2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

100 ways to innovate your supply chain with the providers of next-wave supply chain services and solutions



Intesource, Inc.
Phoenix, AZ
www.intesource.com
Small
1999
Sourcing

Citing the critical issue of profit pressure, Intesource Inc. provides tools and services to help companies protect and bolster net profits by focusing on the cost of goods and services. To date, Intesource has averaged over 18 percent savings and delivered a substantial and immediate ROI. The company's solutions (consisting of e-Sourcing Tools, Contract Management, Spend Management, and supporting Services) are designed to compliment clients' current supply chain initiatives and drive increased efficiency, improved margins, cost avoidance and superior value.


INTTRA

INTTRA
Parsippany, NJ/USA
www.INTTRA.com
Private
2000
Fulfillment/Logistics, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP

The United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) estimates that 90 percent of the world's trade is transported in cargo containers. The international trade industry relies on containerized freight to move shipments across the supply chain. With a considerable number of shippers utilizing containers, next-wave innovations are required for supply chain sustainability, asserts INTTRA. In order to maintain global trade flow, the shipping industry demands tools to boost effective communication, accurate documentation and transparency throughout the trade process, says the solution provider, which operates a multi-carrier e-commerce platform for the ocean shipping industry.

A carrier consortium, consisting of six major ocean liners, evaluated the container shipping process in order to initiate innovations across the supply chain. INTTRA's e-commerce platform is the fruit of their investigation.

INTTRA says its solutions assist shippers by streamlining the shipping documentation process and improving visibility. Inefficient communication and data integrity are the most common detriments during the documentation process. In the past, shippers had to complete shipping forms then fax them to carriers, where the information would be re-entered into the carrier's system. Not only could information sent via fax become lost in translation, but the speed of e-commerce also made it evident that the facsimile process was a fossil waiting to be buried.

Now INTTRA says it has eliminated the need for outdated data input by connecting shippers with carriers through e-commerce, simplifying the documentation process by providing the ability to save instruction templates for reuse, one-time data entry for multiple containers carrying identical goods and the ability to easily import data from internal spreadsheets to the INTTRA platform. Visibility is maintained by logging on to the INTTRA portal. For each container shipped, the platform alerts clients to the status of their shipment, including date of receipt, vessel loaded, departed and arrived. Search capabilities enable users to search shipments by booking, container or reference number, carrier and date range.

The global supply chain is constantly evolving. Industry leaders must be proactive by tracking the trends that will push supply chain transformation. To be successful in the global market, shippers in Mumbai must have the clarity to connect with containers in Maine. INTTRA says it enables this clarity by driving the next-wave innovations that provide oceanic shippers with access to the connective capabilities required for a visible, efficient and secure supply chain.


JDA Software

JDA Software
Scottsdale, AZ/USA
www.jda.com
Medium
1978
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

When it's time to overhaul your supply chain, don't forget to overhaul the technology that runs your supply chain. When one customer of JDA Software was looking to refurbish its supply chain in the late 1990s, the company also revamped its supply chain technology platform, replacing in-house systems with modern forecast planning and transportation management applications. As a result, the company was able to boost customer service levels, improve forecast and production planning, and increase supply chain visibility.

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