May 17, 2020

Infor to drive digital transformation and supply chain efficiencies for Danube

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James Henderson
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Infor to drive digital transformation and supply chain efficiencies for Danube
Infor has won a contract to accelerate Danube’s digital transformation and expansion across the Middle East.

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.

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“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.”

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Jun 16, 2021

EU and US agree end to Airbus-Boeing supply chain tariffs

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Supply chains embroiled in Airbus-Boeing dispute will no longer be impacted by $11.5bn tariffs imposed on food and beverage, aircraft and tobacco

The EU and US have agreed to resolve a 17-year dispute over aircraft subsidies, suspending tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods that have plagued procurement leaders on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Under an agreement reached by European Commission Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Tuesday, the tariffs will be halted for a period of at least five years. 

It will bring an end to punitive and disruptive levies on supply chains that have little to do with the argument, which became embroiled in the trade battle. Businesses on both sides of the dispute have been hit with more than $3.3bn in duties since they were first imposed by the US in October 2019, according the EC. 

The US imposed charges on goods upto $7.5bn in response to a World Trade Organisation ruling that judged the EU’s support of Airbus, its biggest aircraft manufacturer, unlawful. A year later in November 2020, the EU hit back. The WTO found the US had violated trade rules in its favourable treatment of Boeing, and was hit with EU duties worth $4bn. 

In all the tariffs affected $11.5bn worth of goods, including French cheese, Scotch whisky, aircraft and machinery in Europe, and sugarcane products, handbags and tobacco in America. Procurement leaders on both sides of the fence were forced to wrestle with tariffs of 15% on aircraft and components, and 25% on non-aircraft related products. 

Boeing-Airbus dispute by the numbers  

  • The dispute began in 2004
  • Tariffs suspended for 5 years 
  • $11.5bn worth of goods affected by tariffs
  • $3.3bn in duties paid by businesses to date 
  • 15% levy on aircraft and 25% on non-aircraft goods suspended

Both sides welcome end to tariffs 

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen branded the truce a “major step” in ending what is the longest running dispute in WTO history. It began in 2004.

“I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the US administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed. This shows the new spirit of cooperation between the EU and the US and that we can solve the other issues to our mutual benefit,” she added.

Both aircraft manufacturers have welcomed the news. Airbus said in a statement that it will hopefully bring to an end the “lose-lose tariffs” that are affecting industries already facing “many challenges”. Boeing added that it will “fully support the U.S. Government’s efforts to ensure that the principles in this understanding are respected”. 

The US aerospace firm added: "The understanding reached today commits the EU to addressing launch aid, and leaves in place the necessary rules to ensure that the EU and United States live up to that commitment, without requiring further WTO action."

This week’s decision expands upon a short-term tariff truce announced in March this year. The EC says it will work closely with the US to try and further resolve the dispute, establishing a Working Group on Large Civil Aircraft led by each side’s trade minister.

Airbus last month signalled to suppliers that post-pandemic recovery was on the horizon, telling them to scale up to meet a return to pre-COVID manufacturing levels. “The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis,” said Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury, adding that suppliers should prepare for a period of intensive production “when market conditions call for it.”

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