Infor Updates Supply Chain Planning Software

Infor (Atlanta) released its SCM Advanced Planner 5.0, a new version of its proven supply chain planning and optimization solution. Built on a 64-bit architecture, the software allows companies to manage increasingly complex supply chain planning challenges, including movement of more products through more sites. It manages multiple sources of supply and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, where global companies must recognize real-world constraints in sourcing products from approved suppliers and countries.

The software accurately models what-if scenarios, helping organizations proactively develop contingency plans for risk mitigation, and supports least-cost supply chain optimization. Utilizing 64-bit technology and parallel processing to tackle these challenges, the solution reportedly allows more responsive optimization to changes in supply-demand conditions and enhanced problem solving performance.

Molson Coors (Denver and Montreal) is the first company to deploy Advanced Planner 5.0 to model its highly complex supply chain, which incorporates more than 750 product lines across six breweries and 40 distribution centers. The solution enables Molson Coors to manage inventory and production for all sites while also factoring in capacity constraints of production, warehousing and distribution.

"The new version of Advanced Planner allows us to incorporate more detail into the planning process, increasing from 7 million to 38 million the number of variables that we factor in," said Dan Brown, director of supply chain planning for imports and systems for Molson Coors. "The accuracy from the additional detail enables us to reduce inventories while maintaining our high customer service levels."

"We are now extending our model to dynamically source product beyond the plant level into the individual line level within the plant, further improving the productivity of our plant and resources," said Jeff Turner, manager supply chain processes and systems for Molson Coors.

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