2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

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


Quadrem International

Quadrem International
Dallas, TX/USA and Amsterdam, The Netherlands
www.quadrem.com
Medium
2000
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

As Quadrem sees it, the major challenge facing global companies today is the need for reliability in their worldwide supply chains during uncertain economic conditions. This constant need for dependability will grow as these large companies expand in both developed and developing countries. In emerging markets, sourcing and transaction challenges are greater, as are procurement of quality products and services delivered on time and according to specifications.

Quadrem International tackles this challenge with a network that connects some 1,100 buyer locations with 60,000 suppliers throughout the world, enabling global buyers to source, transact and procure products and services in emerging markets as well as in developed countries where the buyers are growing. Quadrem simplifies electronic access via modems so that small vendors in emerging markets who are new to computers and must function in narrow bandwidth environments can access the front end of major ERP systems, then communicate with the buyer's operations. The solution provider also helps buyers by using a Web environment to qualify suppliers based on standards set by the buyers, then onboarding selected suppliers into the network.

Rearden Commerce
Foster City, CA/USA
www.reardencommerce.com
Private
2000
Procurement

One of the biggest challenges procurement executives continue to face is gaining visibility and control over categories of services spend that have historically gone unmanaged. In an era of rising costs of goods, more strategically controlling services spends enables companies to make a positive impact on their bottom line. Rearden Commerce meets that need with its Rearden Personal Assistant, an online tool that helps users find and book a range of services based on company policies, their preferences and the location and context of what they're doing. The Assistant lets companies track spend across services while applying corporate policies and managing preferred supplier relationships. The results: savings for the company, plus happy employees.


RedPrairie

RedPrairie
Milwaukee, WI/USA
www.RedPrairie.com
Medium
1975
Fulfillment/Logistics

RedPrairie's E2e solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time. At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases. In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronize shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer. And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the "last yard" problem of the retail supply chain.


Retail Solutions

Retail Solutions
Sunnyvale, CA/USA
www.retailsolutions.com
Private
2003
Order/Demand Capture, Fulfillment/Logistics, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

Over the past 10 years in the consumer goods industry, supply chain divisions have invested in building extensive in-house supply chain capabilities. Concurrently, marketing and product development departments have invested in initiatives to better understand end-consumer behavior. However, the intersection of these two initiatives – at the point of sale in the retail store – largely remains a black box for manufacturers.

In order to capitalize on this next source of competitive advantage for its customers, Retail Solutions has focused on applying science to retailer data to help consumer goods companies collect and leverage the data retailers share. The company has developed proprietary algorithms that enable consumer goods companies to address the key opportunities to drive sales growth. This not only drives valuable actions for its clients, but also provides the basis for a more effective, productive dialog between trading partners as a single version of the truth and alert-based processes ensure retailers and manufacturers focus together on building a better business, down to every shelf in each store.


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