Supply Chain Visibility — September, 2008

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Crafting the Visible Supply Chain
There are many variations of supply chain "visibility", ranging across multiple functions both inside and outside the organization. Greg Aimi, research director with AMR Research, offers a comprehensive definition of the word, and reviews the progress that companies have made toward achieving true visibility of their goods, all the way from plant to the consumer. In the process, they face a number of challenges, including...
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A New Level of Visibility and Control
Most companies have heard of radio frequency identification, but they might not be aware exactly how the technology can be deployed within a supply chain. Bill McBeath, managing director in the Supply Chain Risk Intelligence Group of Marsh, offers a basic definition of RFID, then elaborates on its many applications. RFID is more than just "barcodes on steroids" - it promises a much great level of detail when tracking and managing inventory. McBeath also talks about...
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Are You Sure You Have Enough Supply Chain Visibility?
Two realities--neither one pleasant--emerge when you study supply chain visibility. First, regulatory mandates and complex supply chains with short lead times each require visibility much further up the supply stream than is common today. Second, 90 percent of those surveyed by Aberdeen Group say...
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Wavelink Updates Terminal Emulation App; Partners With Datalogic Mobile
Wavelink Corp. has made available version 7.1 of Wavelink Terminal Emulation, the vendor's tool for extending applications residing on mainframe systems to mobile workers. Among the new features are customized mobile device screens, allowing administrators to optimize terminal emulation screens for mobile workers using the new WYSIWYG screen re-formatter. They can set proper size and resolution, including only relevant data fields and providing on-screen help and notes for mobile users. In addition, administrators can now import...
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Brazilian Pulp, Paper Company Implements Shipment Visibility Platform from GT Nexus
GT Nexus says it has successfully deployed a global shipment visibility platform for Suzano Pulp & Paper, one of Brazil's largest and fastest growing exporters. The on-demand platform connects partners, translates the incoming data and then provides Web-based applications that allow Suzano's logistics management teams in South America, North America and Europe to monitor and control the movement of...
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Retail Solutions Inc. Offers New Release of Visibility Suite
Retail Solutions Inc. has undertaken a new release of its retail visibility software suite. Retail Solutions Demand Signal Management (DSM) integrates syndicated data with the vendor's retail platform, for near-real time-sharing and analysis of point-of-sale (POS) data. The company's Advanced Analytics option provides access to...
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