A few weeks ago, I offered my written trip report of the JDA Focus 2015 user conference in Orlando, highlighting key news and themes overall and summaries of the keynote presentations. (See Trip Report: JDA Focus User Conference 2015 ). Given JDA has some 4000 customers worldwide, a sizable percentage of the SCDigest readership touches JDA products one way or another, so I think the event deserves a strong level of coverage. As I promised in part 1, I am back this week to highlight some of the more interesting breakout sessions at the event, attempting as always to do so in a way that provides useful insight into what companies are doing and thinking in the supply chain – whether you are a JDA user or not. Pepsico has DCs all over the world, and has developed five templates for what these DCs should look like from least to most sophisticated in terms of WMS software, configuration, storage and materials handling systems, etc. On Sunday, I once again attended the JDA Demand Optimization Council (DOC) meeting, a group of some of its best retail, consumer goods and wholesale customers who discuss key issues and what they are doing now in their supply chains, generally around a specific meeting theme. It’s a good group, run well by David Johnston , but is tricky to manage because for obvious reasons direct competitors can’t be part of the club – so if another company beats you to the punch, you are kind of outside looking in. I am limited in what I can report out of this meeting, but can share some broad highlights. This meeting, members were asked to present their company’s top supply chain priorities for the year. Before that, I kicked things off with a short presentation on […]
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