INSIGHT Issues Powerful New Features for Designing Green Supply Chains in
Latest Revisions of SAILS and IEO
Incorporates Carbon Emissions, Energy Consumption, & Outsourcing
Decisions Across Global Supply Chains
MANASSAS, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/18/13 -- INSIGHT, Inc., top
international provider of planning solutions that power supply chain
design for the world's foremost companies, announces the release of
Version 4.6 of SAILS and Insight Enterprise Optimization (IEO), the
industry reference standards for strategic supply chain design. The
latest versions incorporate powerful new features requested by our
clients that address sustainability, manufacturing options,
transportation rate databases, and managerial preferences.
"More and more clients are requesting sophisticated databases and
advanced analytics to directly address supply chain sustainability
audits and optimization initiatives in conjunction with the
traditional metrics of cost and time. SAILS 4.6 now offers the most
comprehensive sustainability functionality in the industry," said
Jeff Karrenbauer, president of INSIGHT, Inc. "We have also built
these capabilities into the latest release of IEO to better address
complex sustainability questions in light of the demand and cost
impact of various marketing initiatives in the context of the entire
supply chain, all under a profit maximization umbrella."
SAILS V4.6 newest features include:
-- Ability to simultaneously measure and report energy consumption
and carbon emissions for the entire supply chain, including
procurement, manufacturing, warehousing and transportation
activities, thereby supporting shareholder, management and
government compliance reporting requirements.
-- Ability to report ton-miles (or equivalent), which is useful for
estimating energy efficiency and carbon emissions for various
-- Ability to optimize the network with respect to cost, time, energy
or carbon, while simultaneously reporting all other measures,
thereby enabling the user to directly compare network designs
across scenarios with varying optimization criteria (i.e. what is
the least expensive network, the most energy efficient network,
the network with the least carbon emissions, etc.).
-- Incorporation of innovative research from the University of Rhode
Island supply chain management program with respect to carbon
emissions of various manufacturing processes.
All of the above support a relatively new perspective: analyzing the
impact of outsourcing decisions, especially those which result in
very long international supply chains, not just in terms of cost, but
also with respect to energy and carbon emission impacts.
-- Manufacturing Processes:
-- Improved representation of long-term capacity limits, such as
those associated with contractual obligations, which results in
better procurement and production capacity planning and
allocation, especially where volume discounts are applicable.
-- Improved, sophisticated representation of the production
lines/processes where multiple commodities compete for the same
capacity, which results in more accurate production capacity
planning and allocation.
-- Managerial Rules:
-- Ability to specify min/max, volume, energy, and carbon emission
limits for arbitrary subsets of facility locations, production
lines and processes, which enables the user to, for example,
directly incorporate cap-and-trade-based carbon emission
restrictions or limit the number of locations or processes of a
specific type or in a given area.
-- Ability to specify managerial rules such as IF x happens THEN y
MUST (MUST NOT) happen, which enables the user to easily assess
the impact of such preferences or requirements with much fewer
model exercises and far less analysis effort.
INSIGHT Enterprise Optimizer (IEO) 4.6 includes all of the above new
features, enabling users to balance all relevant enterprise
operations costs, including procurement, manufacturing, warehousing,
port handling, transportation, inventory holding, duties, taxes, and
marketing costs with the cost and demand impact of new marketing
initiatives (thereby relaxing the limiting assumption of a fixed
demand forecast), under a profit maximization umbrella. With IEO 4.6
relevant energy and carbon emission restrictions can be added to the
traditional capacity limits associated with procurement,
manufacturing, throughput, storage, and so on. The result: a
significant step beyond Integrated Business Planning (IBP), one that
results in a profit-maximized corporate strategy.
"This is the first in a series of major product announcements for
2013, ongoing evidence of our most aggressive research and
development effort in history," adds Karrenbauer.
About INSIGHT, Inc.
INSIGHT, Inc. provides optimization-based supply chain analytics and
consulting services to meet today's dynamic business challenges.
Founded by supply chain and operations research experts in 1978 to
apply world-class technology with intelligence and rigor to decision
making, INSIGHT solves the complex supply chain strategic, tactical,
and financial planning management issues of the world's foremost
companies, including many of the Fortune 100 firms, such as
ExxonMobil, Nestle, and BASF. Our software and services help firms
minimize costs, maximize profits, free up capital, streamline
operations, and increase customer service levels. For more
information, please visit us on the Web at
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