2009 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

100 ways to help your company respond to the downturn


Upside Software Inc.
(Edmonton, Alberta)

Create a central repository for contracts. This will ensure access only for authorized users, increase visibility into contracts and helps organizations better manage contracts by allowing for alerts/notifications to be sent out on important dates and milestones.

Verian Technologies
(Charlotte, NC)

Some retailers are using a type of "green lane" system where trusted, high-performing suppliers are allowed to ship direct to store, bypassing QA processes. By doing this, nodes of inventory are removed, reducing risk and costs while improving service performance.

Wesupply
(Maidenhead, UK)

See sidebar "Leveraging the Network."

Xcitec
(Munich, Germany)

Define and monitor risk indicators for suppliers, material groups, regions and markets. The early identification of risks enables various departments to implement and coordinate appropriate measures in time to avoid or reduce risks.

Zebra Technologies
(Lincolnshire, IL)

Zebra's Materials Flow Replenishment solution is helping customers eliminate unused inventories and improve asset utilization now, while securing the visibility to manage increased production and shipment when the economy improves.

Zilliant
(Austin, TX)

Price optimization solutions deliver scientific, data-driven pricing guidance that enables B2B companies to overcome pricing challenges such as inconsistent price outcomes, insufficient price and margin analysis, over-discounting and limited insight to existing data that will not only improve margin performance during difficult economic times, but also capture significant profit gains and strengthen a company’s long-term ability to compete.

Working with Specialists

To tackle the supply chain challenges specific to your business vertical, look for an industry-specific solution provider with a business model that combines the efficiencies of outsourcing with strategic insights and industry best practices to drive logistics improvements.

ChemLogix, LLC
(Blue Bell, PA)

Provides chemical industry consulting services, TMS technology and transportation management services.

Choice Logistics
(New York, NY)

Specializes in helping high-tech companies deliver service parts to the right place, at the right time, within two to four hours.

Core Solutions
(Scotch Plains, NJ)

Offers packaged retail sourcing systems to help companies start running global sourcing processes from product development to delivery.

TradeStone Software
(Gloucester, MA)

TradeStone's Merchandise Lifecycle Management solutions take retailers' merchandise mix from the concept and design stage, all the way through to delivery. Customers have seen multi-million-dollar paybacks: The technology can take up to 26 weeks out of the concept to delivery cycle, increase sales by 15 percent and increase margins by up to 30 percent.

Leveraging the Network

Many solution providers today allow your company to tap into a network of trading partners, accelerating enablement, automating transactions and expanding your range of partners.

Crossgate AG
(Munich, Germany)

Tap into existing connectivity networks that allow for rapid integration by removing the need for time-consuming data mappings.

GT Nexus
(Oakland, CA)

Leverage existing supply networks that let you quickly connect with "pre-enabled" suppliers to improve your supply chain visibility.

INTTRA
(Parsippany, NJ)

This multi-carrier e-commerce platform for the ocean shipping industry enables shippers, freight forwarders, 3PLs, brokers and importers to electronically plan, process and manage their shipments.

Real Time Freight
(Chicago, IL)

Real Time Freight solution connects all internal and external parties involved in the freight transportation process in a secure, real-time, closed-loop environment.

Wesupply
(Maidenhead, UK)

Consider consolidating on a single B2B platform that can automate the exchange of data with suppliers and provide greater supply chain visibility.

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