2008 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

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


CombineNet Inc.

CombineNet, Inc.
Pittsburgh, PA/USA
www.combinenet.com
Small
2000
Sourcing

CombineNet said its customers often talk about their goals for achieving the "next level" of cost savings and supply chain efficiency. They are reaching these goals by embracing such next wave e-sourcing technologies as Advanced Sourcing Technology.

CombineNet is a pioneer in the use of combinatorial optimization in e-sourcing. The analytical capabilities provided by combinatorial optimization are what enable Advanced Sourcing, which is the ability to model all the dimensions of a sourcing problem so that buyers can evaluate the cost impact of sourcing decisions to understand the total cost of ownership (TCO).

Rather than just focusing on reducing item costs through larger and more competitive sourcing events, CombineNet customers are also using Expressive Bidding to generate new product ideas and innovations from their supply base. They are asking their suppliers to help reduce costs through efficiency improvements, rather than margin reductions. And they are able to understand the cost impact of their business strategies, operational constraints, and the preferences of individual stakeholders to make optimal sourcing decisions based on the TCO of various "what if?" award scenarios.


Core Solutions
Scotch Plains, NJ/USA
www.coresolutions.com
Small
1995
Sourcing, Procurement, Payment, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP

Offering a global supplier portal to consolidate communication relating to product development, RFQ, order, work-in-progress, quality inspection, shipment, invoice and payment, Core Solutions automatically organizes all communication in a structured manner, files it and enables data reuse to help ensure error-free supply chain information.


DEX (Data Exchange Corporation)

DEX (Data Exchange Corporation)
Camarillo, CA/USA
www.dex.com
Medium
1980
Order/Demand Capture, Sourcing, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, CRM, PLM, Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support

Data Exchange Corporation's (DEX's) clients are facing an ever-increasing number of supply chain challenges to remain competitive in today's global marketplace. Of paramount importance is the instantaneous and transparent visibility to their supply chain networks. Supply chain visibility to the serial number level will be of utmost importance to organizations moving into the next evolution of supply chain management. As product lines become highly dynamic and customizable to the unit level, safety and trade regulations become more stringent, and customer after-sales service expectations increase, serial number level tracking throughout the entire supply chain will be required to remain nimble and responsive to customer demands.

DEX's technology solutions streamline and simplify this process to allow clients to make the right decision at the right time.


Datria

Datria
Greenwood Village, CO/USA
www.datria.com
Private
1997
Fulfillment/Logistics

Speech-enabled item selection, also known as "voice picking," is being selected by many companies as it has shown to increase order accuracy, warehouse productivity and safety while reducing user training. Its downside, however, has been the lack of choice beyond custom and proprietary point solutions, with their lack of flexibility and higher total cost of ownership (TCO).

The Datria innovation uses VoIP, which is a paradigm shift in how speech recognition is used in the warehouse setting. Conventionally, companies that deploy a voice picking application in the warehouse would have to buy proprietary devices (i.e. a Windows CE device) with the speech recognition happening directly on that device. This is called a "speaker dependent" solution, meaning the application resides locally on the device and has a longer learning curve. Thus, the software is "dependent" on the speaker's voice.

With Datria's network-centric solution, the speech recognition software resides on the server and is accessed via a VoIP call, over a WiFi network in the warehouse, and is "speaker independent." The recognition is done on the server and not the device, allowing for a much larger grammar-set of available words to be available. These characteristics combine to increase picker accuracy.


Decideware

Decideware
San Francisco, CA/USA
www.decideware.com
Private
1999
Procurement

Leverage scorecard technology that helps you predict future supplier performance and identify gaps between business objectives and predicted future performance. Decideware, for instance, says its solutions track hard and soft measures of business relationships and performance, combining qualitative and quantitative information, and encouraging collaboration through shared goals and joint strategies. By enabling more informed supplier development programs, procurement executives are better armed to manage high-value, complex strategic supplier relationships.


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