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ELR/MMI selects Blue Horseshoe to conduct their ERP system upgrade to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

Following a productive week of meetings and negotiations, Blue Horseshoe and Emirates Leisure Retail (ELR) & Maritime Mercantile International (MMI) have reached agreement on a proposal for upgrading their ERP solution, currently Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0, to the latest offering from Microsoft – Dynamics AX 2012 R3.

Building off of a previous relationship with ELR/MMI in conjunction with another client, Blue Horseshoe will leverage its industry knowledge of beverage distribution and guide ELR/MMI in advancing its ERP infrastructure. This strategic move will allow ELR/MMI to position itself for real-time inventory tracking and increased efficiencies in order entry, tracking and execution.

Blue Horseshoe is proud to have the Emirates Leisure Retail & Maritime Mercantile International organization as a business partner.

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Tour the operations at Cengage Learning and see Voice Picking Technology from Lucas Systems in action!

Blue Horseshoe recently toured the operations at Cengage Learning (www.cengage.com) in Northern Kentucky.  With nearly 1 million total square feet and 8 miles of conveyor, Cengage can store 100,000 pallets of books and ships over 125,000 cartons per day during peak times.

Over the past 20 years, Blue Horseshoe has worked with Cengage to design their facilities and processes in the US, Canada, UK, Mexico and South America. Highlights of the video include the building trains, and bucket brigade picking using the Voice Picking System “Jennifer”, provided by Lucas Systems (www.lucasware.com ).

The complete video shows many areas within the facility including receiving, kit-on-the-fly processing, automatic weigh-in-motion QC, completed carton handling, and the high speed shipping sorter from Automotion (www.automotionconveyors.com ).  Included are brief interviews with Anthony Hayes, Outbound & WMS Manager; Suzanne Wilsbacher, IT Project Manager; and Rich Eby, VP of Global Operations & Engineering.

You can view the video in its entirety by clicking the link below:

About Blue Horseshoe

Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm based in North America; providing expert management & strategy consulting, system design, implementation, and optimization, and distribution design services to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world.  We assess business needs and apply world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency.

Blue Horseshoe was founded in 2001 and its headquarters are located in Carmel, Indiana. Additional office locations include Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.

Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division is a management consulting firm that has been providing expert supply chain consulting solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983.  For more about Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division, visit www.bhsolutions.com.

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“The Supply Chain Authority” October Edition: Kathmandu Clothing Successful MS Dynamics AX Implementation, Cengage Learning Distribution Center Tour, CSCMP National Conference, and AXUG Summit in St. Louis

Blue Horseshoe (@bhsolutions), a leading supply chain solutions firm, continues their monthly video blog with the release of the October edition of “The Supply Chain Authority”.  This month we discuss the successful Microsoft Dynamics AX (@MSFTDynamics) implementation at Kathmandu; our site tour of the distribution operations at long-time Blue Horseshoe partner Cengage Learning (@CengageLearning); our participation at the CSCMP National Conference in San Antonio (@cscmpconference); and our leadership position at the Dynamics AX User Group Annual Summit (#axugsummit) in St. Louis.

Kathmandu (@KathmanduANZ) is a leading retailer of quality clothing and equipment for travel and adventure in New Zealand and Australia.  With 87 retail stores across Australia, 47 in New Zealand, and 5 in the UK, Kathmandu is poised to expand further in the UK and US in the coming years.  Earlier this year they began shipments to the US for their on-line web orders. Their distribution operations in Melbourne, Australia and Christchurch, New Zealand went live on October 13 with MS Dynamics AX 2012. Included in the implementation was the Warehousing for AX (WAX) and Transportation for AX (TRAX) from Blue Horseshoe.

Our second feature this month summarizes our video tour of operations at the Cengage Learning facility in Northern Kentucky.  Blue Horseshoe and Cengage have enjoyed a partnership for nearly two decades having collaborated on distribution facility designs and systems implementations in Kentucky, Canada, England, Mexico, and South America. Rich Eby, Vice President of Global Distribution provides a brief comment summarizing our efforts.  A more complete video of our tour is available at our website www.bhsolutions.com .

We also review our participation at two recent trade shows.  First was the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Jim Butler (@TheSCAuthority) was moderator for a round table discussion on “Sustainability & Risk in the Supply Chain”. Included on the panel were Ryan Kelly, Sr. VP Strategy, Marketing & Recycling Services for Genco; Lance Miller, Manager of Operations for Wegmans; Jane Hart, Global Sustainability Leader, Health Care for Kimberly-Clark; and Chris Weber, Sr. Consultant for Supply Chain Sustainability for Kimberly-Clark. Participants discussed the general requirements of a sustainable supply chain and the increased interest in environmental and economic responsibility.

Second was a summary of our leadership position at the Dynamics AX User Group Annual Summit (#axugsummit) in St. Louis where Blue Horseshoe was a Platinum Sponsor.  A number of representatives from Blue Horseshoe were involved in a variety of presentations on topics ranging from Advanced WMS, TMS, Fleet & Logistics Execution to Issues with AX Retail.  Justin Carter (@DAXDude) was on a 5 member panel of AX authorities during the extremely popular “Challenge the Experts” roundtable discussion. Attendees enjoy this fast-moving roundtable where the Microsoft Dynamics AX MVPs field all questions from the audience.

Check out this months Supply Chain Authority for more details on these topics as well as some previews for next month’s blog.  The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/2j_m1xhzw4g.

About Blue Horseshoe

Blue Horseshoe is a privately held solution services firm based in North America; providing expert management & strategy consulting, system design, implementation, and optimization, and distribution design services to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world.  We assess business needs and apply world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency.

Blue Horseshoe was founded in 2001 and its headquarters are located in Carmel, Indiana. Additional office locations include Charlotte, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Denver, Colorado.

Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division is a management consulting firm that has been providing expert supply chain consulting solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983.  For more about Blue Horseshoe Strategy Division, visit www.bhsolutions.com.

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Chris Elliott, Strategy Consultant, participates in Supply Chain Consulting and Talent Discussions

Chris Elliott will be a featured presenter at the CSCMP Charlotte Roundtable, on November 4th, 2014.  The event will feature presentations from industry experts on the latest in supply chain talent.  Chris will be a panel member for the discussion on, “Solving the Talent Gap in Supply Chain”. Chris’ thought leadership in this area was recently discussed in his DC Velocity article, “Too Great Expectations.” To attend the event, visit http://cscmpcharlotte.com/ to register.

Supply Chain Talent and Consulting Leadership Presentation
On October 24th, Chris presented a two hour workshop on Consulting Practice and Leadership to the MBLE Council of the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University. His presentation discussed the factors that influence a consulting career, tools, and tactics to obtain and develop a successful career in consulting or any career path within supply chain management.

In his presentation, he addressed many of the challenges that young professionals will face when entering the career market. Specifically he addressed the need for young professionals to develop soft skills in communication and leadership which are key factors to influence their career. He also provided feedback on how to direct conversations and identified the key areas most students need to focus on to develop their processional identity.

ABOUT CHRIS ELLIOTT

Chris Elliott is a consultant at Blue Horseshoe Solutions where he is a consults, educates, and writes on the topics of supply chain management, technology, and distribution design. He has over 11 years of experience in supply chain management through roles in 3PL operations management, chemical distribution, education, and consulting.

As well as his work for Blue Horseshoe clients, Chris has served as the President of the Columbus Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, serves on the Council’s Global Advisory Committee, and has been published in the Supply Chain Quarterly magazine and DC Velocity.

He has also written academic texts on Logistics and Distribution for McGraw Hill as part their Workforce Development Programs. Chris previously held an Adjunct Professor position at Ohio Christian University and is qualified by the Ohio Board of Regents to instruct on topics of Warehouse Management, Transportation Management, Business Mathematics, and other business topics.

Chris holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and Masters of Business Logistics Engineering, both from The Ohio State University. He speaks frequently at regional and national conferences on supply chain leadership and technology.

ABOUT BLUE HORSESHOE, TRANSTECH DIVISION

Blue Horseshoe TransTech Division is a management consulting firm that has been providing expert supply chain consulting solutions to Fortune 500 and mid-market businesses throughout the world since 1983. Based in North America, Blue Horseshoe, TransTech assesses business needs and applies world-class business applications to improve profitability and increase efficiency. For more about Blue Horseshoe, TransTech Division, visit www.transtechconsulting.com.

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Blue Horseshoe clients presenting at IFDA

Blue Horseshoe Solutions is excited to attend the “Warehouse Boot Camp” session today at IFDA! The moderator and one of the three panelists of this seminar are both Blue Horseshoe clients! The session features a panel discussion of warehouse supervisors who will share their experiences, and answer questions from the audience. It has been designed for both industry newcomers and experienced distributors and allows the attendees to ask questions and interact with the panel.

The Moderator of this session is Mike Hammond (VP of Operations) Red Diamond Coffee & Tea Inc. Mike has over 25 years of experience in supply chain management and has a proven track record in improving operational performance and reducing costs across the organization. Blue Horseshoe worked with Mike and Red Diamond to implement a best of breed warehouse and transportation management system which required specific enhancements to better fit their needs as a food/beverage distributor.

Another member of the panel for this session is Angel Garcia (Director of Operations) with Nicholas & Company, Inc. Blue Horseshoe worked with Angel and Nicholas & Company to maximize efficiencies across multiple facilities by improving inventory tracking, mobile driver communications/tracking, temperature monitoring via handheld mobile computers as well as improved product storage.

It will be interesting to hear how these companies are leveraging their internal systems and processes on a daily basis to make a difference for them and their companies.

The Details: 

Where:                 IFDA Indianapolis, Indiana
Room:                  120
Session:               W12
Title:                     Warehouse Boot Camp
Session Time:     2:45pm – 3:45pm

 

Moderator:          Mike Hammond, vice President of Operations, Red Diamond, Inc.

Panelists:             Tony Anthony, Director of Operations, Jake’s Finer Foods

Angel Garcia, Director of Operations, Nicholas & Company, Inc.

Paul Lodics, Senior Vice President, operations, Eby-Brown Company

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“We chose to partner with Blue Horseshoe to support our market growth and the onset of rapid SKU proliferation,” said “Blue Horseshoe’s experience and integration flexibility made the company our clear choice as we continue to optimize our entire supply chain.”

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