JDA Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems

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JDA Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems

For the first time, JDA positioned furthest in completeness of vision; believes overall leadership positioning due to innovation such as real-time visibility and predictive analytics capabilities

Scottsdale, Ariz. – March 13, 2017 –  JDA Software Group, Inc.  today announced that it has once again been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the “Leaders” quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems1 (TMS).” JDA believes it has been recognized for key innovations introduced in 2016, including its real-time visibility strategy in partnership with FourKites, TransVoyant and INTTRA, as well as the new JDA Stratus for Transportation cloud offering extending JDA® Transportation Management capabilities to mid-market companie

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. In the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems, JDA has been positioned second furthest for ability to execute and furthest in completeness of vision in the Leaders quadrant.

“JDA Transportation Management is used in some of the largest and most complex transportation operations around the globe enabling organizations to make smarter, more strategic shipping and delivery decisions by balancing internal capacities and constraints with customer promises,” said Fabrizio Brasca, vice president, solution strategy, Intelligent Fulfillment. “The powerful new capabilities we introduced this year, such as the ability to provide real-time predictive visibility puts us at the forefront of where the transportation industry is headed and we believe our positioning in the Leaders quadrant is further validation of our ongoing commitment to innovation.”

JDA Transportation Management solutions are part of JDA® Intelligent Fulfillment™, which delivers an integrated constraint-aware, cross-application environment to enable more profitable fulfillment for retailers, manufacturers, third-party logistics providers and wholesale distributors. JDA has also recently again been positioned by Gartner in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems2” for 2017. JDA continues to be the only company named a leader in all five Gartner Magic Quadrants for supply chain and retail merchandising solutions3.

New enhancements introduced in 2016 to JDA Transportation Manager and JDA Transportation Planner include driver optimization and dispatch, relay planning and asset visibility. These give dispatch operations the ability to effectively manage drivers and their assignments more efficiently, while reducing transportation costs, improve asset utilization and reduce overtime needs. JDA also rolled out JDA Stratus for Transportation, a cloud-based offering providing an economical, flexible and template-based deployment scope, helping companies realize transportation savings quicker while still meeting customer delivery windows.

Additional Resources:

1Gartner Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems, De Muynck, March 9, 2017

2 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems, Dwight Klappich, February, 13, 2017

3JDA is a leader in all FIVE Gartner Supply Chain Magic Quadrants  including Warehouse Management Systems (“Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record,” January 2016, “Magic Quadrant for Sales and Operations Planning Systems of Differentiation,” April 2015(archived), “Magic Quadrant for Transportation Management Systems,” March 2016, “Magic Quadrant for Merchandise Assortment Management Applications” September 1, 2016).

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About JDA Software Group, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading provider of seamless supply chain planning and execution solutions for retailers, manufacturers, logistics providers and wholesale distributors.  Our unmatched solution portfolio enables our clients to reduce costs, increase profitability and improve visibility so they can deliver on customer promises every time.   More than 4,000 global customers run JDA, including 73 of the top 100 retailers, 71 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 13 of the top 16 3PLs.  With JDA, you can plan to deliver.  www.jda.com

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SCLAA Proudly Supports International Women’s Day


International Women's Day

You may be surprised that women only make up 21.9% of the population involved within the Supply Chain and Logistics industries. That is why the SCLAA are proud to support and encourage International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March 2017. It is imperative we attract more women to the industry. Whether these women are involved at CEO, Senior Management Level; work in a warehouse or drive trucks the Supply Chain and Logistics Association would like to acknowledge their incredible contribution.

International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

Amanda O’Brien, the recently appointed first SCLAA Chairwomen in 56 years said “International Women’s Day is a perfect opportunity for everyone to help drive better outcomes and change for women, not only those involved in the Supply Chain and Logistics areas but for all women involved in business and the community. Our National Association encourages everyone to support this day”

Amanda went on to say “that in 2014 only 9.2% of Chief Executive Officers in transport, postal and warehousing industry were women. Participation has decreased by 1.1% in this sector over the last ten years and this attrition rate is disturbing”

“The inequality in gender dispersion is an immediate barrier to entry. In government and industry circles we need to first of all acknowledge openly that this issue exists and secondly offer the same opportunities to acquire skills and experience in this sector as those offered in more traditional roles”.

This year’s campaign theme is Be Bold For Change – #BeBoldForChange

To further acknowledge women in business, the SCLAA will be holding back by popular demand the successful Women in Logistics Lunch in the Member’s Dining room at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday 19th May. Don’t miss out on this unique event! All men are encouraged to attend to show your support for the dynamic changes in industry. For further details, please call the SCLAA office on 1300 364 160 or visit www.sclaa.com.au to book online.

For further details, contact Anthony Trainor, SCLAA Executive Officer, on 0429 012380.

 SCLAA and CILTA Jointly Support International Women’s Day – 8th March 2017

Press Release SCLAA to Drive Competitive Advantage

SCLAA to Drive Competitive Advantage

The board of the Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) met over the weekend on February 25-26 in a strategic planning session designed to meet the current and future needs of members, partners and industry stakeholders.

SCLAA’s new vision launches today with the association set to Drive Competitive Advantage for the entire sector.

“Of the 2.1 million companies in Australia, almost all have a supply chain and logistics function.” said Amanda O’Brien, Chairwoman of the SCLAA.  “We will deliver a competitive advantage to all these companies by providing networking opportunities, running quality events, advancing a body of professional knowledge, enhancing career pathways, developing future leaders and encouraging diversity.”

SCLAA’s new vision includes working even closer with members and partners, providing more support and assistance to the critical state divisions and working collaboratively to add more value.

“This includes broadening our already wide reach into supply chain and logistics functions beyond our members,” added O’Brien.  The strategic direction is set to provide new opportunities for members, partners and the broader supply chain community; with a strengthening of the engagement between the SCLAA’s National office and the State Divisions.

For more information, please contact:

Our National Secretariat on 1300 364 160 or via email on secretary@sclaa.com.au

New SCLAA National Partner – Datapel Systems

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The SCLAA is a not for profit Industry Association, run by members for members. Our ability to support the SCLAA infrastructure and to expand is highly dependent on our National Partners, one of which we newly welcome is Datapel Systems. We ask all our members to support our valued National Partners where they can.


Datapel Systems is a leading provider of Warehouse and Inventory Management Systems for Small to Medium Business in the Asia Pacific region. Our solution adds on to existing SMB accounting and ERP software applications to bring you a cost effective, best-of-breed order fulfilment solution. By specialising in 3PL, wholesale distribution, and manufacturing industries Datapel can provide a solution streamlined to your needs.

Our system incorporates modules for wireless barcode scanning, Point-Of-Sale, major retailer EDI connectivity, Business Intelligence reporting, eCommerce adaptors for Omni-Channel sales strategies and best practice order pick, pack and ship workflows. With options for OnPremise or Cloud Hosted deployments our Datapel Consultants can assist in directing you toward the right solution for your business.

With over 10 years experience and an industry leading customer portfolio Datapel Systems is proud to be an Australian based developer and service provider to the Global Supply Chain.  Our rapid implementation methodology ensures that our new customers are realising returns on investment within weeks, and operating at high efficiency within days of go-live – not months as typical with traditional ERP upgrades. “Our customers need not buy an entirely new system as Datapel software is designed to easily integrate with their existing systems, directly addressing the core processes needing efficiency improvements” says Adam Wesley, Founder and CEO of Datapel.

For more information on Datapel System please visit our website or call our customer service team on 1300-137-082.

Simple software with powerful results.



Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2016/17 – Released

Did you know, that current figures, reported by Safe Work Australia, state that there have been 76 worker fatalities in Australia so far this year. Unfortunately, the transport, postal and warehousing sector is leading in this tragic figure with the highest fatality rate of 24 deaths.

It is quite an alarming statistic, considering the transport, postal and warehousing sector accounts for around 5.3% of the total Australian workforce and employs approximately 628,600 persons. The safety and health of all these individuals is imperative therefore, and to assist with making this a priority, Pro-Visual Publishing, in collaboration with the Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA), has released this year’s edition of the Supply Chain, Warehouse and Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety. This year’s Guide features a number of key safety areas within the industry, and with Augmented Reality (AR) technology, employers and workers are equipped with even more information and resources.

The following are just a few of the most common hazards to the transport, postal and warehousing sector:

      • Forklift trucks
      • Fatigue
      • Hazardous chemicals
      • Hazardous manual tasks


Protect your employees and colleagues from becoming another statistic. Ensure that safety measures are in place to address these hazards and have everyone return home safely at the end of each shift, each and every day.

“I would like to thank all of the sponsors of the Supply Chain, Warehouse & Distribution Guide to Workplace Safety 2016/17. Their support has made it possible for the Guide to be distributed free of charge.”

– John Hutchings, CEO, Pro-Visual Publishing.

Pro-Visual Publishing is the leading specialist in wall-mounted workplace health & safety, food safety & hygiene, and wellbeing information resource guides. Each guide is practical and informative, providing a quick reference point for management and staff. Pro-Visual Publishing’s guides are vital resources to ensure workers return home exactly the way they came to work.

For further information, or to obtain additional copies of the Guide, please call (02) 8272 2611, email marketing@provisual.com.au or visit www.provisual.com.au

For media enquiries or images please contact Deanna Davenport at Pro-Visual Publishing on (02) 8272 2611 or ddavenport@provisual.com.au

Dematic to Build Advanced Warehouse Solution for Sigma Pharmaceuticals

Sydney February 23 2017 – Sigma Pharmaceuticals, Australia’s leading full-line pharmacy wholesaler and distributor, has awarded a contract to Dematic for an advanced materials handling solution.

Sigma currently services more than 4,000 pharmacies nationwide with over 15,000 product lines daily. The company has a national network of 15 distribution centres (DCs) and makes in excess of one million deliveries to customers by road, sea and air each year.

Sigma’s new 15,000-square metre DC in Berrinba, Queensland, will feature temperature controlled cool rooms and primarily service the company’s network of pharmacies in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

RapidPick_01_kleinThe advanced Dematic materials handling solution will expedite the order fulfilment process through advanced systems such as Dematic’s Goods-to-Person (GTP) picking system utilising Rapid Pick 1:1 pick stations, a centralised automatic order induction system and an A-Frame automatic picking system. The system will also feature a Dematic Multishuttle “reverse drop” dispatch buffer, further supporting Sigma’s enhanced service delivery to their customers.
To maximise space and efficiency in the DC, Dematic will manufacture and supply Colby selective racking capable of storing 6,347 pallets, along with Carton Live Storage (CLS) and Pallet Live Storage (PLS). A Vocollect voice system will facilitate the accurate and efficient picking of products in manual areas.
Richard Church, General Manager Logistics for Sigma Pharmaceuticals said: “Our new Queensland distribution centre is critical to servicing the growing needs of Sigma’s network of retail Pharmacy brands in northern Australia. The warehouse will enable our business to continue to grow while meeting customer needs with accuracy and speed. We look forward to working with Dematic on this crucial initiative.”

The new DC is due for completion by October 2017.

Further information: Dematic Pty Limited, 24 Narabang Way, Belrose NSW 2085, Australia. Tel: +61 2 9486 5555. Fax: +61 2 9486 5511. www.dematic.com.au 


About Dematic

Dematic is a leading supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centres and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic has implemented more than 4,500 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors. 

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimise material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation. For more information: www.dematic.com.au

 “Colby” and the “Colby Chevron mark” are registered trademarks of Dematic Pty Ltd

About SIGMA Pharmaceuticals

Sigma is a leading Australian full line pharmacy wholesale and distribution business. Sigma also has the largest pharmacy network in Australia, with over 1,200 branded and independent stores, including some of Australia’s best known pharmacy retail brands: Amcal, Guardian, PharmaSave, Chemist King and Discount Drug Stores.

Sigma aspires to be Australia’s partner of choice for health, beauty and wellbeing and is proud to help to make pharmacy services and medicines accessible for all Australians. The company aims to ensure Australians have access to the full range of PBS medicines, via community pharmacies and hospital pharmacies, regardless of where they live, and usually within 24 hours. For more information: www.sigmaco.com.au

SCLAA FLG Young Professionals Networking Drinks

Thanks to all those who attended the above event on Wednesday this week, we had a blast and it was great to meet some new faces and learn more about you!

Some other events on the near horizon include:

  • Last mile thought leadership forum (~ April)
  • Member Bike ride (~April)
  • Site tours to manufacturing/DC facilities (April/May)


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JDA Extends its Leadership in WMS

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Gartner reports can be downloaded at: https://now.jda.com/Gartner-MQ5-ANZ-APAC-2017.html

Low incidence of ecommerce in Australia

Head of eBay Asia Pacific Jooman Park said the reason incidence of ecommerce is so low in Australia (9% of retail sales) is the high cost of shipping within Australia.

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Kiwi Software Company making inroads into the Trucking World

Not many women would relish the task of taking on the male-dominated trucking world on their own, but to also fight to the top in the domestic freight-forwarding delivery management industry at the same time takes a lady of tenacious drive and positiveness in her strengths, and her product.

Kathy Ross1Kathy Ross, CEO of iCOSLIVE, is one such woman who is showing truckies and transport firms how to run their businesses and rigs better.

Based in Albany, once a satellite village at the northern-most border of Auckland’s North Shore renown for its orchards and strawberry farms, but now a hub of major industry and innovation, iCOSLIVE is breaking barriers and borders with its innovative software.

National fleets such as Booths, Halls Refrigerated Parcels and a host of other national and regional carriers are using the software developed by iCOSLIVE and all are experiencing significant revenue-saving and smarter delivery management with a reduction in logistical loss.

iCOSLIVE is the brainchild of Kathy Ross. For the past 10 years she has poured her heart and soul, and her bank account, into her vision and it is reaping rewards. iCOSLIVE is the proof a sound idea can become a industry-shaping tool.

This small New Zealand company over the past 12 months has branched out taking on the supply-chain industry on the highways and byways across Australia with iCOSLIVE’s software already influencing Australia’s massive trucking industry.

The software’s paperless track and trace solution is creating results for Queensland-NSW trucking company ScuzzTrans, which specialises in container shipping in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

A staunch advocate of iCOSLIVE, ScuzzTrans received industry acknowledgement of its operational improvements, winning the Queensland Supply Chain Management Award in September last year and going on to receive a “highly-commended award” in their section at the Australian Supply Chain & Logistic’s awards in Sydney late last year.

The impact of iCOSLIVE and its integration with Teletrac Navman on ScuzzTrans has been significant, streamlining the company’s operational processes both in the truck and office. In very short time, the firm’s business has grown some 35 per cent through increased container movement, effective loading and offloading and smarter vehicle routing – all without increasing its fleet or staff.

And, late last year iCOSLIVE showed just how size isn’t everything, particularly when it comes to recognition.

In a national Australian supply-chain award iCOSLIVE tangled with  industry heavyweights such as Toyota and Kathmandu and ranked alongside them as one of three finalists.

The plucky Kiwi company placed runner-up with the highly commended award, making some of the global giants of logistics and freight sit up and take notice – while major trucking and freight forwarding companies are keenly interested in iCOSLIVE’s innovative real-time tracking software.

Since the company’s selection as one of 49 entrepreneurial businesses to accompany then-Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, to Los Angeles on the first of three Tripartite Economic Summits in 2015, things have been somewhat of a whirlwind for iCOSLIVE.

The company’s client base is burgeoning with now large New Zealand corporates dictating their sub-contractors utilise iCOSLIVE as it gives them total transparency of their logistic movements.

One New Zealand client, Smart Express, a 2016 Westpac Business Awards finalist, is heralding a 300 per cent increase in their business over the last 18 months, the company’s improvement assisted in part by their utilising iCOSLIVE’s online transport management.

With an Android App specifically designed for tablets and smartphones, it now means transport and delivery companies can manage jobs and shipments at driver-end, instantly knowing of delivery completion with real-time shipment tracking. To further enhance the service, iCOSLIVE gives freight companies the ability to seamlessly integrate with their sub-contractors.

iCOSLIVE’s eco-digital system integrates with a range of partners, including Teletrac Navman, which provides GPS satellite fleet management positioning, eRoad RUC’s advanced technology platform delivering electronic road user charges and compliance and it also interfaces with many accounting packages, but shines when integrated with XERO and MYOB’s online accounting services.

iCOSLIVE’s market-leading advantage is that users not only know where their trucks are, but what freight is on-board in real-time – a feature that is unique

The small Albany-based software company is rapidly transforming the transport and logistics industry, with most companies utilising iCOSLIVE’s package experiencing drastic reductions in revenue leakage.

Having already achieved success in Australia, going global is squarely in the company’s sights.

“Mighty oaks from little acorns grow” is an old-saying, but it cannot be a more apt description of Kathy Ross and iCOSLIVE.