Archive for supply chain convergence

Examining the HighJump Software Acquisition

The Acquisition In-Brief Last week Körber AG announced that it had acquired HighJump. I first became aware of Körber in 2014 when the German holding company acquired Inconso, a German supply chain software provider. At that time, Inconso was a complementary addition to Körber’s other Intralogistics businesses, but was distinct in its focus on commercial software. Shortly thereafter, Körber expanded its software portfolio with the DMLogic acquisition. Now with the HighJump acquisition, Körber has greatly […]

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How Consumers are Transforming Supply Chain

There’s a new boss in town and she is tougher than any boss you’ve had before. She wants what she wants, when and where she wants it. She’s the new digitally-empowered consumer and she is dictating how retailers and consumer goods companies must transform their supply chains to serve her. This new boss will access your brand wherever and whenever she wants through the device of her choice. There are no channels for her, just […]

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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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The Evolution of WMS Customer Requirements

Last month I posted a Logistics Viewpoints article on the evolution and growth of the WMS market. Today I am going to take a slightly different perspective and discuss the evolution of WMS customer requirements – how are WMS customers’ requirements different now than they were in the past, and what factors are driving these changing needs? A Holistic Perspective The WMS market is a mature enterprise software market. The growth rate of WMS sales […]

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Supply Chain Execution Convergence: Two Factors Driving the Need for Convergence

Supply chain execution convergence is a hot topic these days. The need for end-to-end visibility and solutions that proactively enable planning and the ability to react to the unavoidable disruptions is paramount. Organizations need to evaluate their overall supply chain approach and to consider how supply chain execution convergence can get them to the next level. Rethinking the Traditional Supply Chain More than just a buzzword, supply chain execution convergence allows for better collaboration and […]

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