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Optimization for the New Reality- Using Cost Drivers to Dynamically Re-Shape Your Supply Chain

Author: Dave Rhodes, Director- Manufacturing and Strategy

Crafting a global supply chain has always been challenging; putting a puzzle together even as the pieces change.  The stakes are high, the rewards substantial, and the risks can threaten the very existence of your company.  Two factors have conspired (no political pun intended) to make this task exponentially more difficult:

  • The scope of change
  • The pace of change

Bemoaning the shift in the economic and political climate is a bit like complaining about the wind blowing.  You can shout yourself hoarse, or you can adjust your sails.   This starts with creating the ability to rapidly account for changing cost and profit drivers, balance tradeoffs, compare multiple options, and develop optimal, fact-based, justifiable action plans.

Whether you are looking to expand your internal planning capabilities or just need assistance developing a strategy to make your way through rapidly evolving cost dynamics, MEBC Strategic Consulting can work with you to chart a clear track through these shifting winds.

If you currently run the JDA planning suite, you may already own the functionality to introduce optimized supply chain planning.   MEBC can help you fully exploit your current license to achieve your goals without incremental capital expenditures on software.  If you have been using legacy Manugistics or i2 software to support your planning processes, it’s time to explore the expanded breadth of the combined platform.  The consolidation of these market leaders has produced an unparalleled set of capabilities. MEBC, and our JDA reseller partner, Plantensive, can evaluate your current licensing and opportunities in the new landscape, then work with you to train your people to leverage this expanded capability.

As a supply chain leader, you ponder the implications of new tariffs, evolving labor cost structures, omni-channel shipping and fulfillment options, and emerging manufacturing technologies and the cumulative effects on your supply chain.  In your search for solutions you know that there is no appetite for additional capital expenditure on software and the churn of another implementation.  Maybe you just need some help exploring options, crunching the numbers, and developing your optimized strategy without purchasing more software.  The team at MEBC comes from the world of business and can conduct this evaluation as a service based on the data you provide.  We understand the weight of the decisions you are facing, and will work with you to apply the full scope of JDA’s capabilities to craft a supply chain strategy that will carry you through the upcoming storm.

MEBC will be publishing a series of articles, white papers and infographics that explore the swirling winds of change in the global manufacturing, strategic supply chain planning, and functionality within the JDA suite that helps sort through your options. Join us as we dive deeper into these topics over the course of the next few months!

3 Years in a Row! MEBC Named to SupplyChainBrain – Top 100 Great Partners for 2017

Nominated for the third consecutive year, MEBC is thrilled to be named to SupplyChainBrain’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners for 2017.  MEBC received numerous client nominations from our customers who value our services and partnership. Brad Berger, SupplyChainBrain’s publisher, says that “For 15 years running, SupplyChainBrain has published our much-anticipated list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners — a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. Our six-month online poll of supply chain professionals requires a qualified response, asking them to nominate vendors and service providers whose solutions have made a significant impact on their company’s efficiency, customer service and overall supply chain performance. This year’s field of nominees was abundant and very strong, hailing from all aspects of supply chain management. Your company should be proud to be named amongst the 100 Great!” MEBC Inc. will appear in the 2017 July/August issue of SupplyChainBrain magazine as an honored member of this year’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners. Our internal motto is to ‘partner with our clients for life!’ – so we look forward to adding more new customers to our growing list of 70+ clients that have repeatedly partnered with MEBC over the last 15 years. We are incredibly grateful to our clients who have recognized our team’s efforts and value our partnership. To our clients – WE THANK YOU!






MEBC Team Members Are Live at JDA Focus 2017!

Las Vegas, NV- Our Executives and Consultants are in Las Vegas this week to attend JDA’s annual global conference, Focus 2017. Every year, Focus brings more than 2,000 retail and manufacturing professionals together to network, share best practices, and learn how industry leaders are delivering real results with the help of JDA’s innovative solutions. This year, you can find our team at Kiosk 5A in the Delivery Zone where we will have information on some of our new service offerings like our flexible Cloud and Hosting solutions.

Having successfully moved several of our clients to the Cloud already, we are prepared to guide you through the cloud migration process. We’ve partnered with the largest cloud hosting providers in the world to provide JDA customers with unique alternatives to running JDA in the Cloud. Whether you’re looking to improve your business process planning, drive cost efficiencies, or maximize ROI for the JDA solutions that you currently have, our experienced MEBC team delivers unparalleled expertise!

If you or any of your colleagues will be at Focus this year, do not hesitate to stop at our kiosk to meet one of our attending consultants. We would love to share one of our numerous customer success stories and experiences delivering real results with the help of JDA Software Solutions throughout our 15 years in business! We’ll also be posting updates from the MGM Grand Hotel in Vegas on our Linkedin page, so feel free to follow us and stay up-to-date on Focus happenings throughout the week.

MEBC Team Kicks Off 2017 With 12 Go-Lives!

The MEBC Team is celebrating the achievement of 12 project Go-Lives so far in 2017, and we could not be more excited! Many of these customers are new to our portfolio and include manufacturers in the strained yogurt, cleaning cloth, sleepwear/ underwear, American clothing and commercial/ residential roofing industries. Additional clients who benefited from our Team’s guidance and expertise are retailers in the arts and crafts industries. With 12 projects already live in 2017, we are looking forward to even more continued successes throughout the rest of the year. Congratulations to all of our clients and their accomplishments, and all members of the various MEBC Teams who worked diligently from start to finish to complete each of these projects.

MEBC 2016 Year-End Overview

As January is nearing its end for the New Year, we are reflecting on our team’s achievements from 2016. Not only did we receive multiple awards and recognitions throughout the year, but we also saw significant growth in our client portfolio in 2016. All of these achievements serve as a testament to the high level of client-satisfaction that MEBC strives for during every project. The recognitions that our team earned include:

  • One of our leaders being named to Supply and Demand Chain Executive Magazine’s 2016 “Pros to Know” listing, where leaders of the Supply Chain industry were recognized for their innovative approaches to solving some of the biggest client challenges.
  • Two JDA Partner Leadership Awards for our consulting excellence and cloud services at JDA Focus 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Mention from Gartner in their August 2016 Market Guide for the Supply Chain Planning System Integrator Market.
  • A spot on SupplyChainBrain’s “100 Great Supply Chain Partners List” for 2016. This prestigious list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners highlights companies whose solutions and services have exceeded client expectations, across multiple industries around the world.

In addition to these achievements, we expanded our client portfolio by adding six new customers to our ever-growing list and delivered 33 projects in 10 countries over the course of the year. Our sister company, Plantensive, also experienced significant success in 2016 through their HP & JDA cloud hosting business and, in doing so, acquired two new customers.

We are all proud to have earned such prestigious titles and awards in 2016 and are excited to already see further success from satisfied clients early in 2017. We continuously aim to provide our customers with the highest level of industry-expertise, regardless of titles that we may earn, and will keep going above and beyond to resolve our client’s challenges and needs in the years to come.

MEBC Listed in August 2016 Market Guide from Gartner

The world’s leading information technology research company that delivers insight on technology-related trends, Gartner Inc., has mentioned MEBC in the August 2016 Gartner Report as a third-party provider in the supply chain planning system integrator market. This recent report includes MEBC as a provider to supply chain planning leaders in search of solutions for implementing demand planning, supply planning and S&OP strategies. Published August 15, 2016 the Gartner report provides organizations with a process and criteria to select supply chain service providers, and mentions MEBC and other providers that offer supply chain management application services.

As a JDA Software Alliance Partner, MEBC specializes in JDA’s demand, supply, inventory optimization, and production scheduling technology solutions. MEBC has received five consecutive awards from JDA for Global Innovation, Cloud Excellence, and Specialty Consulting across various industries worldwide. Clients who are seeking consulting system integrators look to the experts at MEBC to identify business process opportunities first, and then begin to design solutions to optimize the return on investment from their technology solutions. MEBC is thrilled to be mentioned in the 2016 Gartner report as a system integrator in the supply chain planning market, and will continue to deliver advanced methods for resolving our client’s greatest challenges.

To find out more about our most recent mention by Gartner in the Market Guide for the Supply Chain Planning System Integrator Market, you can view the entire press release here.

MEBC Recognized on Top 100 Partners List for Second Year

For the second consecutive year, MEBC is honored to be named to SupplyChainBrain’s 100 Great Supply Chain Partners listing. Now in its 14th year, this prestigious listing celebrates companies whose innovative service offerings have gone above and beyond client expectations, across multiple industries worldwide. MEBC received nuSCB Top 100 2016merous client nominations from various customers who felt that the services that they received were worthy of recognition on SupplyChainBrain’s 100 Great Supply Chain partners list for 2016. Brad Berger, SupplyChainBrain’s publisher, says that “Each year, our list of 100 Great Supply Chain Partners features a select group of companies whose customers recognize them for providing outstanding solutions and services. This year we received literally hundreds of nominations for solutions providers in every aspect of supply chain management.”

Competition for a spot on this year’s list was high, and the entire MEBC Team could not be more proud to be a part of the list for the second consecutive year. This achievement marks our fourth award for 2016! We look forward to adding to our company’s growing list of 65+ clients that have partnered with MEBC over the last 14 years. Our Team consistently looks for innovative methods and tools to provide supply chain planning consulting and technology services for clients in the manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, and retail / wholesale distribution industry segments and we are excited to continue exceeding our client expectations this year and beyond!

MEBC Executives Attend 2016 Gartner Conference

MEBC Principals are attending the 2016 Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference, the world’s most important gathering of Supply Chain Leaders, in Phoenix, Arizona. This year’s conference is titled “The Bimodal Supply Chain: Tackling Today, Preparing for Tomorrow,” and our leaders are looking forward to learning how to create and manage a bimodal value chain strategy that achieves essential performance goals while simultaneously allowing for iteration and experimentation. MEBC has been recognized by Gartner as a thought leader and implementation expert in Supply Chain Planning processes and solutions multiple times in the past, and this legacy continues through today where we are still highly regarded for our innovative approaches and methods. We’ve aligned our MEBC Toolkit™ with the Gartner DDVN Maturity Model that includes Demand Sensing, Shaping, and Responding leading practices, enabling our clients to bring this recognized strategic framework to the execution level in an efficient manner. During the conference, our Executives will be networking and sharing our many client success stories to various conversations, including discussions on how our Agile Deployment Methodology (ADM)™ continues to deliver value to our clients during our APS implementation engagements.  MEBC continues to demonstrate our planning expertise while working with Global Fortune 1000 and SMB companies within the Retail, Manufacturing, and Distribution verticals.

MEBC Receives JDA Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Consulting

The MEBC Team is returning this week from JDA FOCUS 2016 after joining thousands of retail and manufacturing leaders to contribute our best practices for delivering real results with the help of JDA Software Solutions. During the conference, Corporate Executive, Grant Lock, accepted a Partner Leadership Award on behalf of MEBC for our excellence in consulting for manufacturing organizations. This award recognizes MEBC for consistently developing a synchronized action plan to drive, support, and embody a supply chain strategy that delivers value as defined by our customers. We ensure that our clients are receiving services that advance their supply chain performance and maximize their return on investment in JDA Software and we are honored to be recognized for doing this in the North American Manufacturing sector.


This JDA Partner Leadership Award is our fifth consecutive award from JDA in recognition of MEBC’s ability to provide project leadership, deep functional expertise, and industry leading implementation services to manufacturing organizations across North America. Over the course of FOCUS 2016, we were excited to engage with prospects and existing JDA users and are looking forward to continuing these relationships in the future. The MEBC Team contributed our own innovative methods for resolving client challenges to the overall conversation at FOCUS, but also left with new knowledge to apply to potential and existing client projects. If you wanted to stop by our booth, but did not get a chance to this year, feel free to contact us at to learn more about our award-winning JDA implementation services and to speak with one of our representatives.

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