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Intelligrated introduces Knighted fulfillment execution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cincinnati – Intelligrated is introducing fulfillment execution systems, a new software model from its subsidiary company, Knighted Fulfillment execution systems optimize fulfillment in real time.

The Knighted fulfillment execution system acts as the operational brain, making automated, real-time decisions based on constant analysis of order priority, inventory, labor, process and equipment information to optimize fulfillment operations. This real-time software model contrasts with conventional WMS solutions, which focus on a cycle of planning, executing, monitoring and adjusting as a sequence of discrete events.

Knighted software uses points-based tasking algorithms to manage inbound and outbound operations, automation flow, yard, labor and inventory to balance and prioritize workflow throughout the entire operation. Drag-and-drop workflows enable software adjustments and process optimization, eliminating the need for complex software coding.

“The demands of today’s omni-channel retailers require fulfillment operations to ship orders faster and more efficiently than ever before,” said Greg Cronin, executive VP. “The Knighted fulfillment execution system model enables fulfillment operations to adapt in real time and deliver intelligent decisions at the speed of automation for maximum efficiency.”

Knighted fulfillment execution systems deliver a suite of warehouse management, warehouse control, labor management, business intelligence and order fulfillment technologies with enterprise visibility, scalable for single-facility operations to multi-site enterprises.

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Accellos updates WMS offering

BY Dan Berthiaume

Atlanta – Accellos is releasing AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) version 6.5, which is built on Accellos’ unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform version 3.0. This cloud-ready WMS features an all-new configuration mechanism that leverages Microsoft’s Workflow Foundation, enabling partners and customers to analyze and modify business processes without writing code or using proprietary scripting languages.

“Our vision for a flexible and configurable unifying technology platform has become reality with the release of AccellosOne WMS 6.5 and AccellosOne Platform 3.0,” said CTO Ross Elliot. "Our partnership with MetricStream has been critical to the success of our sustainability and supply chain management programs," said Zyda Rylands, Managing Director for Food at Woolworths. "With MetricStream, we have established a common point of reference to assess, score, and track sustainability initiatives across over 900 suppliers worldwide. Increased visibility into sustainability initiatives, coupled with workflow automation and improved collaboration with suppliers is critical to meeting our sustainability goals, and supporting our long-term success as an organization."

Supply chain business processes require maximum flexibility and the ability for users to enhance processes as part of new distribution strategies or continuous improvement initiatives. The new workflow capability available in the WMS brings this level of process flexibility to our customers. In addition to the new workflow capability, this release also brings one-click software updates and a robust e-learning framework.”

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Lowe’s names merchandising exec as chief customer officer

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mooresville, N.C. — Lowe’s Companies Inc. has named Michael A. Jones has been named the company’s chief customer officer, effective April 30. Jones currently serves as Lowe’s chief merchandising officer, overseeing the full merchandise offering for all Lowe’s U.S. stores and Lowes.com, as well as all global sourcing activities.

Jones will succeed Gregory M. Bridgeford, who plans to retire after 32 years with the company. In his new role, Jones will be responsible for creating experiences that best serve customers and differentiate Lowe’s from its competitors, and will oversee areas including customer experience design, merchandising, marketing and communications, and digital interfaces. Jones joined Lowe’s in January 2013 with more than a decade of executive leadership experience in sales, service, product management and international business, serving with Husqvarna as president and executive VP for North and Latin America from 2009 until joining the company in 2013. Before his role at Husqvarna, Jones spent 15 years at General Electric.

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P.Siegel says:
Mar-05-2014 03:31 pm

Lowes appointment of a customer corporate officer
is an excellent idea and a giant step forward for any and every retailer. THE MOST NEEDY COMPANY FOR THIS TYPE OF FORWARD STEP - IS WALMART- WHO'S CUSTOMER POLICIES AND RELATIONS ARE THOSE OF PRIOR 1950s organization

P.Siegel says:
Mar-05-2014 03:31 pm

is an excellent idea and a giant step forward for any and every retailer. THE MOST NEEDY COMPANY FOR THIS TYPE OF FORWARD STEP - IS WALMART- WHO'S CUSTOMER POLICIES AND RELATIONS ARE THOSE OF PRIOR 1950s organization

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