Infor to drive digital transformation and supply chain efficiencies for Danube
Danube Home has invested in Infor SCE...
Infor has won a contract to accelerate Danube’s digital transformation and expansion across the Middle East.
Danube Home has invested in Infor SCE - a leading WMS (warehouse management system) - and its Infor OS (operating services platform), which will be implemented by Vinculum, the warehouse management and logistics experts.
In an effort to enhance its supply chain, Danube Home chose Infor SCE to increase efficiency, throughput, and service levels of its operations – reducing costs and providing greater visibility for both clients and staff.
“Ultimately, increased customer satisfaction is what we are looking to achieve. From a management perspective, we have also invested in a dedicated resource to oversee fulfillment in our Danube Home showrooms,” said Sachin Khosla, Head of Logistics at Danube Home.
“With a strong track record and reputation in the Middle East and around the globe, Infor was the right fit for us. Its warehouse management system required no customisation and could easily be configured to our needs,”
This is the first deal between the companies and will see Infor support Danube’s plan for rapid regional expansion. Expected to go live in the United Arab Emirates in August, Infor’s technologies will be rolled out to India, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman.
“This is a fantastic win for Infor – Danube is such a respected brand in the region. We anticipate a productive partnership moving forward as we accompany the group on its digital transformation journey,” said Alaa Hewedi, VP of sales, Infor, Middle East.
Infor will provide Infor SCE Warehouse Management together with its Infor OS (operating services platform) which includes advanced capabilities for business intelligence; document management; and process integration.
In addition, Infor OS incorporates Infor’s advanced middleware platform, ION, and Infor Ming.le, a centralised space for collaboration, business process improvement, and contextual analytics.
Danube wanted to pool all essential company data together to integrate strategic planning into an optimized distribution network. Danube will use Infor SCE to analyse information from across its subsidiaries to improve the use of assets across its network – inventory, space, and labour. Plus, with
“Infor demonstrated to Danube that it was committed to the success of the project, and that it had the potential to deliver everything that was required – on time. This was an important factor underpinning the decision to go with Infor.”
Will Public Procurement Budgets Increase in 2021?
Procurement is more than just a private enterprise. COVID-19 reminded us that sourcing materials is an essential part of the government’s role. Throughout 2022, tiny departments sourced massive amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and emergency vaccines and testing kits. Even non-procurement professionals were pulled into the fray, as frantic timelines demanded nothing less.
According to Celeste Frye, co-founder and CEO of Public Works Partners, the crisis brought procurement to the attention of skilled employees who had never considered it. As non-procurement personnel stepped up to help their coworkers, many found that they’d stumbled upon a critical and rewarding job. “Existing public employees have seen the essential nature of the work”, Frye said. “[They’ve] gained some critical skills and possibly [grown] interested in pursuing procurement as a longer-term career”.
Small, Local Suppliers Take Charge
Frye, whose firm helps organisations engage stakeholders and develop long-term procurement strategies, thinks it well worth the effort to open one’s mind to new opportunities. Cooperative contracts, for instance, can help public departments and municipalities save money, time, and effort. By joining together with other towns or cities in the region, public procurement teams aggregate their purchasing power and can drive better deals.
These cooperative contracts have the added benefit of advancing equity. Smaller suppliers that struggle to compete with established firms for government contracts can act as subcontractors, helping big suppliers fulfil bits of the project. Once they get their foot in the door, small, local, and disadvantaged suppliers can then leverage that government relationship to take on additional projects.
Especially as governments start to pay attention to procurement resilience, public procurement departments must expand their requests for proposals (RFPs) to take into account innovative solutions and diverse suppliers. According to Frye, Public Works Partners—a certified female-owned firm—has benefitted from local and state requirements that specify diversity.
Post-Pandemic Funding Swells Procurement Budgets
And the pandemic won’t be the end of it. City governments need to build sustainable energy infrastructure such as solar panels, charging stations, and recycling plants, ensure that masks and medicines are never in short supply, and source new technologies to keep up with cloud and cybersecurity concerns.
Public procurement budgets will likely increase to match demand. As Peter Ware, Partner and Head of Government at Browne Jacobson, explained, “in a non-pandemic world, the [U.K.] government spends on average around £290 billion on outsourced services, goods, and works...anywhere between 10% and 14% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Post-pandemic, city procurement will only increase as national governments provide local divisions with emergency funding.
And in truth, government employees might jump at the opportunity. Frye noted that public procurement could give immediate feedback on new programmes: “[Procurement] is where new laws and policies ‘hit the road’ and are implemented”, she said. “Professionals in these fields get the satisfaction of creating real change and seeing quantifiable outcomes of their work”.