May 17, 2020

Kewill announces availability of transportation management platform

Transportation management
Cloud Computing
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Kewill, a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, has announced the availability ofKewill MOVE on the Cloud, a hosted versio...

Kewill, a leading provider of innovative software for supply chain execution, has announced the availability of Kewill MOVE on the Cloud, a hosted version of their multimodal transportation management software platform.

Kewill MOVE on the Cloud specifically addresses the needs of mid-sized and expanding logistics service providers (LSPs) that need to compete with larger rivals, without having the upfront investment of an enterprise-level solution.

By using hosted, turnkey templates for trade management, freight forwarding, warehousing and transport, the new cloud solutions help logistics companies better manage internal processes and offer improved customer service, all while avoiding traditional IT overhead. 

In a recent Gartner report, Analyst Chad Eschinger commented on the industry need for mid-sized and expanding small businesses to have access to scalable multimodal transportation management software.

Eschinger said: “The market for SCM solutions is influenced by a climate that continues to make large capital expenditure difficult for many organisations. This environment will drive many organisations to adopt solutions that are deemed ‘best of breed’ and often delivered as a subscription, which provides more focused capabilities and typically enables less expensive and quicker deployments.

"We expect that, through 2018, twice as many organizations will purchase private cloud and hosted offerings each year as those that purchase multitenant SaaS offerings." 

Kewill MOVE on the Cloud delivers the advanced technology and security of the on-premises MOVE platform, with the ease-of-use, scalability and agility required by mid-size and expanding small businesses.

It supports the entire logistics network, enabling end-to-end visibility, collaboration and control. The hosted, out-of-the-box solution offers a lower upfront investment, allowing businesses to get up and running quickly without complex implementation.

With the option to add on additional capabilities and functionality as their business grows, the result is an agile, scalable platform that adapts alongside the organisation.  

Benefits of Kewill MOVE on the Cloud include:

  • Rapid deployment: get up and running quickly with no lengthy implementation process - hosted, turnkey software is fully functional and can be in production, adding value quickly
  • No infrastructure costs: hosted, Cloud environment means no hardware investment
  • Turnkey templates: based on years of expert implementations for some of the world’s largest companies, customers get best-of-breed functionality out-of-the-box
  • Easy integration: pre-defined XML data formats ensure easy integration with other business systems and those of customers and partners
  • Reduction in errors: built in EDI engine ensures straight-through data processing, resulting in fewer errors from multiple manual data re-entry points and speeds up processes
  • Informed decision-making: standard reports provide access to the information organizations need to make informed business decisions
  • Process automation: key processes are automated, ensuring greater control across the supply chain

Evan Puzey, Chief Marketing Officer at Kewill said: “Kewill MOVE on the Cloud provides mid-sized logistics service providers and freight forwarders, access to the real-time, critical information needed to ensure seamless, productive and lucrative supply chain execution.

It is hoped the Kewill MOVE Cloud based solutions fill the gap between the less flexible and growth inhibiting multi-tenant SaaS solutions and the high cost, high IT impacting enterprise level solutions.

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Jun 21, 2021

Pandora and IBM digitise jewellery supply chain

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Jewellery retailer Pandora teamed with IBM to streamline supply chains as sales of hand-finished jewellery doubled across ecommerce platforms

Pandora has overhauled its global supply chain in partnership with IBM amid an ecommerce sales boom for its hand-finished jewellery. 

The company found international success offering customisable charm bracelets and other personalised jewellery though its chain of bricks and mortar retail destinations. But in 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced physical stores to close, Pandora strengthened its omnichannel operations and doubled online sales. 

A focus on customer experience included deploying IBM’s Sterling Order Management, increasing supply chain resiliency and safeguarding against disruption across the global value chain.

Pandora leverages IBM Sterling Order Management as the backbone it its omnichannel fulfilment, with Salesforce Commerce Cloud powering its ecommerce. Greater automation across its channels has boosted the jeweller’s sustainability credentials, IBM said, streamlining processes for more efficient delivery. It has also given in-store staff and virtual customer service representatives superior end-to-end visibility to better meet consumer needs. 

Jim Cruickshank, VP of Digital Development & Retail Technology, Pandora, said the digital transformation journey has brought “digital and store technology closer together and closer to the customer”, highlighting how important the customer journey remains, even during unprecedented disruption. 

"Our mission is about creating a personal experience and we've instituted massive platform changes with IBM Sterling and Salesforce to enable new digital-first capabilities that are much more individualised, localised and connected across channels and markets,” he added. 


Pandora’s pivot to digital 

The pandemic forced the doors closed at most of Pandora’s 2,700 retail locations. To remain competitive, it pivoted to online retail. Virtual queuing for stores and virtual product trials via augmented reality (AR) technology went someway to emulating the in-store experience and retail theatre that is the brand’s hallmark. Meanwhile digital investments in supply chain efficiency was central to delivering on consumer demand. 

“Consumer behaviour has significantly shifted and will continue to evolve with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new preferences and needs,” said Kareem Yusuf, General Manager, AI Applications and Blockchain, IBM. “To address this shift, leading retailers like Pandora rely on innovation to increase their business agility by enabling and scaling sustainable supply chain operations using AI and cloud.”

Yusuf said Pandora’s success was indicative of how to remain competitive by “finding new ways to create differentiated customer experiences that protect their enterprises from disruptions to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth”. 

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