2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

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



ADR North America LLC
Ann Arbor, MI/USA
www.adrna.com
Small
1986
Sourcing, Procurement, Decision Support

Got skills? Are you sure? ADR offers its Development Needs Analysis (DNA) service to help clients determine their staff development needs. In addition, its Relationship Needs Analysis (RNA) service aims to help clients develop high performance, value-adding relationships with key suppliers through a "current state analysis" that enables prioritization of improvement activities. RNA also serves as a "trust index" to assure that buyers and suppliers are both prepared for the collaborations and innovation needs of the future.


Agistix, Inc.
Redwood City, CA/USA
www.agistix.com
Small
2003
Fulfillment/Logistics

Given the constant motion in global logistics and the complexity associated with a flat world, the primary supply chain challenge facing Agistix's customers is global visibility, the solution provider says. Supply chain managers, working in an ever more globalized, "I want it now" world, must focus on increasing visibility into companywide supply chain expenses so that they can see where their money is going and adopt lasting improvements. Because the typical company's supply chain covers multiple countries, carriers and modes of transportation, Agistix believes that this task requires a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, taking feeds from multiple disparate systems to create a central repository of all a company's supply chain costs that can be updated in real time and then leveraged to create enforceable, and verifiable, company-wide policies against which shipping decisions can be executed.


Amphire

Amphire
Redwood City, CA/USA
www.amphire.com
Small
1999
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

The foodservice supply chain is notorious for its challenges, from rising food and fuel costs, to natural disasters that exacerbate demand on crops, as well as a highly fragmented industry. Amphire has created a global software-as-a-service platform that addresses the entire foodservice supply chain by connecting manufacturers, operators and distributors together in any market and in any country. The full suite of Amphire services is Internet based and modular in design; customers are able to create unique solutions based upon their specific needs.

And while the food industry traditionally has not been quick to adopt technology offerings, Amphire said it has designed its solutions specifically to be user-friendly and intuitive, including a training program with quick reference sheets and manuals to ensure that customers get up to speed quickly.


Apriso Corporation
Long Beach, CA/USA
www.apriso.com
Private
1992
Fulfillment/Logistics

With economic conditions putting pressure on margins, manufacturers might consider deploying a "manufacturing operations management platform" that integrates manufacturing operations with supply chain visibility, capable of performance across distributed geographies, cultures and time zones. Apriso Corporation believes that the market has now embraced the need for improved business intelligence and responsive systems offering real-time visibility, thereby improving adaptability and responsiveness to market changes. "The next wave of innovation is primarily focused around information management and availability; data is king, and faster is best," the solution provider says. "With visibility to supplier production, quality and logistics processes, sustainable competitive advantage can be achieved by simply 'outmaneuvering' your competitors." Apriso's FlexNet solution is intended to provide such a platform for manufacturing operations management.


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