May 17, 2020

Marine Harvest turns to JDA Software for warehouse management Solution

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Marine Harvest turns to JDA Software for warehouse management Solution
JDA Software Group, today announced that Marine Harvest ASA, a leading global seafood company, will implement JDA Warehouse Management across its global...

JDA Software Group, today announced that Marine Harvest ASA, a leading global seafood company, will implement JDA Warehouse Management across its global operations, beginning with its terminal in Gardermoen, Norway, in 2016. Software implementation and employee training will be managed by REPL Group, JDA’s regional reseller and partner.

Marine Harvest ASA is one of the largest seafood companies in the world, and the world’s largest producer of Atlantic salmon. The company employs 10,200 people and is represented in 22 countries. In 2014, Marine Harvest had a turnover of NOK 25.5 billion, which represents significant growth over 2013 sales of NOK 19 billion. As the global population increases and consumers focus more on healthy food products, the company anticipates continued revenue growth.

“Implementing JDA Warehouse Management is an essential part of our corporate strategy for maintaining the high level of product quality and customer service Marine Harvest is known for, while also increasing operations productivity and driving cost reductions,” said Johan Sorensen, business systems manager at Marine Harvest. “The key benefits of the JDA solution will be greater control of all our warehouse facilities, increased efficiency due to the elimination of manual work and the visibility needed to support continuous improvement.”

According to Sorensen, Marine Harvest selected JDA due to its experience in the fresh foods industry and the capabilities of JDA Warehouse Management to tightly control products, which is essential for any fresh foods manufacturer. “The new JDA solution will help us better locate and trace products, including semi-finished goods, as they progress through put-away, moving and picking,” Sorensen noted. “The ability of JDA Warehouse Management to support radio-frequency identification systems, as well as voice-recognition systems, is absolutely critical to controlling our global operations and improving our overall efficiency.”

Marine Harvest has significant growth plans, and Sorensen emphasized that JDA Warehouse Management will provide a cost-effective, scalable platform to support that growth. “As a large global vendor with best-in-class technologies and worldwide reach, JDA is the right partner for Marine Harvest,” said Sorensen.

“Marine Harvest has tradition of success in delivering salmon and other fresh seafood products to customers around the world,” said Johan Reventberg, vice president, Northern Europe, JDA Software. “Today the company’s executives are recognizing that advanced warehouse management technology can help maintain Marine Harvest’s high standards for quality and service, while also reducing operations costs. As Marine Harvest prepares for future growth, we are delighted to help build a technology platform that offers the control, visibility, scalability and standardization the company needs to support its success.”

At JDA, we’re fearless leaders. We’re the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail, omni-channel and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.  Our unique solutions empower our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve collaboration so they can deliver on their customer promises every time. Using JDA, you can plan to deliver.

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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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