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eBECS, a Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) partner, has developed a series of Lean Manufacturing modules to complement and enhance the functionality of MBS’ Axapta toolset. Lean Manufacturing is the ability to establish manufacturing cells where downstream triggers kanbans through the supply chain. eBECS’ Lean Enterprise Solution includes Lean Manufacturing using pull techniques such as Lean Supply Replenishment, Flow Scheduling, Lean Ordering and Vendor Managed Inventory. There is also a Sales and Procurement Schedule solution which, says eBECS, many companies need to balance and level flow as their interaction up and down the supply chain takes place through schedules as opposed to discreet customer orders.

Rubicon Retail has outsourced its IT systems support and development services to Retail Assist as part of a five-year contract. Retail Assist is providing IT support and development services for Rubicon Retail’s head office, distribution and store locations. As well as providing a team at head office for desktop, applications and administrative support, Retail Assist will make available its full range of Help Desk, Data Centre, Technical Support, and Project services. The contract with Retail Assist follows Rubicon Retail’s agreement with new outsourcing partners covering IT, payroll, warehousing and distribution.

Chain execution solutions supplier Catalyst International is working with Cadbury Adams Manufacturing (CAM) to implement its SAPConsole to leverage CAM’s SAP investment and optimise the efficiency of its supply chain. CAM installed SAPConsole, which provides real-time connectivity to SAP functionality without the need for additional middleware, supports all major warehouse processes provided by SAP LES. The confectionery manufacturer expects SAPConsole to improve productivity, reduce operating costs and provide more accurate and timely data throughout its supply chain.

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