Manhattan Unveils its Active Supply Chain Solution Suite
The suite includes “Manhattan Active Distribution,” focusing on warehouse and labor management and Manhattan Active Transportation, designed to provide logistics management and shipment visibility.
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A new Manhattan Active Supply Chain Solution suite was recently introduced at the company’s annual “Momentum Customer Conference. According to spokesmen, the service introduces new innovations designed to increase warehouse throughput and help enterprises keep up with the pace of warehouse systems innovation.
Basically, the suite includes “Manhattan Active Distribution,” focusing on warehouse and labor management and Manhattan Active Transportation, designed to provide logistics management and shipment visibility.
Brian Kinsella, Manhattan’s vice president of product management, told SCMR in an interview that the retailers most likely to find the most value in its new offering are those with a dynamic and growing digital channel.
“This includes those who want to involve their stores in fulfillment-related activities from the digital channel (like pick-ups, shipments, and appointments), and those looking to deliver a personalized in-store experience to their customers,” he says
Kinsella adds that the new application helps with peak season in two important ways.
“First, it auto-scales its processing capacity up during flash sales and peak season. Second, the highly cost-effective nature of the store application allows store users to be easily added during peak season and flexed down afterwards,” he says. “Because all activities can now be done on a handheld device, our new solutions give retailers greater flexibility to expand capacity for everything from checkout to returns to in store pickup and shipment processing.”
Because warehouse management systems can be complex, process-centric solutions, keeping them current is often a challenge. As a result, many customers fall behind the technology curve and struggle to compete with their more technologically up-to-date competitors.
To help solve this issue, Manhattan Associates is introducing a new Manhattan Active WM program. Manhattan’s annual subscription program ensures its customers are always using the most current version of its market-leading WMS software. Each subsequent version released to that customer comes complete with all of the customer’s business-specific extensions, upgraded data, workflows and configurations, as well as new Manhattan WMS functionality.
Manhattan also announced Manhattan TMS Mobile, a new mobile app to more easily enable its customers to connect and engage small to medium sized trucking firms. Part of the Manhattan Active Transportation suite, the software enables real-time shipment tracking, freight management, shipment status updates and network operations monitoring via an in-cab mobile device.
About the AuthorPatrick Burnson, Executive Editor Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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