[photopress:logitics_Barloworld_unhappy_manager.jpg,full,alignright]Birmingham-based software developer and global supply chain consultant Barloworld Optimus is aiming to capitalise on escalating supply chain awareness in China.
Barloworld said China’s growth as a manufacturing superpower was fuelling demand for software tools. It said the need to curb emissions ahead of the Olympics was also aiding business with new software licences up three times on last year and five times on 2006.
Barloworld, which supplies the Optimiza and CAST tools, has brought forward plans to open up a Shanghai office and has expanded Asian operations to include permanent Beijing-based consulting resources.
Global business development director Fraser Ironside said following impressive gains, the company — which supplies McDonalds. Nokia, BAT and Goodyear — was working on links with Chinese clients and targeting third party logistics companies.
The chief drivers behind the company’s ambitious China expansion include national logistics costs at 20% of GDP — compared to between eight and 10% in the US and Europe Software developer looks east — and the relaxation of regulations allowing foreign third party logistics firms to establish wholly-owned operations in China.
With more than 350 licences worldwide and more than 1,300 trained users, the tool is used widely by third party logistics, manufacturing, consulting and retail companies.
The site has some splendid photographs of people who are not using its software and wish they were. Our illustration is but one of them.
Source: Birmingham Post
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