Interush Announces Aston Martin Race Team Sponsorship In the Exciting 2015 GT Asia Race Series

IRVINE, Calif., April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Interush International LLC, a leading supplier of digital and cloud based software applications for the Asian market, announced that it will be the primary sponsor of the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team’s Vantage GT3 at the 2015 GT Asia Series. Interush has been teaming up with the Craft-Bamboo Racing team since 2012 and is proud to join forces with them once again with this classic marque for the upcoming race season. The #88 Aston Martin livery features the iconic LeMans light blue base color, with accents of classic British Racing Green in a unique combination within this historic Aston Martin racing legacy. Because the number eight is considered good luck in Asia, the #88 Aston Martin is sure to bring double fortune to the team as well!

Interush International LLC to sponsor the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team's #88 Vantage GT3

Interush International LLC to sponsor the Craft-Bamboo Aston Martin Race Team’s #88 Vantage GT3

The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has 600bhp powered by a 6 liter V12 lightweight engine. The racing chassis is made of bonded aluminum to create a very light, yet stiff structure, with a shorter wheelbase and lower engine position to enhance both handling and performance.

The GT Asia Series is in its sixth season and one of the four FIA-sanctioned race series that is part of the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS). The GT Asia series will start on May 15-17 on the South Korean peninsula and include 11 races across five countries, with the series’ first three-hour endurance race to be held at the Sepang International Circuit in September.

Driving the spirited #88 Aston Martin will be the combination of Frank Yu of Hong Kong and Richard Lyons from Northern Ireland. Frank Yu brings great experience driving both the Vantage GT3 and Asian race circuits with him, while Richard Lyons is a proven championship driver of GT sports car racing. Lyons and Yu victoriously claimed a second place finish together in last year’s GT Asia Series race in Autopolis, Japan and look forward to return to winning performance in this year’s GT Asia Series.

“At Interush, we understand that it takes a full team effort to achieve great success,” said Martin Matthews, CEO of Interush. “However, this also has to start with world-class technology and the hands-on leadership, determination and skills to become a true champion. This is certainly what we expect Richard Lyons and Frank Yu will each provide driving this amazing #88 Aston Martin Vantage GT3!”

2015 GT Asia Race Series Schedule
May 15-17: Yeongam, South Korea; Korea International Circuit
June 26-28: Okayama, Japan; Okayama International Circuit
July 17-19: Fuji, Japan; Fuji International Speedway
September 4-6: Sepang, Malaysia; Sepang International Circuit
September 25-27: Shanghai, China; Shanghai International Circuit
October 23-25: Buriram, Thailand; Chang International Circuit
November 20-22: Macau, China; Guia Circuit (Special Invitational Event)

Interush will also sponsor the Craft-Bamboo SEAT Leons driven by Jordi Gene Guerrero and Sergey Afanasyev at the TCR International Series on September 20th at the annual Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street Circuit, a notoriously difficult track that should prove to provide plenty of action for drivers and spectators alike.

International Race fans can view the series’ websites at http://www.afos.com/ and http://www.tcr-series.com/ for announcements regarding live TV coverage of the races. Interush Management, Staff and Affiliates are all eager for the start of the 2015 race season and look forward to cheering on their sponsored cars to podium victories! 

For more information on Interush-sponsored racing events, visit http://www.interushracing.com. Interush® Racing is a website where race fans can discover the latest news about Interush-sponsored racing. This website is powered by Interush Media, LLC of Irvine, California, which markets consumer and small business-friendly IT Applications within the rapidly expanding information technology sector in Asia. For more information, visit http://interush.com. Interush and the Interush logo are registered trademarks of Interush Technology, Ltd., a member of the Interush group of companies, which are registered in the United States and other countries.  Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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Frost & Sullivan Applauds Novacom for its End-to-end Connected Trailer Solution, Trailermatics

– Novacom’s dedication to addressing evolving customer needs has helped it double its installation base within just four years

LONDON, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Based on its recent analysis of the connected trailer market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Novacom Europe B.V. (Novacom) with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Leadership. Novacom has quickly entrenched itself in the connected trailer market with its robust trailer telematics solution, Trailermatics. Its stratified pricing model, coupled with a modular structure, offers unmatched flexibility and a fulfilling user experience to customers.

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

2015 European Connected Trailer Customer Value Leadership Award

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Trailermatics is aimed primarily at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), logistics, and cargo companies. The hardware unit of the solution, the DG200 terminal, is a mobile telematics modem connected to the electronic braking system (EBS). It comprises numerous solutions including fleet management, cold chain monitoring, security enhancement, carrier management, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and truck id.

One of the primary product benefits of Trailermatics is its EBS-enabled ability to measure tonnes per kilometre. This feature ensures fuel efficiency by accurately understanding the mileage, and eventually ensuring timely delivery. Meanwhile, its cold chain package assists fleets servicing pharmaceuticals and foods, and its security package aids transport companies by monitoring assets 24/7 through sensors for locks, radio-frequency identification (RFID), EBS cable-connected control, and secured personal identification number (PIN) access.

Novacom also provides an effective tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) technology that facilitates fuel savings, improves steering control, and decreases downtime. Its Truck Id solution creates added value by identifying the match-up of trucks and trailers.

“The Trailermatics is a comprehensive and scalable solution, which can be used by any asset type,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Manager Sathyanarayana Kabirdas. “Although the upfront hardware costs are relatively low, for price-sensitive customers, there are leasing options.”

Furthermore, Trailermatics follows a modular architecture, which gives customers the flexibility to select individual service modules based on their specific requirements, and add modules as and when required. It is a hardware-neutral solution and therefore, allows for the easy integration of Trailermatics packages with customers’ existing hardware.

“Besides having a comprehensive range of packages, Novacom focusses on presenting it customers with superior services such as periodic training on the proper usage of its solutions,” noted Kabirdas. “While many in the industry offer a 36-month warranty period, Novacom customers enjoy a warranty period spanning the entire contract term, which is typically 60 months. It also guarantees total replacement of the product in case it breaks down due to technical defects.”

The company boasts a Europe-wide service network workshop, which includes more than 200 (Transport International Pool, Inc. (TIP)) Trailer Services certified workshops and more than 100 roadside assistance vans. Its strong presence and reach in the European market, along with its outstanding technical capabilities, helps it render swift and efficient service at all times.

Impressively, the company almost doubled its installed base from 17,000 in 2010 to 30,000 in 2014. This can be attributed to its extensive product portfolio, backed by its top-notch support service and operational efficiency.

The company has attained a dominant position in the European market, with maximum penetration recorded in the Nordic countries, Benelux, and France. Having established itself in Europe, it is looking to expand its footprint in the global market by foraying into the US and the Australian markets.

Acknowledging the role played by Novacom’s sharp customer-centric strategies in its rise to the top, Krishna Srinivasan, Global President and Managing Partner, Frost & Sullivan remarks, “The key to the long-term success of any company is its ability to continuously nurture and enhance the value of its products and services for its customers. As such, Frost & Sullivan is excited to recognise Novacom for its industry-leading focus on improving customer experience in the connected trailer market.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on enhancing the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognises the company’s inordinate focus on augmenting the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and ultimately customer base expansion.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

About Novacom Europe B.V.

Novacom Europe is a joint venture formed by combining the expertise of Novacom Services and TIP Trailer Services in 2010. TIP Trailer Services provides transportation and logistics customers with leasing, rental, and maintenance of trailers all over Europe. Novacom Services S.A. has been a key partner for the Trailermatics telematics solution since its launch and is owned by world-class technology company CLS. Combining more than 25 years of expertise in remote monitoring and 40 years of operating and servicing commercial vehicles, Novacom delivers valuable intelligence to trailers and their load with the expertise of industry-leading partners. The company’s ability to constantly monitor and provide protection, safety and cost reduction by increasing efficiency of remote assets has helped it to emerge as a market leader in the trailer telematics space in Europe. The company’s Trailermatics solutions provide real-time critical data which has empowered many fleets to take direct control of their operating costs. 

Novacom Europe was awarded the 2011 Market Leadership Award by Frost & Sullivan, recognizing the innovative product offering and partnership strategy.

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Neusoft Showcases Innovative Automotive Electronics and Healthcare Products at CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany

HANNOVER, Germany, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Neusoft Corporation (“Neusoft”, SSE: 600718), a leading IT solution and service provider from China, attended the CeBIT 2015 in Hannover, Germany, showcasing its IT technologies and products in the fields of automotive electronics and healthcare, under the theme of “Innovation Drives Sustainable Growth of Society”. As the only software company in China delegation at CeBIT 2015, Neusoft demonstrated its passion for innovation in the new information era and its continuous engagement to further promote ChinaGermany cooperation by information technologies.

In the field of automotive electronics, Neusoft has become a global leading In-Vehicle Infotainment system provider. Its software is running in many top automobile brands worldwide. The C3-Alfus™ infotainment system, One Core®navigation solution, and the advanced driver assistance system are Neusoft’s key innovative products showcased at the exhibition. Among these products, One Core® received hot attention on the exhibition. It was co-developed by Neusoft’s R&D teams in China and Germany, which is the world’s first available navigation solution to cover the entire global market with one and the same navigation core system.

Another highlight of Neusoft at the exhibition was its healthcare ecosystem, which integrates medical equipments, healthcare IT solutions and health management services. It is dedicated to providing comprehensive medical and healthcare services by applying emerging IT technologies. Neusoft’s Xikang Healthcare Management business is committed to enabling more people to enjoy convenient and cost-efficient healthcare management services by integrating Internet of Things, healthcare cloud platforms and outstanding medical resources. Neusoft exhibited its wearable devices and other monitoring terminals, such as the intelligent healthcare wristwatch, sleep monitor, Healthcare Pad, etc., and these terminals are an important part in the healthcare ecosystem.

The China Germany ICT Summit was held on the opening day of CeBIT 2015 under the theme of “Software Defines the World”. Dr. Liu Jiren, Chairman & CEO of Neusoft, delivered a speech on the topic of “Information Technology-enabled Innovations Promote Social Development”. In his speech, Dr. Liu mentioned that the hyper-connectivity brought by emerging information technologies is transforming our world, and supporting society to address the challenges of sustainable development. The Internet is transforming almost every industry, and information consumption has become one of the new engines of economic growth. Over the past 20 years, Neusoft has been dedicated to driving social development with IT-enabled innovations, especially in the fields of healthcare and automotive information system. As globalization has entered into an information era, the Industry 4.0 in Germany and the Internet + in China have brought more common ground and complementary advantages for the two countries in the aspects of social and economic development. With information technology as a bridge, the two countries will embrace more promising cooperation in many sectors in the future.

Under the theme of d!conomy, this year’s CeBIT attracted over 3,000 companies from over 70 countries around the globe. As a partner country of the exhibition, China had a large delegation of companies participating in this event. As the representatives of Chinese enterprises that have the latest technologies and innovations, Neusoft and other leading companies, including Alibaba and Huawei, etc., showcased their products and services to the world.

About Neusoft

As an IT solutions & services provider in China, Neusoft has been dedicated to promoting social development by innovative IT technologies, to create new lifestyle for individuals and to create values for the society. Founded in 1991, the company currently employs a total of 20,000 employees and has set up 8 regional headquarters, 10 software R&D bases, 16 software development and technology support centers and a comprehensive marketing & service network in over 60 cities across China. In addition, the company has set up subsidiaries in the US, Japan, Europe, Middle East and South America. For more information, please visit www.neusoft.com

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Terry Du
Branding & Marketing Management Center
Neusoft Corporation
Phone: +86-24-8366-2306
Email: duch@neusoft.com

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Real-time Traffic Information Systems Help Tackle Severe Road Congestion in North America and Europe

— Big Data will be the key to supporting urban mobility, aiding smart city implementation, and reducing traffic gridlock, finds Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — With traffic expanding at three times the rate of the economy, the need for intelligent systems like real-time traffic information (RTTI) services is on the rise in North America and Europe. The emergence of smart cities and deployment of advanced technologies such as predictive traffic and vehicle-to-vehicle communication will continue to drive the RTTI market in the future. For now, the integration with public transport information to help commuters estimate their time of arrival (ETA) based on factors such as traffic flow will enable RTTI to appeal to a larger audience.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of Real-time Traffic Information Market in Europe and North America, finds that the number of real-time traffic subscribers in North America stood at 1.9 million units in 2014 and estimates this to reach 14.2 million in 2021. In Europe, the number is expected to go up from 2.2 million in 2014 to 10.2 million in 2021.

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The fact that the RTTI space is yet to capitalize on the amount of data and sources currently available is an indication that adoption is bound to take off in the near future.

“Big Data analytics will be the single largest technology supporting the implementation of predictive traffic, signal management, road infrastructure maintenance, and accident reduction solutions,” said Frost & Sullivan Automotive and Transportation Research Analyst Ramnath Eswaravadivoo. “Hence, it is important that the data collector, data aggregator, and data integrator co-exist for the smooth functioning of the RTTI ecosystem.”

The biggest factor restraining RTTI use is the high subscription cost. Moreover, the limit on downloading data even after end users have paid a substantial subscription fee deters adoption. Lowering the subscription fee, offering an unlimited data download limit, or making the RTTI service standard in every car for a low cost will be essential to encourage uptake.

In addition, commuters consider RTTI as just a simple navigation tool offered at an extra cost. Technology providers must conduct awareness programs and workshops to help the public understand the significance of RTTI.

“Consumers must be made aware of how RTTI can decrease emissions, waiting time in traffic, and fuel wasted while idling,” urged Eswaravadivoo. “Integrating solutions into one consistent and user-friendly service rather than providing separate apps for navigation, traffic, parking and fuel will also attract more consumers in the North American and European RTTI market.”

Strategic Analysis of Real-time Traffic Information Market in Europe and North America is part of the Automotive & Transportation (http://www.automotive.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: MirrorLink and Tethered Smartphone Solutions in North America and Europe, Cybersecurity in the Automotive Industry, Emission Control Programs in Key Markets Towards 2020, and Voice of European Consumers on Passenger Car Safety Systems. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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GENIVI Adoption Expands With Renault-Nissan Joint Program

— Alliance continues to set standard for future in-vehicle “open” infotainment systems

SAN RAMON, Calif., March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The GENIVI Alliance, an automotive industry association driving the development and adoption of an open In-vehicle Infotainment (IVI) reference platform, today announced that members Renault and Nissan will launch a new joint program to deliver a common IVI system based on software developed within the Alliance membership. 

This new automotive software program will supply all low-to-mid and high-class Renault and Nissan vehicles globally and will be supplied by Robert Bosch GmbH.

“Our Renault-Nissan team believes GENIVI will become the new standard automotive operating system that will be used in in-vehicle infotainment systems,” said Alexandre Corjon, Renault-Nissan Alliance Global Vice President, EE & Systems Engineering. “A GENIVI solution will allow both an increase in quality level and a decrease in the cost of these systems due to reuse of many software modules.”

The new common IVI system will use GENIVI Compliant™ middleware that allows Renault-Nissan to use substantially the same software platform with different hardware solutions to cover the spectrum of low to high-end products. This initial offering also signifies the team’s increased involvement in the Alliance with the aim to improve its delivery of IVI software and standard interfaces.

“GENIVI software has enabled us to provide high quality, flexible, and affordable solutions to many customers worldwide,” said Thomas Kropf, senior vice president at Robert Bosch Car Multimedia GmbH. “GENIVI’s open source approach has enabled Bosch to meet the needs of those customers who want more choice in building their IVI products.”

The Renault-Nissan team will also offer to reuse middleware key components created in this program with other Tier 1 suppliers in future programs.

About GENIVI Alliance
The GENIVI Alliance is a non-profit industry association dedicated to driving the broad adoption of In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) open source software. The GENIVI community provides reference architecture, software components, and standard interfaces which are used by the global automotive industry to deliver branded IVI solutions world-wide. Comprised of more than 160 member companies, GENIVI is headquartered in San Ramon, California. Please visit www.genivi.org for more information.

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Unmanned Aerial, Ground and Surface Vehicles to Transform Transportation within a Few Years, says Frost & Sullivan

– Advances in sensors and composites are speeding up the drive towards autonomous land, air and sea vehicles

LONDON, March 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Advancements in sensor fusion technologies with high imaging capabilities to enhance manoeuvrability are quickening the development of unmanned vehicles. The resulting increase in the use of unmanned vehicles will eventually alter the dynamics of the transportation industry.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Innovations in Unmanned Vehicles–Land, Air, and Sea, finds that high-quality image and navigation sensors such as light detection and ranging systems, radar, and advanced global positioning systems are promising technologies that will play a key role in enabling unmanned vehicles. The integration of sensors, signal processing, and computer vision software in a form factor that is suitable for safe and precise usage will boost the capabilities of unmanned systems.

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“Though various driver assistance systems are available today, improved obstacle and navigation technologies that can interpret unexpected behaviour – such as cyclists moving in traffic – will be essential for the deployment of autonomous vehicles,” said Technical Insights Research Analyst Jabez Mendelson. “Apart from sensors, advancements in lightweight materials suitable for harsh environmental conditions are also required.”

Currently, unmanned systems are employed predominantly for military and research purposes. It is challenging for unmanned systems to find uses in commercial applications without clearing the standardisation norms and stringent tests laid down by various regulatory bodies. The constant evolution of platform technologies needed in unmanned vehicles adds to the challenge.

Effective platform integration, greater scalability, and enhanced sensor accuracy will be vital for the use of autonomous land vehicles, drones and marine vessels for commercial purposes.

“Developing high-quality sensors is critical to garner approval from regulatory and industrial bodies,” stated Jabez Mendelson. “Integration with next-generation signal processing systems will also extend application scope to include surveillance, cargo carriers, and driver assistance systems and pave the way for the mass production of unmanned vehicles.”

Innovations in Unmanned Vehicles–Land, Air, and Sea, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) subscription, provides an overview of technologies enabling and supporting unmanned vehicles, their benefits and challenges, stakeholder initiatives, key technological trends and innovation hotspots. It also provides an insight on the business implication of key innovations with regard to different application segments, evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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International Business Systems Captures Two Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine 2015 ‘Pros to Know’ Awards

— Annual Program Acknowledges Leaders Solving the Biggest Supply Chain Issues

FOLSOM, Calif., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — International Business Systems (IBS), a global leading integrated ERP and supply chain solution provider, today announced that two IBS executives – Tim Conroy, General Manager of the Americas, and Nadeem Ellahi, Vice President of Global WMS and U.S. Services – were named 2015 Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine Pros to Know.

IBS is the trusted industry leader of ERP and WMS distribution software, preferred for consistently improving operational efficiencies and business performance for mid-market companies challenged by the complexities of managing distribution.

This year’s list includes individuals from software firms and service providers, consultancies or academia, who have helped their supply chain clients or the supply chain community at large prepare to meet supply chain challenges – and practitioner pros, who do the same within their own companies.

“IBS is honored to have two distinguished executives recognized as Pros to Know this year,” said Doug Braun, IBS CEO. “We have made a commitment as an organization toward bringing real value to our clients and helping them address supply chain challenges. Tim and Nadeem are just several of hundreds of IBS colleagues making a difference for companies across Pharmaceuticals, Food & Beverage, Publishing, Automotive Aftermarkets, 3PL and Wholesale Distribution.”

Conroy joined International Business Systems as General Manager of the Americas in May 2013. In his short tenure, he has spearheaded the company’s goal of increasing its Dynaman WMS deployments in North America.

Ellahi is an executive level sponsor who directs activities on behalf of IBS to ensure its customers meet or exceed ROI targets, and customer satisfaction is high. He also oversees management direction for project resources planning, utilization and execution across all WMS projects globally. 

IBS solutions are designed to provide benefits such as lower IT cost through fixed monthly fees, reduced business risk, faster time to value and greater flexibility combined with the advanced functionality of the industry-leading IBS Business Suite solution.

About IBS
International Business Systems (IBS) is a leading global integrated ERP and supply chain distribution software solution provider. For more than 35 years, we have helped customers such as Geiger, WORLDPAC, Fidelitone, Associated Pharmacies, Inc., GILLIG, Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Miele Inc., Tri Literal LLC, Mighty Auto Parts, Victory Packaging Inc., and many more streamline, automate and accelerate their distribution network processes, and drive profitability and efficiency.

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JDA Survey Says: Supply Chain Segmentation Comes of Age as 80% of Respondents are Deploying Segmentation Strategies

New “JDA Vision” study highlights the strategies being employed today to overcome longstanding supply chain challenges

SINGAPORE, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —  According to the results of a new JDA study, manufacturers and retailers recognize that their global supply chains have become incredibly complex — but most are still relying on outdated tools and ineffective processes to manage the complicated end-to-end value chain.  There is keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities by those surveyed however, and while gap between where they are today and where they need to be in the future to meet their customers expectations and thrive in highly competitive environments remains large most companies are exploring advanced techniques such as segmentation this year.  These findings, and others, are highlighted in JDA Vision 2015 Supply Chain Market Study ­– a new report prepared for JDA Software Group, Inc. by Talant. This study is based on a global survey of 255 executives across 17 countries, representing a wide range of retailers and manufacturers.

The executives in JDA’s study are taking action to leverage more effective tools and practices to support optimal operations. Fifty-eight percent of respondents named “integration of a best-in-class S&OP process,” as a strategic priority for the next 12 months, while 46 percent of respondents reported that their strategic priorities included “increasing agility in production planning processes.”

“It’s no secret that retailers’ and manufacturers’ supply chains have become increasingly complicated — often spanning thousands of miles and dozens of trading partners,” said Kevin Iaquinto, chief marketing officer at JDA. “Our new report, JDA Vision 2015, demonstrates that while executives acknowledge that complexity, they have been slow to adopt best practices and best-in-class technology solutions to manage their increasingly sophisticated challenges in key areas including production planning and scheduling, supply chain planning and execution, demand management and transportation. Until they improve their utilization of technology, and their adoption of proven best practices, both manufacturers and retailers will continue to struggle in optimizing their end-to-end supply chains.”

The full report is available via registration online; some of the key findings are summarized below.

Supply Chain Planning and Execution: Innovation Needed, But Not Supported

When asked about their priorities for optimizing inventory management, the top two responses were “improving service levels” (named as a top-three priority by 93 percent) and “moving inventory closer to demand” (88 percent). However, organizations lack a clear way to measure and improve effectiveness in this area; respondents provided at least 25 different metrics they apply to measure inventory management performance. In addition, most companies are not implementing advanced technology tools in this area today. Fifty-nine percent of executives cited “deploying automation” to manage inventory as a key initiative for the future. The top three supply chain planning and execution goals of all respondents can be addressed by advanced software solutions: integration of a best-in-class S&OP process with the inventory planning process (cited by 100 percent), improving planner productivity through better exception management and increased automation (93 percent), and rationalizing the product offering portfolio (90 percent).

Demand Management: Product Launches and Promotions Require More Accurate Forecasting

To meet the needs of today’s price-conscious and innovation-driven consumers, both retailers and manufacturers have invested heavily in more frequent product launches — as well as more aggressive sales promotions. However, JDA’s survey revealed that companies lack a scientific way to forecast the effects of these expensive initiatives. For new products, 59 percent of responding companies either develop no forecast at all — or rely on a backward-looking forecast developed by the sales and marketing team. Even more surprising, only 3 percent of executives reported that their organization used any sort of algorithmic technology to forecast the effects of sales promotions.

Transportation Management: Cost Overruns Can Be Addressed via Partnerships, Technology

Transportation is literally where the rubber meets the road in terms of profitability — yet, on average, JDA’s survey respondents reported that 33 percent of all customer orders require expediting, which erodes margins significantly. A surprising number of companies are failing to employ the powerful tools and best practices that can address this issue. Only 26 percent of transportation organizations employ a shared services model for centralized transportation management, and only 46 percent have created a core carrier program. In addition, just 43 percent of firms employ commercially available software solutions to optimize their transportation moves.

Survey Methodology

To help understand the pressures faced by retailers and manufacturers in supply chain planning, JDA Software commissioned Talant Research Group to conduct a survey of 255 executives in 17 countries. Of the companies surveyed, 20 percent had revenues over $10 billion; 14 percent had revenues from $5 billion to $9.9 billion; 30 percent had revenues between $1.5 billion and $4.9 million; 22 percent had revenues of $500 million to $1.49 billion; and 14 percent had revenues less than $500 million. Forty-three percent of respondents were manufacturers, 24 percent were retailers, 28 percent were wholesalers and 5 percent were 3PLs. The survey included respondents from North America (52 percent); Europe, Middle East and Africa (33 percent); Asia Pacific (13 percent); and Latin America (2 percent).

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Volvo Cars’ Connected Car Program Delivers Pioneering Vision of Safety and Convenience

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

  • Volvo Cars is exploring the potential safety, convenience and societal benefits of the connected car
  • A pilot fleet of 1,000 cars will run on Swedish and Norwegian roads this year
  • Reveals vision of how Volvo Cars can lead in making the connected car a positive social force
  • Sharing anonymized car data will save lives, time and taxpayers’ money

Volvo Cars presented the next step in the future of connected cars at the world’s largest mobile and technology exhibition, Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (March 2-5).

“Imagine a world where road status data collected by cars is shared with other road users and with local authorities through a connected car cloud such as the Volvo Cloud: a world where the benefits of anonymized data-sharing support convenience and life-saving services while helping to contribute to a better society. Volvo Cars is working on realising such a future scenario,” said Klas Bendrik, Vice President and Group CIO at Volvo Cars Group.

Volvo Cars is pioneering the safety, convenience and societal benefits of the connected car – presenting Slippery Road Alert technology at Mobile World Congress 2015, in Barcelona.

Volvo Cars is pioneering the safety, convenience and societal benefits of the connected car – presenting Slippery Road Alert technology at Mobile World Congress 2015, in Barcelona.

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Volvo Cars is currently investigating a whole range of connected car services that could be provided thanks to available in-car data and the Volvo Cloud. Smart cities could improve traffic flow management by optimizing traffic lights and speed limits and by offering re-routing suggestions based on real-time traffic jam alerts. Real-time warnings of dangerous weather and emergency road conditions or of emergency braking by other drivers could be provided. In the future, smart cities could even use connected street-lights to illuminate slippery road-sections in another colour when detected by a connected car to alert other road users to dangerous road conditions.

Road Status technology has been developed over many years at Volvo Cars and is currently being piloted in Sweden and Norway with a fleet that will extend to 1,000 cars.

“If a Volvo car detects that it is slippery on a certain stretch of road, for example, it can make other connected cars aware of this via the Volvo Cloud so they are forewarned. Such connected car services could deliver both personal and societal benefits by reducing the potential for accidents and lowering the cost of road maintenance by making winder road maintenance more efficient,” said Klas Bendrik, adding, “Car makers have the potential to deliver real benefits to society by democratizing anonymized car data. This is something that Volvo Cars feels very strongly about.”

Such connected car services could deliver both personal and societal benefits by reducing the potential for accidents and lowering the cost of road maintenance by making winter road maintenance more efficient.

It is another step forward on an exciting journey made possible by the evolution of the connected car in a connected society. In the future it will be possible to connect such innovative cloud-based technology with traffic management ecosystems in different countries in standardized forms and maximize the sharing of real-time traffic information data – not only with other cars but eventually with wider society.

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