Prairie-Broan companions. Broan-NuTone, the world's largest producer of residential ventilation products, has selected RedPrairie Corp.'s DigitaLogistix supply chain execution suite to replace manual methods of linking manufacturing and distribution operations. The company is implementing RedPrairie's DLx Warehouse to handle all inbound, work in process and outbound inventory and distribution activities; DLx Labor to improve labor productivity and throughput; and DLx Scorecard to provide logistics analytics and decision support across the enterprise.
Speed when they need it. USCO Logistics, a provider of integrated supply chain solutions, will manage an expanded seasonal overflow program for Home Depot in multi-customer distribution centers in Alsip, Ill.; Franklin, Mass.; Jersey City, N.J.; and Salt Lake City. The program builds on a one-facility trial project undertaken by Home Depot and USCO Logistics in 2002. Home Depot, the world's largest homeimprovement retail chain, will use the DCs to position high-velocity oversized products critical to its spring selling season closer to the stores. Shipments will move directly to stores without burdening the existing warehouse network during this peak period.
Where's that screwdriver? Two major tool manufacturers have joined Prophet 21's Trading Partner Connect network. Stanley Tools and Black & Decker-DeWalt have become members of the Internet trading network in an effort to improve customer service while decreasing the costs of conducting business. Trading Partner Connect streamlines commerce between manufacturers, distributors and endusers, thereby increasing sales and improving customer service while reducing operating costs. Trading Partner Connect also provides distributors with a Webbased storefront to offer end-users online customer service as well as ordering capabilities 24/7.
Getting smart. SIRIT Technologies Inc. has entered into a strategic partnership with Matrics Inc., a pioneer in the advanced development and standardization of low-cost, high-performance UHF radio-frequency identification (RFID) smart-label technology. SIRIT will use the Matrics RFID chips to build an integrated suite of solutions based on the "smart label," which it claims will provide the performance benefits of RFID technologies at a lower cost.
Hardwear chooses software. Mountain Hardwear of Richmond, Calif., has chosen V3 Systems, which provides enterprise-level supply chain execution packages, to manage its supply chain logistics and inventory processes. Mountain Hardwear says it selected V3 because its solution offered strong Web-based flexibility, which will help the company expand the scope of its distribution of high-end outdoor gear.
Goin' mobile. Intermec Technologies Corp. has launched a worldwide strategic partnership with MCL Technologies, a rapid application development and communication software tools developer. As part of the partnership, MCL's Collection Software Suite, which includes MCL-Designer, MCL-Net, MCL-Link and MCL-Bridges, will be available directly from Intermec. MCL-Collection provides integrated development support for Intermec's 700 Series family of mobile computers and in the future will be available for additional Intermec mobile computers and terminals.