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Conquering Cost Complexity, Customer Demand With Warehouse Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 22, 2021 10:06:54 AM

Rising costs, increasing complexity, growing customer demands, and expanding global supply chains are all intrinsically linked challenges that manufacturers and distributors face on a daily basis. Meanwhile, expanding omni-channel markets are forcing manufacturers and distributors to not only change how they sell to customers, but also redefine who their customers are. And customers are exerting even further
pressure with demands for customization and personalization of products.

Global expansion adds to the challenge of maintaining visibility into inventory, shipping, and tracking—often across borders, continents, and oceans. In addition to making sophisticated warehouse operations even more complex, this all makes it difficult for manufacturers and distributors to remain competitive, keep costs down, and maintain profitability. Ineffective order management, excessive labor costs, and inefficient asset use just exacerbate the problem. To tackle these challenges, manufacturers and distributors must reconsider how their warehouse management practices, processes, and systems need to change in order to improve warehouse productivity, visibility, and costs.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Distribution, Warehouse Management Systems, Enterprise Software, WMS

Why Now Is The Time For Cloud-Based Warehouse Management

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Even when your warehouse operations appear to be running smoothly, change and disruption are constant battles that supply chains must fight. Black swan events, emerging technology, new regulations, and shifts in consumer demand have created an increased need for “always up-to-date” functionality. While steps can be taken to mitigate risk, when changes occur it’s still up to you and your team to adjust and ensure new warehouse capabilities are implemented quickly.

If your organization previously reviewed, dismissed, or put off moving your WMS to the cloud, it’s time to reevaluate. Decisions that seemed to make sense last year or even last quarter, likely look very different through today’s lens. With business models drastically changing and uncertainty lingering in every corner, what if you could offload critical IT responsibility to an organization you trust to manage it all for you?

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Topics: ERP, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Product Lifecycle Management, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Elevating Your Warehouse To Be a Competitive Differentiator

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Many wholesale distributors tend to view warehouse operations as a cost center due to labor, equipment, physical inventory, and real estate investments. However, with business models rapidly changing through e-commerce, omni-channel engagement, and innovative services, warehouse operations that are re-imagined through investments in technology can empower a company to gain a competitive advantage. Streamlining and automating processes across the warehouse improve customer and employee experiences and inspire customer loyalty.

A recent article featured in Forbes highlighted survey-based research on practice, priority, and expectation trends of warehouse executives. Respondents chose a warehouse management system (WMS) as their highest priority for technology investment with 96 percent of survey participants noting that the warehouse automation value proposition was expected to increase over the next 3 years. Survey findings indicated that operational changes like labor costs, labor shortages, and increased throughput requirements were all primary factors for companies looking to automation.

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Topics: ERP, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Product Lifecycle Management, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Ephesoft And ICCG Form Strategic Global Alliance Offer Clients Value-Add Solutions

Posted by Shiv Kaushik on Oct 8, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Partnership offers Infor M3, CSI, and LN customers a solution to accelerate and capture data with intelligent document processing solutions to drive productivity.

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Topics: ERP, Warehouse Management Systems, AI, Supply Chain Management, IDM, Infor Document Management, Document Processing

ICCG Signs Up as Platinum Partner for JASCI Software

Posted by Shiv Kaushik on Oct 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Partnership to Manage Warehouse & Supply-Chain Operations, to Help Its Customers Make Smarter, Faster and Better Informed Decisions.

Independent Computer Consulting Group (“ICCG”) has been appointed as Platinum Partner by JASCI Software. JASCI Software is a supply chain acceleration warehouse management software created to meet the needs of omni-channel logistics via the cloud. The strategic partnership is expected to strengthen the ability of both companies to execute their value add and growth strategies.

ICCG is an enterprise software focused consulting firm with a global presence and a track record of more than 2,000 business and digital transformation project executions across ERP, Supply Chain Planning and Execution Systems, Warehouse Management Solutions, Product Life Cycle Management Solutions and Customer Relationship Management solutions deployments.

JASCI’s Cloud Warehouse Management SaaS platform offers a suite of solutions that fit a multitude of operations. Those include Warehouse Management, Warehouse Execution, Warehouse Control Systems, Robotic Execution, Yard Management, Labor Management, 3PL Management, Parcel & Freight Shipping, and more. This is all powered by JASCI’s patented cutting-edge SmartTask workflows technology, which enables unmatched configurability, speedy implementations, and limitless growth for its clients.


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Topics: ERP, Warehouse Management Systems, Infor M3 ERP, WMS, Supply Chain Management, SCM

5 Ways To Optimize Your Warehouse Costs With Voice-Enablement Tools

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Of all the activities that happen in a warehouse, 60% to 70% of costs are attributed to order fulfillment. You can make a significant dent in those costs by making your warehouse management system (WMS) voice-enabled. Utilizing RF wireless belt-mounted devices that incorporate speech recognition and speech synthesis technologies, voice-enabled WMSs have become table stakes for competitive third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and supply chain managers.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Distribution, Warehouse Management Systems, Voice Enablement

An Economy Of Instant Gratification Makes Delivering Packaging & Products On-Time More Important Than Ever Before

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Dec 29, 2017 2:49:24 PM

 

Think about this:

81% of consumers in the 2016 IBM Consumer Expectations Study said they would choose one retailer over another based on the ability to see whether an item is currently in stock and if it will arrive on time. Whether online or in store, 72% of shoppers would make a purchase from another retailer if an item is out of stock, an increase from 42% in 2011.

All the while, Amazon continues to disrupt the retail industry with supply chain innovation as it drives consumer expectations toward quicker delivery rates: 72% of consumers now consider the option of two-day delivery a key factor influencing their buying decisions.

This trend means companies can no longer compete based only on the quality of their products; they also must battle on the performance of their supply chains.

Continue reading this blog from our partner, Infor to learn how digital commerce networks can help you deliver online orders on time.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Process Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems

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