2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

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


Menlo Worldwide Logistics
San Mateo, CA/USA
www.menloworldwide.com
Large
1990
Fulfillment/Logistics

Menlo Worldwide Logistics said customer need projections indicated that the majority of new warehouse management business would be in the multi-client arena due to the increased need for real-time visibility, flexibility and reduced labor and asset costs. In order to meet this rising trend, the company developed a formal multi-client warehouse facility network modeled on the success of its flagship multi-client operation in Fremont, Calif., which began serving customers nearly two years ago. Through this formal offering, Menlo offers customers the opportunity to mitigate asset risk, providing a cost-effective bridge between single-warehouse solutions such as committing to a dedicated facility, utilizing public warehouse space or having to internalize the function.

With multi-client warehouse management solutions, customers of any size can outsource any level of warehousing, distribution and transportation management operations, leveraging shared resources from an IT platform and global network of strategically located facilities. Menlo's multi-client network warehouse management solution also offers customization, full warehouse management functionality and a Lean philosophy of waste elimination, continuous measurement and improvement.


Metastorm

Metastorm
Baltimore, MD/USA
www.metastorm.com
Medium
1996
Decision Support

Most organizations today realize the value of developing an enterprise strategy and goals, analyzing processes to identify areas of improvement, and creating process efficiency; however these efforts are usually siloed into different groups and may only exist in pockets of the organization. Metastorm says its software products are designed to help close the gaps and create a transparent, collaborative environment across even the largest supply-chain organizations so they can ensure understanding, optimize execution, enable agility, and empower resources to deliver on goals at many levels of the organization.


Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Corporation
Bellvue, WA/USA
www.Microsoft.com/RFID
Large
1980
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

RFID adoption has been slowed by cost, lack of value propositions, lack of trained resources and few applications that can take advantage of its unique value. Microsoft suggests that by introducing its BizTalk Server 2006 R2 into the RFID market, it is enabling companies with a consistent technology approach to RFID that can't be replicated by independent middleware vendors. Rather than a select group of skilled technicians trained on specific RFID middleware technologies, there now is a large community with skills ubiquitous to any IT organization ready to support the RFID infrastructure and blend it creatively with their mainstream technologies, the Redmond giant says.


Motorola, Inc.
Schaumburg, IL/ USA
www.symbol.com
Large
1930
Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM

Driving efficiencies throughout one's supply chain is more than a business mandate today; it's a matter of business survival. Motorola Inc. has targeted radio frequency identification (RFID) as a true next-generation technology, ready, available and being implemented today that is transforming how companies manage and extract more business value from their supply chain operations.

Motorola recently introduced the next phase in the evolution of RFID with the RD5000 Mobile RFID Reader. By adding mobility to Motorola's reader technology, companies can extend the reach of their RFID network throughout the enterprise environment. The device is cable-free, provides real-time wireless local area network (LAN) connectivity and has motion-smart features that work together to help conserve battery power. The completely self-contained device offers an integrated battery and antenna as well as a very small footprint for easy installation and deployment. From the warehouse and loading dock to the retail floor and more, the RD5000 increases the level of visibility of inventory and other assets.


Nexiant
Irvine, California/USA
www.nexiant.com
Small
1999
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

Typically, indirect materials are managed at the plant level with manual processes, and consumption data is not integrated with other supply chain management systems. Many companies lose control of materials once they arrive at their destination, and the challenge, Nexiant said, is that they don't have a disbursement strategy to control these materials down to the end user. According to Nexiant, the "next wave" of supply chain innovation will need to include specific technology and services to control the issue side of the item transaction on the production floor, to automate the last 100 feet of the MRO supply chain and to free up labor to value added activities.

In light of these challenges, Nexiant's MRO inventory management technology and services are designed to automate and streamline the last 100 feet of the supply chain to improve efficiencies, increase productivity around resources and assets, enforce business rules and drive standardization across an enterprise. This includes the company's point-of-use inventory control equipment.

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