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Filling the Holes and Breaking Down Artificial Walls in a Process PLM Solution Set - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series established that the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market for process industries (food @ beverage, life sciences

shelf talkers  solution has a good shelf life, could benefit from a new wave of add-on PLM solutions. Separate postings will talk about some concrete process PLM add-on products that are already generally available (or will be available soon). Also, these posts will tackle other process PLM gaps, such as the processes to accommodate artwork,  computer aided design (CAD )  for packaging, customer briefs or sample management, regulatory applications and regulatory content providers, formula and process optimization, Read More

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The Data Explosion
RFID and wireless usage will drive up data transactions by ten fold over the next few years. It is likely that a significant readdressing of the infrastructure

shelf talkers  unpacking and stocking the shelf to the cash register and no real recoding transaction is done. But once RFID tags become part of the floor-ready merchandize process, or more brand firms embed them in their products, the number of collection points goes up exponentially. Firms like GenuOne already have a leadership position in the brand protection (Genuine-get it?) and these unobtrusive little devices ship at an item level, from the manufacturer. Their serial number and lot is collected, tracked, and Read More
RedPrairie Makes a Smart Turn into SaaS WMS
My attendance of RedPrairie Corporations’ RedShift 2010 user conference (for the first time ever) confirmed what I have long sensed about the company’s

shelf talkers  way to the retail shelf and retail stores (by stopping short at retail distribution centers [DC’s]). On the other hand, RedPrairie is not into a data repository play, as it believes that this is an expert domain of high-and-mighty  enterprise resource providers (ERP) . Recent Change of Owners’ Hands RedPrairie was  acquired in March by New Mountain Capital (NMC ), a New York-based private equity firm, from its previous backers Francisco Partners . Prior to this move, the company was toying Read More
Motorola Solutions Invests in Revionics
Motorola Solutions Inc., through its strategic investment arm Motorola Solutions Venture Capital, has invested in Revionics, a provider of merchandise

shelf talkers  has some slick electronic shelf labels (ESLs), which when coupled with Revionics omnichannel price optimization can provide automated optimized dynamic pricing at the shelf. Read More
The Why of Data Collection
Data collection systems work; however, they require a investment in technology. Before the investment can be justified, we need to understand why a data

shelf talkers  have inventory on the shelf. What is the value of improved accuracy? It is very difficult to assign a number to the value of improved accuracy. Accountants like to talk about adjustments to inventory values and that is important. However, the impact of accuracy is found in the improved decisions that can be made, and from the financial impact of those decisions. Time The phrase time is money is well known. However, a good question is When do we want to know? Immediately is often the answer. To gain Read More
GNX and Sainsbury
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets has several ongoing collaboration programs with suppliers,having recognized early on that supply chain optimization benefits the end

shelf talkers  right product on the shelf at the right time and lowest cost. The UK grocer had already been sharing performance information along with several other forms of supply chain data with suppliers for several years, but found that suppliers had difficulty dealing with performance data that was buried in the mass of information being presented. In addition, suppliers had no formal channel for responding to, or improving, any performance issues that were identified. Read More
Of Pizza and Planning: A Philosophic Approach to Supply Chains
Supply chain optimization begins not with a technological solution, but with a question: Where does the chain begin and end? Ask a manufacturer and you’ll get

shelf talkers  strategies converge: the store shelf. Read More
Sausage Producer Packs Out the Profit with Technology
Odom’s Tennessee Pride Sausage, Inc. wanted to improve operations and customer service. Their ERP and SCM technology solution resulted in a fifteen-month

shelf talkers  in the areas of shelf life, out-of-spec production, lost material, wrong cuts being produced and returns due to sell-by or use-by date issues. Government regulations were a major factor with Odom's wanting to improve their lot tracking, data collection in order to do a better job of HACCP (Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points) compliance including biological sampling. Customer service objectives included a reduction in out of stock conditions, shortening customer order cycle times and faster Read More
Infor Launches Implementation Accelerator for Food and Beverage Industry
Infor recently announced general availability of the Infor Implementation Accelerators for food and beverage industry customers. The solution, formerly known

shelf talkers  handle challenges such as short-shelf life materials, regulatory compliance, volatile demand, and an increasingly complex supply chain, and thus achieve more value in areas such as customer service, production, procurement, finance, and quality control. Infor Implementation Accelerators are the next generation of the QuickStep methodology, upgraded to the new release of Infor M3 . Moreover, Accelerators feature additional assets like test plans, mashups, and an option to leverage cloud-based Read More
Can You Add New Life To an Old ERP System?
Getting ERP transaction data into a summarized form that is useful to knowledge workers is one way to extend the value of your ERP system. This article

shelf talkers  have developed 'off the shelf data warehousing solutions that are pre-built to the fit the features of your ERP system. If you have an old ERP system that is supported by a data warehousing solution , you should seriously consider this option. Data warehouse solution products are usually based on the ERP modules you have installed. You can roll out the data warehouse to one module at a time making it easier for IT to manage. One major advantage of using a data warehousing solution is that it can be Read More
New England Woodcraft Selects abas ERP
New England Woodcraft, a family business that manufactures custom contract furniture, has selected abas-USA as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) provider

shelf talkers  flexible, but off the shelf. To that end, abas ERP allows the flexibility to incorporate existing processes and functionality, while providing visibility through the consolidated reporting of two divisions, custom dashboards, and custom project configuration. abas ERP is expected to let the company effectively track costs and profits by job and select raw materials for the bill of material (BOM) before releasing a project to production.   New England Woodcraft was not forthcoming about which other ERP 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

shelf talkers  seriously compete on the shelf level with JDA Software, Oracle Retail, SAP Retail, SAS Retail, Retalix, Epicor Retail , etc. To that end,  at the NRF 2011 show, RedPrairie announced a tuck-in acquisition of SofTechnics , a Columbus, Ohio provider of in-store software for price and inventory management, intelligent store ordering, and direct-store delivery (DSD) . With its most recent acquisition of Escalate Retail , a multi-channel e-commerce provider (a concoction of former Blue Martini, Ecometry , and Read More
Growing Your Food & Beverage Business with Lawson M3
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shelf talkers  planning, warehouse management with shelf life handling, and route-based repetitive and non-repetitive distribution. See how well Lawson M3 for Food and Beverage fits your company’s needs. Compare Lawson M3 against two other enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions of your choice. It's free, and you'll get the results immediately. For assistance, please contact customer service. Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST. Phone: +1 514-954-3665, ext.367. Read More
Why Systems Fail - The Dead-end of Dirty Data
If your data does not reflect reality, the system can never be effective. In today’s world of collaboration, showing a trading partner dirty data is giving them

shelf talkers  inventory item on the shelf and the system says you have 900 or 1002. It may be a customer's ship-to address is out of date. It may be that you have the same piece of information in two places (two applications or even two systems) and they do not agree one of the two or maybe both are dirty. One rule of having the same piece of data in two places is — identical data isn't . How does it get dirty? There are many reasons why a piece of data may be dirty. The data or the transaction causing a change in Read More
One Vendor's Quest to Garner a Global Sourcing Ecosystem
Having started as a business-to-business integration provider for a few major retailers in the United Kingdom, Eqos has evolved into a full-fledged, worldwide

shelf talkers  want to devote more shelf space to its compact discs (CDs) and marketing collateral. Without a well-structured system in place, this would be done randomly, especially in terms of specific promotions and discounts to follow the band as it tours the globe. Another scenario involves the manual handling of demand spikes. For example, if a performer suddenly or unexpectedly wins multiple renowned music awards, much more shelf space must immediately be allocated to that act for as long as the demand is Read More

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