Newsletter | January 11, 2005

01.11.05 -- Accelerate ROI With On-Demand E-Procurement

January 11,
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From The Chief Editor
For our demand planners, this week's article entitled "Molson Canada Raises A Toast To New Forecasting Software," submitted by ALT-C Systems, addresses demand prediction for a product to which most of us can relate — beer!

Read how Molson — with $2 billion in annual sales across 6 brands, 11 pack sizes, and 1,000 item locations — implemented a system capable of producing monthly forecasts for marketing, while also producing weekly production volume by warehouse and forecasting seasonal promotions independently from Molson's normal brand pack forecast.

Featured Articles
Accelerating ROI With On-Demand E-Procurement
For many businesses, the advantages of online procurement have been tantalizingly clear but distant. Long ago, these companies recognized that getting rid of paper-based purchasing could save them money. Their executives realized that electronic procurement could eliminate human errors and speed up business processes. Submitted by Perfect Commerce

ERP Has A Role In Lean Initiatives
If ERP vendors want to be relevant to organizations that are embracing Lean, they must clearly articulate what they have to offer; some seem to be listening. Submitted by AMR Research

Molson Canada Raises A Toast To New Forecasting Software
Recently, Molson Canada embarked on a search for a planning and forecasting solution that would enable it to more accurately predict consumer demand and consequently improve the efficiency of its breweries. Following an exhaustive search, Molson selected the TimeTrends Forecast Warehouse by Montreal-based ALT-C Systems, Inc. Submitted by ALT-C Systems Inc.

Achieving Effective Inventory Management
In today's competitive business environment, wholesale distributors face critical factors that directly affect customer satisfaction and profit margins. This white paper examines the critical business issues and shows how the MAS 500 solution can give you competitive advantages that empower your business to successfully grow and prosper in today's marketplace. Submitted by Best Software

Top News Stories
AGI Worldwide Completes Wal-Mart RFID Compliance Initiative
WJ Communications And Richardson Electronics Sign Distribution Agreement For RFID Products
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The Manufacturing Imperative
Achieve the "perfect order" while reducing IT systems cost of ownership
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RFID Is Ready. Are You?
A Case Study Webcast: From spreadsheets to RFID asset tracking in six weeks
Thursday, January 27, 2005; 8:30am Pacific

With more than 3,000 IT items to track, the government of El Paso County, Colorado, looked for a solution that provided greater asset accountability without adding significant labor costs. This Webcast will demonstrate how an RFID solution took this government agency from spreadsheets to RFID tags in just six weeks.
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