AB World Foods has a highly complex supply chain, a typical situation in the food industry. That complexity arises from the nature of the company's globally sourced and distributed products, as well as by the demands of growth and acquisition.
Reduced expenses, improved productivity, and increased revenue are the most recognized business results experienced by Infor Supply Chain Execution customers. With over 600 customers and more than 1,500 implementations, Infor presents the worldwide community with an unmatched portfolio of solutions deployed in a diverse collection of customer accounts, while maintaining unparalleled financial strength. Infor’s ability to implement and support Supply Chain Execution solutions with customers, and positively impact their business in over 35 countries around the world, sets the benchmark for the industry.
It’s a fact of life that manufacturers who mix, blend, brew, cook, react, or distill face different scheduling challenges from those in other industries—challenges that aren’t met by conventional ERP planning software or assembly-based scheduling systems. Infor Advanced Scheduling is a sophisticated, constraint-based scheduling solution that addresses these differences, including the real-world challenges of managing the capacity of vessels, tanks, and lines—and the flow of product between them.
A prediction is different than a forecast. A prediction foretells a future event. A forecast presents the probability that an event will occur during a specific timeframe. One is a statistic, the other a probability. For demand planning, probabilistic forecasting delivers more value—it supports better decision making about critical issues such as safety stock levels, production plans, and replenishment strategies. To make plans that help your business thrive, you need demand planning systems built to automatically recognize and manage the issues that matter, so that you can easily make realistic preparations for the most likely situations.
It’s no longer enough to optimize the performance of each segment of your supply chain. To reach top performance, you need to view and operate your entire supply chain as a unified whole that encompasses participants both inside and outside the company, including customers, contractors, and suppliers. Studies show that companies with the most fully integrated supply chain technology invariably rank among the top industry performers in every respect. End-to-end supply chain visibility combined with an efficient execution system can help you make better decisions and execute those decisions more quickly and profitably.
Organon produces prescription medicines from raw material (or “active material”). The company’s core business is developing the products and addressing specific local market needs. However, each country has its own constraints. For example, French regulatory affairs require that the information included on and in the package is written in French, while in other countries like Sweden, Norway, or Denmark, other languages are required. Another geographical difference is branding. It’s possible that the same drug has a different name per country because of cultural influences or simply because the name has a different meaning in the native language.
Following its acquisition by Spyker cars in 2010, Saab faced two options regarding its demand planning and supplier relationship management systems. It could continue to use those of its previous owner on a paid-for basis, or become completely independent from those systems. The cost of "renting" General Motors’ systems simply wasn’t sustainable, so the parts company decided to implement its own.
For food, beverage, chemical, and other process manufacturers, the use of volume-based assets such as tanks, silos, drums, and vats can make the production scheduling process extremely complex. To effectively schedule volumes, process manufacturers need solutions designed for the unique needs of their industry. However, many solutions are not equipped to manage the challenges of volume scheduling.