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SCM86 - Hot Topic: Is Your Supply Chain "Future Ready"?

Presenter:  Phil Gautrin, VP of Customer Success, Generix Group

Heard of Industry 4.0 or the digital supply chain? Amazon and the other industry leaders have been driving this revolution for years now, and soon anyone not embracing the capabilities of having technology embedded throughout their supply chain will be left in the dust. We’ll discuss the latest innovations and resulting capabilities being recognized, then drill down to real actions your small to medium-sized business can afford and execute.

Tuesday, October 15, 10:15 – 11:15, Rm. 156 South

Trade War

16 Things You Can Do Now To Prepare for Disruption

A trade war began threatening global supply chains just as the 2018 hurricane season got underway.

Trade wars and hurricanes are, of course, unrelated. But both can disrupt supply chains, and both demand readiness.

The process of preparing for hurricanes offers a useful metaphor for how companies can prepare for trade wars.

What can you do to prepare? This article shares one caution and 16 ideas from diverse sources.

 


First came ecommerce, then multichannel. Now most consumers expect omnichannel commerce, or what Gartner calls unified retail commerce.

Increasingly, B2B customers also want an omnichannel buying experience.

In the transitions from ecommerce to multichannel and omnichannel, warehouse operations must change – sometimes dramatically.

In this article, we explore the top six challenges distribution companies often struggle to address as they adopt omnichannel commerce. Then we offer tips on how to overcome each of the hurdles.

This fall, step away from your screens, pack up your big ideas, and head to BCUG/NAVUG Summit Phoenix, the most comprehensive and impressive conference of the year. As a proud PREMIER SPONSOR, Generix Group North America is excited to share this experience with you.

Why you should attend:

BCUG/NAVUG Summit is THE go-to conference that brings industry experts, software development vendors, and everyday users together to discuss important issues, trends, product updates, customer pain points, and genuine solutions.

The value of BCUG/NAVUG Summit is endless! Here are a few more reasons why you should attend:

Digital transformation is a hot topic in the aftermarket trade media. But how many companies are really doing it?

Part 1 of this series defined the differences between digitization and digital transformation.

Digitization, we said, occurs when companies use digital technologies to optimize their current business.

Digital transformation drives radical change. It occurs when a company uses digital technology to disrupt its own business or an industry.

A company may disrupt by developing new revenue sources, by redefining the competition, or by realigning relationships among players.

Do you want to increase your OEM auto parts sales in North America? If so, you might tear a page from the playbook of Volkswagen Spain.

The Spanish affiliate of the world’s biggest car maker was losing OEM sales to independent aftermarket suppliers (or IAMs).

The problem was that IAMs could deliver non-OEM parts faster and more reliably. They also had a price advantage. 

This is the story of how VW Spain pioneered a way to grow their lucrative OEM parts business by increasing sales to independent repair shops. 

They did so through a supply chain initiative that improved service to all of VW’s customers in Spain. And they achieved their goals without cutting VW dealers out of the picture.

The number and size of food recalls are rising in North America. Regulatory agencies are more likely to force recalls early, before many people are at risk.

Together, these trends makes it more likely that your company will participate in a recall sooner or later.

Your food company doesn’t even have to be at fault.

You could easily find your brand in an ugly news story that threatens its survival.

The best advice for food companies is to confront the risk head on rather than trying to minimize or ignore it.

Food Recalls: 8 Ways to Contain the Staggering Costs

Food recalls are increasing in frequency. In this article, you’ll read eight suggestions for food brands and manufacturers to reduce the likelihood of their products being recalled.

You’ll also read about current trends for food recalls in the United States and Canada, with an estimate of the typical costs of a single food recall.

This post opens by  the continuing toll of a 2017 food recall in the United States and Canada. The cause was E. coli contamination in soy nut butter. The product sickened 32 people in 12 states.

The article ends with a list of suggested resources and further reading.

Imagine the most stressful time of your career.

If you work for a food company, it may well be a product recall.

Nightmare Food Recall: How E. coli Destroyed a Small Brand

After a brief absence, the E. coli bacterium is back in the mainstream North American news media. It reappeared in headlines in April and May, with the recall of contaminated romaine lettuce.

This time, E. coli is blamed for sickening at least 197 people in 35 states, with five deaths. And 60 people in five states are sick with Salmonella contamination, apparently from sliced melons. 

The news media report the most attention-grabbing elements of food recalls. In contrast, this article provides both a food-industry perspective and a human context that’s often missing from consumer news coverage.

How much progress has your company made toward digital transformation?

If you’re not quite sure what that means, don’t worry. You’ll have a clearer idea in a moment.

If you think progress in your company has been slower than it should be, you’re not alone.

You’ll see here that relatively few companies across industries have achieved digital transformation.

And many companies, despite their good intentions, are unaware they are not on a path that leads to real transformation.

This is the first in a series of articles about digital transformation. Future posts in the series will address these topics:

GENERIX GROUP is excited to be exhibiting at MODEX 2018 in Atlanta!

April 9-12, 2018
Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center

As the speed of manufacturing and supply chain operations continues to accelerate, the future of our industry depends on today’s forward-thinking decisions. From illuminating education to next-generation technology and equipment in action, MODEX lets you see what’s coming — and take advantage of it to FUTUREPROOF your supply chain for years to come.

Powered by MHI, MODEX 2018 will allow you to make new contacts, discover cutting-edge solutions, and learn the latest trends that are sure to give you a leg up on the competition. Here, you’ll encounter the best our industry has to offer to:

Canimex Group Inc has selected Solochain as their solution of choice for warehouse management and manufacturing execution. Solochain will be implemented in three of Canimex's Quebec based plants to optimize and improve raw material tracking and management. Solochain's best of breed WMS and MES will communicate, in real-time, with the client's home grown ERP, Enabling real-time data exchanges and complete traceability throughout their supply chain.

Canimex is a global leader in manufacturing and international trade of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic and electronic components, of access systems and garage door products, we also offer aluminum die casting services for the automotive industry, tooling and high precision machining services, sheet metal transformation, as well as the manufacturing of molds, dies and mechanically welded parts.

Sologlobe is pleased to announce that Chef’d, the non-subscription meal kit delivery store, has selected them to implement their warehouse management system, Solochain.

Chef’d is undergoing a period of explosive growth and were looking for a state of the art WMS that could manage critical operational functions such as: managing multi-temperature food storage, quality controls and lot tracking, transformation of bulk food products into portioned items for inclusion in meal kits, and much more. Solochain WMS will be implemented on the Cloud and integrate with NetSuite.

Every other year, the world’s largest material handling event takes place in Chicago. The ProMat Show features almost 1,000 exhibitors displaying the latest in material handling equipment and technological solutions. It also serves as the ideal venue to network, showcase innovation, and exchange ideas with other operational and supply chain leaders from across the globe.

Solochain’s newest features shone in front of a large, international crowd

For Sologlobe, a Generix Group company, this was the perfect venue to showcase their top of the line Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Solochain. Visitors experienced demos featuring exciting new features such as: our dynamic 3D warehouse simulator, warehouse activity heat maps, and our drag and drop yard/dock scheduling material.

WMS - MES Syncronization

Manufacturing companies are consistently faced with the challenges of producing top-notch goods all the while increasing productivity, eliminating waste, and maintaining high quality standards. By leveraging a best-of-breed MES, you can achieve inventory accuracy, decrease operational costs, and fulfill the highest levels of customer demand.

When Amazon bought KIVA 3 years ago, the material handling world was a whirl with talk of how robots would “re-invent the warehouse business.” While this might be an economically viable option for distribution behemoths, medium to large sized organizations will continue to rely on their warehouse staff to get things done. So while robots might be marked as better, faster, stronger, we think you can get superior results from your current warehouse employees.

The following three elements will help create a cohesive, engaged, and productive warehouse team. The results will be motivated employees and happy customers!

by Sébastien Delorme and Nicolas Laplante.

ERP vs WMS

It is a common conundrum. Your company has reached capacity in terms of inventory fulfillment and distribution with your current operation. Business is growing, your customers have come to expect the best possible service, and you need to invest in a new supply chain solution in order to stay competitive today and in the future.

Do you expand upon the warehouse module of your ERP or do you invest in a best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS). There are many factors to consider such as: Current business processes and future growth plans, products and distribution networks, infrastructure and architecture. Sologlobe and ABC Computers have partnered to present this informative webinar. Aimed at answering these questions and more, we shall focus on explaining some of the built-in functionalities and benefits inherent in a best-of-breed WMS.

Sologlobe is excited to announce that they will be a Bronze Sponsor at Directions 2014. Lauded as “the only Microsoft Dynamics NAV event driven by NAV partners — for NAV partners”, Directions assembles the best solution providers, implementers, technical experts, sales and C-level representatives in the world of Microsoft Dynamics NAV Partners and ISV’s.

Last year, Directions hosted over 500 attendees in Nashville, Tennessee. This year, the 10th anniversary of the annual NAV gathering, features the theme "Discovering New Directions" and will be held in San Diego, California from September 14 -17.

Where has the time gone? NAVUG Forum 2013 is just 6 short weeks away, October 22-24, in Tampa, FL! 

If you haven’t already registered for this outstanding learning and networking event, exclusively for Dynamics NAV users, please do so today. Registration discounts expire this weekend on September 15 - this is your last chance to save $100! 

Don’t miss the unparalleled learning and networking opportunities you’ll find at NAVUG Forum 2013—experiences that are sure to elevate your organization’s productivity and business results. You’ll benefit from: 

L’implantation d’un logiciel en entreprise est depuis toujours un défi de taille. C’est un travail de longue haleine et les étapes de mise en place doivent être bien définies, documentées et surtout, bien exécutées.Dans ce cycle, une grande partie de l’effort consiste à procéder à l’analyse et l’inventaire des besoins spécifiques du client et d’adapter la solution en conséquence. Souvent, des mois de travail ardu sont nécessaires et une course vers la date de mise en marche du logiciel est lancée.Une des facettes souvent négligée est malheureusement la formation des utilisateurs sur la solution développée. C’est une erreur qui a pourtant de grandes conséquences sur la réussite globale d’un projet. En effet, la formation des usagers est une étape clé qui devrait être priorisée  et planifiée dès le lancement du projet.

SOLOGLOBE achieves Microsoft Gold Application Development Competency

Sologlobe is proud to announce that they have successfully completed the competency requirements to earn Microsoft Gold in Application Development. The process of obtaining Gold status is a rigorous one that tests your metal as a worthy solution partner. In fact, only 1% of all Microsoft Partners qualify for the distinguished designation.

The 5 step process involves the following:

The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP) represents Microsoft´s best of breed partners from around the globe. Our organization was formed in 1994 and provides Microsoft Partners a voice into Microsoft programs, to the IT community at large, as well as a vehicle to facilitate mutual growth and business development among partners. The non-profit organization is operated by an annually elected board of directors, and is funded through membership fees and sponsor grants.*

Sologlobe was officially welcomed into IAMCP Canada during the IAMCP Canada Eastern Region spring session. The meeting, held at Microsoft East Canada’s headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, was well attended by Microsoft employees, as well as new and existing IAMCP members.

Software development methods are evolving. Inspired from lean manufacturing, agile software development methods are replacing the waterfall method. Agile methods aim at frequently releasing small software increments, collecting user feedback, and adjusting future developments based on the feedback. Each development iteration goes through all software development phases, including specifications, design, implementation, testing, acceptance and deployment, but over a short time frame, typically 2 to 4 weeks. The main benefits are: