Archive for QAD

General Motors’ Approach to Supply Chain Resiliency

The tsunami of 2011, which triggered the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, was a wakeup call for General Motors (GM). GM learned that their business continuity plans at the plants were too “tactical.” Supply chain risk management has become a hot topic in recent years. It was also a topic of discussion at QAD’s recent Explore 2016 user conference. Risk management was covered in one of the panels in the automotive track. […]

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When you think QAD, do you think SCM?

QAD is far better known for their manufacturing than supply chain solutions.  QAD provides full-featured manufacturing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, on premise or via the cloud, with very deep functionality for the Automotive, Food & Beverage/Consumer Goods, High Tech, Industrial, and Life Sciences industries. But when I attended QAD Explore last week (May 4th – 6th), I found they were doing more in the area of supply chain management than I knew about. I […]

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Future Electronics Implements TMS and GTM to Drive Customer Service Excellence

Future Electronics is a world leader and innovator in distributing and marketing semiconductors and passive, interconnect and electro-mechanical components. Future is a private company, headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The company differentiates itself by providing an exemplary standard of customer service through product marketing, technical solution support, in-depth inventory, professional selling procedures, and highly-reliable distribution systems. For the company’s supply chain group, this means it must hold a relatively large available-to-sell inventory. Future supports this with […]

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Guest Commentary: TMS–Build vs. Buy?

A few months back, the spring on my garage door broke. My wife told me that I had the skills to repair the garage door and she said, “Wouldn’t it be a nice weekend project?” As I sized up the situation and repair job, I could envision the weekend ahead of me: reviewing repair websites, making multiple trips to the hardware store, calling in favors from friends…essentially spending the entire weekend tackling the project. I […]

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Guest Commentary: European vs. US-based TMS: Differences of Shipment Execution in a Highly Complex Region

Why should a European transportation management system (TMS) differ from a US TMS? Because geography and demographics demand it. There are more than 40 countries in Europe, of which the 27 member countries of the European Union (EU) form an area that is less than half the size of the US, but with a population that is 50% larger – not to mention 23 official languages! And while the EU has brought a level of […]

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