Leading Consumer Products Company to Automate Inventory, Labor and Order Fulfillment Processes in 21 Facilities Nationwide
Austin, Texas - Oct. 23, 2006 - ClearOrbit ( www.clearorbit.com ), the leading provider of real-time supply chain execution and reverse logistics solutions, today announced that Welch's, a leading producer of juices, jams and jellies, will immediately deploy its Gemini mobile software solution for Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM). Welch's selected ClearOrbit to improve inventory accuracy, labor efficiency and order fulfillment processes across six company-owned and fifteen third-party production and warehousing locations nationwide.
Gemini for OPM will allow users at Welch's and third-party locations to use mobile RF scanners to record key transactions such as receiving, inventory movements, production batch operations, quality control and shipping directly on the shop floor. By capturing data immediately at the point of origin, the ClearOrbit solution dramatically reduces errors and increases data quality, while allowing improved supply chain operations and inventory management. Unlike other offerings that run off proprietary third-party databases or require custom interfaces, Gemini for OPM integrates directly to the Oracle data model, in real time, using standard Oracle API's (Application Program Interfaces). This approach fully leverages all of the setups, tolerances and profiles already defined in Welch's initial Oracle deployment, minimizing implementation, training, and ongoing support costs. More importantly, data accuracy and integrity are never compromised, providing the responsiveness and control Welch's requires for its high-velocity supply chain.
Welch's will concurrently implement ClearOrbit's Compliance Label Manager (CLM). CLM will enhance Welch's ability to manage barcode label format requests for pallet and case marking, driven by grocery and mass merchandiser customer requirements. CLM allows "distance printing" of compliance labels over the Web for in-house operations or third-party vendors, as well as the ability for locations to produce radio frequency identification (RFID) labels using rules-driven tagging formats.
"Welch's selected ClearOrbit because of its broad product set, seamless integration to Oracle, proven OPM track record and ability to deliver new capabilities as standard product," said Brad Jackson, Welch's business process owner for plan to produce. "By partnering with ClearOrbit, we will be able to achieve significant efficiency gains and improved operational control, while fully leveraging our investment in Oracle Process Manufacturing."
John Reece, ClearOrbit president and CEO, said, "Our experience in enabling manufacturing and distribution companies worldwide to improve process operations that directly impact bottom-line performance makes this partnership a perfect fit. We're excited for the opportunity to deliver to Welch's the operational efficiencies critical to their unique business needs by integrating the most robust, feature-rich mobile solution for OPM on the market."
Welch's is the world's leading marketer of Concord and Niagara grape-based products, including 100% grape juice and jelly. The company produces a variety of other fruit-based products, including 100% juices, juice cocktails, and drinks in the following forms: single serve, bottled, refrigerated, and frozen and shelf-stable concentrates. In addition, Welch's produces a number of fruit spread products under both the Welch's and BAMA brand names. Welch's Web site can be found at www.Welchs.com . Founded in 1869 by Dr. Thomas Bramwell Welch, Welch's is a grower-owned cooperative and functions as the processing and marketing subsidiary of the National Grape Cooperative. Today, the company sells more than 400 products throughout the United States and in more than 50 other countries and territories worldwide.
ClearOrbit's real-time supply chain execution and reverse logistics solutions improve the speed, visibility, and control of extended manufacturing and distribution supply chains. Since 1994, Austin, TX-based ClearOrbit has assisted more than 275 clients in automating and controlling process execution within their extended supply networks. ClearOrbit delivers on the promise of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as Oracle and SAP with fully integrated supply chain execution, collaboration and reverse logistics solutions that address "last mile functionality" issues while complimenting the existing infrastructure. ClearOrbit customers include market leaders such as Alcoa, Biogen, Canon, Cisco Systems, General Electric, JDS Uniphase, Texas Instruments and Welch's. For more information, visit www.clearorbit.com.
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