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RedPrairie WMS integrates Build-To-Order features in new release


Current version supports in-line sequencing and work order processing for seamless production and logistics

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has begun integrating its own Build-To-Order product’s in-line sequencing, as well as work order processing capabilities into its Warehouse Management System (WMS). The new updates will aid in supporting production line requirements – improving efficiency and accuracy for build-to-order manufacturers. These and other enhancements within the current release of RedPrairie’s Supply Chain Execution suite integrate work orders, production information and process flows from raw materials receipt through distribution, improving efficiency and accuracy.

The new WMS additions will allow several work orders to be allocated, scheduled and system-directed across multiple work stations. Labor standards, so successful in improving distribution workforce performance, have also been extended to the production line. These enhancements will improve the efficiency, control and visibility of production work order processing.

“For manufacturers, supply chain management starts with the raw materials and components they receive from suppliers and continues all the way to the customer, sometimes extending to vendor-managed inventory at the customer site,” comments Tom Kozenski, RedPrairie vice president product strategy, “Manufacturers view this as one multi-step process which they want to support with a single integrated approach. Through this new release, manufacturers for the first time have an integrated solution across these domains.”

RedPrairie’s Build-To-Order solution provides in-sequence parts and component delivery to production lines, error proofing and traceability, shop floor integration with material handling equipment, and outbound delivery sequencing. This reduces lead times and inventory costs, improves on-time delivery, and enhances lean manufacturing efforts. The new release also adds to the WMS’s vendor-managed inventory capabilities, improving visibility and control over inventory hand-off from supplier to customer. The new updates include support for the roll third party logistics providers often play in the process, tracking supplier information down to the item level, offering time-appropriate ownership transfer, and rules-based allocation algorithms by supplier.

Steve Banker, Service Director for Supply Chain Management at ARC Advisory Group, says, “We have seen the line between production and distribution operations blur over the past few years. What I find interesting about this release is that there is functionality typically found in a Production Management system, such as in-line sequencing, that can absolutely improve certain types of warehouse operations. Other functionality, such as Labor Management based on engineered standards, has far more typically been used in warehouse operations. But these functions can absolutely improve certain types of production operations. I applaud the cross fertilization, and the blurring of lines between Production and Warehouse Management systems.”

The new release of RedPrairie’s E2e™ Supply Chain Execution suite is now available in general release.

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