Supply Chain Integration Down Under

Fuji Xerox Australia targets improved forecasting, stock utilization across Asia-Pacific

Sydney, Australia  November 19, 2002  Fuji Xerox Australia has tapped Geac Enterprise Solutions to provide supply chain integration services in a bid to improve forecasting and stock utilization and to standardize processes across the Asia-Pacific region.

Holding over 50 percent market share in the digital and color printing markets, Fuji Xerox Australia markets a range of hardware and software to a range of industries Down Under.

A team of Geac consultants will integrate Fuji Xerox's Sydney-based operations, where there is a distribution hub supported by Geac System21, with the Oracle-based supply chain management system used by the parent company in Singapore. In Sydney 900 users have access to System21 enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which is used for managing its distribution, manufacturing and service management operations.

The integration project is scheduled to go live in the first quarter of 2003.

Fuji Xerox is counting on the project, valued at about $673,000, to provide full visibility of stock held in the company's multiple operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

"The supply chain integration project will effectively provide us with an Asia-Pacific view of our business, instead of trying to balance local demand and supply," said Rohan Higgins, Australia and New Zealand hub project manager for Fuji Xerox Australia. "Having access to a larger supply chain, by linking systems together, will vastly enhance stock visibility. This in turn will enable stock movement planning between hubs rather than ad-hoc ordering."

Higgins added that by early next year the company expects to have in place a fully automated system that will eliminate non value-added components and tasks, improve asset management and process productivity.

Geac Enterprise Solutions is a division of Geac Computer Corp.