SANTA BARBARA, Calif., January 20, 2010 – QAD Inc. (NASDAQ: QADI), a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturers, and the only ERP software provider on the automotive industry’s MMOG/LE update committee, established by AIAG and Odette, today announced that its recently released QAD 2009.1 Enterprise Applications software supports the latest version of Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE).
MMOG/LE, updated by North American and European automotive trade groups with participation from QAD, provides a set of best practices for suppliers to assess their operations in order to achieve a “world-class” materials management and logistics classification, with an emphasis on using automation to ensure measurable results.
The newest version of MMOG/LE has undergone the most extensive review and enhancements since its inception in 2003. This version includes the addition of new visual charts to summarize the organization’s current and future state by making the presentation of results more simple and meaningful, particularly for top management.
“As global automotive manufacturers remake their business model, a key component is building efficient supply chains,” said Terry Onica, QAD’s Senior Director for Automotive. “Working with many leading OEM’s and their key suppliers it is apparent that optimizing materials and information flow is a crucial success factor in building efficient supply chains, and critical to regaining margins and profits.”
QAD provides solutions to help simplify the path to compliance with the materials management principles from the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) in North America and Odette International Limited in Europe. Through its thought leadership position, QAD has helped suppliers understand and meet the requirements of MMOG/LE with over 1600 attendees in 14 countries participating in QAD’s MMOG/LE seminars.
“Many of our supplier customers have met compliance while having a positive impact on their bottom line including a 25 to 30 percent reduction in inventory, perfect delivery ratings scores with customers month over month, improved electronic communications with customers and suppliers, and better visibility into all forms of inventory and reduced associated costs,” added Onica.
For more information about MMOG/LE, visit: www.qad.com/mmogle
QAD is a leading provider of enterprise applications for global manufacturing companies specializing in automotive, consumer products, electronics, food and beverage, industrial and life science products. QAD applications provide critical functionality for managing manufacturing resources and operations within and beyond the enterprise, enabling global manufacturers to collaborate with their customers, suppliers and partners to make and deliver the right product, at the right cost and at the right time. For more information about QAD, telephone +1 805-566-6000, or visit the QAD web site at http://www.qad.com.
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