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Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

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App Stores Come to the Supply Chain Execution (SCE) Market

HighJump Software, a leading Supply Chain Execution (SCE) software vendor and an ARC client, announced yesterday the launch of its “HighJump App Station,” where customers can browse supply chain workflows and add them to their warehouse management system (WMS) anytime, similar to the way iPhone users can download apps from Apple’s App Store. HighJump actually previewed the App Station at its user conference back in October, but with everything else going on at the show, […]

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Supply Chain Practices and Technologies to Improve Cash Flow

In a recession, cash is king.  What can your supply chain team do to improve cash flow?  What processes and technologies can help? The most obvious action is to lengthen payment terms with key suppliers.  Finance may do this without informing supply chain managers, but this works against the mantra of establishing an adaptive, demand-driven supply chain.  An adaptive supply chain can efficiently respond to unexpected surges in demand.  You will have a hard time […]

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New Distribution Optimization Software Solutions

I recently completed a study of the Supply Chain Planning (SCP)software market.  In doing this study, I came across solutions that could not be cleanly classified as either Supply Chain Planning or Supply Chain Execution.  First, a quick background on supply chain planning and execution solutions.  SCP solutions are typically based on optimization algorithms.  I will spare you a detailed definition of optimization (it might make your eyes glaze over), but in the simplest terms, […]

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