Enabler: Acorn Systems Inc. (Houston, www.acornsys.com)
Customer: Fortune 500 wholesale distributor
Project: The objective of the project was toprovide client with accurate customer, supplier and item profitability insights to drive better business decisions and higher profitability.
Solutions/Services: Acorn’s Performance Analyzer
Business Impact: The Acorn solution provided the client with a detailed and comprehensive way to analyze and model their business for future growth and profitability. A total annual savings of $7.7M was identified, through vendor negotiations ($3.5M), customer profitability actions ($1.4M) and facility productivity ($2.8M). Implementation of improvements would net the client more than $1M in annual profit.
Enabler: Amber Road Inc. (East Rutherford, N.J., www.amberroad.com)
Customer: Sandvik Aktiebolag
Project: Sandvik is a Stockholm, Sweden-based high-technology engineering group that develops and supplies a wide range of tools, equipment and services in five business areas. The challenges are intensified for divisions in regulated fields with fast-changing restrictions and requirements.
Solutions/Services: Amber Road’s Export On-Demand solution
Business Impact: The first two business areas to implement Amber Road’s solution mitigated their trading risk on a global scale and reduced the time spent on export compliance. With improved visibility into worldwide trade taxation, the group expects to reduce costs through better use of free trade agreements and import duty differentials.
Enabler: Aravo Solutions Inc. (San Francisco, www.aravo.com)
Customer: Global 50 manufacturing and services firm
Project: To create a single global repository for accurate supplier information to reduce proliferation of records, provide clear spend visibility, reduce costs and track compliance data, certifications and contracts to mitigate supply chain risk.
Solutions/Services: Aravo Supplier Information Management (SIM)
Business Impact: “Aravo SIM provides us with a globally accessible application for the management of critical information around our supply base and allows us to syndicate the information to our various purchasing, payables and other systems so that we can have one coordinated view of all supplier activity and commitments.”— Manager Corporate Initiatives Group Global Procurement.
Enabler: Avercast LLC (Rexburg, Idaho, www.avercast.com)
Customer: Navico Inc.
Project: To consolidate and analyze sales forecasts and inventory requirements collaboratively
Solutions/Services: Avercast Business Forecasting, Avercast Supply Planning, Avercast Sales Forecasting
Business Impact: “Avercast has given us the ability to forecast at multiple levels of our product and/or customer hierarchy. This flexibility greatly facilitates our forecasting process. The querying ability in SQL Server allows us to create custom reports and metrics to support the beginning of our Sales, Operations & Inventory Planning process.”—Tim Rohr, Demand Forecast Manager.
Enabler: Basware Inc. (Espoo, Finland, www.basware.com)
Customer: Leading pharmacy and healthcare provider
Project: A United Kingdom-based community pharmacy operator with more than 1,700 locations needed to improve AP department efficiency to address a projected increase in the volume of invoices without adding resources.
Solutions/Services: Basware Invoice Automation, Basware e-Invoicing solutions, Basware Supplier Activation Services, Basware Supplier Portal
Business Impact: Costs have been cut and invoice processing efficiency increased. AP productivity also increased by 40 percent without additional headcount; and the average employee processes 129,000 invoices per year.
Enabler: BizSlate Inc. (New York, N.Y., www.bizslate.com)
Customer: Miz Mooz
Project: Miz Mooz, a small footwear distribution business, faced a common problem: a lack of available ERP solutions for the small distribution industry.
Solutions/Services: BizSlate ERP
Business Impact: Miz Mooz successfully added 300 new pairs of shoes into BizSlate in less than four minutes as opposed to four days previously. Additionally, by using BizSlate ERP on iPads and laptops, Mix Mooz can view inventory in real time and take orders from customers without the need to synchronize disparate systems.
Enabler: Blue Ridge Inventory Group LLC (Marietta, Ga., www.blueridgeinventory.com)
Project: Swedish retailer/wholesaler Procurator worked with Blue Ridge to improve in-stock performance; reduce inventory levels; and revamp the purchasing process by implementing a demand forecasting, replenishment and analytics system.
Solutions/Services: Blue Ridge Demand Forecasting and Replenishment; Blue Ridge Supply Chain Analytics
Business Impact: In the first eight months after implementation of Blue Ridge supply chain solutions, Procurator increased service levels to 94 percent and reduced the stock levels from 127M Swedish Kronor (19.3M USD) to 100M SEK. They have since improved those results to 97 percent service level achievement; reduced inventory by 25 percent; and increased turns to 6.5.
Enabler: CargoSmart Ltd. (Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, www.cargosmart.com)
Customer: Fortune 500 retailer
Project: To manage sailing schedules, bookings, shipping instructions and visibility through one location
Solutions/Services: CargoSmart’s transportation management solutions
Business Impact: Customer streamlined its inefficient export processes and consolidated multiple data streams onto a single platform. It experienced immediate results garnered with their export operations offices managing their shipments more efficiently through the supply
Enabler: Celsis International (Chicago, www.celsis.com/rapid)
Customer: CoValence Laboratories
Project: Shorten the wait for micro-results from third-party lab’s use of traditional test methods.
Solutions/Services: Celsis Rapid Detection system (instrument, software, reagents, support)
Business Impact: CoValence reduced the quarantine wait time on finished goods from six days to two days without sacrificing quality or safety to allow faster shipping and earlier invoicing.
Enabler: Choice Logistics (New York, N.Y., www.choicelogistics.com)
Customer: VITAL Network Services Inc.
Project: Design and implement a support solution for a global foodservice retailer with more than 14,000 U.S. locations.
Solutions/Services: Installed configuration stations and high-speed communication lines in more than 20 strategic stocking locations (SSLs) to customize replacement gateway devices prior to shipment.
Business Impact: Reduced time required to deliver and install a replacement device from two-day or next business day replacement to four-, eight- or 24-hour replacement, seven days a week.
Enabler: Demand Solutions (St. Louis, www.demandsolutions.com)
Customer: Global CPG company
Project: Supply chain planning software; to help client develop a repeatable and scalable forecasting process by replacing Excel-based process and introduce a statistical one to manage large and growing SKU counts.
Solutions/Services: Demand Solutions Forecast Management, Demand Solutions Pipeline, Demand Solutions View
Business Impact: Tangible improvements included a 20 percent service level increase; and a 15 percent increase in forecast accuracy for in-season products.
Enabler: DiCentral (Houston, www.dicentral.com)
Customer: Neiman Marcus
Project: The Neiman Marcus Group needed to optimize the omni-channel supply chain across all the company’s divisions. They also wanted to use current technology, including mobile platforms, to modernize the brands and provide better customer service.
Solutions/Services: A testing and certification process for Neiman Marcus vendors and a UPC catalog for all divisions.
Business Impact: A sales lift, a spike in online sales; the ability to manage order cancellations much more effectively; and improved customer service by giving customers a seamless shopping experience through product visibility across all five divisions.