Management Dynamics Releases New Version of Trade Planning Tool to Improve Design of Global Supply Chain
|Trade Planner 3.0 scenario-based planning solution optimizes sourcing and distribution decisions based on total landed costs and trade regulation risk|
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, August 10, 2010 -- Management Dynamics, a leading provider of Global Trade Management solutions, today announced the release of Trade Planner 3.0, a scenario-based planning tool that helps supply chain teams quickly and accurately evaluate alternative sourcing and distribution strategies to optimize total landed cost while assessing the impact of trade regulations.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, companies import nearly $2 trillion worth of products annually from over 150 countries, a number that is expected to triple by 2015. With the increasing pressure to cut costs, accommodate new trade regulations, and take advantage of new preferential trade agreements, businesses need planning tools to improve the design of their global supply chains.
"Companies today are moving beyond sourcing decisions based on the lowest product invoice and are evaluating multiple dimensions including transportation costs, duties and taxes, regulatory compliance, and other country risk factors," said Janet Suleski, Research Director, Gartner. "Scenario-based planning solutions provide key players across sourcing, logistics and compliance with the ability to make faster, more accurate sourcing and distribution decisions."
With Management Dynamics' Trade Planner solution, users can quickly and easily compare the costs of sourcing and distributing one or multiple products from multiple locations to identify the optimal decision. Trade Planner allows users to import product descriptions, classify products and store classifications by country in a product repository. Trade Planner is fully integrated with Management Dynamics' Global Trade Content and supports classification by the Harmonized Schedules and Export Control Numbers for over 122 countries, and identifies all applicable embargoes, prohibitions, license requirements, and other product specific barriers to importing and exporting.
"Businesses are increasingly global in scope and need new planning tools to continually monitor total landed cost, model the cost reduction opportunities of shifting a supply base, evaluate new preferential trade agreements and assess the impact of new trade regulations," said Nathan Pieri, SVP Marketing & Product Management, Management Dynamics, Inc. "Today, some of the world's largest companies in retail, food service, electronics, and apparel, are utilizing Trade Planner 3.0 across the enterprise to collaborate and make better sourcing and distribution strategies by considering both cost and associated risks."
Trade Planner 3.0 is an on-demand application that can be quickly and cost-effectively deployed - typically in a few days.
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