OPERATIONS

Life is Good partners with Attune Consulting

BY Dan Berthiaume

Boston – Life is Good is obtaining solutions support through a partnership with Attune Consulting. Since 2007, Life is Good has utilized Attune’s portfolio of business process, technology, training, and support services.

In particular, Life is Good has used Attune to help implement services and technology from SAP, including establishing a third-party warehouse and multi-currency system to facilitate the sale of products in multiple countries, as well as upgrading to SAP AFS 6.5 and providing support for key follow-on projects, including automation of the company’s EDI (electronic data exchange) outbound processes.

"Attune delivered on what they promised, and we’ve had their consultants onsite every year since to help scope projects and provide the support we need from planning and implementation to the go-live date and beyond," said Stacey Ireson, applications manager at Life is Good.

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Woolworths enhances sustainability with MetricStream

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cape Town, South Africa — South African retailer Woolworths has implemented MetricStream’s Sustainability Performance Management Solution to capture and measure sustainability metrics and indicators around energy, water, soil, and waste management. The solution will also help Woolworths monitor supplier compliance with sustainability guidelines, and optimize the performance of the company’s sustainability projects and initiatives.

MetricStream’s solution provides a centralized framework for Woolworths to register and onboard suppliers for its sustainability management program, measure supplier compliance through periodic self-assessments and third-party audits, maintain supplier data, and manage supplier certifications. Woolworths is currently using MetricStream’s Quality Audit Management solution to optimize its Total Quality Management (TQM) program. This existing solution will be extended to include MetricStream’s Sustainability Performance Management Solution, providing Woolworths with a comprehensive view of supplier performance, sustainability, and quality management programs.

The solution will help Woolworths execute its "Good Business Journey" – a comprehensive plan to cultivate environmentally friendly and organic products, and to contribute to socio-economic transformation and social development. As part of the "Good Business Journey," Woolworths’ sustainability initiatives focus on environmentally sensitive farming practices to improve soil and water quality, save water, reduce waste, and encourage biodiversity. With MetricStream’s help, the company has strengthened sustainability projects by replacing manual processes and paper-based spreadsheets with a more automated, integrated, and collaborative approach.

"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 more than 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."

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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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