...
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

flowcasting  we also have our Flowcasting planning tool, which is very granular in discerning demand at the item/store level and in calculating the impact back up through the supply chain.  When talking about planning you have to be careful to differentiate between long-range and short-range planning. Long-range planning is what supply chain planning (SCP) applications have handled well for a long time. These are really disconnected from SCE because they deal with different issues. Where SCP has failed is in trying Read More...

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