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JDA and Panasonic collaborate on digital supply chain solutions

JDA Software and Panasonic have partnered to develop digital solutions within the manufacturing, logistics, and retail industries.

The firms say they will be working together to incorporate SaaS, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), real-time sensing technologies and advanced analytics.

The joint solutions will focus on optimising production plans, supply and demand prediction, lead times and store inventory management.

New solutions include:

  • JDA Luminate integration with Panasonic Visual Sort Assist: This solution improves efficiency in package sorting for warehouses, leveraging scanning technology and image projection to accelerate the parcel sortation process on a conveyor belt, while linking with the main system to provide real-time data and insights.
  • JDA Luminate Store Optimizer integration with Panasonic out-of-stock detection: Out-of-stock information is sent in real-time from the retail store to factories, warehouses and store personnel, allowing for more timely shelf replenishment, improvements in production and shipping plans.
  • JDA Luminate Control Tower integration with Panasonic flowline analytics: Includes detection and analysis of the behaviour of humans and machines enabling improvements in the allocation of workers, forklifts and other equipment at production sites and warehouses.
  • JDA Luminate Control Tower integration with Panasonic facial recognition: Enhances security and enables real-time optimisation of workers by staff ID/location, as well as shopper behavior and demographic analytics for merchandising and marketing.

Girish Rishi, CEO at JDA, said: “The autonomous supply chain transformation is just beginning and it will be built on correlating edge technologies with enterprise supply chain software. The JDA partnership with Panasonic to co-innovate and deliver solutions to our customers is a major step in that direction. Not only will this strengthen JDA’s presence and footprint in Japan, it will also put these new technologies in the forefront of customers’ minds in JDA’s Customer Experience Centers in Scottsdale and London as well as Panasonic’s Connected Solutions Company headquarters in Tokyo, giving customers a tangible look at the autonomy they can drive in their future factories, warehouses, and stores.”

Yasu Higuchi, CEO of Panasonic’s B2B business, Connected Solutions Company, said: “As part of our solutions business strategy, Panasonic is using the know-how we have cultivated in the manufacturing industry and our own core technologies to become a total solutions integrator for customers in the logistics and retail fields. However, knowledge and hardware alone cannot completely solve all our customers’ needs. Through this collaboration with supply chain industry leader JDA, I am confident that we will create synergies with JDA’s AI/ML-based Luminate software solutions to comprehensively solve the problems facing our customers.”

Survey reveals contrasting digital supply chain transformation strategies

A joint survey of supply chain executives carried out by JDA Software and KPMG has revealed that customer expectations are driving retailer supply chain investment.

Meanwhile, agility and innovation are driving manufacturers’ investment in their supply chains.

The 2018 Digital Supply Chain Executive Survey, conducted by Incisiv, found that more than half of respondents identified the need for real-time product visibility as the leading driver in digital supply chain investment.

The survey found that both retailers (57 per cent) and manufacturers (50 per cent) include real-time product visibility as a top driver of investment. Retailers express the need for end-to-end traceability (53 per cent) with the ability to manage new fulfillment nodes (50 per cent), where manufacturers are driven by the need to innovate faster (40 per cent), with lower cost to serve (33 per cent) through improved planning.

Cognitive/predictive analytics is overwhelmingly viewed as the most disruptive technology by executives for its ability to impact all parts of the supply chain, including forecasting, fleet routing and inventory optimization.

Interesting, manufacturers view blockchain and autonomous vehicles as the most disruptive technologies, with half of the companies surveyed planning to test these in the next 24 months.

“As Amazon extends from retail into manufacturing and logistics, these industries recognize that the status quo for supply chains is no longer an option for success,” said Kevin Sterneckert, group vice president, innovation strategy and solution marketing at JDA. “The 2018 Digital Supply Chain Executive Survey outlines how retailers and manufacturers are leveraging innovative technologies and strategic alliances to improve speed to market and deliver a superior customer experience profitably.”

 

“Companies that offer the best customer experiences and service have raised the bar on expectations, and now many business-to-business companies are expecting the same service levels as today’s consumers,” said Brian Higgins, U.S. supply chain practice leader at KPMG. “How retailers and manufacturers are responding is a prevalent theme in our survey findings, and it should come as no surprise that companies are investing in innovative technologies to remain relevant.”