May 17, 2020

RedPrairie launches cloud supply chain solution unit

Supply Chain Digital
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On-Demand Supply Chain launched by RedPrairie offers all types of supply chain solutions from the cloud
RedPrairie Corporation, a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced today the launch of RedPrairie On-Demand Supply Chain, an opera...

RedPrairie Corporation, a global supply chain and retail technology provider, announced today the launch of RedPrairie On-Demand Supply Chain, an operating business unit dedicated to delivering supply chain solutions in the cloud.

As part of the company’s on-demand product roadmap, RedPrairie On-Demand Supply Chain will support advanced functionality for warehouse management systems (WMS) and transportation management systems (TMS) delivered in both a single and multi-tenant model.

“RedPrairie is the only company that can offer a mix of solution functionality, delivery model and price that can accommodate any business, no matter how big, small, simple, or complex their supply chain operation may be,” the company said in a statement.


After acquiring on-demand WMS provider SmartTurn and on-demand TMS provider Shippers Commonwealth, RedPrairie became the only provider to offer a complete supply chain solution in the cloud.

According to Brian Schoenbaechler, general manager of IntegraCore, a third-party logistics provider and RedPrairie customer, “Supply chain visibility is at the heart of our client-driven business, and RedPrairie’s supply chain in the cloud has been our cornerstone.”


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During its annual user conference RedShift which took place earlier this year, RedPrairie announced its on-demand product strategy to its customers outlining its plans to support multi-tenancy for TMS and fully integrate its on-demand product portfolio. Phase one of the rollout of its product roadmap, which includes the support of multi-tenancy for TMS, will be completed by the end of the year.

“RedPrairie is the only company that can offer a mix of solution functionality, delivery model and price that can accommodate any business, no matter how big, small, simple, or complex their supply chain operation may be,” RedPrairie President of Global Operations, Doug Braun said.

“Whether you are looking for a low cost solution to manage inventory and shipments in a small warehouse, production facility or even a construction yard, to a uniquely customized combination of WMS and TMS to run multiple mega-DC’s, the suite of on-demand software solutions complements RedPrairie’s ability to address those needs.”

RedPrairie has put commerce in motion for the world’s leading companies for more than 35 years by optimizing inventory, improving employee productivity, and increasing speed to market. Best-of-breed supply chain, workforce, and all-channel retail solutions from RedPrairie help ensure visibility, collaboration, and velocity between manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers to guarantee the consistent flow of goods from raw materials to finished products in the hands of consumers.

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Edited by Kevin Scarpati

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Jun 9, 2021

Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force

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US government lays out plans for supply chain transformation following results of the supply chain review ordered by President Biden in February

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”. 

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