AkzoNobel Powder Coatings Selects Quintiq Scheduler for Supply Chain Management

AkzoNobel, a powder coatings manufacturer, has selected the Quintiq Scheduler to support production planning and supply chain management across AkzoNobel Powder Coatings facilities throughout Europe.

AkzoNobel expects the Quintiq solution to help in increasing manufacturing productivity and improving delivery performance. At the same time, this supply chain management solution should also reduce inventory levels throughout the supply chain in AkzoNobel’s complex production environment.

AkzoNobel was facing significant challenges in complexity and flexibility, and looked to Quintiq to help the company to realize the production potential in its supply chain. With the Quintiq Scheduler, AkzoNobel gained access with a complete overview of the supply chain to shorten lead times and reduce inventory.

The Quintiq solution was selected by AkzoNobel due to its proven ability to handle highly complex planning typical to the process and batch manufacturing environment employed throughout AkzoNobel facilities.

Frank van Ooijen, Global Operations Director BU Powder Coatings at AkzoNobel, highlighted that the company really liked the Quintiq supply chain solution and was impressed with the knowledge base of those charged with demonstrating the production planning solution.

Francois Eijgelshoven, Business Director at Quintiq, noted that the complex production processes inherent in the AkzoNobel environment required a sophisticated planning solution to ensure the company could reap the most from manufacturing capabilities.

With the Quintiq Scheduler in place, AkzoNobel can address tactical planning needs and enable the company to optimize interactions between production capacities, raw materials and customer orders. The company can also manage day-to-day planning challenges as it effectively manages the complete supply chain.

CDC Software Partners with OnAsset Intelligence to Bring Supply Chain Intelligence to the Cloud

CDC Software Corporation and OnAsset Intelligence Inc. have formed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnership. Under this partnership OnAsset will exercise CDC Supply Chain technology to create greater intelligence and bring together wireless monitoring and sensor data with data from enterprise systems.

Since CDC Software Corporation is a provider of on-premise and cloud developments, the supply chain fits well with OnAsset Intelligence’s machine-to-machine wireless asset tracking, sensing and control solutions.

The goal of the partnership is to allow customers who have an accelerating new business to be able to leverage data from wireless devices and other enterprise systems, such as SENTRY. It will also allow a managed service for real-time visibility of high-value freight during all types of transportation, such as, land, water and air travel. Companies will also be able to put their view of the supply chain into effect, by influencing business intelligence information from enterprise systems.

As technology booms, more large companies and enterprises are using it to decrease risky operations and secure the management as global security concerns increase. Companies need to provide quality assurance of conditions during the process of freight and package traveling.

The partnership between these the two companies will ensure real-time monitoring and will allow for the tracking of pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics and computing equipment, consumer packed goods and manufacturing parts like high value equipment.

According to Bruce Cameron, president of CDC Software, real-time asset management is the natural extension to running a smooth supply chain. The combination of CDC’s technology with OnAsset’s products will provide customers with a compelling solution on the cloud that can mitigate the risks that regularly occur during distribution between the warehouse and the final product destination.

Supply Chain Operations Reference Model 10.0 Now Available from Supply Chain Council

The Supply Chain Operations Reference model 10.0 has been released by the Supply Chain Council. This release marks a first for three different elements within the framework for global supply chain management:

1. The introduction of people skill requirements designed to help organizations to build supply chain competency and career paths;

2. Supply Chain Council members can access and use an HTML online format of this model to drive flexible searching and modeling;

3. Supply chain managers working for organizations not yet members of the Supply Chain Council will have the ability to purchase copies of the print edition of the latest model.

According to the Supply Chain Council, these new additions to the model will improve supply chain analysis, while also providing the necessary benchmarking, planning and execution. With this framework in place, supply chain partners will be better suited to communicate. As reference model users increase, everyone throughout the supply chain will enjoy greater efficiency and productivity.

The addition of people skills to the Supply Chain Operations Reference model is expected to help leaders in supply chain and human resource areas to find and develop those individuals who possess the requisite technical expertise and experience to excel in the supply chain space. This will allow supply chain leaders to effectively align the skills of their people with their overall strategic objectives.

The extended access of the reference model for non-Supply Chain Council members will help to improve supply chain management across the board. While membership is certainly desired to ensure the organization has access to the tools and resources necessary to drive excellence, this access provides a great first-step to encourage others to embrace the benefits of the Supply Chain Council.

2010 Green Supply Chain Awards

Supply Chain and Social Responsibility were the focus of 2010 Green Supply Chain Awards which took place a few weeks ago. The awards recognize companies that put emphasis on sustainability when it comes to supply chain strategies.

The list of green vendors is comprehensive with several top of the line vendors in the mix; proving that the ‘green supply chain’ can help businesses optimize their operations, while still being eco-friendly. In fact, corporate responsibility and the green supply chain are slowly becoming the norm in the manufacturing industry. As evidenced by the recent trend of small to midsized companies being subjected to trade barrier blockage due to emerging rules and regulations. In short, social responsibility efforts are on the rise.

“The purpose of [the Green Supply Chain Awards] is to highlight a range of strategies and solutions that companies are employing to incorporate sustainability into the supply chain,” said Andrew K reese, the editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Our readers can use this information as a baseline to assess the clarity and content of the sustainability and related supply chain management goals and strategies, implementation measures taken and performance results to date.”

The nominees were selected based on standout projects to incorporate sustainability in customers’ supply chains.  Recipients of the green supply chain nominations varied from logistics and transportation companies to healthcare and pharmaceutical enterprises.

Past nominees were chosen for proactive action where suppliers avoided costly disruptions and companies that introduced mobile based communications systems to reduce paper bills. The example of past green supply chain nominees prove that seeing sustainability as a risk management tool can be relevant throughout the supply chain.

The importance of the green supply chain has never been more relevant. Not only is being green socially responsible, green supply chain software can also help lower an enterprise’s overall risk through streamlined operations.