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Software, Inc. (ERP, Nasdaq: AMSWA) announces that its
Resource Planning systems are in conformance with the data structures
required to support the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) initiative.
The GTIN(TM) format will be a unique 14-character identifier of
both products and services used worldwide. GTIN(TM) will encompass
the existing EAN/UCC-14, EAN/UCC-13, UCC-12 (UPC), and EAN/UCC-8
data structures. The GTIN(TM) format is part of the 2005 Sunrise
initiative announced by the Uniform Code Council to facilitate global
commerce. When a company becomes 2005 Sunrise compliant, it should
also be able to accommodate RSS (Reduced Space Symbology), and data
synchronization using the GLOBALregistry(TM) of UCCNet, which requires
that products at all packaging levels be identified. A GTIN-compliant
company will be able to process data among all trading partners.
The UCC has recommended that companies and their trading partners take
the necessary steps to be GTIN(TM) compliant by January 1, 2005
so that they can effectively scan and process information on products
that have been manufactured anywhere in the world.
- Catalyst (WMS) Introduces New Inventory
Optimization and Demand Management Software. CatalystCommand(TM) Inventory
and CatalystCommand Demand Management automate the forecast-to-replenishment
process. CatalystCommand Inventory Optimization and CatalystCommand Demand
Management leverage data from existing ERP, transaction and POS systems
to provide advanced functionality in the form of demand forecasting,
automated supply analysis, inventory modeling, replenishment and distribution.
The system analyzes historical data on supply and demand, taking into
account seasonality, promotions, and lost sales, and then makes recommendations
on how much inventory is needed and where it is required.
- The Descartes Systems
Group Inc. (TMS, Nasdaq:DSGX, TSX:DSG) Unveils Real-Time TMS Integrated
Instant Messaging From Microsoft. Descartes announced
that the Company's transportation management solution, Roadshow Transport(TM),
is now providing
messaging capabilities using the Microsoft Office Live Communications
Server 2003. Designed to bring real-time synchronization to load tendering,
Roadshow Transport, integrated with Microsoft's instant messaging, enables
companies to communicate with carriers in real-time helping to save time
and enhance operational efficiency.
- Intek (WMS) Replaces Norco’s
Legacy Carousel Software. Norco, a national welding,
safety, and homecare medical supplies dealer, began searching for
a replacement for their existing White
System’s MMS ICO carousel software that is approaching the end of
its lifecycle. FKI Logistex, the parent company of carousel
manufacturer, White Systems, suggested Intek’s carousel control solution
as a replacement
for their legacy system. Based on Intek’s long-term relationship
with FKI Logistex and numerous customer references, Norco selected
Intek’s carousel solution.
Intek’s solution offered Norco complete control over carousel
inventory. Support of multiple, random locations for carousel inventory
as unique methodologies for optimization of order selection and storage
routines will further enhance operations at Norco. Intek’s unique
supply chain visibility provides extensive reporting functionality
that will monitor efficiency increases in the warehouse.
- Lilly Software (ERP, MRP, CRM, WMS) Expands its Product Suite
with VISUAL Enterprise for Repetitive Manufacturers. VISUAL Enterprise for Repetitive Manufacturers is a pull-based
system that allows production to respond to customer demand quickly and accurately through the use of electronic kanban cards and work cell displays. It
promotes Lean with features for improving responsiveness to customers and suppliers, reducing and balancing inventory levels, minimizing inventory transactions, lowering costs, and ensuring product quality. The system includes tools for companies to synchronize and control the flow of materials throughout the plant floor, design products in engineering, plan production schedules, execute production, and handle multiple deliveries per day to customers or from suppliers.
LogicTools (Optimization, TMS) announced
the release of the latest versions of its market- leading supply chain
network design products. This major
LogicNet® and LogicNet Plus® allows companies to incorporate
ever more sophisticated constraints when modeling their supply chains and continues to improve the ease of use and performance of the products.
Major new features include reporting with Crystal reports, enhanced PC*Miler
interface, new geo-code databases, improved time in transit constraints
and faster solver.
LogicNet is a network design decision support system that
provides a cost-effective solution to companies who do not have complex
and want an easy to use and powerful solution designed for their problem.
LogicTools offers Inventory AnalystTM, a web based product
that optimizes inventory across the supply chain
taking into account the structure of the entire supply chain, and LogicChain®,
a master planning solution that enables coordination of sourcing and
production with distribution. Leveraging a combination of integrated
products such as LogicNet Plus, Inventory Analyst and LogicChain enables
companies to create a uniquely powerful supply chain strategy.
LogicTools will soon be releasing the Suite Integration Toolbox to provide
easy drag and drop integration inside the LogicTools suite as well as
with other software packages. For example, we have recently released
a certified integration of LogicNet Plus with SAP APO.
- Manhattan Associates (WMS, TMS, LMS) announced that P.A.M.
Transportation Services, Inc., a leading transportation services provider,
Manhattan Associates' Transportation Management Systems (TMS) technology. Utilizing Manhattan Associates’ TMS Carrier Management application, P.A.M.
will be able to optimize its transportation services across the continental
United States, control operational costs and enhance opportunities to
improve revenue per total mile.
P.A.M. uses the TMS “Driver & Load” feature to control “deadhead”
or empty miles, when trucks are driving without cargo and therefore incurring
costly non-revenue miles. With TMS, P.A.M. can get drivers to their next
load faster by optimizing global resource-to-load assignments on a minute-to-minute
basis. Additionally, P.A.M. can proactively identify opportunities for
in-transit drivers to swap loads using the “Drop & Swap” feature,
improving on-time delivery, resource utilization and driver satisfaction.
This helps P.A.M. better manage emergencies and rescue time-sensitive
“just-in-time” loads to avoid the customer disruptions that can be a
With Manhattan Associates’ TMS Carrier Management application, P.A.M.
has enhanced its ability to maintain transportation network balance,
increase equipment and resource utilization, raise service levels and
maximize profitability. Additionally, P.A.M. has enhanced its ability
to improve driver satisfaction in its fleet by meeting drivers’ needs
and preferences while reducing labor costs such as training and retention.
Manhattan Associates’ TMS includes two additional applications, a
Transportation Procurement application and a Planning and Execution
application. The applications are modular but completely integrated
with TMS. Additionally, TMS is tightly integrated with Manhattan Associates’
Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and Trading Partner Management System
(TPM) to provide a full range of supply chain execution solutions to
- Manhattan Associates (WMS, TMS, LMS)
Acquires Streamsoft LLC (Warehouse Slotting Optimization).
'Warehouse optimization is at the forefront of many corporations'efforts
to drive costs down
by increasing productivity,'said Eric Peters, senior vice president,
products and strategy at Manhattan Associates. 'Streamsoft's
technology will further augment the existing slotting optimization
in our Warehouse Management Systems Suite, delivering additional
warehouse efficiencies to our customers.'
- Manugistics (TMS, Optimization) Announces RFID-Enabled
RFID Enabled Solutions Manugistics RFID enabled solutions, available
Collaborate, Monitor and Respond Framework - polls RFID infrastructure
(such as RFID readers and middleware) and other enterprise applications
to provide real-time visibility to inventory, orders, and shipments
throughout the supply chain. The Framework also includes event detection
capabilities which identify unanticipated activity and trigger resolution
flows which can either fix problems automatically or bring users into
the resolution process.
Order and Delivery Management - polls and receives order and delivery
information from RFID infrastructure and other enterprise applications
so that the status of orders and order lines is always up-to-date.
Together with the Collaborate, Monitor and Respond Framework, ODM identifies
order and delivery failures and alerts designated users to ensure that
appropriate actions are taken to manage customer service and unplanned
Adaptive Planning Solutions - these RFID enabled solutions are the
engines which provide resolution alternatives when unexpected events
- Fulfillment Optimization - reallocates inventory when required
according to delivery failures or stock imbalances
Optimization - reschedules orders, shipments, and assets when exceptions
occur, such as a temporary port shut-down.
- Pricing and Promotion
Optimization - tracks point-of-sale, on-shelf, and inbound inventory
information to support real-time, store level pricing and promotion
optimization. Provides vendors running VMI programs in stores to
optimally price and promote their products according to inventory
- Pfastship Worldwide
Logistics, Inc. Announces the "NextGen.Ship" Software Shipping
Solutions. NextGen.Ship is a Java Client Server Application supporting up to 27
differnent languages using Microsoft.net technology · IBM / DB2
shipping from any origin in the world. 90% of all customizations do
not need rewriting of code.
- Proteus Software’s announces new Dynamic Warehouse
Management system that brings new levels of technology and functionality.
task scheduler allocates warehouse tasks to personnel with
the relevant equipment to optimise travel time, and provides for dual
cycling and the ability to interleave tasks for optimum efficiency..
- A load planning subsystem allows both incoming and outgoing consignments
to be maintained, including booking slots, and picking and putaway
to be planned in advance. The system supports cross docking so items
received for immediate despatch can be instantly processed to the
relevant despatch location.
- The emphasis is on predictive and exception
reporting.The PROTEUS Action Manager will alert management to
exceptions and instances
where a management decision is required. Decision support
systems are included so that future workload can be assessed based
upon historical performance.
- The PROTEUS integration Highway provides
advance feature for interfacing to external systems, including
ERP systems or other warehousing systems.
In a multi warehouse environment, this enables PROTEUS
to provide a consolidated view of the status across all warehouses.
- Radcliffe Inc. (WMS) Acquires
ServPlex Corporation (WMS, 3PL). Combining Radcliffe’s
expertise in food, beverage, 3PL and consumer products with ServPlex’s
knowledge of the third party logistics and
distribution industries will prove beneficial to both current and potential
clients of both companies. Radcliffe’s Synchronicity product – a web-based,
3PL ready supply chain systems modules will be expanded to include
the processes already in place with ServPlex’s
customers. Then a migration path will be provided for painless
Editor's note: Since when are
major upgrades (especially to a different product) "painless"?
A bit of zeal - We all need to have zeal - but not say it is "painless"!
- RedPrairie (WMS, TMS, LMS) is
expanding its global presence by signing a strategic agreement with India-based
Sonata software. Sonata will market, implement and
support RedPrairie's DigitaLogistix® Supply Chain Execution suite
in India and other parts of Asia. The first implementation under this
is currently in
process at Hindustan Lever, the Indian division of global foods and
home and personal care provider Unilever. Under the agreement, Sonata
be a value-added reseller (VAR) for RedPrairie throughout Asia, with
responsibility for sales, marketing,
implementation and customer support for RedPrairie's full supply
chain execution suite. Sonata is well positioned to assume these new
since they already are an offshore developer for RedPrairie.
Sonata has 6 regional offices in India and three offices in the US and
the UK, and large customer base in 25 countries across North America,
Europe and Asia. Sonata's Core Research Group, supported by alliances
with Microsoft, IBM, CA and Oracle, enables seamless assimilation of
new technologies for rapid benefit to clients. Sonata, a SEI CMM Level
5 company, has been an ISO 9000 Tick-IT certified company since 1994.
Shares of Sonata (a zero-debt company) are publicly traded in the Indian
Stock Exchanges, with the company's employees holding 13% (April 2003)
- RedPrairie and Vocollect Announce Voice-Directed Supply Chain
Execution Solution. Under the agreement, RedPrairie will integrate and resell Vocollect's "hands-free,
eyes-free™" Talkman® solution with RedPrairie's DLx® Warehouse
and DLx Labor supply chain execution solutions. The integration with
Talkman, available in a forthcoming release will allow RedPrairie to
offer customers a total productivity solution that is voice-enabled.
Vocollect's voice system, in use today by over 50,000 distribution workers
in hundreds of companies throughout North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific,
is built on its high-performance industrial speech recognition
technology, the rugged, built-for-purpose Talkman wearable voice terminal,
and industry standard Microsoft Windows CE and 802.11b WLAN technologies.
The solution enables warehouse workers to send and receive real-time
information from the RedPrairie host applications through a naturally
spoken dialog. The primary benefits of the integrated voice-directed
solution are the accuracy and productivity gained as warehouse personnel
are directed by DLx Warehouse, the immediate real-time productivity feedback
to supervisors and floor personnel provided by DLx Labor, and the simplicity
and reliability of the direct interface of the combined system.
- WhereNet Corp.announced the WhereNet® Marine
Terminal Management solution --- a single, standards-based wireless
system that enables terminal operators to cost-effectively locate,
track and manage containers and container handling equipment in high-volume
seaports. This first-of-its-kind solution --- based on the WhereNet
real-time locating system (RTLS) wireless infrastructure interfaced
with sensor data provided by PACECO CORP.'s Position Tracking Interface
Unit (PTIU) --- gives terminal operators accurate data about every
stacked container in their yard, enabling them to optimize operations
while increasing volume.
Quotes to Ponder -
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to Ponder from prior issues.
Scripture to Ponder -
Scriptures to Ponder from prior issues.
- "Say all you have to say in
the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip
them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly
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