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The Elica Group, which manufactures cooker hoods, has selected TXT e-solutions to provide software solutions to support new developments throughout all of its supply chain. The agreement envisages implementation of an organisational model assigning responsibility to a centralised function for planning Elica’s supply chain, which comprises four factories and a vast network of contract producers and suppliers. The business processes covered by the TXT suite’s modules range from demand forecasting to planning and scheduling of short, medium and long-term production and procurement. Elica says its objective is “to respond to a market requiring reliable delivery dates and increasingly short delivery times”.

Cirrus Logistics has added the new Site Traffic Module to its CLASS logistics toolkit. The module is claimed to be the first tool of its kind with the capability to quantify vehicle turnaround issues and test options for improvement vehicle movements on site. The product models road vehicle flows on, around or between warehouse sites and is designed to help managers avoid bottlenecks that not only cause significant delays in the supply chain but extend vehicle turnaround times. It analyses the dynamic effects of vehicle arrival and departure patterns, the consequential number of vehicles queuing at gatehouses, and the usage of bays.

Inform’s add*ONE inventory optimisation system is now available in the UK. The software is aimed at manufacturers and trading companies looking to reduce stock levels, cut costs and improve service levels. Through improved decision-making, the system typically reduces stock by between 10% and 40% and cuts costs by 25% and 50%. add*ONE offers intelligent optimisation for inventory forecasting, planning and ordering, delivery logistics, simulation and inventory controlling. Users include BASF, Copeland, Leica, and Linde.

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