Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of eBay, discussed the difficulties of managing innovation across large organizations ― and what leaders need to know to foster an environment where good ideas are cultivated, developed and executed during JDA’s annual conference in Orlando this week. During the conference she also will discuss the importance of looking outside traditional avenues to put organizations on the path to sustainable growth.
JDA Software Group’s FOCUS 2011 drew nearly 2,000 attendees to Orlando, Florida this week. FOCUS 2011 is featuring more than 200 sessions with speakers from companies including Dell, eBay, Lowe’s Companies and Meijer, among others.
Centered on the theme “Anticipate And Deliver Your Promise,” FOCUS 2011 was kicked off with a keynote from President and CEO Hamish Brewer who presented a “state of the company” address, outlining JDA’s vision for the future as “The Supply Chain Company.” Brewer discussed JDA’s growth strategy to position itself as an end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, with offerings that range from the manufacturer to the retail shelf.
2011 Real Results Awards
To honor successful customer implementations, the winners of JDA’s “Real Results Awards” will present customer success stories today, Tuesday, May 3, at the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando.
Real Results Award nominees were submitted by the more than 6,000 JDA customers worldwide with deployments in progress or completed and with documented results received. Selected by a panel of JDA executives, winners demonstrated exceptional increases in sales and profits, business-process improvements and/or reductions in inventory and overall costs. Winners include Sports Authority, OfficeMax and PepsiCo.
Also during FOCUS 2011, Retail TouchPoints recorded exclusive video interviews with JDA executives and customers, including Anna’s Linens, to learn more about the supply chain issues that retailers are currently facing, and how they are using technology to enhance store efficiency. The videos will be posted to TouchPoints TV in the near future.
“A lot of retailers are offering free shipping [over the holidays in particular],” said Fabrizio Brasca, VP of Global Logistics, JDA, in an exclusive video interview with Retail TouchPoints. “The challenge that it presents is that, now suddenly retailers have margin pressure and are increasing transportation costs without getting the coverage that they would get from customers doing the transportation. That’s increasing the importance of applying technology to manage or mitigate that eroded margin. A lot of retailers don’t have the experience to leverage capabilities to their full potential.” (Brasca’s full video interview, which features key holiday-planning strategies for retailers, will be available on TouchPoints TV in the coming week.)
JDA FOCUS Retail Announcements
JDA also announced also the release of JDA Transportation & Logistics Management 6.3.4., which represents the second phase of JDA’s post-i2 acquisition transportation and logistics management product roadmap integration plan announced in April 2010. The first phase, completed in December 2010, focused on procurement capabilities convergence and new enhancements. JDA Transportation & Logistics Management 6.3.4 focuses on freight order management capabilities convergence and ongoing innovation.
The solution suite features products developed by Manugistics and i2 Technologies, designed to provide a comprehensive planning and execution platform. The solution is aimed at helping shippers, carriers and third-party logistics providers to more effectively manage multi-modal logistics network complexities. This new release includes freight order management and inbound visibility convergence, as well as valuable new functionality to further drive integrated planning and execution.
In addition to JDA Freight Order Management convergence, the JDA Transportation & Logistics Management 6.3.4 release also introduces several new key enhancement areas within JDA® Transportation Manager and JDA® Transportation Planner, including the ability to model fixed routes
Optimization, native support for parcel rate management, freight auction functionality, dock scheduling and slot booking.
JDA also announced Demand Management and Supply Chain Planning Scalability Benchmarking Results as part of the company’s most complex supply chain benchmarking study to date. JDA’s Performance Engineering team tested version 7.7 of the JDA Demand and JDA Fulfillment supply chain planning and optimization solutions by leveraging real-world complexities, scale and process flows representative of today’s largest-volume businesses. JDA demonstrated the benchmark for the JDA Demand and JDA Fulfillment complete week-end batch flow in less time than the typical week-end processing window for more than 200 million demand forecasting units (DFUs) and stock-keeping units (SKUs).