JDA and KPMG team up to accelerate digital supply chain transformations
KPMG and JDA Software Group have formed strategic alliance to “empower manufacturers and wholesale distributors” to help accelerate their supply chain strategies and harness digital transformation initiatives.
The two organisations have recently collaborated on a number of successful joint customer deployments, including Mattel and newly signed customer, Adient.
“This announcement signifies our formal alliance with KPMG to deliver a more responsive and dynamic supply chain to our customers. Together, we provide improved visibility and shared insights into supply and demand information, while improving profits,” said Cary VandenAvond, regional vice president, manufacturing, distribution and 3PL, JDA.
“With KPMG, we are delivering transformative supply chain management projects that take advantage of the latest in digitalisation technologies, including big data, predictive analytics, mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT).”
In a release, JDA said customers expect transparency, low costs and high levels of service, all while realising new levels of efficiency across their supply chain.
To help address these issues, the alliance combines KPMG’s leading design, change management and testing capabilities with JDA’s advanced demand-driven, integrated manufacturing supply chain technology.
The companies say that the transformational improvements and real-time information help manufacturers reduce costs, increase asset productivity, and improve cross-functional planning and execution across their agile supply chains.
“The challenge for today’s enterprise is deciding which transformative path to take and where to start, while considering the entire value chain as part of an assessment and change initiative,” said Brian Higgins, US supply chain practice leader, KPMG.
“Our alliance with JDA is a powerful combination to help our clients formulate a strategy, define requirements and execute a cohesive plan to meet this challenge.”
The KPMG and JDA alliance provides customers with the following potential benefits:
- Sustained competitive advantage by providing customers with better value, and enhancing their purchase and delivery experience
- Improved visibility and insight into supply and demand so customers can best manage planning and fulfillment
- Better financial results—including profits—through streamlined supply chain management
- Rapid ROI with cost savings up to 10% during the first year, and reductions in planning cycle time by up to 50%, while efficiently fulfilling demand
- Improvements on the perfect order rate by up to 15%, with associated reductions in rework
Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution
Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand.
So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes, basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”