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Jim Burleigh Speaks At Eyefortransport's Annual Green Transportation And Logistics Summit About Real-Time Inventory Control With WMS

Posted: October 16, 2008 by Ly Phan

Jim Burleigh Speaks At Eyefortransport's Annual Green Transportation And Logistics Summit About Real-Time Inventory Control With WMS

SmartTurn, the leading On-Demand Inventory and Warehouse Management System (WMS) provider, announced that Chief Executive Officer Jim Burleigh will address the impact of rising fuel prices on the logistics industry today at eyefortransport's 4th Annual Green Transportation and Logistics Summit in San Francisco, California. Jim's panel titled "Implications of $200 Barrel Oil for Logistics" is scheduled for 3 p.m. Pacific Time. SmartTurn is also hosting a live webinar from the event with its customer Argent Associates to discuss real time inventory control in the supply chain.

Technology today is essential for companies as they evolve their business with the objective of supply efficiency by streamlining business processes. With rising fuel prices, along with worries surrounding waste and energy usage, transportation and logistics companies face a multitude of hurdles affecting near-term viability and long-term success. In addition, uncertain economic conditions and an erratic stock market have adversely affected buyer confidence and inventory flows. While these conditions illustrate the crucial role of the supply chain to an organization's growth, warehouses without a WMS place the entire business at risk.

“Put simply, we believe green is the future of business. Across geographies and market segments, customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the environment,” said Ray Moya, Chief Operating Officer of Argent Associates. “Working with SmartTurn, we've been able to implement a WMS that scales very quickly, is flexible enough to support different supply chain business models, and integrates with Quickbooks at significant cost and meaningful environmental savings.”

Green supply chain initiatives can be synonymous with profitability and revenue projections. SmartTurn's on-demand, the web-based system improves visibility and accuracy, while also reducing the carbon footprint of all products running through a warehouse. Additionally, as web-commerce becomes a standard business requirement, the modern warehouse is connected to factories, distribution centers, and web storefronts, thus requiring technologies to accomplish the core job of servicing customers efficiently.

With SmartTurn and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS):

  1. Overall fuel costs and carbon footprint of products passing through a warehouse can be reduced by raising fill-rates from 90 to 99% accuracy by implementing a WMS
  2. Carbon footprint and transportation-related emissions from burning fuel can see declines of 25% or more year over year
  3. Paper waste from warehouse operations can be reduced by up to 80% (equivalent to a pallet of paper per week for medium to large warehouses)
  4. IT expenditures can be lowered by 95% and computer power consumption by 70% (the SaaS model incorporates IT maintenance, upgrades, and support)
  5. Decreased energy usage from power-intensive enterprise-class servers can result in savings ranging from $900 to $1,400 annually
  6. Labor reductions and inefficiencies removed from warehouse operations improve the carbon footprint of the supply chain and lower economic risks

“The supply chain is more critical than ever, and as businesses assess their corporate environmental footprint within the global supply chain, they need to look at their networks with a sense of urgency,” said Jim Burleigh, CEO of SmartTurn. “Fuel prices are only one aspect in the decision-making process, and collaboration is core to developing industry-wide best practices.”

In addition to supporting green supply chain initiatives, SmartTurn enables transportation and logistics companies to rapidly deploy a new warehouse or customer in days rather than months, dramatically less time required than that of legacy and paper-based inventory systems. As SmartTurn customers communicate and collaborate in real-time and integrate with business processes, the inherent benefit is what ultimately builds customer satisfaction. SmartTurn customers pay only $500 per month per warehouse, allowing for an unlimited number of users, free RF handheld licenses, support, upgrades, training, and maintenance. In contrast, typical enterprise-class WMS systems can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting and licensing, creating a real barrier for most medium to smaller sized operations regardless of company size.

SmartTurn™ Inventory and Warehouse Management System and the SmartTurn Inventory Grid™ are the first true on-demand warehouse management systems to provide enterprise-class functionality for small to medium enterprises. Based on its WMS 2.0™ technology and similar to social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, SmartTurn offers a global collaboration platform that can be delivered across geographic or corporate boundaries and enables companies to easily implement and integrate additional sites to gain enterprise-wide warehouse visibility and management without any added IT infrastructure or server hardware costs. Warehouses can instantly integrate the information flows within their own organizations and federated trading communities by simply adjusting security and permission configurations.

SmartTurn will be exhibiting at the eyefortransport 4th Annual Green Transportation and Logistics Summit at Booth #18 from October 16-17, 2008 at the Stanford Court Hotel in San Francisco, California.

 

About SmartTurn

SmartTurn™ Inventory and Warehouse Management System and the SmartTurn Inventory Grid™ are the first true on-demand warehouse management systems to provide enterprise-class functionality at a fraction of the cost of traditional license and install the software. Designed for quick implementation, ease-of-use, real-time inventory accuracy, and warehouses performance, the SmartTurn system provides visibility on every item across single or multiple warehouses. Founded on the premise that software should be smart, simple and safe, SmartTurn's customers span the value chain of most industries to include manufacturers, wholesalers as well as 3PLs. SmartTurn is privately held and backed by leading investors, NEA and Emergence Capital Partners.

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