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Fostering Supply Chain Maturity To A Digitized Ecosystem In The Cloud

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 20, 2021 6:59:31 AM

The evolution of supply chain business models has been accelerated by unprecedented disruptions. As a result, there has been a clear shift from analog supply chains models of the past into a trajectory towards a digitalized ecosystem. These new business models recognize and necessitate the move to a digital and integrated supply chain that provides visibility and ease of use for consumers.

This journey is about moving towards a world where all parties participating across your network are connected to a single version of the truth. Supply chain thinking is shifting from ‘linear supply chains’ to ‘supply chain eco-systems’ propelled and supported by digital technologies.

Gartner has established a five-stage model of the journey to supply chain maturity, ranging from manual, analog systems to a fully digitalized ecosystem. Key differentiators along this evolutionary chain include consideration of data and collaboration, with the ultimate goal of integrating data across multiple systems to achieve a fully connected ecosystem that provides transparency and visibility for your company both internally and externally.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Dress For Success With Fashion ERP

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 5, 2021 1:59:35 PM

As industry attitudes and consumer behaviors change, so does the challenge of sustaining a business in the fashion industry. The global health crisis has accelerated the need for fashion and retail brand owners to reconsider their current business models to satisfy their digitally native consumers while maintaining omni-channel supply and ensuring sustainable production.

Whether large or small, fashion brands can turn these challenges into opportunities by transforming their business models. How does your organization meet the expectations and desires of today’s digital consumers? Are you still using old technology that might have served you well in the past but is now beyond its shelf life? If you already have an ERP system in place, there’s a good chance it’s no longer able to keep up with your business needs and growth aspirations.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Enterprise Resource Planning, Fashion PLM, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Management

Why Out-Of-The-Box Data Integration Can Increase Analytics Adoption

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 27, 2021 9:08:29 AM

A critical lesson many organizations have learned when measuring the success of analytics initiatives is that speed of deployment and widespread user adoption are key factors to consider. These are key benefits of analytic applications delivered with or embedded in ERP systems or business applications.

Analytic applications provide pre-built business intelligence (BI) and analytical capabilities that promise to democratize analytics because most of the hard work in transforming data to insights has already been done. However, the historical challenge these applications faced was that they weren’t built with agile cloud technology or modern data architectures that could keep up with the growing complexity, scale, and changing requirements of the line of business (LOB)-driven analytic requirements.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

4 Reasons An Industry Specific ERP Matters To Wholesale Distributors

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 23, 2021 9:24:40 AM

Why settle for anything less?

Distributors often operate behind the scenes, making sure other businesses have what they need. The projects they support continue because tools, equipment, and supplies are where they needed to be. Patients have procedures because instruments are available. Structures are built because materials are ready. Restaurants can serve customers because food, drinks, plates, and pots are on hand.

Recent events revealed just how critical the distributor’s role is in the supply chain. In reality, it’s extremely complicated to seamlessly move such high volumes of goods. Especially as expectations and behaviors have evolved in the last decade, distributors have had to adapt their solutions, processes, and levels of service.

Historically, many distributors would customize enterprise resource planning solutions to meet their unique requirements. This approach, however, created an unwilling in-house IT cottage industry dedicated to supporting the infrastructure and modifications, instead of strategic initiatives. We see this during evaluations with prospective Infor customers; when distributors compare our CloudSuite solutions to their current footprint, we typically discover that hundreds if not thousands of their current modifications would no longer be needed. Because our solutions are designed for the distribution industry, the best practices those companies require are built in. For example, when HVAC and industrial product distributor, EMCO, moved to CloudSuite Distribution Enterprise, the company removed over 4000 modifications. EMCO no longer needed to maintain customizations and project manage long upgrade initiatives. That fluctuating, unpredictable overhead goes away forever because EMCO’s new mutli-tenant cloud solution is automatically updated monthly. Their technology is always current and always adding new distribution functionality to align with nuances and needs of this industry

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, digital disruption, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Driving The Executional Excellence Of The Continuous Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 20, 2021 10:04:23 AM

The ability to execute, seamlessly and in real-time, is critical as your company works to develop a continuous supply chain. Being uniquely capable of connecting multiple facets of this execution -- not just to an order management system but also to TMS for transportation management and WMS for warehouse management will be key components to implementing continuous supply chain execution.

Integrated multi-party source-to-settle process

Sourcing execution or the ability to establish real-time connectivity to suppliers is key. What we are really speaking to here is the need to orchestrate end-to-end physical and financial operations between order management, global trade management, transportation, warehouse, product traceability, and even payables management.

Streamlined manufacturing

Manufacturing execution is focused on streamlining processes, driving better decision making and gaining productivity. Supply chains must optimize and automate the manufacturing process from raw materials and components to finished goods. Having the ability to anticipate and optimize lead times is crucial for downstream improvement.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Enhancing Your Planning Capabilities To Enable Continuous Supply Chain

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 14, 2021 3:00:53 PM

The future of planning is connected, intelligent, and continuous. Yet many companies remain so far away from this vision, it often seems unachievable. With many planning processes being so siloed and disconnected from execution, they can feel ineffective.

Fortunately, evaluations of the planning landscape reveal many organizations are adopting technologies that move towards a de-siloed, network-based approach to planning. For these companies, the primary goal centers around connecting planning capabilities to “a single version of the truth.” To optimize planning capabilities, it crucial to achieve this connection at the enterprise level as well as into the broader supply network.

But to do this involves using integrated business planning (IBP) or sales and operations planning (S&OP) to collaborate and analyze, perform demand planning to improve forecasting, optimize supply planning, and facilitate synchronization. Each of these areas are critical to a successful planning process and are more powerful when integrated and connected across a network.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

If You Have A Supply Chain Finance Program In Place, It’s Not Enough.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 8, 2021 7:10:07 AM

An estimated $350 billion of invoices are typically involved in supply chain finance programs. Known as "reverse factoring," this process assists suppliers in obtaining the capital needed to keep supply chains humming, as described by Aite Group. Opposed to traditional receivables financing or factoring, reverse factoring is driven by the buyer and its relationship to a bank or finance provider, with capital being made available to suppliers based on the relationship parameters.

Banks are happy to step in, within specific jurisdictions and credit profiles. Research firm Coalition reports that banks logged approximately $12.7 billion in revenue in the first half of 2020 via total supply chain finance volumes. However, limitations are significant, and often times, the suppliers that need financing the most are excluded from such programs.

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Achieving Supply Chain Excellence And Network Collaboration

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 6, 2021 3:17:56 PM

As fashion organizations grow to introduce new products or clothing lines, acquire other companies, shift priorities, and change channels to market, key stakeholders can be left out of the conversation. A networked approach to running your company can solve these problems. Collaborative networks work because they engage internal and external partners, workers, and stakeholders, helping to incentivize and execute supply chain processes more effectively than ever before.

New insights will continue to emerge as consumer behaviors shift and production opportunities evolve, but a continuously synchronized and updated network can keep you agile from sketch to store by making critical information accessible to colleagues, organizations, suppliers, and customers. Collaborative networks work to improve customer service, maximize margins, and minimize loss attributed to miscommunications such as missed inventory targets, downtime, spoilage, and other challenges. 

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Topics: ERP, Fashion & Retail, Distribution, Supply Chain, Fashion & Apparel, Supply Chain Visibility, Supply Chain Network, Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion PLM, Enterprise Software, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, Supply Chain Operations, Supply Chain Management, Infor CloudSuite M3, Infor CloudSuite ERP

Infor CloudSuite M3 - Monitor Late P.O. Lines From Your Homepage

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 29, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Your Tips & Trips delivered today by our very own Mr. M3, Sean Conner. In just under 3 minutes, he demonstrates configuring a drill back.

Click Here to watch how you can monitor late purchase order lines from your homepage.

About Infor's market-leading ERP

Infor’s industry-specific ERP solutions have been meeting the needs of enterprise-level and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for 30+ years. Infor® ERP cloud software is securely hosted through Amazon Web Services® (AWS®), allowing your business to quickly scale and spend less time managing infrastructure and more time focusing on strategic initiatives.

Built for your industry. Take advantage of 90% of industry-specific capabilities built in, so your business can focus on developing the processes that make it unique.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite M3

Infor CloudSuite M3 - Navigate Smart, The Power Of Ctrl+D

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 22, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Your Tips & Trips delivered today by our very own Mr. M3, Sean Conner. In just 2:23, he shows you the Power of Ctrl+D. It's Slick. Super. and Easy.

Click Here to watch how Ctrl+D is a great function if you want to manipulate which panels you want to go to in a single session.

About Infor's market-leading ERP

Infor’s industry-specific ERP solutions have been meeting the needs of enterprise-level and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for 30+ years. Infor® ERP cloud software is securely hosted through Amazon Web Services® (AWS®), allowing your business to quickly scale and spend less time managing infrastructure and more time focusing on strategic initiatives.

Built for your industry. Take advantage of 90% of industry-specific capabilities built in, so your business can focus on developing the processes that make it unique.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Distribution, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Infor CloudSuite M3

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