SDCE100 Project Award Winners Light a Path for Supply Chain Innovation

Supply & Demand Chain Executive's 2012 "100" award honorees drive improvements and bottom-line value across their supply chains


Enabler: Aspen Logistics Inc.
(Temecula, Calif.,
Customer: United National Consumer Suppliers
The Project: Customer required a logistics partner that enabled them to purchase, warehouse, and ship their products into new online markets.


Enabler: Avendra
Customer: TMI Hospitality
The Project: product optimization studies/reporting


Avercast LLCEnabler: Avercast LLC
(Rexburg, Idaho,
Customer: Supply Technologies
The Project: After 15 years of forecast creation from an ERP system, the company sought a pure forecast and demand planning platform.
Solutions/Services: Avercast Business Forecasting; Avercast Supply Planning
Business Impact: Within the first week of its launch, Avercast identified anomalies in Supply Technologies systems’ output based on settings that were adding noise to an already unreliable forecast. As the Avercast software self-selected among its 187 replenishment algorithms which best fit each of Supply Technologies’ nearly 100,000 active SKUs, the company reduced its inventory by $6 million, six months into the deployment. In addition, uploading large marketing intelligence data sets from numerous customers into the system has become greatly simplified.


Basware Inc.Enabler: Basware Inc.
(Stamford, Conn.,
Customer: Global leader in power and automation technologies
The Project: Objective was to automate invoice processing to establish a globally unified accounts payable process, improve productivity and gain visibility
Solutions/Services: Basware Invoice Automation (including Basware Invoice and Basware Match)
Business Impact: Basware enabled the company to unify financial processes, centralize AP information and perform consistent KPI reporting for the first time—speeding up month-end reporting. The customer gained visibility and control, increased payment accuracy, improved cost allocation and reduced risk of outgoing payments. The company now can collaborate with all of its suppliers and ensure consistency across each business unit around the world.


Enabler: Cadec Global Inc.
(Manchester, N.H.,
Customer: Willow Run Foods
The Project: Implement electronic logs to eliminate paper in truck cabs, reduce time spent auditing paper logs and have better visibility into fleet operations.


Cadre Technologies Inc.Enabler: Cadre Technologies Inc.
Customer: 3rd Party Logistics and Transportation
The Project: To provide inventory visibility and more effectively manage food-grade products to meet FDA requirements and retail compliance.
Solutions/Services: Microsoft Platform (.NET, SQL Server), Hosted solution, real-time WMS with RF, remote Web-access for inventory reporting and remote operations.
Business Impact: In the first 12 months of operation since implementation, business increased by more than 40 percent and the company expanded from a single facility to three warehouses. Also significantly increased volume of business in existing accounts and closed new accounts that company previously was not qualified to handle.


Enabler: Cadent Resources Inc.
(Arlington Heights, Ill.,
Customer: Manufacturer of electronic components
The Project: Reduce overall inventory investment across locations and improve planning process of overseas sub-contract manufacturing entity.


Enabler: Campfire Interactive Inc.
(Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Customer: DOW Automotive
The Project: Campfire provided DOW with an enterprise-level Revenue acquisition management system for sales opportunity management, revenue forecasting and decision support.


Enabler: Censeo Consulting Group
(Washington, D.C.,
Customer: U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC)
The Project: With reduced budgets, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) aimed to cut operating costs by $50 million per year while still achieving mission needs.


Enabler: Core Solutions
(Hong Kong,
Customer: Praktiker
The Project: Praktiker Group Buying Hong Kong required an automated solution to centrally manage and integrate their end-to-end global sourcing processes.


Enabler: Corporate United
Customer: $7.2 billion global manufacturing company
The Project: safety supplies contract implementation


Enabler: CVM Solutions
Customer: Construction services provider
The Project: supplier management process efficiency


Enabler: Deacom Inc.
(Wayne, Pa.,
Customer: Independent Beverage Company LLC
The Project: Independent Beverage implemented the DEACOM ERP system to integrate production, warehouse management and administrative functions into one comprehensive system.


Enabler: Demand Solutions
(St. Louis,
Customer: Lifetime Brands
The Project: This project looked to consolidate and integrate individual elements that existed in disconnected form from within multiple systems— SAP, demand solutions, Excel— in order to monitor the “health” of the supply chain and assign functional responsibility and accountability to improve performance such as inventory turns and customer order fill rate and visibility.
Solutions/Services: SAP/R3; SAP; Demand Solutions Forecast Management; Qlikview Business Intelligence
Business Impact: Forecasting improved by instituting accountability metrics at the salesperson level tied to their variable compensation. Forecast accuracy improved from about 50 to 72 percent accuracy. Divisional level S&OP meetings commenced as part of this project to focus on business process and result improvements at the divisional level. Additionally, corrective action investigations began about forecast inaccuracies so that the appropriate people/product/process changes can be made to continue to improve results. “The hard benefit was a $35,000,000 reduction in inventory and increased customer service levels. Soft benefits include changing the manner in which the ‘business’ of the supply chain is managed through greater visibility to overall results and greater collaboration in developing plans for business and process improvements.”—Clifford Siegal, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain


DiCentralEnabler: DiCentral
(Houston, TX.,
Customer: 5th & Ocean Clothing Company
The Project: EDI integration resulted in expansion


Enabler: DSSI LLC
(Louisville, Ky.,
Customer: Safran
The Project: To provide interim source-to-pay procurement services to a multinational company setting up a new U.S. manufacturing facility.


Enabler: eBuilder
(Stockholm, Sweden,
Customer: Alfa Laval
The Project: Alfa Laval wanted a control tower solution that could provide them with end-to-end visibility and control over their supply chain process.


Enabler: Elemica
(Exton, Pa.,
Customer: Top 50 global chemical manufacturer
The Project: Automating customer orders including all customers that lack formal B2B integration programs.


Enabler: e-LYNXX Corp.
(Chambersburg, Pa.,
Customer: International heavy equipment manufacturer
The Project: to reduce costs for custom goods and services, such as printing, without compromising quality or timely delivery.


Enabler: Emptoris Inc.
(Burlington, Mass.,
Customer: Anglo American
The Project: Centralize and transform global procurement organization to drive $1 billion in sustainable savings and improve visibility, compliance and risk mitigation.


Enabler: enVista
(Carmel, Ind.,
Customer: Top 60 retailer
The Project: To reduce inventory levels and increase inventory turns, improve customer satisfaction and reduce costs.


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