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Fatal Flaws and Technology Choices
Food and beverage manufacturers rely on information technology to meet market demands. However, food is one market where most enterprise applications show a

shelf talkers  manufacturing dates, sell-by dates, shelf life and best-by dates, are essential for many food products. Strict first in, first out (FIFO) batch rotation is essential if shelf life and best-by dates are to be maximized. Quality control and quality analysis of food products must take place at every exchange point in the food supply chain, so that most product defects or contaminations are detected well before the product reaches the consumer. All food and beverage players must deal with the demands of Read More
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As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Part Three: Radio Frequency Identification Opportunities Abound and Summary
We may soon find radio frequency identification (RFID) tags routinely associated with common products. However, in order for RFID to achieve its full potential,

shelf talkers  Retail visibility at the shelf level that reduces rates of shelf stock outs Potential for streamlined self-checkout when RFID tagging becomes predominant at the item level Examples Wal-Mart and Target programs to deploy RFID, which include mandates to suppliers Tesco and Metro RFID programs Best Buy program to deploy RFID Piggly Wiggly program to integrate RFID into its supply chain The Gap pilot program to boost merchandise sales by improving in-stock through the use of automated restock notifications Read More
Impact of Sales and Procurement on Reverse Logistics
Even as manufacturers and retailers seek to control costs and drive efficiency across the supply chains, controlling the financial impact of unsaleable products

shelf talkers  out specific strategies addressing shelf-life management, product rotation execution, product dating variances, consumer confusions, and demand chain management. Find out more. Download this study now. 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
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

shelf talkers  (from Manufacturer to Retail Shelf) (Dec 2011) JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions – Part 2 (Sep 2010) Read More
Oracle Delivers In-Memory Value Chain Planning Solutions
Each of many Oracle In-Memory Applications on Oracle Engineered Systems is designed for a specific business purpose to transform an enterprise’s business

shelf talkers  effect and to improve on-shelf availability and inventory turns. The solution moves planning closer to the consumer by using granular consumption data, such as daily store-level point-of-sale (POS) data, to calculate a time-phased sell-in forecast. There is scalability for daily store-level replenishment planning, and both consumption-driven and traditional distribution center (DC)-level demand management are present in a single system. Oracle In-Memory Performance-Driven Planning helps organizations Read More
JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and

shelf talkers  DC to the retail shelf (or online catalog). The major FOCUS 2010 message was that today’s supply chain decisions (primarily in terms of replenishment shipments) are disconnected and far removed from the actual retail shelf assortments and  point of sales (POS)  data. Current SCM strategies are still focused on sell-in or suppliers pushing inventories to the retail shelf. Retailers would then complain of lost sales, but would still want more products and  market development funds (MDF)  pushed out Read More
SouthWare Excellence Series: Making Excellence Easier Part Three: Application Analysis
The system supports a completely user-defined set of critical success factors for each business, business unit, or even individual employee.

shelf talkers  IDs (warehouse, zone, aisle, shelf, position, bin). Fixed as well as moveable locations (trailers, pallets, license plates, etc.). Location attributes (refrigerated, hazardous, secured, etc.) that are associated with item attributes. Location capacities (weight or volume). Location codes that map, for example, a bin to a specific level, shelf, aisle, and zone. Group storage IDs by zones or areas. Preassigned or variable storage locations for specific items. Restricted storage by customer or vendor. Read More
Dealing with Food Industry Pressures
Small and medium food and beverage companies have the same regulatory requirements as large companies, but with significantly fewer resources with which to

shelf talkers  package proliferation; and limited shelf life, manufacturers and distributors certainly have many challenges on their plate, and even industry giants cannot afford to sit back. Given this backdrop, how can the small-to-medium food manufacturer cope in the face of the same external pressures, with comparatively fewer resources? Part Five of the series Food and Beverage Delights. Earlier notes on the food and beverage industry have examined the major issues and resulting pressures on food and beverage 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
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
Managing Process Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX
Some firms rely on out-of-the box functionality to help reduce risk, minimize custom development, and increase predictability of successful implementation usage

shelf talkers  Vendor batch information, including shelf life dates and country of origin   •  Shelf life dates for a batch, including the manufacturing date, expiration date, best before date, and shelf advice date •  Batch attributes, including the item’s acceptable range of values (for an attribute) and a customer-specific range of values •  Batch disposition codes, including policies concerning restricted usage • Batch tracking history Item Costing : An item’s cost provides the basis for valuing Read More
International Trade or ITL Adoption
Globalization of the Supply Chain means adoption of ITL is not an option.

shelf talkers  velocity between factory and shelf, and improving in-store service levels using mechanisms such as cross-docks, continuous replenishment, and VMI. Because the retail supply chain is so distribution and logistics-intensive, it is not an exaggeration to say that the effectiveness of logistics between the supplier and retailer can make the difference between growing market share vs. declining literally into bankruptcy—for both the retailer and supplier. If products aren't on the shelf, both retailer and Read More
SoftBrands to Institute Fourth Shift for SAP Business One Manufacturing Work-Plan Part Two: SoftBrands
As for the lower-end of the market, SAP has designed SAP Business One to meet the core management needs of dynamically growing small and midsize businesses, and

shelf talkers  times. Available off the shelf, DemandStream is able to interact with most ERP systems including Fourth Shift and evolution and thereby bridge the chasm between companies that are heavy planners, and those that must respond to constantly changing demand on the fly. SoftBrands claims that the integration with Axapta took less than 3 weeks, owing to DemandStream's architecture and the advantage of the latest technology using Microsoft's .NET platform. DemandStream is expected to release a number of other Read More
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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