When the readers of Supply & Demand Chain Executive consistently say in surveys and face-to-face interviews that they use both the print magazine and SDCExec.com to learn about new solutions and best practices for enabling the supply chain, to understand trends in supply chain technology, and to benchmark their own companies' enablement initiatives with those of other enterprises across industry verticals, the editorial staff listens.
For this reason, the criteria for this year's "100" feature focus on the end users of supply chain technology to learn how enterprises are working with top solution providers to enable their supply and demand chains.
Based on submissions to the "100" from end users and solution providers, the judging committee for the "100" identified a list of the top supply and demand chain initiatives at small, midsize and large companies in a variety of industry sectors, highlighting the pain point(s) addressed by the initiatives (The Challenge), the technologies and services used to address those pain points (The Solution), the results of the initiatives (Return on Investment, or ROI), and plans for taking the project forward (Next Steps).
Supply & Demand Chain Executive's goal with this year's "100" was to highlight a broad range of applications of technology and services to the challenges of supply chain improvement and transformation. The judging committee particularly sought innovative solutions that represent supply chain challenges at a variety of different types of companies.
How best can readers use the 2005 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 as a resource for enabling their own company's supply and demand chain for competitive advantage? We suggest reviewing the information included in this article (please see the downloadable PDF below, or the text following this intro) to determine which solution providers can help enable those specific areas of the supply chain that are current priorities at your enterprise, as well as consulting the additional online information including the Global Enabled Supply and Demand Chain Directory of solution providers and our Best Practices Forum in order to assemble a list of appropriate enablers. The rest, of course, is up to you, but we hope you will find this year's "100" an educational place to start.
The following companies, highlighted by their innovative supply chain implementations, were selected to be the 2005 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100.
AcquireX (Long Beach, CA). Customer: Top 30 U.S. bank holding company (South U.S.). Area(s) of Enablement: Order/Demand Capture, Procurement, Decision Support. Comments: Replaced paper-based processes, 10-week deployment.
Adonix (Pittsburgh, PA). Customer: Russell Sigler Inc. (Phoenix, AZ). Area(s) of Enablement: Order/Demand Capture, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Payment, Customer Relationship Management, Decision Support. Comments: Wide-scale deployment completed on aggressive schedule.
ADR North America LLC (Ann Arbor,MI). Customer: Creativity Inc. (West U.S.). Area(s) of Enablement: Order/Demand Capture, Fulfillment/Logistics, Supply Chain Integration & Technology Infrastructure/ERP. Comments: Supply chain transformation in response to accelerating market.
AFMS Logistics Management Group (Portland, OR). Customer: Multi-national automobile manufacturer. Area(s) of Enablement: Fulfillment/Logistics. Comments: Significant savings on ground, air and international contracts.
Agile Software (San Jose, CA). Customer: Lucent Technologies (Murray Hill, NJ). Area(s) of Enablement: Product Lifecycle Management. Comments: Built virtual manufacturing/supply network model.
AIM Computer Solutions, Inc. (Fraser, MI). Customer: The Grant Group (Fraser and Clinton Township, MI). Area(s) of Enablement: Order/Demand Capture, Procurement, Fulfillment/Logistics, Customer Relationship Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Supply Chain Integration & Technology Infrastructure/ERP, Decision Support. Comments: 30% growth in business without need to hire additional staff.