SCM for Merck & Co.

Pharmaceutical giant taps J.D. Edwards' supply chain management, Brandywine handles the implementation

Mason, OH — April 11, 2003 — Brandywine Computer Group, a Zanett Commonwealth company, announced today that it has implemented J.D. Edwards' Supply Chain Management (SCM) solutions for Merck & Co., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the United States.

Merck has operations in multiple locations including manufacturing and distribution facilities across North America. According to the pharmaceutical company, they chose the J.D. Edwards' SCM application to enhance distribution performance and provide near real-time inventory visibility, shortened replenishment cycles and improved transportation optimization.

"Merck has realized a dramatic improvement in supply chain visibility, allowing us to better anticipate future potential problems in the supply chain," said Joe Porter, director of Distribution Services for Merck. "Production and distribution planning and vehicle loading strategies have also provided Merck with multiple deployment plans per day, each optimized based on storage and transportation constraints, that seamlessly integrate into Merck's picking and truck-loading process."

The SCM applications, specifically Production and Distribution Planning (PDP) and Vehicle Loading (VL), are being used to give the pharmaceutical supplier the right product at the right place and time, while also adhering to the constraints of its manufacturing, inventory and logistic business model.

Merck took ownership of the solution prior to going live, due to knowledge transfer occurring during the implementation and not after its completion. The company also noted that the engagement was completed on time and under budget.

Jerry Docchio, senior manager of Distribution and Logistics at Merck added, "Brandywine's familiarity with this product, as well as their responsiveness, has been stellar. I can honestly say that working with Brandywine has been both a bonus and an insurance policy. They are fun to work with and have simultaneously helped both our technical people as well as our business process efforts."