Integrated built-to-order software

Supply chain software company RedPrairie has announced that it is integrating its build-to-order product features into its warehouse management system (WMS).

The updates are designed to help build-to-order manufacturers enhance efficiency and accuracy in their operations, by adding production line support functions, including in-line sequencing and work order processing capabilities.

“For manufacturers, supply chain management starts with the raw materials and components they receive from suppliers and continues all the way to the customer, sometimes extending to vendor-managed inventory at the customer site,” said Tom Kozenski, the company’s vice president product strategy.

“Manufacturers view this as on multi-step process, which they want to support with a single integrated approach. Through this new release, manufacturers for the first time have an integrated solution across these domains.”

The new WMS additions will allow several work orders to be allocated, scheduled and system-directed across multiple work stations. Also adding to the WMS’s vendor-managed inventory capabilities, it is expected to improve visibility and control over inventory hand-off from supplier to customer.

Other features to be updated include support for third-party logistics providers, tracking supplier information down to the item level, offering time-appropriate ownership transfer and rules-based allocation algorithms by supplier.

Steven Banker, service director of supply chain management at ARC Advisory Group, said: “We have seen the line between production and distribution operations blur over the past few years…I applaud the cross fertilisation, and the blurring of lines between production and warehouse management systems.”

See www.redprairie.com

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