A study conducted by UK supply chain consulting company Bisham Consulting has clearly indicated that medium sized companies cannot necessarily meet their supply chain solutions needs from traditional ERP providers. As part of an initiative to identify and meet the needs of these mid-size companies, Bisham one of the UKs leading independent supply chain consulting companies, was called in to identify the need and build a business case for appropriate offerings.
Following the study, five IT solution providers within the supply chain have come together to offer mid-sized companies a sensible, practical, cost-efficient supply chain alternative to the major ERP offerings. The companies involved are, Deltion, Destiny, DPS, Fleetwood and RedPrairie, all of whom are market leaders in their own specialised spheres and they have formed a strategic alliance to meet these needs.
Martin Williams, Director of Bisham Consulting, who project directed the study, said It is obvious that for many companies, and this is supported by evidence from many of our own clients, they require a user friendly and cost effective IT solution for their supply chain and are struggling to find one. Many have found that complex ERP offerings are an expensive hammer to crack a relatively simple walnut.
The demands of cost effectiveness, simplicity, visibility and customer service are often not met. Although the major ERP solutions are expensive to purchase and to implement, they all too often do not meet the expected cost benefits in the supply chain.
The event: The supply chain offering, which will be launched at a series of free showcase events - www.logisticsshowcase.co.uk - starting in November at Old Trafford Manchester (November 8th) and Pinewood Studios London (November 10th), is modular allowing companies to pick all or whichever parts are appropriate for their business needs. The key elements of these web-based solutions are order management, warehouse management, vehicle routing and scheduling, tracking and tracing and proof of delivery.