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Roland DG selects Kinaxis RapidResponse as global supply chain management solution

Company to deploy cloud service to shorten planning cycles and improve global inventory management


October 8, 2014
by PurchasingB2B Staff

OTTAWA—Kinaxis, provider of RapidResponse, delivering cloud-based SCM and S&OP applications, has announced that Roland DG Corporation, a manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and 3D devices, has deployed Kinaxis RapidResponse at the company’s operations in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

In the coming years, one of Roland DG’s objectives is to evolve the organization from a manufacturer of high-performance computer peripherals into a leading source for cutting-edge digital solutions that bring digital data to life. Because of its objective to stay at the forefront of technology innovations, the company’s current supply chain and S&OP systems were creating limitations for the team to operate their business efficiently.

Roland DG found it was making daily decisions on how inventory should be placed and moved without the ability for comprehensive inventory management analysis across its global supply chain, the company said. As a result, it is difficult to determine inventory availability, which creates the risk of excess inventory. The shortage of necessary items causes frequent adjustments to demand and supply balancing.

The electronics manufacturing said it company wanted to manage its supply chain as a single continuous pipeline, from one system, to build an efficient operation with maximum returns and minimum asset utilization. Roland DG selected RapidResponse to replace their current system and move away from heavy planning workloads, long processing times to perform scenario simulations and limited visibility into material constraints.

With RapidResponse, the team can balance supply and demand in response to ever-changing conditions. RapidResponse will be deployed to drive SCM and S&OP effectiveness through improved multi-tier visibility and tight integration and alignment of all planning functions, the company noted.