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Overcoming Chemicals Industry Challenges through Optimization of Distribution and Inventory
For chemical companies, optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories are the keys to an efficient supply chain and smoother operations

chemical inventories  and Rationalizing Inventories Most chemical companies are still unable to profitably respond to highly variable demand, or to execute predictable product supply strategies. A previous note, So What's the Big Deal with Chemicals? , presented the current state of the chemicals industry, including a discussion of the challenges the industry faces. Part Two of the series So What's the Big Deal with Chemicals? Optimizing the distribution network and rationalizing inventories at each point in that network are h

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Process Manufacturing (ERP)

The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today's leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, human resources) and include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, many solutions that were formerly considered peripheral (product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), reporting, etc.). While during the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-Business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The old adage is "Such a beginning, such an end", and, consequently, many ERP systems' failures could be traced back to a bad software selection. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers' IT technology with their business strategy, and subsequent software selection. This is the perfect time to create the business case and energize the entire organization towards the vision sharing and a buy in, both being the Key Success Factors (KSFs). Yet, these steps are very often neglected despite the amount of expert literature and articles that emphasize their importance.    

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So What’s the Big Deal with Chemicals?


Due to the inherent challenges of the industry, most chemical companies are still unable to profitably respond to highly variable demand, or to execute predictable product supply strategies.

chemical inventories  10, 2006 For the chemical industry, the last decade has been a rollercoaster ride. Until two years ago or so, sales of everything from petrochemicals to paint were sluggish; inventories all but overflowed the storage tanks, and the pricing power of producers was weak. But a reversal of fortune has almost emptied those tanks, and plants are operating around the clock (and still barely meeting the increased demand). This increased demand is giving sellers the upper hand in pricing. As a result, many chemica Read More

Marcam Solutions: Shifting its Focus to MES


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What Makes Process Process?


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chemical inventories  Process companies, including food, chemical, pharmaceutical, forest products, and others, often have unique requirements not addressed by most technology providers. Not all areas of technology reflect the uniqueness of a process business. While financial systems have few requirements not in common with all companies, operational systems often have many issues. The systems dealing with manufacturing, inventory, procurement, and customer order management systems are among the systems that often prove to be Read More

Managing Demand: Considerations for the Chemicals Industry


Enterprise systems have brought many benefits to chemical environments, but for individual enterprises, gaining these benefits requires selecting a solution that can deal with the unique needs of the business.

chemical inventories  complexity of today's global chemical industry creates significant hurdles for effective demand management, since both suppliers and their customers are subject to market uncertainty and price volatility. The growing trends towards customization and segmentation mean that producers have a wider variety of products to manufacture, and more difficult choices to make to maximize their production efficiency and profitability. While more accurate forecasting can be achieved by blending statistical analysis, cu Read More

Chemical Industry ERP Showdown: Infor vs. JD Edwards vs. Lawson vs. SAP vs. SSI


Today’s Showdown is based on an industry-specific case study. Five enterprise resource planning vendors were selected for the evaluation. All the results were based on the latest request for information (RFI) supplied to us by the vendors, and all priorities were assigned by the client.

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Inventory Reduction: Effectively Turning Excess Into Cash


In virtually all manufacturing companies, there is a direct correlation between inventory levels and overall business performance. In fact, CEO's and CFO's believe that their companies consistently carry 25 to 40 percent or more inventory than is needed.

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E-Business Customer Service Success at H.B. Fuller Company


Chemical company H.B. Fuller has leveraged the Internet to improve their level of customer service.

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Industry Solution for Microsoft Dynamics AX by Edgewater Fullscope Is Certified


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Ready for Change: Microsoft Dynamics Solutions in Chemical Manufacturing


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Strem Chemicals, Inc.


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chemical inventories  Chemicals, Inc. Strem Chemicals, which manufactures and distributes specialty chemicals, implemented ProcessPro’s Warehouse Management Solution (WMS). The solution helped them streamline their processes and reduce operational costs, by reducing their overall shipping errors, eliminating the label planning function, and eliminating the dual recording of a majority of their inventory transactions. Read More

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