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Wearable Technology: Automotive’s Next Digital Frontier
Wearables promise to impact the automotive value chain in a similar way to smartphones. But despite their great promise, wearables also lack proven use cases, requiring that companies proceed cautiously while ignoring wearables at their own peril.
Mitigating Supply Chain Risk: Planning Around Port Disruptions
To reduce the business impact of U.S. port shutdowns, retailers need a framework to help them assess their global supply chain capabilities and make decisions that ensure a consistent supply of imported goods.
Transforming Manufacturing with the Internet of Things
We are entering a golden age for innovation in manufacturing products and processes, all enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT). This IDC market spotlight can help you understand some of the considerations for driving value from connected products, connected supply chains, smart manufacturing and IoT.
Beyond Brick and Mortar: Advanced Technology Platforms and Processes Power Smart Buildings
To optimize energy consumption and reduce operating costs, it is essential to better monitor and benchmark buildings' energy usage. Active demand management platforms are helping service providers respond to the dynamic energy requirements of modern buildings.
Customer Experience Management: The New Playbook for Indian Manufacturing Organizations
In an era of fraying customer loyalty and tightening competition in the Indian market, manufacturers need a well‑defined customer experience management strategy to enhance customer satisfaction and consequently, revenues.
Reverse Logistics: The Way Forward (Part 1 of 2)
Although reverse logistics is often overlooked, retailers that master this discipline can gain competitive differentiation and turn the tables on pure‑play e‑commerce goliaths.
Reverse Logistics: The Way Forward (Part 2 of 2)
Although reverse logistics is often overlooked, retailers that master this discipline can gain competitive differentiation and turn the tables on pure‑play e‑commerce goliaths.
Maximizing Supply Chain Performance in the Transportation and Logistics Industry
This whitepaper discusses the conflict between cost optimization and service level excellence that transportation and logistics players face and describes how the Cognizant Logistics Performance Manager (LPM) framework can help.
Information Management: The New Game Changer in International Trade
This whitepaper analyzes the complexity of global trade management due to ever-increasing regulations and explains how the right IT systems can help overcome those challenges.
The Growing Importance of Outbound Logistics
This paper describes our thinking on the strategic relevance and challenges in outbound logistics today. It includes an overview of our Outbound Logistics Solutions Suite, which improves KPIs for OEMs and logistics service providers.

RESULTS

  • Transport Planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer
  • Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy
  • End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company
  • Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

Reshaping Transport planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer

For a leading packaging material manufacturing company, we implemented the SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM) system globally. The SAP TM system was integrated with the company’s existing enterprise system. The result was configurable, rules-based and automated transport planning for the client.

The new system dynamically pushes orders and order changes into the transportation optimization and carrier selection planning process. It also tenders or retenders to its carriers based on detailed business rules that accommodate all possible ERP order changes.

  • Company can react swiftly to changes in demand.
  • Reduces in manual effort and processing errors.
  • Better compliance with routing guidelines.

Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy

For the transportation operations of one of the world’s largest makers of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines—as well as industrial gas turbines—Cognizant prepared a detailed IT-based transportation strategy. The work included a benchmarking and gap analysis for the client. Based on those results, we developed a high-level strategy roadmap. The roadmap covered short-and long-term system requirements and also included a detailed evaluation of transportation management systems, including both packaged and custom-built solutions.

  • Resulted in significant cost savings.
  • Provided a quick IT system response to changing business needs.
  • Significantly improved quality of IT systems.

End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company

North America’s leading provider of premium truckload, brokerage and intermodal transportation services chose to use Cognizant’s Integrated Development Model to coordinate and execute more than 25 projects using teams in two different locations.

Projects included a box management tool, a pricing workbench and a system to determine the network value of moving loads to a particular lane. The latter tool is being used as a decision-making solution for planning the most efficient movement of loads.

  • Increased realization through the automated order-to-cash cycle.
  • Globally consistent business processes provided a “single version of truth” to business users.
  • Reduced overall IT costs with higher throughput.

Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

For a leading cold storage chain in the U.S., Cognizant provided full application management services for its Warehouse Management System (WMS). The WMS was already at the heart of our client’s business operations; however a fragmented system architecture and ad-hoc support processes had made the operations out-of-sync with market fluctuations. Cognizant provided the necessary domain expertise, along with mature delivery processes, that led to a far more responsive and cost-effective WMS foundation.

  • Shorter order-to-cash cycle time.
  • Improved customer on-boarding time.
  • Significantly reduced backlog of maintenance requests.
  • Reshaping Transport Planning for Packaging Material Manufacturer
  • Defining an IT-based Transportation Strategy
  • End-to-End Solution for Leading Trucking Company
  • Re-engineering Warehouse Management for a Cold Storage Chain

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