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Mitigating Supply Chain Disruptions: Strategies For Greater Resilience

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 11, 2024 6:54:39 PM

Recently, Will Quinn, Global Director of Strategy, WMS, for our partner Infor, wrote this blog dedicated to strengthening supply chain resilience and mitigating disruptions. As manufacturing, distribution, and logistics leaders, you know the critical importance of a well-managed supply chain for organizational success, so we have decided to share this with you. However, disruptions—unexpected events that disrupt the flow of goods and services—are inevitable and can have significant impacts, such as shipping delays, increased costs, and revenue loss, ultimately affecting your bottom line and customer satisfaction.

The blog aims to provide comprehensive insights into supply chain risk mitigation strategies and explores critical approaches, including nearshoring, redundancy creation, investment in visibility software, and effective inventory management. It aims to guide you in navigating disruptions and establishing a resilient, disruption-proof supply chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain, WMS, Supply Chain Management, Infor Partner, Infor WMS

Independent Computer Consulting Group, Inc. (ICCG) Adds Infor Warehouse Management Solution To Serve Its Enterprise Customers

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 4, 2024 8:00:00 AM

With value-added strategic edge applications from Infor and implementation consulting from ICCG, businesses can gain a competitive advantage by leveraging cutting-edge technology to optimize operations, enhance decision-making, and drive innovation across their organization.

Independent Computer Consulting Group, Inc. (“ICCG”) is pleased to announce the addition of Infor Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) to an already robust selection of Best-In-Class Solutions from Infor and other strategic solution providers. Infor Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) suite combines Warehouse Operations Management, Labor Management, and 3PL Billing into a single application on a unified database to reduce the complexity of Warehousing and Logistics Management and clarify daily decision-making.

ICCG Inc. is an Infor enterprise software-focused consulting firm with a global presence and a track record of over 2,000 business transformation projects and execution across Infor M3 ERP systems and Supply Chain Planning Systems, Warehouse Management solutions, and now PLM solutions deployments.

With warehouse operations being more complex than ever, having up-to-date functionality to keep up with the latest trends and customer requirements is key to growing your business. Infor WMS is a best-of-breed, Tier-1 warehouse management system built on the cloud and is designed to streamline warehouse operations through advanced inventory management, labor management, 3PL billing and invoicing, 3D visualization, embedded analytics, and more.

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Topics: WMS, ICCG, Infor Partner, Infor WMS, Infor Warehouse Management, Infor Warehouse Management Solution

Navigating The Winds Of Change: Unveiling Manufacturing Trends In 2024

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Feb 9, 2024 8:00:00 AM

In the ever-evolving manufacturing realm, few sectors witness transformations as swift and constant. The perpetual evolution of consumer preferences shapes the landscape, the consistent disruption brought by innovative technologies, fluctuating regulatory frameworks, and the regular transformation of business models. Adapting to these unceasing shifts in the market has become necessary, requiring organizations to embody a heightened sense of agility.

Andrew Kinder, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy with our partner, Infor, recently described how we find ourselves amidst the most volatile and uncertain period in recent memory. In this environment of compounded uncertainty, agility is not just an ideal trait but an absolute imperative for maintaining competitiveness.

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Topics: ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Industrial Manufacturing, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, WMS, Infor Partner

Embrace The Future With State-Of-The-Art Warehousing Solutions

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jan 26, 2024 8:00:00 AM

In this article, Infor's Jerry Beaston discusses how 2024 warehouse management trends include the expansion of more strategically located, state-of-the-art warehouses driven by the e-commerce boom.

It also highlights key trends in the global warehouse management market. As of 2022, the market is valued at $3.4 billion and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19% from 2023 to 2030. The e-commerce boom has driven demand for advanced warehouses to meet evolving customer expectations. Key trends for 2024 include the expansion of warehouses, addressing labor shortages through automation, increased adoption of AI and machine learning, integrating immersive tech for employee efficiency, the impact of IoT on real-time data analysis, and the rise of cloud computing in warehouse management software. Companies that embrace these innovations will gain a competitive advantage in 2024. 

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

Overcoming Supply Chain Complexity In Food And Beverage

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Aug 8, 2023 10:21:44 AM

The food and beverage industry is undergoing fundamental changes in how consumers buy and what they want to know about the products. At the same time, the industry faces an increased focus on healthy eating by consumers, companies, and governments. Adding to this is a rapidly changing competitive environment with a proliferation of new channels, producers, and products that compete with established brands and outlets.

If these challenges weren’t already enough, today’s companies are also facing unprecedented changes that stress innovation, business model evolution, and supply chain agility. Having the right products with the right content and characteristics, and the right information clearly displayed is necessary. But even all that isn’t enough to guarantee success. The products must also be positioned in the right places at the right time for customers to be able to buy—and that’s the job of the supply chain.

To keep up with all of this, an effective food and beverage supply chain must be fully in sync with the consumer through technology-enabled sensing to satisfy multiple channels with seamless visibility and fulfillment.

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Topics: ERP, Food & Beverage, Supply Chain, Food Technology, CloudSuite Food & Beverage, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, WMS, Supply Chain Management

Warehouse Future Proofing With A Cloud-Based WMS

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jul 7, 2023 12:51:23 PM

Even when your warehouse operations seem to be running smoothly, there is always room for improvement and a need to stay up to date with innovation. While steps are taken to keep warehouse operations at peak performance, when fulfilment times and levels are jeopardized, it’s still up to you and your team to race to recover, to ensure actions to get back on track are taken correctly so that product can make its way out the door, and time is always working against you.

If your organization previously reviewed and dismissed the value of moving your warehouse management system (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 with new challenges emerging over the past several months. By empowering critical systems like a WMS with cloud capabilities, your organization can scale quickly, maximize productivity, and minimize outages and downtime to prevent bringing the company’s mission-critical operations to its knees.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, ERP, Manufacturing, Distribution, Rentals & Equipment, Warehouse Management Systems, Fashion & Apparel, Industrial Manufacturing, Digital Manufacturing, Infor M3 ERP, Enterprise Software, Retail Supply Chain, WMS

Extending The Value Of WMS With Hyper-Automation

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Jun 20, 2023 10:27:10 AM

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are essential for efficiently managing the operations of a warehouse. These systems can help streamline processes, optimise inventory levels, and improve accuracy. However, by ensuring your WMS can exploit hyper-automation, your WMS can be enhanced to deliver even more value while continuing to lower operational costs.

So, what do we mean by hyper-automation?

Hyper-automation can be defined as the combination of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics to automate and optimise tasks that were previously done manually. By leveraging these technologies, businesses can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of their operations while also reducing their labour costs.

One of the main benefits of hyper-automation is that it can significantly enhance the efficiency and accuracy of warehouse operations. For example, by using robotics to automate the process of picking and packing, businesses can significantly reduce the time it takes to fulfil orders while also reducing the risk of errors. Similarly, by using artificial intelligence to analyse data and make decisions, businesses can make more accurate and informed decisions about inventory management, such as when to reorder stock and how much to order.

Furthermore, hyper-automation can also help businesses optimise their warehouse layouts and processes. By analysing data on the volumetrics, demand and movement of goods within the warehouse, artificial intelligence algorithms can identify inefficiencies and recommend changes to improve the flow of goods taking “slotting” as was and putting it on steroids. This can help businesses reduce the time it takes to move goods through the warehouse and double-handling, which can in turn increase the speed of order fulfilment and reduce the risk of errors.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, WMS

Experience What An Integrated PLM And ERP System Can Do

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 11, 2023 10:08:25 AM

Getting products to market faster, improving design efficiency, and lowering the cost of new product introductions
are strategic goals that nearly all discrete manufacturers strive for. Infor PLM Discrete can help you accomplish these goals by providing you with a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that can seamlessly integrate with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) and computer-aided design (CAD) systems.

You’ll empower your employees, suppliers, and partners to be able to share one version of the truth, no matter where product information is gathered and stored.

Click here to read the brochure.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, WMS

Simplified Product Lifecycle Management Capabilities For Manufacturers

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Apr 7, 2023 1:47:20 PM

Process manufacturers like you get the tools to protect brand integrity, dramatically reduce regulatory risk, and bring high-quality, least-cost formulation-based products to market more quickly. Plus, you’ll be better able to meet regulations such as FDA, REACH, and Chemicals Compliance and drive new product innovation.
Infor Optiva is a cutting-edge technology that enhances the Product Lifecycle Management product suite for process manufacturers. This tool is for process manufacturers looking for a competitive edge that will make them more efficient and provide the much-needed advantage for getting their products to market faster and more cost-efficiently. It allows companies to become more agile and responsive to customers, and their product performance will increase.

Click here to read the brochure.

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, Enterprise Software, WMS

Happy Holi

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 7, 2023 9:30:00 PM

Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors, the Festival of Spring, and the Festival of Love. 

Holi celebrates the arrival of Spring in India, the end of winter, and the blossoming of love. For many, it is a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. The festival is also an invocation for a good spring harvest season. It lasts a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Purnima (Full Moon Day). 

Happy Holi from all of us at ICCG ...

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Topics: ERP, Distribution, Supply Chain, Warehouse Management Systems, Supply Chain Network, Cloud BI, Enterprise Asset Management, CloudSuite, Enterprise Software, WMS

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