Supply chain on show at Softworld

Softworld for the Supply Chain will take place on 18 and 19 March 1998 at the NEC, Birmingham. The event provides an opportunity to see the latest supply chain technology in action. It is based around seminars rather than just stands and delegates can hear about software in considerable depth and ask questions about products.

There is also a conference taking place on the 17 March, focusing on the implementation of a supply chain strategy. Speakers from leading firms will demonstrate how supply chain management has become critical to their corporate agility, operational efficiency and profitability.

Case studies from leading industries such as Land Rover from the automotive sector, Tesco from the food and retail industry and Esprit from the clothing sector will provide an insight into the real-world solutions that have fuelled their success.

Two half-day vendor-independent workshops are scheduled to run during the main event. The first on Wednesday 18 March will focus on developing the supply chain as a competitive weapon and will be presented by Coopers & Lybrand. The second, run by Price Waterhouse, is scheduled for Thursday 19 March and will look at how electronic commerce and the Internet can help to reduce administrative burdens, lead times and costs.

Many companies will be launching new products and innovative solutions to commonplace problems at the show. BDM Largotim will show Quizard, which combines an intuitive user interface with a task based interactive training tool which can be fully customised, and BisGen, a tool to monitor sales and marketing activity; Minerva will show Cameleon, a global configurator that allows companies to adapt product customisation and configuration as a strategy; FuturMaster will present Demand Forecasting and DRP solutions for process industries, distributors, retailers, supporting manufacturing planning worldwide. Futurmaster automatically creates (monthly, weekly, daily) forecasts at the right level in a multidimensional database.

Bean Business Systems is focusing on SMEs with its Machinery Manufacturers Branch Model (Business Model). These are pre-designed business process models that correspond to the characteristic profiles of companies. Ready to run systems can be implemented within weeks rather than months.

Diskus will be showing FrontRunner Touch PC; the company says its power and memory capability exceed the demands for virtually all hand held applications.

Pallet Master from Radical is a Windows-based software product that is designed to track pallets, stillages, cages and other returnable items, while building a database for report building and auditing purposes.

Prescient Systems will be showing ISIS Version 1.2, a tool designed to enable companies to synchronise their entire product planning cycle, from demand planning and forecasting to inventory replenishment to generation on optimised orders.

All exhibitors will be giving seminars and product demonstrations and delegates can benefit from Softworld’s own independent educational programme, comprising a series of free seminars addressing the business issues surrounding Enterprise Resource Planning, and a number of end-user case studies (see page 40).

The Softworld exhibition is free of charge to visiting delegates, who will also receive a complimentary copy of the Softworld Report & Directory of Supply Chain Management Software. The conference and workshops cost #495 + VAT and #245 + VAT respectively.

More details on these special events can be obtained from Emma Hilditch on 0181 5415040 or e-mail To pre-register for the Softworld show call the hotline number 0181 240 5045 or visit Interactive Information Services’ Web site on

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