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SCM Consolidation with an RFID Twist
There's more than SSA Global competing to snap up supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software companies.
Now giant 3M has purchased RFID-enabled SCM vendor HighJump Software for undisclosed terms.
(For more background on SSA's acquisition tear, see our prior news blurb on the subject.)
HighJump will be integrated into 3M's new Industrial Services and Solutions Division which last Jaunary introduced its Integrated Packaging Tool, a web-based packaging information management system that 3M claims is the first to integrate product information, package design and production systems to manage compliance, time to market, product surety and packaging costs. The Tool is marketed to food/beverage, life sciences, chemical, and consumer packaged goods users.
We find this deal interesting for what is says about 3M's ambitions in the emergence of RFID-assisted packaged goods manufacture and distribution, a combination now heavily promoted by Wal-Mart.
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