The supply chain management software market has been going through rapid changes and fiery consolidation of late.Oracle has been leading the way with its string of acquisitions, including purchasing PeopleSoft, while SAP has been busy in its own corner.
The supply chain management software market has been going through rapid changes and fiery consolidation of late.
Oracle has been leading the way with its string of acquisitions, including purchasing PeopleSoft, while SAP has been busy in its own corner.
And it's easy to see why these vendors are battling away ferociously.
According to Gartner analysts Yanna Dharmasthira and Chad Eschinger, licence revenue for supply chain management software in Asia-Pacific will reach US$204.3 million by 2010. This represents a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent from 2005 to 2010.
In this guide on supply chain, we look at how some of the world's leading organisations such as Woolworths, Colgate and New Zealand Post are dealing with challenges in their supply chain networks.
Transforming the retail supply chain
To remain competitive in the retail space, you can't afford to keep your capital tied up in inventory costs. What you need is a robust supply chain that can respond to real-world events in near real time, enabling you to replenish stock precisely when and where it's needed.
Transforming discrete manufacturing supply chains
In the manufacturing world, it's essential to have an agile supply chain that can rapidly adapt to shifting market conditions and one that is connected with your contract manufacturers, partners and suppliers.
Supply chain at the New Zealand Post
In its fast-changing market, the New Zealand Post needed more control over costs and purchasing, timely and accurate reporting and analysis, and the ability to manage diverse businesses -- distribution, banking, and courier services.
Corning synchronises global supply chain
Corning needed to support corporate-level management and provide centralised services, while enabling supply chain process excellence in its diverse decentralised units.
Who is controlling your supply chain?
Best-of-breed vendors pioneered the market for execution tools such as warehouse management software. Yet today those markets are in the sights of giant ERP players. When is it a mistake to go for one-size fits all?
McLeod speeds along path to new ERP
Choosing the right ERP software is never easy, but motorcycle accessories wholesaler McLeod Accessories found bigger is not necessarily better after replacing its existing system.
Berri: There's juice in Dell's cup
Fruit juice vendor Berri believes its Oracle and JD Edwards enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation was a key factor in its six-year journey to become a demand-driven supplier.
SAP and Microsoft tune up for Duet
SAP and Microsoft have announced "Duet" as the name for a joint project to bring their respective flagship products closer. They intend to jointly market, sell and support the program this year.
RFID project report due in July
Uptake of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology could receive a major boost in July with a report on a major commercial trial to be presented to the federal government.
Woolworths tackles supply-chain ICT
A heavily technology-based restructuring program at Woolworths is expected to yield AU$4.9 billion in savings by the end of this financial year, with supply-chain improvements the current focus, according to the retailer.