MITSUI-SOKO Supply Chain Solutions | July 13, 2021
MITSUI-SOKO Supply Chain Solutions (MSCS), a major worldwide distribution and logistics company, has successfully implemented Locix’s WSI solutions at various facilities in Japan and Malaysia, according to Locix, a next-generation innovator in Warehouse Spatial Intelligence (WSI) solutions. MSCS used Locix’s SmartLPS technology to boost productivity, efficiency, and safety in their warehouse, reduce worker walking distance by more than 23%, and improve picking efficiency by 13%. Furthermore, Locix and MSCS have agreed to work together to accelerate the digital transformation of logistics and supply chain by promoting Locix’s WSI solutions as part of MSCS’s new supply chain digital transformation.
Gartner estimates that the Supply Chain Management Software industry is already worth more than $15 billion per year. Locix is pioneering a new category in Supply Chain Management software, “Warehouse Spatial Intelligence,” with this solution, which provides spatial visibility into real-world warehouse operations as a standalone solution or through integration with existing Supply Chain Management Software solutions such as Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).
MSCS has extended the deployment area at that facility to cover the whole two-floor operation (20,000 sq. m.) after the success of the first SmartLPS trial in their facility at Prologis Park Ichikawa 3, and they have recently deployed SmartLPS in another site in Bangi, Malaysia (20,000 sq. m.).
Locix’s WSI solutions, which are focused on warehouse and dock operations, enhance overall warehouse productivity and efficiency: SmartLPS provides complete and continuous visibility into employee productivity, safety, forklift utilization, and inventory slotting, whereas SmartDock provides real-time dock status and utilization analysis, assisting in reducing the dock’s position as the warehouse’s bottleneck while also lowering shipping and detention costs.
Locix creates cloud-based spatial intelligence solutions for commercial buildings, consumer residences, and linked devices, essentially digitizing the natural environment. Locix solutions capture location, visual, and sensor data uniquely and integrate it with sophisticated data analytics to offer spatial awareness and actionable insights for automated decision making. Locix is headquartered in Silicon Valley and is backed by leading venture and strategic investors such as ID Ventures, University of Tokyo Edge Capital, Murata Manufacturing, Prologis Ventures, Daikin Industries, NTT Docomo Ventures, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, iRobot Corporation, YE Digital, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, and Acer Inc.
About MITSUI-SOKO Supply Chain Solutions
MITSUI-SOKO Supply Chain Solutions, Inc. was founded in April 2015 by MITSUI-SOKO Holdings Co., Ltd., and Sony Group Corporation as a joint venture. With offices in Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia, we have operational know-how developed in the electronics sector and people resources with significant global business experience, enabling us to offer optimum solutions from the customer’s perspective. Using the MITSUI-SOKO Group’s high-quality operations that focus the site and distribution network, we create reliable supply chain management that encompasses everything from parts procurement through manufacturing and global sales.
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Warehowz | October 06, 2021
Warehowz, a cloud-based, on-demand warehousing marketplace, has launched a new self-service solution that enables businesses to find affordable, flexible warehouse space in as little as 24 hours. Warehowz's enhanced capabilities automatically match businesses in need of storage and fulfillment solutions with available space in over 1,500 warehouses throughout North America.
"Our solution allows businesses to find and contract with a quality warehouse in the same day," said Darrell Jervey, founder and CEO of Warehowz.
"We are revolutionizing the way businesses and warehouses work together by improving the processes that take the most time and cause the greatest friction."
Without Warehowz's self-service capabilities, businesses must manually navigate through evaluating the quality and reliability of the warehouse, as well as comparing varied pricing structures. This often requires significant time for phone or email communication with warehouse personnel before transactions are executed.
In addition to benefiting businesses, Warehowz's innovative self-service solution enables warehouses and 3PLs to pick and choose the projects they desire while simultaneously marketing their services and facility to a large audience of prospective customers. Warehouses save time on sales and negotiations and avoid implementing duplicative software. This symbiotic relationship is precisely why Warehowz's marketplace strategy differs from other incumbents in the industry and why self-serve is poised to accelerate growth for the company in the next 12 to 18 months.
Warehowz has created a seamless self-service search process on the Warehowz marketplace.
Businesses outline criteria, such as product type, location, project duration and more.
Warehowz uses its matching algorithm to connect the user with fully vetted facilities who then provide quotes in a format that allows for side-by-side cost comparisons across standardized rate categories.
Users select the quote and provider, and contracts are automatically generated. All payments are facilitated through Warehowz's marketplace.
Businesses with questions can connect directly with the facility or with Warehowz.
Warehowz's self-service offering comes at a time when businesses are managing significant supply chain disruptions, shrinking warehouse availability, and soaring warehouse rates. Warehowz empowers retailers and suppliers to make better and faster decisions without being hindered by long-term leases, costly minimums, or large-scale software implementations.
Warehowz's cloud-based marketplace connects businesses in need of storage and fulfillment services with warehouses with available space. Easy, Flexible, Reliable. For more information visit www.warehowz.com.
ASCM | November 01, 2021
Today, the Association for Supply Chain Management, the global leader in supply chain learning, transformation, innovation and leadership, is pleased to announce that Eaton, Univar Solutions and Microsoft have won the 2021 ASCM Awards of Excellence. The program also recognized individual winners Shaunna Rudolph, supply chain director at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT); Angela L. Ward, manager of global supply chain at Northrop Grumman Corporation; and Haris Ikram, CLTD, logistics, distribution and transportation manager at PepsiCo, Pakistan.
Each year, the ASCM Awards of Excellence recognize superior performance and dedication to advancing the field of supply chain management.
Eaton was presented with the 2021 Award of Excellence — Learning and Development, which recognizes an organization's commitment to productivity and advancement based on the effective and ongoing application of educational concepts, competencies and best practices from ASCM performance-driven team training and the APICS body of knowledge. The company partnered with ASCM to implement a superior learning process across its regions and businesses, enabling members of the Eaton supply chain function to communicate with a common language and address business challenges with outstanding results.
The 2021 Award of Excellence — Corporate Transformation was given to Univar Solutions for an organizational transformation that elevated the business as a result of a supply chain assessment leveraging ASCM global standards, products, services and resources; the APICS body of knowledge; and the Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) model. Univar Solutions collaborated with ASCM to execute a business transformation that generated more than $76 million in savings and new opportunities, as well as the safest year on record — a 32% reduction over the prior year.
Microsoft was honored for its commitment to supply chain circularity through the reuse, repurposing and remanufacturing of parts, which is meaningfully extending the life cycles of its key assets. ASCM also recognized its commitment to collaborating with suppliers in order to significantly reduce global emissions with the 2021 Award of Excellence — Making and Impact. This award honors an initiative that creates a better world through supply chain as a result of pioneering corporate social responsibility, proven business integrity and an unwavering focus on sustainability.
Here at ASCM, we are dedicated to unraveling the tough questions facing today's global supply chains. But we're equally passionate about celebrating victories. The three corporate winners we honor today embody that drive and commitment to creating a better world through supply chain."
ASCM CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE.
In addition to the three corporate awards, three outstanding supply chain individuals were recognized. First, Shaunna Rudolph, supply chain director at GDIT received the 2021 Award of Excellence — Supply Chain Leader for exhibiting extraordinary team and organizational leadership; providing dedicated coaching, mentoring and support of colleagues; and making lasting contributions to the advancement of the supply chain profession.
Northrop Grumman's Angela L. Ward, manager of global supply chain, was presented with the 2021 Award of Excellence — Diversity and Inclusion Champion for displaying exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion, fostering professional environments that value equality and individual differences, and inspiring people of all profiles and backgrounds to succeed in supply chain careers.
Finally, the 2021 ASCM Award of Excellence – Emerging Supply Chain Leader was given to Haris Ikram, CLTD, logistics, distribution and transportation manager, PepsiCo, Pakistan for being a visionary young professional who has made contributions to the supply chain profession that demonstrate strong potential to become an outstanding leader in the field.
"Each and every day, supply chain professionals work diligently to innovate, synchronize and surmount extreme supply chain challenges," Eshkenazi added. "It's an honor to recognize such an impressive group of industry leaders through the ASCM Awards of Excellence."
The 2022 program will open for entries in May. Learn more at ascm.org/awardsofexcellence.
The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) is the global pacesetter for resilience-building corporate transformation, industry leadership and professional development. As the largest nonprofit association for supply chain, ASCM members and worldwide alliances fuel innovation and inspire forward-looking accountability to establish dynamic, ethical and sustainable global networks. ASCM is built on a foundation of world-class APICS education, certification and career resources, which encompass the latest supply chain content, award-winning workforce development, groundbreaking standards and a diverse community of professionals who are driven to create a better world through supply chain.