Crane USA Partners with DiCentral to Improve End-to-End Visibility and Inventory Control & Order Management
National Small Appliance Manufacturer Extends Existing Partnership with Leading B2Bi Managed Services Provider by Integrating EDI with DiCentral’s Order Management System (OMS)
HOUSTON – November 22, 2017 DiCentral, a leading global provider of B2Bi Managed Services, today announced an extension of its partnership with Crane USA, a leading small appliance manufacturer. After the initial partnership with DiCentral, Crane further extended its use of the cloud based EDI solution by integrating DiCentral’s order management system OMS in an effort to improve inventory control and integrate trading partner transactions with third party logistics providers (3PLs).
The expanded partnership provides Crane with end-to-end inventory visibility reports across multiple channels to forecast and budget more accurately and respond more quickly to seasonal demands and potential product delays.
“Crane can now support over 400 customers by ensuring item availability of over 100 products while reducing inventory costs each month,” says Dirk Neidermann, Division President of Crane USA, “End-to-end visibility came with customizations that fit exclusively for our business processes, and has also enabled Crane to reduce manual data entry by integrating EDI data directly into our QuickBooks accounting system. DiCentral also enabled us to extend these capabilities to LeSaint, our third party logistics provider.”
The ability to synchronize order and inventory warehouse management with EDI solutions enabled Crane with greater inventory control and enhanced order processing. The end-to-end order management flexibility can equally support bulk and single-SKU fulfillment programs.
"Miller's new B2B integration hub lays the foundation for real-time exchange of information across the supply chain. GXS Managed Services offers a platform to handle the varying emerging e-commerce requirements of Miller's retail customers," said Steve Keifer, vice president of industry and product marketing for GXS. "As we are now in the midst of the successful execution of this project, we are pleased to see that Miller distributors are reaping the benefits of e-commerce enablement. The successful integration of a three-tier trading partner network will offer Miller and its distributors a competitive advantage as they stay ahead of the curve in e-commerce technology enablement and have a solid baseline for additional supply chain efficiencies."
"I’m very proud of our extended relationship with Crane USA. Through our partnership we were able to implement a solution that enabled Crane to exceed its business process goals and become a more agile player in the market,” said Thuy Mai, President and CEO of DiCentral. “To establish complete EDI and inventory integration and enhanced visibility speaks volumes about DiCentral’s customer driven mindset to provide our customers innovation with integration.”
Founded in 2000, DiCentral is a leading global provider of B2Bi Managed Services headquartered in Houston, Texas with 10 offices worldwide supporting customers in over 27 countries. DiCentral’s services and solutions are singularly focused on B2B integration and used by many of the Fortune 1000, processing over $200 billion in transactions for over 30,000 organizations worldwide. The company’s vertical expertise transcends Automotive, Retail, Distribution, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical, Health Care, Energy and Financial Services. DiCentral provides turn-key Cloud based B2Bi Managed Services, which allows organizations to connect and exchange critical business documents with their trading community. The core components of the Managed Services offering include: ERP Integration, Secure B2B Communications, Data Transformation, Business Rule Analytics, Inventory Management and Trading Partner Community Management. The company develops and markets a complementary suite of supply chain applications. For more information, please visit http://www.dicentral.com
About Crane USA
Crane is a subsidiary company of Wachsmuth & Krogmann established in 1797 in Hong Kong while Crane USA’s headquarters is in Itasca, Illinois. Founded in 2005, Crane USA was the first to put “fun” into functional ordinary looking cool mist humidifier. Since then Crane has designed and licensed characters to make people smile when they see and use their humidifiers, air purifiers, fans and space heaters. Crane also ensures that people looking to improve their health and their home environment know that Crane recognizes these health concerns and designs products to help both their health and environment.
About the Author
Founding member and executive at Dicentral, a global B2B integration company with over 20 years of solving complex supply chain integration problems. I am passionate about helping people in the retail, automotive and healthcare industries achieve revenue growth through a better understanding of the world of connected commerce. Frequently published, sought after speaker and host of “The Connected Show”, a video blog that connects our viewers to the people and news that influence today’s integrated supply chains.More Content by Robert Salmon