Infor SCM (Supply Chain Management)

Infor SCM (Supply Chain Management)
Fulfilling the concept-to-customer vision.
Operating a chaos-tolerant supply chain in a world of increasing uncertainty is an impossible mission unless you have business-specific SCM software that helps you manage complexity and increase your profitability, competitiveness, and growth.

Infor SCM (Supply Chain Management) meets the challenge with specialized functionality that takes into account the different supply chain perspectives and unique business challenges of manufacturers, retailers, and transportation and logistics service providers. By partnering with Infor, you're assured of having comprehensive SCM solutions delivered by a single vendor, with best practices and low total cost of ownership built in, that match all of your business priorities from network design/order inception to delivery-from concept to customer.
Infor's supply chain logistics and inventory management software solutions help companies like yours:
· Reduce supply chain operational costs for increased profitability
· Improve customer service to enhance competitiveness
· Manage growth and expansion to improve revenues and market share
· Become supply chain leaders
Infor Supply Chain Management is a global solution with implementations at over 1,600 customer sites in 40 countries. Backed by domain experts who know supply chain management and the challenges you face, our supply chain planning and execution solutions comprise the following key components:
Strategic Network Design—modeling and optimization tools for determining the most effective number, location, size, and capacity of facilities to meet customer service goals; time-phased tactical planning for determining where and when to make, buy, store, and move product through the network.
Demand Planning—forecasting tools, web-based collaboration interface, and sales and operations reporting and metrics that help companies predict and shape customer demand with greater accuracy.
Distribution Planning—inventory analysis and time-variable stock target calculations for ensuring the optimal balance between service levels and inventory investment; synchronized replenishment plans for all network points right back to manufacturing and supplier sources for better visibility.
Manufacturing Planning—constraint-based advanced planning system for engineering, assembly, and repetitive manufacturing environments; similar tools for process manufacturers.
Production Scheduling—finite capacity scheduling for engineering, assembly, and repetitive environments, as well as batch-process production facilities.
Transportation and Logistics Planning—transportation planning, transportation procurement, route planning, transportation management, small parcel shipping, and international trade logistics for global, multi-modal operations.
Warehouse Management System—end-to-end fulfillment and distribution including inventory, labor, and work and task management, as well as cross-docking, value-added services, yard management, multiple inventory ownership and billing/invoicing, and voice-directed distribution.

RFID—comprehensive RFID-enablement framework delivering business value through process optimization for manufacturers and other companies, as well as compliance solutions for retail, pharmaceuticals, the US Department of Defense, and others.
Event Management—proactive, real-time exception management technology for detecting conditional change anywhere in the supply chain and communicating it instantly for resolution
A supply chain, logistics network, or supply network is the system of organizations, people, technology, activities, information and resources involved in moving a product or service from supplier to customer. Supply chain activities transform natural resources, raw materials and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer. In sophisticated supply chain systems, used products may re-enter the supply chain at any point where residual value is recyclable. Supply chains link value chains[1].
A typical supply chain begins with ecological and biological regulation of natural resources, followed by the human extraction of raw material and includes several production links, for instance; component construction, assembly and merging before moving onto several layers of storage facilities of ever decreasing size and ever more remote geographical locations, and finally reaching the consumer.
Many of the exchanges encountered in the supply chain will therefore be between different companies who will seek to maximize their revenue within their sphere of interest, but may have little or no knowledge or interest in the remaining players in the supply chain. More recently, the loosely coupled, self-organizing network of businesses that cooperates to provide product and service offerings has been called the extended enterprise.[2]
Supply chain modelling

There are a variety of supply chain models, which address both the upstream and downstream sides.
The SCOR (Supply Chain Operations Reference) model, developed by the Supply Chain Council, measures total supply chain performance. It is a process reference model for supply-chain management, spanning from the supplier's supplier to the customer's customer.[3]. It includes delivery and order fulfillment performance, production flexibility, warranty and returns processing costs, inventory and asset turns, and other factors in evaluating the overall effective performance of a supply chain.
The Global Supply Chain Forum (GSCF) introduced another Supply Chain Model. This framework [4] is built on eight key business processes that are both cross-functional and cross-firm in nature. Each process is managed by a cross-functional team, including representatives from logistics, production, purchasing, finance, marketing and research and development. While each process will interface with key customers and suppliers, the customer relationship management and supplier relationship management processes form the critical linkages in the supply chain.
Supply chain management
In the 1980s the term Supply Chain Management (SCM) was developed, to express the need to integrate the key business processes, from end user through original suppliers. Original suppliers being those that provide products, services and information that add value for customers and other stakeholders. The basic idea behind the SCM is that companies and corporations involve themselves in a supply chain by exchanging information regarding market fluctuations, production capabilities.
If all relevant information is accessible to any relevant company, every company in the supply chain has the possibility to and can seek to help optimizing the entire supply chain rather than sub optimize based on a local interest. This will lead to better planned overall production and distribution which can cut costs and give a more attractive final product leading to better sales and better overall results for the companies involved.
Incorporating SCM successfully leads to a new kind of competition on the global market where competition is no longer of the company versus company form but rather takes on a supply chain versus supply chain form.
The primary objective of supply chain management is to fulfill customer demands through the most efficient use of resources, including distribution capacity, inventory and labor. Various aspects of optimizing the supply chain include liaising with suppliers to eliminate bottlenecks; implementing JIT techniques to optimize manufacturing flow; and using location/allocation, vehicle routing analysis, Dynamic programming and, of course, traditional logistics optimization to maximize the efficiency of the distribution side.
There is often confusion over the terms Supply Chain and Logistics. It is now generally accepted that the term Logistics applies to activities within one company/organization whereas the term Supply Chain also encompasses suppliers and customers and therefore is a much broader focus.
Starting in the 1990s several companies choose to outsource their supply chain management by partnering with a 3PL, Third-party logistics provider

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