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Reply’s low-cost “Scan & Despatch” software improves inbound supplier despatch accuracy

By Logistics Reply

Reply’s “Scan & Despatch” Supplier Portal is a low-cost, easy-to-adopt Cloud-based solution that quickly enables both Companies and Suppliers to accurately track Packing & Shipping activities from Supplier Despatch Locations.

The award-winning software already operates successfully for M&SOcado and Waitrose – by offering Retailers / 3PLs / Manufacturers instant Real-Time Visibility of Inbound Stock In-Transit, whilst providing the Supplier with Guaranteed EDI Messaging and Load Presentation Compliance.

Reply’s software quickly brings Suppliers and their Customers closer together and quickly improves their business relationship:

  • Retailers / 3PLs / Manufacturers receive an accurate report from the Supplier of all goods arriving at their Warehouse/DC (via electronic Advance Shipment Notices, SSCC-labelled Dollies/Pallets, and Printed Vehicle Manifests) – facilitating all Inbound Activities, Visibility, Productivity and Planning.
  • Suppliers speed up/improve tracking of their Outbound Despatch process, frequently receive Better Payment Terms for Higher Compliance Scores on EDI Messaging / Load Presentation Standards – and the highly-accurate data provided by the Scanning Process also minimises Product Supply Disputes.

Suppliers receive electronic Purchase Orders via EDI, use Handheld Scanners to scan their Product Data against POs and instantly create ASNs, SSCC Labels and Transport Manifests in guaranteed Retailer-, 3PL- or Manufacturer-compliant formats.

Extra Value-Add Functions such as Best-Before Date Check and Units Per Tray Check have already been added – and similar compliance-check features can quickly be created to match any Inbound Requirements of the Retailer / 3PL / Manufacturer.  

Quick Setup, Ease-Of-Use, and Minimal Training make it easy for Suppliers to achieve Low-Cost Agile Supply via Temporary / Pop-Up Despatch Locations – ideal for Seasonal Peaks and Temporary Oversupply Periods.

To know more, Logistics Reply’s website is https://www.reply.com/lea-reply/en/Platform-and-solutions/supplier-portal – or for further information please contact Pat Barlow on p.barlow@reply.com or 020 7730 6000.

LOGISTICS REPLY’S SOFTWARE PRODUCTS

• Yard Management

• Dock / Bay Appointment Scheduler

• Warehouse Management System

• Urban Fulfilment Hub / Parcel Warehouse

• Last-Mile / Proof Of Delivery

• Dropship / ‘Supplier Direct Fulfilment’

• Dark-Store / In-Store Picking

• In-Store Product Tracking (RFID)

• “Scan & Despatch” [ASN / SSCC / Vehicle Manifest]

• Real-Time Supply Chain Visibility 

• ‘Create Your Own Software Solution’

Survival, resilience and growth: A report on the UK’s economic recovery

As lockdown restrictions around the UK are easing, businesses are taking steps on the road to recovery. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted companies of all sectors and sizes, so the chance to revive operations and look to the future is a welcome shift for millions of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

While many businesses haven’t been able to function as normal due to the pandemic, and tough decisions have been made, that hasn’t stopped them from adapting.

From finding new markets to pivoting and offering new products and services, businesses have sought to find fresh opportunities to reach customers and keep moving.

But what does the future look like for SMEs in the UK? What challenges will they face and what steps will they take to overcome them?

These questions and more are answered in a new research report by Sage – Survival, resilience and growth: Placing small businesses at the heart of the UK’s economic recovery.

Key take always include-

  • Resilience is going to be as important as growth to the recovery. Not all SMEs, only 54%, are prepared for further potential shocks or challenges, including cash flow/liquidity problems, disruptions in the supply chain, and legal and regulatory changes.
  • 80% of businesses think that technology will be very or somewhat important in restarting their business.
  • 33% of businesses are actively planning investment in technology.

Click here to download the full report.

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.”