Archive for RedPrairie

This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 31, 2012 – January 4, 2013)

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing vacation. Now it’s back to the grind — and fun. There was very little news this week, but here’s what caught my attention: JDA and RedPrairie Complete Merger New UPS Worldwide Express Freight Service Offers Faster International Shipping in More Lanes Roadnet Technologies Unveils Product Enhancement To MobileCast Vehicle GPS Tracking Software Operating System Wal-Mart to Police U.S. Warehouses (Wall Street Journal) As expected, […]

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Guest Commentary: Supply Chain Resilience, Agility, Efficiency and Innovation

During her welcome remarks at the 2012 Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Annual Conference in Atlanta, Nancy Nix, chair of the CSCMP board of directors, said that companies should judge the value of supply chains going forward by their resilience, agility, efficiency and innovation. This is a far cry from the traditional view of supply chains as a trade-off between costs and customer service. That got me thinking about what common thread might […]

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Best of Breeds are Dead. Long Live Best of Breeds!

Last week, RedPrairie and JDA Software, two leading providers of supply chain and logistics software, announced that they are merging together (see our commentary here). Both companies had grown through the years by acquiring best of breed vendors, and now that they have reached a certain size, they are joining forces to offer customers “a full spectrum of solutions for planning and execution across the entire value chain.” In a call with analysts last week […]

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This Week in Logistics News (October 29 – November 2, 2012)

The biggest news this week was Hurricane Sandy, which left a path of flooding, power outages, and destruction along the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the storm, especially those hardest hit in New Jersey and New York City. The storm also disrupted logistics operations, including the closing of local airports and the Port of New York/New Jersey. Events like these are another reminder of why companies need to prioritize […]

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Yard Management Solutions Impose Control on an Inherently Chaotic Process

As Chris Jones from Descartes said in a Logistics Viewpoints column, the Forrest Gump quote — “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get” — applies to the challenge of managing a yard, particularly inbound dock operations. A yard management system (YMS) controls the yard attached to a warehouse or distribution center (DC). YMS functionality includes dock door scheduling, check in and check out, location of trailers in the […]

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This Week in Logistics News (August 20-24, 2012)

Lots of news to cover from the last two weeks, so here goes… RedPrairie Acquires Leader in Mobile Workforce Management, Vortex Connect Transplace and LLamasoft Partner to Provide Enhanced Benchmarking Services and Supply Chain Optimization for Customers Accellos and Acumatica Partner Offer Integrated WMS and ERP in the Cloud SEC Adopts Rule for Disclosing Use of Conflict Minerals Retail Container Imports Expected To Increase 6.3 Percent In August Disagreements remain in ILA-USMX labor negotiations (Logistics […]

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This Week in Logistics News (July 9-13, 2012)

“What happens if you die and you have to go pee?” My four year old daughter asked me this question yesterday as she was going to the bathroom. I tried thinking of a quick, witty answer, but being witty with a four year old often gets me into trouble, so I just said, “I don’t know, maybe you just have to hold it until you find a bathroom.” I’m not sure either of us were […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 25-29, 2012)

The big news this week, of course, is yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (more commonly referred to as ObamaCare). While the link between healthcare and logistics doesn’t get much press, there is an important link between them, as I discussed in a September 2009 posting, “Healthcare and the Trucking Industry: Interview with JB Hunt.” Simply stated, it’s another cost factor that 3PLs and trucking companies must manage, and […]

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Guest Commentary: Is Your Traceability Solution Sophisticated Enough for Today’s Complex Food Supply Chains?

The complexity of our food supply chain has increased exponentially over the past decade as evidenced by the enactment of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in early 2011 and a list of recent food recalls. Three of a dozen or so recalled items in the last six weeks were from India, Vietnam and The Philippines (two kinds of fish and apricots). According to the FDA, an estimated 15 percent of our domestic food supply […]

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