Archive for JDA

Controlling Robots, Easier Said than Done

The use of autonomous mobile robots in warehouses is set to explode. Their are very different viewpoints of the best way to optimally manage the combination of robots and humans.

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What Fleet Routing Solution is Right for My Company?

The idea that a supply chain solution should not be a “black box” solution – a solution that forces planners to blindly trust the output of the optimization engine – has been around for close to twenty years. In transportation, the need for this has been glaringly obvious because of all the parameters that can go into a “solve.”

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JDA’s Roadmap for Supply Chain Visibility

On Friday JDA Software announced that it received $570 million in additional equity funding. This made me think about their product roadmap. In particular, would this change their roadmap for supply chain visibility? I hope if anything it enhances it. Supply chain visibility has become hot, as multinationals again begin to explore supply chain control towers. For JDA, not unexpectedly, much of the initial roadmap for visibility has been focused on their transportation management system (TMS) solution because ensuring on time shipments […]

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Supply Chain Operating Networks are Finally Beginning to Emerge

The concept of a network of networks – a network that rides on top of other networks and leverages those other network’s data – has been in existence for a while. ARC prefers the term “supply chain operating network,” which we have been writing about since 2003. While the terms are in use, what has not been present is an actual working example of a supply chain operating network. That may be about to change. […]

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Are 3PLs Better Able to Leverage TMS Solutions than Shippers?

We have a new generation of transportation management systems (TMS) based upon more powerful in-memory technologies. What this has created are more advanced transportation simulation capabilities. The way this works is that a user would have dual instances of the TMS. They would have an operational TMS that continues to plan, manage, and execute transportation moves. They would also have a simulation/test environment that can take months of actual historical shipment data (forecast data can […]

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ERP vs. Best-of-Breed is History

Do you remember the old days when the hottest topic in supply chain software evaluations was whether it was smarter to go with the “good enough” applications from the major enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors or to go with the superior functionality of the best-of-breed vendors even though integration was a concern? IT argued that having a fully integrated approach and “one throat to choke” was more important than covering 100 percent of users’ needs. […]

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Achieving Better Fulfillment Planning & Execution

Supply chain professionals have said for years that integrated planning and execution is the Holy Grail for market responsiveness and operational efficiency. But often they think of this as integrating demand planning with supply chain execution. However, additional and more immediate benefits can be achieved by integrating transportation planning with warehouse management. This allows both systems to understand the constraints under which each function operates so that plans are not created that cannot be executed […]

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An Innovator’s Journey to a Segmented Supply Chain

Kehat Shahar, the Vice President of Supply Chain Planning at SanDisk, spoke on the journey that SanDisk has taken to improve their supply chain operations at the eft conference on June 18th in Chicago.  While most of the content for this article came from the speech at eft, some information came from the company’s 10-K, and some from an interview Mr. Shahar gave at a JDA conference that is posted on LinkedIn. SanDisk is a leader […]

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How Genco’s Labor Management Project Uncovered Extensive Opportunities

Last month I attended JDA Focus, the company’s annual user conference. My favorite presentation from the event was that by Tony Simmons, an Operations Analyst from Genco. The presentation discussed Genco’s application of JDA Warehouse Labor Management (JDA WLM) to manage and ultimately reengineer its business processes. I found it to be a great example of how perceptive individuals, when digging into a project, can yield insights and performance improvements beyond the original intent. This […]

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Kimberly-Clark’s Journey to Logistics Procurement Excellence

Jenni Stamps and Melanie Payne, the Domestic and International Pricing Managers respectively at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC), spoke at this year’s JDA Focus.  Kimberly-Clark, the $21 billion consumer goods company with brands like Huggies and Kleenex, is a major user of JDA’s TMS solution. The company is also one of the larger shippers in North America.  Domestically, they have 882,000 shipments per year from 800 origins through 140 Kimberly-Clark facilities, and out to 27,000 destinations.  […]

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