2009 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

100 ways to help your company respond to the downturn



Source One

Source One Management Services, LLC
(Willow Grove, PA)
www.sourceoneinc.com

In this economy, free is still good. Source One's online procurement and contract management tool www.WhyAbe.com can be used by anyone in any industry free of charge.

SPS Commerce
(Minneapolis, MN)

Companies like Sports Image are using SPS' Trading Partner Intelligence service to provide their inside sales staff with online access to store-level inventory reports and interactive analyses, resulting in improved sales for its retail partners.

Stamps.com
(Los Angeles, CA)

Manage postage expenses your way, not the postage meter's way: PC Postage allows businesses to print postage, mailing address and return address in one step, plus save up to 11% on Priority Mail service and Express Mail service.

Staples, Inc.
(Framingham, MA)

One of the easiest ways to decrease program costs is by helping end users adopt efficient ordering behaviors. This includes placing more orders online and eliminating small, inefficient orders.

StarCite
(Philadelphia, PA)

Use strategic meetings management to see what your company is spending on meetings and events. StarCite users often save 12-25 percent on corporate meetings immediately.

Sterling Commerce

Sterling Commerce
(Columbus, OH)
www.sterlingcommerce.com

A manufacturer that needed to develop a new sales channel deployed Sterling's integrated system technology to grow sales of a key account by over 600 percent. In addition, the company grew revenue by tens of millions from a new distribution channel while cutting B2B development and implementation time by 75 percent.

Terra Technology
(Norwalk, CT)

Unilever tapped Terra Technology for its demand sensing software. Doug Sloan, director, Supply Chain Operations for Unilever U.S.: "In these volatile times, it is important to respond quickly to shifts in consumer preferences and control costs. Improving forecast accuracy enables Unilever to produce the right product mix, decrease costs and better serve our customers."

ToolsGroup
(Boston, MA)

Last October, ToolsGroup introduced "Rapid Inventory Rightsizing" (RIR), which quickly reduces a company's working capital needs and eases the impact of the credit crunch. Individual companies can typically expect to generate cash of between 10 and 30 percent of their inventory value, while maintaining the same or improving customer service.

Total Quality Logistics
(Cincinnati, OH)

Arm your company with load-building qualities, like a tool that will consolidate partial shipments into a full, multi-drop/pick truckload, so that you can better leverage what you have when the market begins to turn.

TradeCard

TradeCard
(New York, NY)
www.tradecard.com

Procure-to-pay automation and online connection to financial institutions delivered by TradeCard enable credit to be inserted into the supply chain without straining buyers, suppliers or financial institutions.

TradeStone Software
(Gloucester, MA)

See sidebar "Working with Specialists."

Transplace
(Dallas, TX)

Streamlining operations and establishing supply chain best practices is critical as Transplace's customer, Anna's Linens, continues to grow.

Transplace
(Dallas, TX)

Streamlining operations and establishing supply chain best practices is critical as Transplace's customer, Anna's Linens, continues to grow.

Transplace
(Dallas, TX)

Streamlining operations and establishing supply chain best practices is critical as Transplace's customer, Anna's Linens, continues to grow.

UPS
(Atlanta, GA)

PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services is using UPS Paperless Invoice to improve Customs clearance times: time to Guatemala is down from 24 hours to two; the Dominican Republic is down from 36 hours to two.

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