London, United Kingdom. â March 8, 2005 â webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), a leading business integration software company, today announced that Amcor, a leading global packaging company, has deployed the webMethods Integration Platform, a major component of the webMethods Fabric business integration product suite, to upgrade its iReplenishment supply chain management system. The iReplenishment initiative has enabled Amcor to redesign its business processes, linking its supply chain through a collaborative approach to planning, forecasting and ordering, greatly improving speed to market and supporting the growing need to use electronic business to business information flows.
Based in Australia with annual sales of approximately US$7 billion, Amcor is ranked as a global top five packaging company with operations in Australasia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Amcor offers a broad range of packaging products, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) containers and plastic and metal closures, along with packaging-related services.
Amcorâs iReplenishment system is an e-Business system developed by Amcor to provide a convenient and secure way for customers to conduct day-to-day supply chain activities while delivering a consistent methodology for dealing with forecast, delivery and inventory information across all of Amcor's divisions.
"The scope of the iReplenishment project extends across all of Amcor's Australian businesses. In Australia, there are over 400 customers using the system, including global customers such as beverage manufacturers, brewers, dairy companies, health and personal care customers," said Jasna Pivac, implementation manager, Integrated Replenishment for Amcor. "webMethods has enabled us to streamline business processes for our e-business services, delivering an integrated and highly responsive system that delivers superior customer response times and better internal visibility than our previous IT solution," Pivac noted.
Amcor implemented the webMethods Integration Platform to replace legacy systems for the iReplenishment project. This has delivered to Amcor a more efficient use of information systems, reducing costs of inter-company information delivery and improving accuracy and efficiency of order placement and order processing.
Amcor also turned to webMethodsâ leading business integration technology because as the iReplenishment system grew, Amcorâs existing technologies could not handle more than single-threaded processing when updating its thousands of product SKU records. The webMethods Integration Platform has delivered a more robust and faster means of updating SKU data, resulting in faster information processing and improved customer service.
"As a leader in the packaging industry, Amcorâs constantly changing supply chain relies on highly responsive and reliable IT systems to meet the short deadlines of the consumer packaged goods industry," said Mark Innes, managing director, webMethods Australia and New Zealand. "Amcor is a valued, long standing customer who has adopted webMethods as its standard integration environment to support the integration of internal systems and the rollout of new e-business projects."