Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization firm, adds total delivered cost and margin at the customer location-product level of detail to its supply chain network design software.

Supply Chain Network Design Software

Profit Network™ – Supply Chain Design Software

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization consultancy, today announced the release of an update to Profit Network™, a supply chain network design software that is used by supply chain managers all over the world to gain visibility in to the trade-offs they will face when designing or optimizing a global supply chain. In addition to several other new enhancements, Profit Network now allows users to analyze and report on the total delivered cost and the resulting gross profit margin for all products delivered to each customer location.

“With the ever-increasing availability of granular data across the supply chain, many of our clients have expressed a strong interest in analyzing and reporting on the total delivered cost of a single product or set of customer products,” said Alan Kosanksy, Profit Point’s President. “Previously, it was quite a challenge to understand how costs accumulate over time from raw material procurement through manufacturing, inventory, transportation and customer delivery.  Now our customers are able to see the true total cost for each unit of product delivered to each customer.  This will be a powerful tool in helping them evaluate their product and customer portfolios.”

In addition to total delivered cost, now Profit Network also enables more control over source-destination matching, as well as inventory levels by establishing minimum and maximum number of days of inventory demand.

“Profit Network software has been helping Fortune 500 companies around the world build more robust and profitable supply chains for more than 10 years,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CEO and CTO. “Over that time, the dramatic increase in data availability across the supply chain has provided us tremendous opportunities to solve unique and critical problems in a variety of supply chain networks.”

In addition to Profit Network, Profit Point’s line of supply chain software also includes Distribution and Vehicle Planning, Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP), Production Planning, Scheduling and Order Fulfillment software.

To learn more about how Profit Network can help you analyze and improve your Supply Chain Network Design, call us at (866) 347-1130 or contact us here.

About Profit Point

Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now the leading supply chain software and consulting company. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, Lifetech, Logitech and Toyota.

Profit Point announced that it has successfully completed a distribution network optimization project with the hydrogen peroxide business team at Arkema Inc. Arkema is a global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer. Profit Point is a leading supply chain optimization company, delivering solutions to global manufacturers to optimize their supply chain networks, distribution plans and S&OP processes using a combination of targeted software and consulting services.

In the very competitive hydrogen peroxide market, Arkema’s objective is to continuously improve product availability and customer service across North America, while simultaneously managing costs throughout the supply chain. Profit Point examined Arkema’s distribution options from manufacturing to the end customer to develop supply chain options to provide the right level of customer service at the best total delivered cost.

“The team at Profit Point developed an understanding of our business and they analyzed complicated data and made it easy to understand,” noted Ed Gertz, Arkema’s Director of Supply Chain for hydrogen peroxide. “They made it easier for us to see how different distribution infrastructure options impacted our cost and our service, which gave us the confidence we needed to make significant changes in our terminal network.”

The solution combined Profit Point’s supply chain design software, Profit NetworkTM, and the consulting team’s supply chain optimization expertise. By leveraging existing enterprise data, Arkema was able to develop an actionable infrastructure plan that meets the business’ strategic objectives.

“This is a classic example of the type of benefits large manufacturers can see when they bring together the right stakeholders and the right process, ” added Ted Schaefer, Director of Logistics and Supply Chain Services at Profit Point. “It reminds me a lot of what my Italian grandmother used to say about cooking, ‘If you choose the best ingredients, you will like the result.”

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain network design software and services, call us at (866) 347-1130 or contact us here.

About Profit Point
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, Lifetech, Logitech and Toyota.

About Arkema
A global chemical company and France’s leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel preservation and the need for lighter materials. With operations in more than 40 countries, some 14,000 employees and 10 research centers, Arkema generates annual revenue of $8.3 billion, and holds leadership positions in all its markets with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands.

Upgraded Vehicle Route Planner Software Improves Decisions in Distribution Planning, Fleet Sizing, Driver Productivity and Transportation Cost Reduction  

Profit Point announces the introduction of Profit Vehicle Planner™ 3.1, a major upgrade to our distribution analysis and design software. Profit Vehicle Planner is designed for Strategic Logistic and Transportation Managers that have large fleets with multiple daily delivery stops and changing logistics processes. The software update includes a combination of new features and technical enhancements which combine to support richer scenario modeling for larger large fleets with multiple daily delivery stops and changing logistics processes.

Designed to be highly accessible and customizable, Profit Vehicle Planner (PVP™) uses standard Microsoft business tools for calculation and display of information, including Excel, Access and MapPoint. The software automatically creates and designs the optimal sales/distribution territories. It does this by dividing customers into territories and days of service, with each territory representing the volume delivered by one delivery vehicle and one driver over the course of the planning horizon. The objective of the proprietary heuristic algorithm used in Profit Vehicle Planner is to assign customers to territories that will minimize the number of trucks required to serve the customer volumes while delivering within the various common and business-specific constraints, including customer frequency of service, hours available per day, volume available per truck, unique equipment requirements and virtually any other custom constraint required.

“With 12 years in the field, Profit Vehicle Planner has been put to the test against some of the world’s largest supply chain distribution problems,”  noted Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s Chief Technology Officer. “Transportation best practices have expanded over time, so decision makers are looking for more comprehensive strategic logistics and transportation modeling solutions.”

With the new release, PVP’s expanded features include extensive customization of the software to tailor the territory planning solution to be cost and time effective to meet your unique and specific distribution requirements and the ability to use imported address data to automatically geocode customers for whom lat/long data is missing.

For companies that perceive distribution as mission critical, users have the option to integrate PVP deeply into their supply chain systems to import and export data in to their ERP system. Companies that seek the most cost-effective solution have the ability to import virtually any relevant data from an Excel template that includes the following:

  • Customer data such as address, location, frequency of service, volume per stop, time required per stop, other data as needed
  • Truck data such as size, days of the week that it is available, order in which it is to be scheduled, hours available each day, special equipment, other data as needed
  • Warehouse and district data such as location and characteristics of associated trucks and drivers
  • Time related data such as start date of planning horizon and number of weeks in the planning horizon.
  • Product specific data such as unit of measure of the product being delivered
  • Any other data required to accurately model unique constraints

Once optimized, users have the ability to review and assess the characteristics of the territories that are created using tables and maps to provide an enhanced visual experience. And to ensure the optimal distribution plan, users can manually move customers from one territory to another or from one service day pattern to another (e.g. from Monday-Thursday to Tuesday-Friday), if desired.

To learn more about Profit Vehicle Planner and Profit Point’s distribution planning services, visit www.profitpt.com.

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization software and services company, today announced a partnership with TBB Global Logistics, a leading domestic and international transportation management provider. The two companies have partnered to provide an integrated solution of logistics and supply chain optimization software and services to provide global manufacturers and distributors an integrated supply chain network and distribution plan.

As a logistics industry leader since 1946, TBB Global Logistics has the knowledge and expertise to develop and manage the most complex supply chain strategies for your company. Together Profit Point and TBBGL can deliver a complete solution to provide increased efficiency, lower total costs, superior customer service and a more competitive position in a dynamic global marketplace. TBB Global Logistics is a non-asset based, supply chain management company that relies on superior, web-based technology and relevant expertise to enable clients’ ability to effectively and profitably compete in a global marketplace.

“Large domestic and international clients are pursuing deeper integration of their supply chain strategies into their day–to-day operations,” noted Dr. Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s CEO. “Partnering with a company like TBB, provides our clients the ability to develop a seamless transportation and distribution strategy and implementation plan.

Profit Point now has access to global transportation data resources and 3PL expertise insight to deliver the entire package: the strategic supply chain plan along with an operational solution covering supply chain distribution, logistics and transportation engagements. Together, the two companies deliver a unified team of dedicated professionals to meet the demands of global manufacturers and distributors by helping customers design and implement an optimal supply chain.

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain software and services, call us at (866) 347-1130 or contact us here.

About Profit Point:

Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, Toys “R” Us, Logitech and Toyota.

About TBB Global Logistics:

Founded in Baltimore in 1946, TBB Global Logistics provides complete supply chain management services. TBB provides domestic and international transportation management and supply chain solutions through its Supply Chain GuardianSM brand. Supply chain support services include sourcing, procurement, customized warehouse logistics, inventory management and reverse logistics. TBB offers web-based supply chain management applications and supply chain consulting. Headquartered in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, TBB Global Logistics also has offices in Maryland, located in Hanover by BWI Airport and sales teams throughout the United States. TBB Global maintains a network of agents in countries around the world. TBB is a third generation, family-owned company.

Profit Point’s S&OP software and service helps global manufacturers improve forecasting, operations planning, sales and profitability.

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization software and services company, today announced the release of its Profit S&OP software to complement it’s S&OP consulting services. Profit Point’s combined S&OP solution provides business decision makers with the process and tools to manage and optimize sales and operations planning across the supply chain.

The Profit S&OP software tool is fully-customizable to meet the needs of supply chains across all industries and is designed to improve tactical planning for the key decision makers across a company, including finance, sales, manufacturing, logisitics and supply chain. The software provides a centralized dashboard to gain insights and control over a company’s supply chain, including features to enhance collaborative forecasting and improve manufacturing, distribution, and inventory decisions.

“Global manufacturers struggle to accurately plan for global demand across their product lines in a timely manner,” noted Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “Our S&OP solution solves this problem with a combination of effective processes and a shared planning tool that provides one set of numbers for the key stakeholders across the entire supply chain.”

Using Profit Point’s S&OP solution, manufacturers can coordinate with their supply chain planners across the globe to build accurate, detailed manufacturing and distribution plans quickly and integrate with point-of-sale demand tracking systems. And, the software connects with existing ERP systems, such as SAP® and Oracle®, so analysis and decisions are up to date across the entire organization.

“Improved planning can help any large manufacturer reduce inventory excess and capital risk.” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CEO. “But the key to successful planning includes the right technology and the right process to align employees with the company’s strategic objectives.”

Profit S&OP has an integrated optimization engine that seamlessly drives the best scenarios to the forefront of a tactical planning sessions. Throughout the process, decision makers are able to visualize and test multiple future scenarios to achieve a collaborative, cross discipline decision making process. Key features in the software include the ability to automatically generate an optimal tactical plan down to the bill of materials (BOM) level, integration with existing ERP data warehouse, multi-period planning horizon, scenario analyzer to systematically assess multiple future scenarios, complex BOM exploration and the ability to visualize plans, timelines and bill of materials to correct bottlenecks and reduce excesses.

To learn more about Profit Point’s sales and operations planning software and services, call us at (866) 347-1130 or contact us here.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Dow Chemical, Coca-Cola, Toys “R” Us, Logitech and Toyota.

Profit Point’s Director of Supply Chain Services Recognized as a Thought-Leader within the Supply Chain Industry

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2010

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization company, announced that its Director of Supply Chain Services, Ted Schaefer, has been named a 2010 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Provider Pro to Know.” Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, this week announced the tenth annual listing of Pros to Know in the Supply Chain Industry.

“This year’s Provider Pros to Know have shown themselves to be thought-leaders in the Supply Chain industry,” said Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Highlighting the learnings that the Provider Pros to Know have taken out of the Great Recession provides our readers with a wealth of best practices that they can apply in their own supply chains, as well as insights into how leading organizations are positioning themselves for competitive advantage in the Great Recovery ahead.”

The Supply & Demand Chain Executive Provider Pros to Know is a listing of individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy, or analyst or research firm who have personally helped clients address the challenges of the recession and prepare for the recovery ahead.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a Pro to Know,” said Schaefer. “However, this award represents a company-wide effort, which includes a team of experienced and pragmatic consultants, as well as a technology development group that builds practical tools to solve complex supply chain problems. In the end, our reward comes from helping our client become the hero within their organization’s supply chain.”

Profit Point’s supply chain optimization services provide clients with clear, actionable guidance that accounts for the many what-if scenarios facing their businesses in these uncertain economic times.  By optimizing the supply chain network design, Profit Point’s clients are able to recoup millions of dollars in annual operating costs.

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain consultants, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization.  The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization.  Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Rohm and Haas, Dole Foods, Logitech and Toyota.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive:
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. On the Web at www.SDCExec.com.


Profit Network 4.5 enhances visibility for decision makers and extends modeling capabilities to handle the world’s largest supply chains.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) February 4, 2010 — Profit Point, a leading Supply Chain Optimization company, today announced the introduction of Profit Network 4.5, a major upgrade to their award-winning supply chain network design and modeling software. The software update includes a combination of new features and technical enhancements which combine to support richer scenario testing for larger supply chains over a longer time periods.

“With almost 10 years in the field, Profit Network has been put to the test against some of the world’s largest supply chains,” noted Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s Chief Technology Officer. “But best practices have expanded over time, so decision makers are looking for more integrated and comprehensive modeling solutions.”

Profit Network 4.5, which is used by many Global 2000 companies to model supply chain plans, has been enhanced to integrate better capital planning, greater control over facilities decisions and improve tracking and modeling of sustainability initiatives. The modeling software now includes improved options for integrated capital spending, facilities decisions, natural resource planning and emissions mitigation.

“Ultimately, the number one priority for our customers remains capital planning and return on investments” said Piermarini. “A company’s infrastructure plan will dictate 80% or more of future costs. So, we added several features that help analysts understand the capital impact of decisions to control costs and maximize the long-term logistics benefits.”

The software update also includes several technical enhancements to improve planning for the largest supply chains, over longer periods of time. “We’ve added a new core optimization process into Profit Network 4.5,” stated Piermarini. “Customers will now have 50% more addressable memory capacity, which will yield deeper visibility in to larger networks and the long term tradeoffs that are being modeled.

To learn more about Profit Network and Profit Point’s supply chain software, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Dow, The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Logitech, Sealed Air, Bridgestone and Toyota.

Profit Point Named to the Food Logistics 100

December 16th, 2009 12:02 am Category: Awards, Press Releases, by: Editor

For the sixth year in a row, Food Logistics has identified the top 100 technology and solution providers to the food industry. Known as the FL100, this resource is a listing of software, hardware and IT service providers that focus on the unique technology needs of the food distribution industry.

Grocery and foodservice manufacturers and distributors are turning to these solution providers to help them reach their business goals. The FL100 are based on their proven track record and expertise in the industry.

See the complete list of FL100 companies.

Profit Point’s optimization expertise will be available to users of Excel Solver and other leading Frontline products.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) August 4, 2009

Working to deliver state-of-the-art analytics to Microsoft Office users around the world, Profit Point and Frontline today announced a partnership to bring Profit Point’s optimization consulting expertise to the large community of Solver users. Frontline Systems is the worldwide leader in spreadsheet solvers with more than 500 million copies of Solver distributed to users, in every copy of Microsoft Office sold since 1990. Profit Point is a leading supply chain and business optimization consultancy with deep expertise across a range of optimization technologies.

“We are excited to further extend our reach into supply chain business processes and applications,” stated Dan Fylstra, Frontline’s founder and CEO. “Profit Point’s consultants can deliver expertise to our customers in several key areas, including model design, application development and deployment, and integration of our advanced technologies into sophisticated supply chain business processes.”

Frontline, which was the original developer of the solvers/optimizers in Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro, has now moved far beyond competitive offerings, to deliver the first and only commercial software that can solve the full range of optimization models with uncertainty, using the new methods of robust optimization, as well as classical stochastic programming and simulation optimization methods. The company is also a technology leader in the emerging fields of convex, conic, and global optimization.

“Frontline provides a rich array of leading technology solutions that integrate optimization and simulation,” noted Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “The breadth of their installed user base enables us to provide clients the right technology to improve the difficult decisions they need to make to continue to improve profitability in challenging times.”

Profit Point, which has supported Solver users for years, has deep expertise and experience in using Solver and the associated optimization techniques to implement practical business solutions. Although specializing in supply chain optimization, the firm’s experience covers a broad range of business problems including planning, scheduling, routing, risk management and financial optimization.

To learn more about Profit Point’s Excel Solver services, visit www.profitpt.com/solver or call us at (866) 347-1130.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Logitech, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

About Frontline Systems:
Frontline Systems is the worldwide leader in spreadsheet Solvers — advanced software used for optimization and simulation of business and engineering models in Excel. Frontline developed the solvers/optimizers in Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3 and Quattro Pro. Over 500 million copies of Frontline’s Solvers for optimization have been distributed to users, in every copy of Microsoft Office sold since 1990, and Frontline’s Excel Solver upgrade products, sold directly to advanced users, are by far the market leaders in their field.

Profit Point’s transportation procurement optimization service reduces outsourcing costs by quickly analyzing multiple carrier bids and provides insightful data for decision makers

Profit Point, a leading Supply Chain Optimization company, today announced the introduction of Transportation Procurement, an optimization service that will cut costs for manufacturers and distributors that outsource some or all of their shipping to third-party carriers. The service provides transportation analysts and procurement managers unsurpassed ability to quickly analyze carrier bids and evaluate the best combination of carrier discounts, enabling them to negotiate rates to ship at the lowest total cost.

“Our clients are looking for new ways to reduce costs and gain productivity in every aspect of their business.” said Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “With the constant fluctuations in the transportation market, this service enables clients to manage their core carrier base and make effective decisions quickly, negotiating with carriers from a position of strength.”

The company’s optimization service and technology provide the analytical horsepower to the transportation or procurement professional to quickly evaluate different mixes of carriers and lane assignments, making trade-offs among both quantitative and qualitative business goals. The service’s richness and flexibility enables clients to dictate constraints to enforce site-specific, regional or global limits on the number and types of carriers that are included in the awarded lanes.

“We have deployed carrier bid optimization software to our clients in the past; however we have found that many of our clients prefer to leverage our deep analytical expertise. By partnering the client’s negotiating team with the analytical insights we provide them, they are able to reach the best possible outcomes in their negotiations with carriers,” said Kosansky. “And when our clients are ready to bring the analysis in house, we readily provide our Profit Procurement for Transportation software.”

Most large manufacturers have hundreds of carriers and thousands of lane options available to ship products from their manufacturing and distribution centers to their customers. The firm’s procurement optimization service addresses all inbound and outbound transportation routes, including rail, truck (bulk, packaged, and LTL), and marine bids, and simplifies the selection process while lowering the overall transportation costs.

To learn more about Profit Point’s transportation procurement optimization services, call us at (866) 347-1130 or visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Logitech, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.


Profit Point’s order fulfillment application reduces inventory write-offs and warehousing costs while maintaining service requirements.

Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization company, today announced the introduction of Profit Fulfillment, a robust and highly-configurable software tool to help business managers determine an optimal backorder fulfillment and product shipping schedule.

“Just-in-time manufacturing has seen significant growth in the past 15 years, but the challenge of balancing inventory, backlog and service levels persists,” noted Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our clients were looking for a solution to help analyze these trade-offs and after real-world testing, we have a cost-effective solution that enables business managers to improve their distribution processes immediately.”

Profit Fulfillment can improve any distribution channel, but it is particularly useful when there are backlog orders to multiple customers, and it is important to determine which customers should get their orders filled immediately and on time, and which customers should enter the backlog queue and for how long. Ensuring that order fulfillment and shipment scheduling departments are executing designated functions consistently with a company’s overall business objectives can have a significant impact on profitability and customer satisfaction.

“Our clients include high-demand, short-cycle product manufacturers as well as more traditional long-cycle manufacturers,” said Piermarini. “And with unpredictable economic conditions, it was essential that we design this application to be highly configurable.”

Profit Fulfillment enables distribution managers to optimize order fulfillment processes consistent with a company’s overall strategic business objectives. It allows decision makers to prioritize customers, implement complex allocation rules amongst customers, dynamically change the allocation rules by region or segment of customers and minimize total backlog days across all customers, or over specific customer segments. And, the application provides forward-looking visibility to quickly and easily view the impact of different allocation rules on customer order fulfillment.

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain software and services, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Logitech, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

Jim Piermarini Recognized for Ability to Turn Supply Chain Managers in to Supply Chain Heroes

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) March 27, 2009

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization company, announced that CEO, CTO and Founder Jim Piermarini has been named a 2009 Supply & Demand Chain Executive “Provider Pro to Know.” Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, announced the ninth-annual listing of Pros to Know in its February/March 2009 issue.

“This year’s Provider Pros to Know have shown themselves to be thought-leaders in their respective supply chain segments,” said Andrew K. Reese, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Their efforts in developing the tools and processes that enable companies to weather risky economic conditions and place them in a position to surge ahead in better times have earned them a place on this year’s Provider Pros listing.”

The Supply & Demand Chain Executive Provider Pros to Know is a listing of individuals from a software firm or service provider, consultancy, or analyst or research firm who have personally helped clients during the current economic downturn by assisting them in managing risk in the supply chain, providing competitive advantage and/or delivering value to the bottom line.

“I am honored to be recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as a Pro to Know,” said Piermarini. “I believe this award is a reflection of Profit Point’s team and our collective ability to deliver practical solutions to complex supply chain decisions. Our unique combination of supply chain expertise and software, enables us to make heroes out of our clients, especially in these economic uncertain times.”

Profit Point’s supply chain optimization services provide clients with clear, actionable guidance that accounts for the many what-if scenarios facing their businesses in these uncertain economic times. By optimizing the supply chain network design, Profit Point’s clients are able to recoup millions of dollars in annual operating costs.

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain software and services, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including Rohm and Haas, Dole Foods, Logitech and Toyota.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive:
Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. On the Web at www.SDCExec.com.

Contact:
Richard Guy
Profit Point
(866) 347-1130
http://www.profitpt.com

Profit Point’s data integration and scheduling optimization services deliver reliable results with reduced operations costs.

North Brookfield, MA

Profit Point today announced that its Profit Data InterfaceTM software has been selected by Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE: ROH) to integrate its scheduling processes with the company’s ERP data warehouse. The company, which last reported nearly $9 billion in annual sales, produces innovative products for nine industries worldwide through a network of more than 100 manufacturing, technical research and customer service sites. Optimizing and supporting the production and distribution scheduling across this network is a complex and ever-changing process.

“Rohm and Haas has a history of improving our operations to enhance customer service levels and reduce cost,” said Dave Shaw, the company’s Business Process Manager for MFG and Supply Chain. “Production scheduling, which entails constant change to meet demand, is one of the toughest challenges in the supply chain. In the past, the lack of a reliable data interface has limited our ability to react quickly and with a high degree of confidence in our results. Profit Point’s Data Interface software has given us near real-time access to highly reliable data, so we can respond quickly and know that our plan is right.”

Profit Data Interface is a robust application that helps decision makers boost the effectiveness of their ERP data by extending its usefulness with optimization applications. By leveraging existing ERP systems, the software provides a robust and proven method that supply chain managers can rely upon to optimize their critical business processes and improve profitability.

“Rohm and Haas is a recognized leader in the chemicals industry with a reputation for supply chain excellence,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CEO. “We have supported their scheduling processes for years. So, it was clear that the next evolution was to directly connect their optimization software to the date store using our Data Interface product.”

Profit Data Interface, which integrates with SAP® and Oracle® data stores, can be used to optimize the entire supply chain including network planning, production and inventory planning, distribution scheduling, sales planning and vehicle routing.

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain software and services, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including General Electric, Dole Foods, Logitech and Toyota.

About Rohm and Haas Company:
Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company’s technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Visit www.rohmhaas.com for more information.

Contact:
Richard Guy
Profit Point
(866) 347-1130
http://www.profitpt.com

Green Supply Chain AwardGreen Network software is recognized for its role in helping to build environmentally sustainable businesses.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine honored Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization company , with a 2008 Green Supply Chain Award. The company and its Green Network supply chain design software was recognized as a Green Supply Chain Enabler. Profit Point is showcased with other award winners in the latest issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

Profit Point has been delivering supply chain optimization services and software to Fortune 500 companies for more than a decade. Earlier this year, the company introduced Green Network when it recognized that its clients needed a robust tool to account for and optimize away manufacturing waste, such as industrial pollutants and green house gas emissions.

“Profit Network software has been helping large companies around the world build more robust and profitable supply chains for more than 10 years,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CTO. “From our clients’ perspective it makes sense to incorporate environmental byproducts in to the network design to evaluate opportunities and costs and conduct scenario testing in advance of these critical infrastructure decisions.”

The company’s software products are now used to help companies manage the tradeoffs associated with environmental resource constraints, such as limited water supplies in developing countries. Profit Point’s transportation and distribution clients achieve more efficient territory planning and vehicle routes, which mitigates unnecessary fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

The Green Supply Chain Awards recognize small, midsize and large organizations that are taking steps to realize eco-efficiency goals. Submissions were judged based on the clarity and content of each program’s goals and strategy, the extent of the steps being taken, the impact of the results to date and projected results, and the form and presentation of the information submitted.

“We are honored to be recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive for our focus on sustainability and we’re delighted to play a role in helping business managers define and reach environmental sustainability objectives across their supply chain,” said Alan Kosansky, President of Profit Point. “We look forward to any opportunity to help create a more sustainable business environment.”

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain software and services, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:
Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Logitech, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

Profit Point’s territory planning and vehicle routing applications now tailored to meet the needs of both small and large companies.

Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization company, today announced the introduction of Profit Vehicle Planner (PVP) and Profit Vehicle Router (PVR). PVP, a sales and distribution application designed to service large, nationwide operations, includes territory and cycle planning tools, as well as vehicle routing functions. PVR is designed for businesses that need to optimize their vehicle routing, but do not need the territory and cycle planning features that are included in PVP.

“Many people don’t realize that recent advancements in supply chain technology now allow low cost integration of sophisticated mapping tools to make daily planning activities fast and easy,” noted Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s Chief Technology Officer. “Rising fuel prices have put pressure on every distributor. By combining advanced optimization algorithms with today’s mapping tools, our clients are able to make significant cost reductions while improving customer service levels.”

Profit Point’s PVR software is a streamlined route optimization tool that enables complete distribution analysis by daily routes. PVP includes all of the features of PVR and adds a number of territory planning functions to meet the needs of regional, national and international distributors. Both products are designed to reduce equipment and fuel costs, overtime pay and increase the volume of product delivered per driver.

“Delivery costs represent a significant percentage of our overall distribution expenses,” said Ken Burkey, Logistics Manager of DS Waters. DS Waters is the U.S. leader in home and office water delivery, including 26 manufacturing facilities which delivers to millions of homes, offices, retailers across the country. “Profit Point’s software and optimization expertise has enabled our company to easily reengineer our distribution plan to cuts costs and improve customer service.”

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Leveraging Profit Point’s supply chain optimization methodologies, Toyota North American Part Center California improves efficiency and quality of their workload planning sequencing process to receive containers from Japan.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) October 6, 2008

Profit Point today announced that Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc.’s North American Part Center California (NAPCC) has improved its receiving sequencing processes using advanced mathematical optimization techniques. NAPCC is one of the parts distribution centers among TMS’ North American Parts Operations network, which was established to improve local parts sourcing and manage a parts distribution network that supplies all North American Toyota distributors, U.S. Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealers as well as export to parts centers in Japan. NAPCC turned to Profit Point to apply mathematical optimization techniques to further improve their supply chain operations.

“We turned to Profit Point to apply mathematical optimization techniques to further improve our supply chain operations,” Johnnie Garlington, NAPCCs warehouse operations manager. The program supported the increase in daily offload by 16% resulting in labor savings, off-site storage costs and detention expenses.

Profit Point, the leading supply chain optimization company, combines proprietary software with proven optimization techniques to help business managers improve their operations. Profit Point supported NAPCC’s objective to redesign their workload planning process to improve the efficiency and quality of their sequencing processes. Profit Point carried this out by designing and building custom supply chain software to optimize their sequencing processes.

“We were asked to investigate a mathematical approach to solving Toyota NAPCC’s container receiving sequencing process,” said Joe Litko, Profit Point’s Business Optimization Practice Leader. “This was an interesting challenge for several reasons. We needed a cost-effective solution using legacy tools, the model needed to run quickly, be flexible, and give robust solutions that consider several performance measures simultaneously.”

NAPCC had been using a traditional spreadsheet to manually achieve an hourly workload plan. Profit Point reviewed the sequencing process and designed a stand-alone application to smooth out the flow of containers to maximize the daily unload capacity.

“Like most businesses, Toyota NAPCC was using good, traditional operations practices,” said Dr. Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “But, by combining the right mathematical optimization methods with a clear understanding of the business requirements, we were able to achieve a superior supply chain process for Toyota.”

To learn more about Profit Point’s supply chain optimization software and services, visit www.profitpt.com.

About Profit Point:

Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

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Leading supply chain consulting firm’s entire line of optimization software is now capable of quickly and easily leveraging SAP’s robust ERP data warehouse.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) August 25, 2008 — Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization consulting firm, today announced the introductions of Profit Connect, an interface that bridges its line of optimization software applications with SAP’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. With more than 46,000 customers worldwide, SAP is the ERP software of choice for thousands of medium and large businesses. By combining SAP’s central data store with Profit Point’s supply chain optimization software, business managers are now able to gain increased visibility to improve the quality of their critical business decisions.

“Historically, data availability and integrity have been the biggest challenge facing business managers that seek to improve their business operations,” stated Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “Compatibility with the universe of SAP’s real-time data enables our clients to use our industry-leading business optimization tools with easy access to the universe of SAP data.”

Profit Point’s entire line of supply chain optimization software, which includes tools to improve network design, production and distribution planning, scheduling and vehicle routing, is designed to help manufacturing and distribution managers improve the decisions they make using advanced optimization algorithms and proven supply chain methodologies. By leveraging existing ERP systems, Profit Point’s software provides a robust and proven method that supply chain managers can rely upon to optimize their critical business processes and improve profitability.

“In recent years, we have seen our clients increase their use and reliance on SAP for data management,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s Chief Technology Officer. “We saw an opportunity to access this data store, so that our clients could easily and accurately aggregate data for their optimization projects and increase the frequency of these business improvement efforts.”

Profit Connect solves the data integration challenges by providing an easy, direct bridge to SAP’s data store. Using Profit Point’s SAP-compatible software, business managers can now avoid data duplication and distortion, improve efficiencies and customer service, cut operational costs and improve decision making through accurate analysis and proven optimization techniques.

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Swire Beverages, the largest Coca-Cola bottling and distribution franchise in Mainland China will employ more Profit Point infrastructure planning software licenses.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) May 7, 2008 — Profit Point today announced that its Profit NetworkTM infrastructure planning software, already in use for 3 years to optimize Swire Beverage’s distribution network throughout China, will be expanded to cover the needs of the operations. Swire Beverages is an anchor bottling franchise of The Coca-Cola Company with bottling operations in 7 provinces in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and 10 states in the U.S. The Mainland China market is experiencing significant growth in demand for its products, which has in turn increased pressure on its bottling operations. Sales volume increased 20% in 2007 to exceed 500 million unit cases for Swire Beverages’ Mainland China operations. The population in Swire’s Mainland China territory is over 400 million. Swire will rely upon Profit Point’s proven network optimization software to model infrastructure plans, test projected demand scenarios and maximize its return on infrastructure investments.

“Executing our Customer Service Policy is essential in Mainland China,” said Douglas Holland, Swire’s General Manager of Sales Operations in Mainland China. “Our infrastructure decisions must support the fast changing conditions in the marketplace. Our significant volume shifts by geography and by channel, create a daunting task for our operations to keep pace. And our distribution network design must be based upon clear visibility into our projected growth scenarios and the related impact on our distribution network. With our use of the tool Profit Network, we are able to develop least cost or most profit scenarios from our raw materials suppliers all the way through to our end retail outlets, including support for deciding when we should distribute our products via indirect channels, such as wholesalers and 3rd party distribution partners.”

Profit Network is a robust application that helps decision maker optimize their supply chain for maximum profitability. The proven optimization tool is a stand-alone planning software package that is used to analyze the placement and location of production facilities, distribution centers, and warehouses over a multi-period planning horizon. The system is often used to help firms restructure their supply chains after mergers, periods of rapid growth and in anticipation of geographic or product preference shifts in the market.

“Infrastructure planning for a rapidly-growing operation like Swire is an extremely important process and involves significant mid and long-term investments,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CEO. “The infrastructure solutions that we develop using Profit Network will allow Swire to make effective management decisions, reconfigure bottling operations as demand shifts, implement new business processes and realign resources.”

Although the resource investments in value chain network design are significant, the return from an implementation of an optimized infrastructure study can be substantial. “We knew that the choices that we were making today will have a long-term impact on our business success, which is measured, both from a customer service level and cost perspective,” said Holland. “Profit Point brings a compelling combination of optimization software and training experts which allow us to effectively manage the process and gain the greatest benefit from our network design. We initially selected and implemented Profit Network in 2005 focusing mostly on Distribution. Today and in the future we are adding more resources into the Profit Network enabled process to incorporate our entire value chain including manufacturing capacity planning, production line and plant locations.”

About Profit Point:

Profit Point Inc. was founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operations, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

About Swire Beverages:

Swire Beverages has the franchise to manufacture market and distribute the products of The Coca-Cola Company in Hong Kong and Taiwan, 10 states in the USA and seven provinces in Mainland China. This represents a total franchise population of over 440 million. Swire Beverages is recognized as one of a select group of strategic business partners of The Coca-Cola Company known as the “Anchor Bottlers”. Swire works closely with The Coca-Cola Company on brand development and marketing.

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Profit Point, a leading supply chain optimization firm, announces the introduction of Green Network, a green supply chain network design application.

North Brookfield, MA (PRWEB) April 4, 2008 — Profit Point, Inc., a leading supply chain optimization consultant, today announced the release of Green Network, a supply chain network design application that empowers a supply chain manager to gain visibility in to the trade-offs they will face when designing a green supply chain. Built upon proven technology, Green Network extends the company’s Profit Network application by enabling supply chain managers to include any number of environmental byproducts, including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, particulates, and wastewater, in to the analysis process. The user can also manage total energy consumption or the type of energy consumed (coal, natural gas, hydroelectric, thermal, wind, etc.) in the design of the supply chain.

“Many of our clients have expressed a strong interest in greening their supply chains to meet the growing demand by consumers,” said Alan Kosansky, Profit Point’s President. “Designing a sustainable supply chain is becoming a significant priority for our clients, but not at any cost. The key to building a sustainable supply chain comes in truly understanding the trade-offs that are faced by decision makers.”

Green Network was designed as an out-growth of Profit Network, an industry-leading supply chain network design software system. Profit Network is a robust, yet cost-effective tool that helps companies of all sizes optimize their supply chain for maximum profitability.

“Profit Network software has been helping Fortune 500 companies around the world build more robust and profitable supply chains for more than 10 years,” said Jim Piermarini, Profit Point’s CTO. “By leveraging our work in Profit Network, we were able to build a powerful tool that accounts for environmental impact and profitability.”

In addition to Profit Network and Green Network, Profit Point’s line of supply chain software also includes Profit Vehicle Router, a system for optimizing transportation routing, Profit Distribution Scheduler for easy production and distribution scheduling and Profit Meeting Scheduler, a sophisticated conference scheduler used by major trade organizations.

For additional information about Profit Point’s supply chain design and optimization software and consulting services, contact Richard Guy or visit www.ProfitPt.com.

About Profit Point:

Profit Point Inc. is a supply chain consulting firm founded in 1995 and is now a global leader in supply chain optimization. The company’s team of supply chain consultants includes industry leaders in the fields infrastructure planning, green operation, supply chain planning, distribution, scheduling, transportation, warehouse improvement and business optimization. Profit Point’s has combined software and service solutions that have been successfully applied across a breadth of industries and by a diverse set of companies, including The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric, Rohm and Haas and Toyota.

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Richard Guy
Profit Point
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Earlier today, Fair Isaac Corporation (NYSE:FIC), the leading provider of analytics and decision management technology, announced that it has acquired U.K.-based Dash Optimization, makers of Xpress-MP, the world’s leading software product for decision modeling and optimization. The move augments Fair Isaac’s decision management solutions, which automate, improve and connect decisions to enhance business performance.

The acquisition is considered a strategic move by Fair Isaac that will greatly benefit both Dash and Fair Isaac customers. According to Dash, all of the Dash employees are very excited about this new direction and will continue working as Fair Isaac employees. Fair Isaac views Dash as a key business which it is looking to grow and leverage while making a significant investment in the product suite.

We look forward working with the new combined company and expect that it will provide new resources and opportunities for all Profit Point clients.

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