Newsletter | February 7, 2005

02.07.05 -- Molson Canada Improves Efficiency With New Forecasting Software

February 07,
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From The Chief Editor
While Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft had everybody's attention for the past 18 months, it was by no means the only merger-and-acquisition activity in the ERP software space. Last week, privately held Infor Global Solutions acquired its 11th company in 26 months by announcing a definitive agreement to buy Mapics for about $350 million. Last fall, Infor added Lilly Software Associates to its stable. These acquisitions have grown Infor's global install base to 17,500 customers in more than 70 countries.
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Two areas that have seen tremendous growth and continue to hold a promising future are transportation planning and execution. This paper will help provide a better understanding of how these processes have developed over time and what the future holds for companies that are serious about overall transportation — and logistics — optimization. Submitted by Manhattan Associates

Build An Electronic Pedigree
The slap-and-ship model of RFID technology isn't for everybody. H. D. Smith Wholesale Drug Co. expects more from RFID. H. D. Smith, a pharmaceutical wholesaler with annual sales of more than $1.5 billion, plans to implement RFID technology at six of its distribution centers to improve its own inventory and product tracking systems. Used with permission from Integrated Solutions magazine

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.

Profit From Personalization
Today's business climate requires that companies are knowledgeable about their customers' purchasing preferences. Sophisticated buyers have increased their knowledge about supply options and have ready access to information about the products they purchase. This flow of information is shifting power in the supply chain closer to the buyer, causing product commoditization. Submitted by Optum, Inc.

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Infor Signs Definitive Agreement To Acquire MAPICS For A Cash Price Of $12.75 Per Share
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Contributing Editor
Purists will complain that anything short of pure flow isn't "lean" but I believe that any technique or approach that delivers shorter lead time, reduced handling, more flexibility, etc. qualifies and if it can be done more quickly and affordably, so much the better. Read more. Written by Dave Turbide

For more than 25 years, Dave Turbide has been a consultant specializing in manufacturing technologies and education.

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