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: Plan4Demand
(Pittsburgh, www.plan4demand.com)
Customer: Crown Imports
The Project: To revamp the Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) process to gain visibility into long-term financial and operational plans and forecast more accurately.

 

Enabler: Prime Advantage
(Chicago, www.primeadvantage.com)
Customer: Berner Food & Beverage
The Project: A private label food/beverage manufacturer had to quickly identify a new plastic wrap supplier in order to avoid regular, unplanned shut-downs of its production line.

 

Enabler: Puridiom
(Mechanicsburg, Pa., www.puridiom.com)
Customer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
The Project: Transform purchasing, vendor management and accounts payable functions through the implementation of an end-to-end procure-to-pay system.
Solutions/Services: Puridiom 4.0 enterprise procurement cloud platform
Business Impact: BCBSRI improved overall performance, increased budget compliance, enforced process compliance, reduced maverick spending, increased spend under management and visibility and focused resources on high value and strategic activities. In addition, within the first three months, BCBSRI significantly improved overall performance by elimination of cumbersome, time-consuming and inefficient paperwork; increased budget compliance; enforced corporate purchasing policies and process compliance (i.e., no PO, no pay). Consolidation of supplier base and the strengthening of supplier relationships are the remaining goals as BCBSRI continues the rollout. “With Puridiom, we increased the amount of online interaction with suppliers and continued to reduce our manual, paper-based transaction costs as well as take advantage of payment term rebates. With the spend visibility Puridiom provides, we can also better target who are key strategic suppliers and place them in our Key Supplier Program, which also drives cost improvement year after year.”—Dan Warn, Chief Procurement Officer, BCBSRI

 

Enabler: Rapid Ratings
Customer: Fortune 1000 global supplier of equipment and aftermarket parts and services
The Project: risk solution implementation

 

Enabler: Ryder System Inc.
(Miami, www.ryder.com)
Customer: Global consumer electronics company
The Project: global consumer electronics company required a logistics partner to help manage returned products while striving to meet its zero-landfill goals.

 

Enabler: SAP
(Walldorf, Germany, www.sap.com)
Customer: Global food provider
The Project: The customer's objectives were to reduce supplier and operation costs, simplify and globally standardize indirect purchasing processes, fuel top-line growth initiatives; and fully integrate with other SAP Business Suite applications.
Solutions/Services: SAP SRM
Business Impact: By leveraging SAP SRM, the customer was able to drive process standardization, full spend visibility and system-enabled compliance, allowing them to achieve significant savings across multiple indirect categories. Through the usage of SAP SRM, the customer achieved double-digit savings in some categories; high percentage of transactions on catalogs, driving an online shopping experience for users and compliance to negotiated contracts; significant efficiencies in capturing purchasing data for sourcing (from more than six weeks to real time); and savings generated from initial deployments to fund subsequent rollouts for the company.

 

Enabler: SciQuest Inc.
(Cary, N.C., www.sciquest.com)
Customer: Utah State University
The Project: The university wanted to create a more user-friendly purchasing system to enable staff and personnel to review products and catalogs online, submit orders electronically and track purchases.

 

Enabler: 4SIGHT Supply Chain Solutions
(Paramus, N.J., www.go4sight.com)
Customer: Top 100 retailer
The Project: Top 50 supermarket company brought in 4SIGHT to plan and execute the successful implementation of Warehouse Management & WorkForce Management.

 

Enabler: Silvon Software
(Westmont, Ill., www.silvon.com)
Customer: A global producer of dairy products
The Project: To provide better supply chain visibility and forecasting capabilities to a leading dairy products producer and distributor with $300 million in gross annual sales.

 

Enabler: Skinit Inc.
Customer: consumer electronics provider
The Project: integrated customization supply chain

 

Enabler: Smart Software Inc.
(Belmont, Mass., www.smartcorp.com)
Customer: Montreal Transit
The Project: Optimize new and spare parts inventories and better manage availability and parts distribution in the company’s network.

 

Enabler: SolveIT Software Pty Ltd.
(Adelaide SA, Australia, www.solveitsoftware.com)
Customer: Global wine production-distribution company
The Project: The planning & scheduling activities at the winery were previously managed manually, which limited forward-looking visibility and opportunities for cost- or environment-optimized decision making.

 

Source One Management Services LLCEnabler: Source One Management Services LLC
(Willow Grove, Pa., www.sourceoneinc.com)
Customer: An academic medical center comprised of a university, hospital and health network.
The Project: Implement supply chain transformation program to sustain profitability as medical providers struggle with negative revenue impacts from the Healthcare Act.
Solutions/Services: Spend Analysis, Strategic Sourcing, Business Process Outsourcing, Electronic Sourcing tools (www.WhyAbe.com)
Business Impact: Source One’s strategic sourcing practices in addition to collaboration with the existing GPO broadened the scope of cost-reduction opportunities which allowed the medical center to achieve significant savings. This success was largely due to the strong teaming effort between Source One and the hospital’s executive committee, with strong buy-in and support from the stakeholders. As a direct result of Source One’s efforts, their client was able to maintain profitability and avoid layoffs of medical staff.

 

Enabler: Spend Radar
(Chicago, www.spendradar.com)
Customer: Fortune 1000 engineering and construction company
The Project: The goal of the project was to understand the impact of supplier performance on missed customer project deadlines.

 

Enabler: SPS Commerce
(Minneapolis, www.spscommerce.com)
Customer: Nuo Tech
The Project: Receiving drop-ship orders and sending invoices electronically with retail customers in a hands- free, cloud environment.

 

Enabler: Stamps.com Inc.
(Los Angeles, www.stamps.com)
Customer: Stamps.com
The Project: To provide mailing/shipping solution that allows supply chain organizations the ability to manage postage spending for multiple offices from one centralized location.

 

Enabler: SYSPRO
(Costa Mesa, Calif., www.syspro.com)
Customer: Samuel Strapping Systems
The Project: Lean manufacturing operations, reduce inventory levels and fully meet customer demands despite demand fluctuation.
Solutions/Services: Samuel Strapping utilized SYSPRO ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) to reduce inventories by $2 million while still meeting customer demand. In addition, Samuel Strapping employed SYSPRO ERP and its fully integrated Preactor Advanced Planning and Scheduling System (APS) to adopt “green” practices.
Business Impact: Samuel Strapping utilized SYSPRO ERP to reduce inventories by $2 million while still meeting customer demand. In addition, Samuel Strapping  employed SYSPRO ERP and its fully integrated Preactor Advanced Planning and Scheduling System (APS) to adopt “green” practices. By targeting an inventory-level steady around the mean and adjusting production levels, a process Samuel Strapping calls ‘inventory modulation,’ the company maintains steady inventory levels while maintaining delivery schedules. SYSPRO MRP also facilitates “lean” manufacturing at the Samuel Strapping steel plant via SYSPRO forecasting and the Advanced Planning and Scheduling system. The latter runs the forecasting figures through a model of the plant based on capacity constraints and inventory target levels, creating a demand scenario, which is then utilized by the Material Resource Planning (MRP) system. SYSPRO not only facilitates lean production, but also green practices. Data is accumulated on PCs on the shop floor and fed directly into SYSPRO ERP, eliminating all paper on the shop floor. All test results are entered electronically on the shop floor, feeding the quality specs and steel characteristics via bar codes directly into SYSPRO -- eliminating the tons of paper that would be employed to accumulate specs. “We used to create a paper trail at our plants. Now, using bar coding, we no long have paper following each job—it’s all electronic. The data is accumulated on PCs on the shop floor and fed directly into SYSPRO ERP, eliminating all paper on the shop floor. We also input all test results electronically on the shop floor, feeding the quality specs and steel characteristics via bar codes directly into the SYSPRO UniPoint quality system. We’ve eliminated the tons of paper that would follow every single one of our master coils accumulating the specs.”— Patrick Hoffmann, Director of Inventory and Operational Analysis, Samuel Strapping Systems

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