Vue Technology (Lake Forest, Calif.; Enables: Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP). Offers scalable, item-level RFID solutions for retailers and their supply chain partners. Enables a small number of RFID readers to network across thousands of antennas, increasing the number of zones a typical reader can support and eliminating many cost barriers associated with item-level RFID rollouts.
WhereNet Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.; Enables: Fulfillment/Logistics, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP). Through its active RFID Real-Time Locating System technology, WhereNet has connected mobile assets with the people and information systems charged with managing those assets on a minute-by-minute basis.
Xign Corp. (Pleasanton, Calif.; Enables: Payment). Automates the financial flows between buyers and suppliers on the back end of the supply chain. Xign's electronic settlement network manages working capital, helping buyers tap early payment discounts to reduce corporate spend while suppliers accelerate collections and reduce their days sales outstanding.
2006 SDCExec "Companies to Watch"
This year's "100" feature includes a supplemental list of "Companies to Watch" that includes solution providers implementing innovative projects to help their customers achieve new levels of supply chain performance. Among the many entries submitted for this year's "100" list, the "Companies to Watch" stood out for their ground-breaking work within their particular segments of the supply chain.
Acquirex (Long Beach, Calif.; Enables: Procurement, Payment) Developed innovative web service integration technology that allows customers to tightly integrate electronic purchasing to their existing technology infrastructure and MRP/ERP solutions
CDC Software (Atlanta, Ga.; Enables: Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Customer Relationship Management) Case study for Wise Foods shows the company reduced inventory while maintaining a 99.6 percent service-to-sales level;, cut labor costs by predicting needs more than 24 hours in advance, saving $600,000 annually; and decreased changeovers by 35 percent across packaging and processing lines.
EntComm Inc. (Los Angeles, Calif.; Enables: Order/Demand Management, Sourcing, Procurement; Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP Customers save over 4.5 percent of their supply chain costs within the first year by automating procurement, planning data and invoicing with over 90 percent of supplier base.
eWork Inc. San Francisco, Calif.; Enables: Procurement, Sourcing, Decision Support/Consulting) Provides vendor-neutral business process outsourcing strategies and solutions for the contracted workforce. Also integrates enterprise-class apps, outsourced managed services, and a consultant supplier network.
Global4PL SCM Consulting and Software (San Ramon, Calif.; Enables: Sourcing, Procurement, Decision Support/Consulting, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment) Global4PL is a consulting company and technology broker that helps small to large sized companies that do not have the time or the experience to negotiate confidently with their vendors.
Infravio (Cupertino, Calif.; Enable: Product Lifecycle Management, Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP) The creator of Service Delivery Contracts for enabling customization of Web Service/SOA style integrations. Users attribute it to a 95 percent reduction in the cost of integration and a 20-time improvement in integration speed.
InStream Financial (Huntington Woods, Mich.; Payment) Company's product developed to integrate with B2B networks as Web-based financing solution. Requires no contractual commitment from buyers, leverages many lenders to fund its transactions and purchases supplier receivables.
Intervolve Inc. (Raleigh, NC; Enables: Customer Relationship Management) Intervolve pioneered providing on demand supply chain software using web and mobile technologies for the beverage and overall consumer goods markets.
Liaison Technologies (Alpharetta, Ga.; Enables: Supply Chain Integration & Infrastructure/ERP) Liaison Technologies' offerings are delivered as managed services and are causing manufacturers to revaluate the competitive advantages that on-demand and managed services can bring to global businesses.