NGC (New Generation Computing) announced that R.G. Barry Corporation has selected NGC’s e-SPS as its strategic software platform to manage overseas suppliers and trading partners. R. G. Barry, “the Dearfoams Company,” is one of the world’s leading developers and marketers of accessory footwear.
R.G. Barry has recently undergone a highly successful business turnaround that included a transition from captive manufacturing to a flexible business and sourcing model. As a result, the company sought a global sourcing solution that would work seamlessly between its domestic and international operations.
Spend management software firm Zycus hopes to drive adoption of its software by introducing new features to capture spend throughout the supply chain. The company will introduce two new modules called iSource and iPlan to its Strategic Sourcing application. iSource focuses on e-RFX capabilities such as supplier bid evaluations, while the iPlan module will help buyers cull supplier information through a seven-step sourcing plan to help buyers profile commodities and profile demand.
Global supply chain optimization provider Manhattan Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq:MANH) is providing supply chain solutions to support the continued hyper-growth of companies Crocs, Inc. and Vera Bradley.
Crocs, Inc. sells its footwear, apparel and accessories throughout the U.S. and in more than 90 countries worldwide and Vera Bradley creates stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories. Each recently selected Manhattan solutions as part of its supply chain optimization strategy.
Consumer preference for greener and more environmentally friendly products, as well as tightening regulatory pressures are driving retailers to look more closely in their supply chains’ sustainability practices, according to analysts and industry sources.
The trend will have major implications for the chemical industry, they said.
Australasia’s premier logistics management magazine, SupplyChain Review, has been appointed the Primary Media Partner for the region’s pre-eminent industry association, the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA).
Under the landmark deal, SCLAA financial members and partners will receive a copy of the bi-monthly magazine as part of their membership package.
What are the emerging areas of interest in ERP (enterprise resource planning)? Integration of various technologies to overcome the limitations of ERP? Moving towards service-oriented architectures (SOAs) and software as a service (SaaS)? Mergers and acquisitions (M&As) of ERP vendors for market consolidation?
Raymon Krishnan, president of the Singapore Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society and a Fellow of the Australian Logistics Academy, and Daniel Sherwood, a practicing logistician in the pharmaceutical industry, give their views on challenges in the pharmaceutical industry for supply chain providers.
The idea of lean comes from the Japanese word muda, meaning waste. Popularised by the practices of Toyota, the essence of lean is to eliminate any waste or any function that consumes resources but does not create any value.
Adopting such an approach to the pharmaceutical industry has, however, met with little success. Regulatory compliance issues, globalisation, production and pricing pressures are all placing overwhelming demands on the profitability and competitiveness of both large and small companies.
Perfect Commerce, a Web-based sourcing and procurement service, is replacing its data center and related IT staff with a utility computing service from Savvis. The move is the latest example of a company choosing a utility service provider instead of internal IT department resources.
The shift to utility computing is controversial, provoking an outcry from IT professionals who fear the move will limit their career opportunities. Proponents of internal IT departments say outsourcing IT infrastructure will result in lower quality services and could put information security at risk.
The Carbon Disclosure Project, a collaboration of over 315 institutional investors, is now working with some of the world’s largest companies to help them assess greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through their supply chains. CDP has teamed up Dell, HP, L’Oreal, PepsiCo, and Reckitt Benckiser. They join original members Cadbury Schweppes, Imperial Tobacco, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Tesco and Unilever who joined in October 2007. CDP is working with these global companies and their suppliers to create one single standardized approach to provide key climate change information throughout their supply chains.
Lawson Software, Inc. reported that American Hospital Dubai licensed the Lawson S3 Human Capital Management, Enterprise Financial Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Intelligence Suites. American Hospital Dubai selected the Lawson applications to support its growth strategies and promote greater efficiency by helping to simplify administrative processes.