ACS&T Logistics turns to JDA for Warehouse Management
JDA Software Group, today announced that ACS&T Logistics, a leading food logistics company, has partnered with JDA on an implementation of JDA Warehouse Management.
Founded in 1921, ACS&T Logistics provides third-party logistics (3PL) services to a wide range of food service and retail customers. The company is headquartered in Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, and operates four regional distribution centres where JDA Warehouse Management will be deployed to optimise daily operations.
By consolidating order fulfilment, stock control and deliveries, ACS&T Logistics is able to generate economies of scale and keep customers’ overall logistics costs to a minimum. The company offers a variety of custom-tailored services, from blast freezing and food packing to intelligent replenishment and transport optimization.
According to Malcolm Johnstone, Managing Director of ACS&T Logistics, the company’s new partnership with JDA is part of its long-term strategic initiative to combine customer value and uncompromising service levels with profitability.
He said: “Through continual investment, we have developed our capabilities to help our customers unlock value throughout their entire supply chain, from field to table. This investment in JDA solutions demonstrates our commitment to using the best available technologies to ensure we can offer the highest quality of service at an affordable level for our customers.”
As its customers implement more frequent and more aggressive promotions to win consumer loyalty, ACS&T Logistics is increasingly challenged to deliver an optimum service to multiple locations quickly; all while maintaining food quality and freshness. Delivering this extreme level of speed and responsiveness, while meeting its own internal financial goals, means that ACS&T Logistics must strategically manage its resources and optimize employee practices across its four distribution centres.
Andrew Kirkwood, RVP-EMEA at JDA, said: “For nearly a century, ACS&T Logistics has built its reputation on delivering a range of customised services that meet its customers’ diverse needs. The challenging, competitive environment in today’s food retail and food logistics industries has made it more difficult than ever to balance high service and fast delivery with cost control, particularly when you add in the complexity of climate-controlled storage and transport.
“By managing and standardising ACS&T Logistics’ warehouse operations across the UK, JDA Warehouse Management will improve accuracy, increase resource efficiency, optimise daily practices and enable delivery speed, all of which support the dual goals of high customer service and high profitability.”
The software launch, planned for later in 2015, will be supported by JDA Implementation Services, JDA Education Services and JDA Support Services.
JDA is the leading provider of end-to-end, integrated retail and supply chain planning and execution solutions for more than 4,000 customers worldwide.
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Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.