Infor Introduces Next-Generation Supply Chain Visibility and Control Capabilities

By Ralph Rio

Company and Product News

Infor, a provider of industry-specific cloud applications, announced new Supply Chain Management (SCM) capabilities that help provide companies with real-time visibility and control of their global supply chains.

SCM Capabilities Leverage Digital Technologies

The new capabilities leverage digital technologies - including Big Data, Machine Learning, IoT and Automation - to provide predictive ETAs, real-time visibility, and 3D visualization of warehouse flow.

Infor's new SCM capabilities are designed to accelerate innovation and digital transformation in the supply chain - giving customers the visibility to see what is possible and the power to take action.

New SCM Capabilities Provide:

Predictive ETAs

Combining data science, machine learning and almost 20 years of network insights, Infor's GT Nexus Commerce Network provides a new level of ETA accuracy, helping companies to improve planning accuracy and enable more efficient execution. With more accurate ETAs, companies can expand initiatives, such as cross-dock and merge in transit, and improve inventory accuracy and customer service.

Using machine learning and historical network data, the Infor GT Nexus Commerce Network platform calculates a predictive ETA, based on each informational update and transaction across the network. The system continually updates ETAs, using the latest information available. Machine learning enables the system to develop accurate, up-to-date supply chain models, and it continuously fine tunes the model's parameters based on the latest trends and patterns observed in real-time.

Live Ocean and Geo-Fencing

Moving beyond simply updating status at point of departure and arrival, Live Ocean uses AIS (Automatic Identification System), a real-time IoT information source, to provide continuous visibility of goods in transit from port to port. Companies can gain real-time, visual updates of all ocean vessels with specific identification of ships carrying your goods. By linking order, shipment and item information, the solution supports inventory tracking and planning. Information details also include vessel status, speed, headings, and next/previous port of call.

Utilizing the GPS data available in the AIS information, users can set up a geo-fence to trigger alerts when shipments cross a particular location, helping companies better manage inventory and plan for downstream processes.

3D Visual Warehouse

With 3D Visual Warehouse, Infor WMS (Warehouse Management System) now provides a three-dimensional, interactive mechanism to visualize and orchestrate the warehouse flow. Users can identify picking and putaway bottlenecks to prevent delays, enhancing flow-through and worker productivity.

3D Visual Warehouse works seamlessly in conjunction with wave management to enable users to virtually "see" workflow, areas of order concentration, and locations at risk of causing delays, and they also can initiate corrective action. This might involve changing task priorities, shifting labor, generating replenishments, or reissuing waves. It provides a visual decision hub to help manage locations, inventory, pending picks, routing, and equipment.

Together, these new technologies help companies increase velocity in the end-to-end supply chain and improve customer responsiveness. The ability to monitor and control inventory flows across global supply chains is a foundational aspect of digital supply chain transformation and something that all companies are focused on, as technology continues to change customer behavior and expectations.

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