Infor is also ramping up a cloud solution for customers who don’t want to run either of these products onsite.The cloud offering should be available by the end of the year.And the deal comes months after China-based HNA Group completed its acquisition of Ingram Micro and Tech Data closed its takeover of Avnet’s distribution business.
Shipments typically spend less than 24 hours in the distribution center, sometimes less than an hour when parcels are involved.
In a conventional distribution system, goods are stored in a distribution center (or kept in inventory at the supplier) and wait until ordered by a customer.
According to Richardson, the company is currently executing on a five-year roadmap that will see Infor’s multiple ERP products for the wholesale distribution business consolidated to two, including Infor Distribution Enterprise i and Infor Distribution Enterprise, which is based on the SX.enterprise suite.
“By 2013, the two products will share the same functional code base,” Richardson writes in his blog.
The surprise is that it took so long to find one, especially given the distributor’s strong portfolio of security products.
After all, security technology is the hot commodity on the market. More product and a consolidated point of sale, mostly.
With cross-docking the costly inventory function of a distribution center becomes minimal, while still maintaining the value-added functions of consolidation and shipping.
Inbound flows (from suppliers) are thus directly transferred into outbound flows (to customers) with short term, and at time very little, warehousing.
Under such a setting it is difficult to have shipments that are not less than truckload (LTL).
With cross-docking, goods are already assigned to a customer.
Cross-docking favors the timely distribution of freight, a better synchronization with the demand and a more efficient use of transportation assets.