SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY
Softeon | July 23, 2021
Softeon, a global supply chain software provider with the best client success record in the industry, announced the continued expansion of its software support for automated distribution centers.
The fast rise of e-commerce and high fulfillment costs, rising labor rates, labor shortages in many regions, and other factors drive increased interest in warehouse automation.
Of course, there are many material handling system alternatives, ranging from high levels of automation to more focused systems like mobile robots and wall systems.
Regardless of the mix, initially or over time, Softeon offers enhanced assistance in its Warehouse Management and Warehouse Execution Systems, either alone or in combination, to maximize throughput and ROI for those MHE investments.
Softeon's important capabilities in this area include the following:
• Softeon's unique WMS "pick routes" encourage companies to specify the types of order paths that will be used in a facility, including those that use automation. The WMS then dynamically assigns each pick to the proper route for execution, depending on various attributes. As more automation is added, customers need to configure additional pick routes, significantly reducing implementation time.
• Powerful Warehouse Execution System optimizes the flow and use of materials handling systems in the automated release of work and takes capacities, bottlenecks, and dependencies into account.
• Differentiated approaches to integration with a wide range of picking subsystems, including voice, pick-to-light, smart carts, put walls, mobile robots, etc. Softeon can manage and optimize these subsystems directly without the need for extra software. This lowers expenses and the number of integrations required, enabling full information to be available in the WMS to drive decision-making rather than the typical siloed approach and significantly improves exception handling.
• Carton routing logic that is advanced across mechanized pick zones, including congestion management.
• Support plug-and-play devices such as print and apply labelers, weigh scales, carton dimensions, and more.
• Order picking can be wave-based or waveless, or a mix of the two, such as using waveless for B2C and wave-based for B2B.
• Simulation is used to test integrations and response times between Softeon WMS and WES and materials handling equipment, among other things.
Softeon is a global provider of supply chain solutions from planning to execution, with solutions anchored by our Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Execution System (WES), and Distributed Order Management (DOM). Our sophisticated services-based platform is designed to turn complex issues into simple solutions, resulting in a shorter time to market and reduced total cost of ownership. Users can deploy an integrated system or implement solutions gradually to solve a specific challenge. Configurable modules and rules-based solutions provide industry leaders with the business agility they need to stay ahead. Companies select the Softeon platform for its flexibility and simplicity to enhance business value and accelerate ROI. On-premise or cloud deployment options are available, with a proven record of system success.
E2open | May 11, 2021
For the second year in a row, Gartner has put E2open, a leading network-based provider of 100% cloud-based, mission-critical, end-to-end supply chain management software, in the Leaders quadrant with the highest potential to perform and completeness of vision in its 2021 Magic Quadrant for Multienterprise Supply Chain Business Networks.
“Globalization and outsourcing have transformed industries, making them more competitive to deliver goods to market, but also more challenging and vulnerable to disruption,” said Michael Farlekas, president and CEO of E2open. “The bulk of operation – and business risk – now occurs outside the enterprise in several layers of upstream and downstream partners, with goods often crossing multiple territories before reaching consumers.”
“These complex interdependencies across external parties require a new networked process of planning, optimizing, executing, collaborating, and orchestrating through all levels of partners,” Farlekas continues. “As a result, better business results are achieved, with decisions reflecting the actual realities of the whole end-to-end supply chain rather than isolated segments. We are delighted that Gartner has named E2open a Leader in this space.”
We believe that to be considered a multi-enterprise supply chain business network in this Magic Quadrant, vendors must have a cohesive ecosystem that blends a network, applications, and artificial intelligence (AI). E2open provides a network that serves all four network ecosystems (demand, supply, logistics, and foreign trade), as well as a wide suite of supply chain management applications and field-proven AI to make sense of massive amounts of high-frequency data and simplify decisions. The platform's inherent partnership generates mutual value for brand owners and partners alike, fostering a safe ecosystem that can better capture market potential and survive disruption.
“To deliver products to market, agile and resilient supply chains require a new way of thinking – one that helps businesses to turn themselves into orchestrators of global processes through an ecosystem of partners spanning demand, supply, logistics, and global trade,” said Pawan Joshi, executive vice president of product management and strategy at E2open.“For more than a decade, E2open has been a leader in this field – our network infrastructure combines visibility, process orchestration, and decision making to see what is happening in real-time, understand the business impact of changes at every stage of the process, analyze and take corrective steps, track execution, and allow continuous learning. Multi-enterprise networks provide instant benefit to businesses at every point of their supply chain journey and are key features of digital transformation.”
They are building a more integrated, intelligent supply chain at E2open. It begins with sensing and reacting to real-time demand, availability, and delivery constraints. Their collaborative and agile supply chain platform, which brings together data from customers, distribution channels, suppliers, contract manufacturers, and logistics partners, allows businesses to use data in real-time, with artificial intelligence and machine learning, to make smarter decisions. All of this complex data is presented in a unified vision that involves your demand, supply, logistics, and global trading ecosystems. It is all evolving because of E2open.
ArrowStream | September 14, 2020
ArrowStream, Inc. ("ArrowStream"), the leader in end-to-end supply chain management software for the foodservice industry, today announced a partnership with Independent Purchasing Cooperative ("IPC"), a purchasing co-operative for the owners of 25,000 Subway® restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. IPC has licensed ArrowStream's market-leading supply chain solutions to access timely visibility across its extensive partner network and to deliver the insights and operating precision required to provide the freshest and highest quality products to every Subway® location, each day. Founded in 1996, IPC was created to represent the best interests of Subway® Franchise Owners with a mission focused on Franchise Owner profitability and a sustainable, uninterrupted supply of high-quality goods. With ArrowStream, IPC will streamline its internal and external data sources through a single data platform to provide end-to-end visibility, to automate manual process and to intuitively uncover actionable opportunities. IPC will realize opportunities for optimizing food spend, proactively managing inventory, ensuring product and pricing compliance, and performing automated data-driven RFP processes with their suppliers.