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Innovative and Easy-to-use Online Ordering Systems Empower Walker Foods’ Employees and Customers
For many years, the various departments at Walker Foods worked independently of one another, which seriously impeded the flow of data throughout the enterprise.

ordering  and Easy-to-use Online Ordering Systems Empower Walker Foods’ Employees and Customers For many years, the various departments at Walker Foods worked independently of one another, which seriously impeded the flow of data throughout the enterprise. It was clear that an integrated system was in order, and after a few initial upgrades, the company decided on AppFinity’s WebCustomer overall online solution. Since its implementation, Walker Foods has increased order accuracy and significantly reduc Read More...
Quote-to-Order (Q2O) Systems
Quote-to-order (Q2O) solutions (sometimes known as configure, price, and quote or CPQ) enable manufacturers to mobilize their mass customization initiatives. These systems can reduce time-consuming...
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Who Alleges The PRM Market Consolidation?
Many surveys have purported that there are twice as many manufacturers that cannot integrate their ordering systems with those of their partners and

ordering  that cannot integrate their ordering systems with those of their partners and distribution channels than those that can, leaving them vulnerable in terms of brand management due to poor visibility. Likewise, a vast majority of manufacturers are still unable to provide online inventory and delivery information or account status to customers even though the information is available in their ERP systems. Possibly the worse situation would be with product returns, since only a small portion of enterprises wil Read More...
Quote-to-order: New Ingredients in the Recipe for Success
Quote-to-order (Q2O) systems can address the increasing demand for personalized and customized products. Complex product specification, quoting, and ordering

ordering  product specification, quoting, and ordering processes, by mapping the steps and identifying those that add value and those that are wasteful. Some of the most apparent examples of wasteful steps include repeatedly clarifying and checking prior work due to incomplete information flow re-entering (re-keying) order data multiple times in various systems fixing specification and engineering errors after an order has been placed re-work, warranty, and plant rescheduling costs caused by faulty process and appl Read More...
New Dimensions in EC and SCM Part 1: The Benefits of E-Procurement
From point-and-click ordering using Web-based catalogs of individual suppliers, to marketplaces that bring together in one place the products or services

ordering  finished products for resale, ordering office supplies and airline tickets, and contracting for temporary labor and consulting services. Typically, purchases represent 50 to 90% of a company's cost structure -- making procurement strategy and execution a critical lever for effective supply chain operations and superior business profitability. Electronic commerce offers exciting new possibilities for businesses to improve their performance on this important upstream supply chain activity, both for indire Read More...
TradeStone Software Delivers Omni-costing Capabilities
TradeStone Software, a provider of merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) solutions that unify the design, sourcing, ordering, and delivery of retail goods, has

ordering  unify the design, sourcing, ordering, and delivery of retail goods, has announced the release of Dynamic Omni-Costing . Most product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are rudimentary in terms of product costing, as typically there is only a first cost estimate and possibly a cost broken down by the bill of materials (BOM). Yet, costing functionality is very important to retail, footwear, and apparel (RFA) brand manufacturers, retailers, and vertically integrated retailers. Sourcing and costing capabilit Read More...
Planning and Allocation versus Replenishment: When Is Each the Best Strategy?
Assortment optimization, pricing decisions, and promotional activity fall flat if a product is not available for purchase. Out-of-stocks, overstocks, and markdowns drive down already strained profit margins. Replenishment, however, maximizes sales while minimizing inventory expense. By understanding replenishment, and planning and allocation, enterprise can determine the best strategies for addressing forecasting and inventory concerns, and improve profit margins.

ordering  added to support the ordering and allocation needs of a specific category. Planning requires user intervention. Systems automate the planning process by spreading changes made at higher hierarchy levels down to lower product, location or time levels, or aggregating changes at lower levels back up the hierarchies. But decisions about changes to a planned variable must be made and entered by a user. This approach allows planning solutions to apply to virtually all products. The lower in the hierarchy the Read More...
Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View
The objective of supply chain logistics - to provide goods to the right place at the right time in the right quantity - is easy to understand, but achieving this objective while minimizing costs is not an easy task.

ordering  within one day of ordering for certain items. This strategic element has a clear impact on transportation planning, as well as on inventory planning. Other network design elements also have a clear impact on operational planning elements. Optimizing these network design elements will improve the basis on which operational plans are built. For more information about Optimizing The Supply Chain Network And Reducing Distribution Costs - An Andersen Point Of View contact Claude Dion at: Read More...
Quote-to-order: A Newcomer Causes a Stir in the Market
A crop of next-generation, Web-based, on-demand, startup quote-to-order systems providers has lately flourished, spearheaded by BigMachines, whereas some traditional vendors that once defined the product configuration space in the 1990s have since left the market.

ordering  selection, configurator, quoting, and ordering capabilities for new products and aftermarket parts, and streamlines configuration, pricing, quoting, proposal generation, and order management. BigMachines rapidly growing customer base of over 100 corporations includes global leaders such as Kodak GCG , Siemens , Ingersoll Rand , and NTT Communications , as well as innovative growth companies such as ShoreTel and Aruba Networks . Getting Cozy with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Powers BigMachines Read More...
The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing
The appeal of global sourcing for many industries is certainly understandable, given the potential lower cost benefits, but without careful elimination of all the hidden challenges, the entire process may turn out to be only a costly "siren song" adventure.

ordering  lower cost bases—and then ordering the goods and arranging for payment and delivery) has thus become a way to go for many. In fact, this has lately become an increasingly important corporate strategy (and often an executive mandate for buying departments) that is rapidly becoming a survival strategy too, in sharp contrast to the stepchild and ugly duckling perception of supply-side control in previous decades. Part One of the series The Gain and Pain of Global Retail Sourcing . In fact, there is today Read More...
Architecture Evolution: Service-oriented Architecture versus Web Services
Collaboration and interoperability are critical where multiple business units reside under one larger corporation, or where there is a requirement to integrate the system into a disparate system when a business-to-business or business-to-consumer extension is part of the business model.

ordering  system (WMS), a customer ordering system, supplier ordering systems, and the shipping company, suddenly the inventory management system is worth much more, since users can perform uninterrupted management of their business while dealing with each transaction only once, instead of once for every system it affects. That represents a lot less work—and a lot less opportunity for error. Prior to the development of Web services and application servers, linking disparate systems required a massive amount of pr Read More...
How a Paper and Packing Company Grew with a Scalable ERP System
Joshen Paper & Packaging needed to update its enterprise resource planning (ERP) distribution system. Joshen partnered with Vormittag Associates Inc. (VAI) and found a solution that consolidates its financial reporting and provides its sales team with real-time inventory information access. The result: faster inventory turnaround and order fulfillment—and to date, about 100 new clients in its customer base.

ordering  were problematic &8226; Web-based ordering was an essential next step &8226; Ongoing acquisition of distribution facilities was planned &8226; Tracking sales and commissions of a burgeoning sales staff was complex &8226; Multi-state locales posed multiple tax and other financial requirements Solution &8226; Joshen upgraded to VAI s S2K Enterprise for Distribution, version 3.7.3 &8226; Joshen added VAI s e-commerce application to its ERP package Results &8226; Joshen s ERP system supports all aspects of Read More...

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