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scm appliances  Business-Service and Replacement Parts SCM The Business Challenge Growing pressure to improve customer responsiveness and profits has lately changed the traditional role of service management for spare and replacement parts. As competitive pressures push more products to a commodity-like business model, many manufacturing companies are increasingly relying on customer service to retain or establish a competitive advantage. Many manufacturers and distributors are also beginning to recognize that there are

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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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Off-loading Some Green Compliance Burdens: Can Enterprise Applications Meet the Challenge?


The European Union’s WEEE Directive requires electronics manufacturers of member states to manage and pay for electrical and electronics waste recycling. Yet some prospective business service providers are waiting for the legislation and market to mature before offering their solutions.

scm appliances  WEEE, supply chain management (SCM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) have become cradle-to-grave endeavors with significant depth and complexity added to the reverse logistics process. But an even bigger burden might be the requirement for manufacturers to recycle a portion of electrical and electronic waste made way back when, which seems a daunting task, and the specifics of how it will work exactly are still largely unknown. Potential Solution to the Problem? Since reuse is the highest order of Read More

Challenging the Competition: Mega-mergers and Supply Chain Technology


In theory, the Kmart-Sears merger could produce a new layer of competition to mega-retailers such as Wal-Mart. However, it needs more than just size to be competitive. It needs to coordinate its retail strategy with supply chain technology to make it triumph.

scm appliances  Holdings will build its SCM capabilities around efficiency like Wal-Mart, but, for the sake of some differentiation, these competencies should also envelop speed and flexibility to compete with more versatile competitors. Even if the two retailers merge their different corporate cultures, store formats, working procedures, and target demographics, perhaps the biggest challenge will be instilling a pervasive culture that embraces IT as an enabler. Comparison to Wal-Mart To see what the new entities will Read More

Sneak Peek: Enterprise Software 2013


The following forces and information technology (IT) trends will continue to shape 2013: 1. Cloud Computing While cloud computing is becoming mainstream, hybrid cloud–on-premises configurations (a.k.a., “software plus services” and “connected services”) remains the reality for cloud integration and federated cross-cloud security issues. Organizations are increasingly looking to hybrid cloud

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A Retail Sourcing Suite Built on Experience


Eqos's mission is to become the leading provider of global sourcing and supplier management solutions for the retail supply chain worldwide. Today, Eqos supports some of the world's top retailers, hosting thousands of users and enabling their collaboration with as many suppliers.

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IBS-Slow but Steady (and Demand-Driven) May Win the SCM Race


IBS, a conservative Swedish enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, seems to be making right moves to remain the leader within its selected segments. However, the road to becoming uniformly globally recognized player will not be smooth.

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Gateway Announces Server Appliances


Gateway, Inc. has announced two new Linux-based server appliances, entering a growing market with products aimed at small businesses/offices.

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PeopleSoft Gathers Manufacturing and SCM Wherewithal Part Four: Challenges and User Recommendations


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Virtual Appliances: Improve Manageability and Automate Provisioning


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