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7Hills Launches Solution for People Logistics & Billing


The People Logistics & Billing Solution is deployed to a leading logistics and transportation provider in India. The solution targets companies that provide transportation services to their employees for pick up and drop off. The objective of deploying the solution is to provide better customer service through real-time planning, greater visibility and accurate billing.

The blocks in the People Logistics automation solution are:

  • Transaction management system TxMS : which captures all the transactions in the daily Employee Pick up and Drop operations
  • Route Planning system RoutePro : which can provide optimized route plans after managing important business constraints
  • Hand-held terminals HHT : for automated data capture and real-time transaction updating
  • GPS : for 'track and trace' and undeniably accurate trip data.

TxMS: The Transaction Management System Module (TxMS) of the solution is the core of the System captures every transaction that is executed in daily Pick up and Drop operations. The system also provides billing functionality for various service types for both customer and vendor. The system captures contractual details like Rates and SLA, maintain master list of vehicle and drivers, captures day to day transactions like checklist and trips. It interacts with external modules of system like (RoutePro, HHT and SAP) for seamless integration and data exchange.

RoutePro: Route Pro is a desktop application installed in each customer location which is capable of generating optimized routes with the help of geo code data. Any roster with employee shift information will be uploaded and system generates optimized routes. ETA calculation, Vehicle determination and employee assignment are inbuilt functionality of RoutePro. Planned trips are transferred to the central server Via FTP. Planned trips are uploaded to TXMS and actual are recorded in TxMS via real time interface.

HHT: The HHT captures the details of transactions at the point of operations with minimum data entry points by the users. This is aimed at reducing the paperwork of capturing the details of the transaction as well as repetition of the data entry in the Txms which will cause delay as well as errors. The accuracy of this data is critical as it is a direct input for billing and thus revenue.

GPS: The GPS captures the details of location of the vehicle, the time at the location and odometer readings at all vantage points. There is an active interfacing between all the inbuilt modules of the People Logistics Module. The inputs from this module are directly integrated with the Billing system, which helps the Client to generate accurate Bills to all the stake holders.

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7Hills Offers Strategic Partnership Program


7Hills believes in Strategic Business Partnership as a key stepping stone to success. We work with our partners on a collaborative network, wherein both 7Hills and the partnering company leverage on the common products and services, to develop a new market and better benefits. We are well established in the Supply Chain and Logistics spectrum and offer a world-class solution with high domain expertise.

The Indian Supply Chain market is in a trivial state now and has a high growth potential in the near future. We, along with our prospective partner would like to uncover this potential market and provide an end-end solution to our customers. Being an extended arm of 7Hills, our partner will have the benefit of accessing our portfolio of products and services and the best of all our domain expertise to dig deep into the Supply Chain market.

We welcome you to be our strategic partner, and be a part of 7Hills Community. Please walk through our Partner Enablement program wherein we define the Scope of Activity, Key Objectives and responsibilities, Training, Resource and Financial Commitments, etc.  Learn More


7Hills names Abhay Edlabadkar to serve as CEO and President


October 29, 2008 - 7Hills Business Solutions a leader in on-demand software solutions, consulting and BPO services for the Supply Chain & Logistics industry is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Abhay Edlabadkar as its CEO and President. Mr. Edlabadkar brings a depth of knowledge in strategy, finance, business management, operations and global M&A. He has joined the company in October 2008.

Most recently at II-VI Incorporated (Public, NASDAQ:IIVI), Mr. Edlabadkar led the corporate business development, strategic planning and global M&A activities in North America, Europe and Asia. He was also the President/General Manager of Pacific Rare Specialty Metals & Chemicals Company, located in the Philippines, where he led a successful restructuring, turnaround and integration program making PRM once again into a profitable global leader in its industry. He also serves on boards of private companies.

Prior to II-VI, Mr. Edlabadkar worked in senior leadership roles with Lucent Technologies, Agere Systems and TriQuint Semiconductors, where he was responsible for all optoelectronics operations including production & supply chain management, process engineering, quality and R&D across several product lines and material systems, and managed multiple wafer fabrication/packaging units in the US. Mr. Edlabadkar has also led significant management consulting assignments in operations excellence, strategy & automation and advised leaders at many Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Edlabadkar has a MBA from Columbia University (Finance/Economics), a MS degree in Engineering (Automation/Robotics) from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University.

Mr. Sitaram Geddam, founder of 7Hills and the chief architect & visionary behind 7Hills products and services, will assume the role of Chairman of the board. Mr. Geddam says "It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Abhay Edlabadkar as the new Chief Executive Officer and President of 7Hills. As CEO, he will lead us through our next phase of rapid growth to become a major global on-demand SCM solutions provider with much broader horizons". Executive VP of Business Development Bob Kennedy adds, "Abhay is exactly the right type of leadership for 7Hills to direct us on our growth path. His management capabilities and experience with growth businesses will support our rapid growth."

About 7Hills

7Hills provides Software Solutions in a SaaS or on-demand environment, for supply chain communities, supporting all the trading partners in a supply chain ecosystem. 7Hills' eBizNET-SC is a suite of web-based applications that offer integrated supply chain management capabilities and bring rapid accessibility to manufacturers, distributors and logistics firms with geographically distributed operations. Small to Mid-sized businesses (SMB) increasingly need to meet performance, visibility, and compliance standards previously achieved only by large suppliers, distributors, and logistics providers. This SaaS solution eliminates the need for on-site software, hardware, and domain expertise and enables SMBs to meet these same needs more rapidly and cost-effectively, enabling them to better compete and deliver improved customer service. 7Hills also partners with Netsuite, a SaaS or on-demand, integrated business management software leader, and Satyam (Public, NYSE: SAY), a leading global consulting and IT services company.

The eBizNET SC Suite, is a robust, integrated collection of Supply Chain Execution (SCE) systems that serves as the core of 7Hills offerings, including WMS, YMS, Port and Terminal Management, Activity Based Billing and Costing, TMS and Reverse Logistics. As a complement to the eBizNET software, 7Hills offer operational expertise for SMBs as well as large companies. This expertise allows our customers to obtain the most from their SCM IT investments. Additionally, 7Hills provides knowledgeable industry renowned consulting resources who are experienced in integrating with other business systems such as ERP, EDI and Shipping systems. As a further value addition to its clients, 7Hills also offer competitive BPO services for supply chain services providers.

7Hills is a privately held company with its North American headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA and its global headquarters in Hyderabad, India. 7Hills is privately funded to date and has been profitable since its inception... Learn More


On-demand Software Leaders, SPS Commerce and 7Hills, Unveil Integrated Supply Chain Solution for SMBs

Minneapolis, Minn., and Pittsburgh, PA., Aug. 12, 2008 - Leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) supply chain and logistics solution providers, SPS Commerce and 7Hills, today unveiled a new offering for small and mid-sized (SMB) organizations. The integrated solution combines robust B2B integration or EDI from SPS Commerce with proven logistics management capabilities from 7Hills, both delivered in a SaaS or on-demand model to eliminate the need for on-site software, hardware, and expertise. Mid-sized businesses increasingly need to meet performance, visibility, and compliance standards previously achieved only by large suppliers, distributors, and logistics providers. This SaaS solution enables SMBs to meet these same needs more rapidly and cost-effectively, enabling them to better compete and deliver improved customer service. 7Hills and SPS Commerce are also partners with SaaS or on-demand, integrated business management software leader, NetSuite.

"SPS" customers are continually looking to further expand their use of SaaS solutions for their supply chain," said David Novak, Executive Vice President of Business Development at SPS Commerce. "Integrating with leading solutions, including 7Hills' eBizNET-SC Suite and NetSuite, provides SPS' 11,000 supply-side customers with additional capabilities using the on-demand software delivery model that they prefer. We are pleased to be a strategic partner of 7Hills and offer integrated logistics management capabilities to our B2B integration customers."

7Hills' eBizNET-SC is a suite of web-based applications that bring high accessibility to manufacturers, distributors and logistics firms with geographically distributed operations. SPS Commerce's outsourced supply chain solutions include EDI, catalog and barcode label services for retailers, suppliers, distributors, and logistics providers.

"7Hills and SPS Commerce are committed to helping companies of all sizes better compete in today's aggressive and fast paced marketplace," stated Bob Kennedy, Executive Vice President of Business Development at 7Hills. "Our combined solution can link all trading partners in the supply chain with the information and movement of goods needed to fulfill their role. We are pleased to have teamed with SPS Commerce to offer this unique and important solution." Learn more...


7Hills Welcomes Les Huet as the Director for Business Development

7Hills is pleased to announce the addition of Les Huet to the U.S. team. With a career spanning 25 years in the distribution and supply chain industry, Les brings a wealth of exceptional experience in operations, sales and marketing to 7Hills. He most recently served in leadership roles in new business sales and account management for supply chain software leaders RedPrairie and MARC Global, respectively. Prior to his involvement in the supply chain execution arena, Les was director of logistics management at Stuart Medical, as well as regional manager of business development and general manager of a regional operations center for Owens & Minor. His early involvement with distribution focused companies spanned positions in inventory management, procurement and strategic planning.

With his extensive operational expertise and capacity to understand and respond to the unique needs of each customer, Les has a strong record of successfully launching innovative programs to drive value to the bottom-line for his clients. He has, over the years, engaged in projects with multiple Fortune 100 companies across many vertical markets. With 7Hills, Les will have responsibility for developing new business opportunities in addition to managing the company’s channel strategy and associated relationships in the Americas region.

Les holds a B.A. degree from the Pennsylvania State University and resides in Pittsburgh, PA. He will be based in the Pittsburgh location of the international supply chain solutions provider.


Donald L. Bremer joins 7Hills as the Director of Accounts Management

 

Donald L. Bremer has joined the staff of 7Hills as Director of Account Management and will be based in the Pittsburgh office of the pioneering international supply chain software and solutions provider.

With over 22 years of operational and systems experience in the supply chain industry, Bremer is eminently qualified to provide leadership for customer projects and relationships for 7Hills. Prior to his appointment to the company, Bremer served as Distribution Operations Manager for Thrift Drug, Inc (a subsidiary of JC Penney Co.) and Senior Project Manager for RedPrairie, where he led the implementation of warehouse management systems for numerous clients, including retail, e-fulfillment, B2B and BCB, 3PL and manufacturing facilities.

Over the course of his career, Bremer has held a number of advancing positions in the supply chain industry and has proven skills in operations management, risk management and mitigation, resource planning and management, contract management and project financial control. With an excellent track record of leading project teams to deliver warehouse management solutions that meet and exceed customer expectations, Bremer brings depth and versatility to his new position at 7Hills.

New Benchmark Study by ABERDEEN GROUP Sponsored by 7Hills

7Hills has helped underwrite a benchmark report by The Aberdeen Group entitled "Supply Chain on Demand: Enable Flexible Business Processes" that clearly establishes the advantages enjoyed by users of on-demand applications in comparison to users of conventional on-premise systems for supply chain process management

The Aberdeen report analyzed data on business process capabilities from over 250 companies to identify key competency indicators, including the abilities to expedite new trading partnerships; support unique business processes for selective product categories, customers or channels; support electronic collaboration with global trading partners; enhance business-to-business connectivity, supply chain execution and planning; and achieve greater proficiency in transportation management and supply chain collaboration. Best-in-Class companies demonstrated substantially superior performance in all of those aspects and were far more likely to be users of on-demand applications. Companies of all sizes, across all industries, using on-demand supply chain applications are poised to excel in process capabilities, productivity, efficiency and collaboration, while reducing operating costs.

According to Bob Kennedy, 7Hills VP of Business Development , "This report validates the numerous benefits of SaaS on-demand supply chain solutions for companies seeking to advance their adaptability in managing business processes and practices. On-demand supply chain technology facilitates collaboration and flexibility and is both time and cost effective."Learn more...



New ARC Report Names 7Hills as Leading Model for Offshore Development



7Hills has been singled out by a leading industry analyst for its trailblazing and efficacious utilization of offshore resources.

An ARC Advisory Group Study cites 7Hills as the premier Warehouse Management System company employing the offshore development model, or Global Service Delivery model. According to Steve Banker, Ph.D., Service Director for Supply Chain Management at ARC, 7Hills is the industry leader in reducing costs and raising profit margins by designing a business model that strategically utilizes off-shore facilities in other countries, specifically India.

"7Hills is leveraging the offshore development model better than any other company that I have come across," Banker is quoted as saying in the May 2007 study, entitled Warehouse Management Systems Worldwide Outlook. "7Hills is also doing offshore software development and taking this model further than others. The power of this model is demonstrated by the extraordinarily fast growth of Indian IT firms that rely on it."

Banker was impressed with the company's progressive use of offshore development and described 7Hills as an "intriguing" company that caught his attention as he completed research for the Worldwide Outlook report.

DC Velocity Magazine Shines a Spotlight on 7Hills



7Hills is one of just a few pioneering supply chain software providers spotlighted in the October 2007 issue of DC Velocity magazine.

In an article titled "Trickle Down Technology," author Lisa Terry how 7Hills is offering on-demand, software-as-a-service warehouse management products to small and midsized businesses (SMBs), and in doing so transforming the warehouse management systems industry. By offering web-based software to SMBs, 7Hills is giving them the opportunity to leapfrog into the digital age - a shift that has previously been impossible due to the prohibitive costs of software and hardware.

According to Terry, the eBizNET software suite developed by 7Hills enables SMB's to reap the transformative benefits of a SaaS solution without the expenditure and complexity of creating an on-premise system. On-demand, web-based applications provide SMBs with a chance to adopt the latest technology plus gain the substantial advantages of lower costs, reduced risk and rapid implementation. Industry experts, including Steve Banker, director of supply chain management for ARC Advisory Group, believe that there is a healthy and growing market for low cost, on-demand warehouse management systems delivered via the Internet.

Bob Kennedy, 7Hills vice-president for business development, is quoted in the article, articulating the quality of the support and services that the company provides along with the eBizNET suite software. Customers are likely to be pleasantly surprised, said Kennedy, by such exceptional responsiveness to customer needs. Aberdeen Group research director Nari Viswanthan states that early response to hosted supply chain software has been positive; in fact, he says, companies using on-demand warehouse management systems claim that "It exceeded expectations in the cost of software, implementation time and cost of ownership."

The article emphasizes the attention that 7Hills pays to the business processes of its customers. This aspect of implementation is critically important for SMB companies that are engaging on-demand WMS software applications, in order to assure a smooth transition to the new system. 7Hills provides that, with an implementation process that focuses on a comprehensive review of the customer's business processes.Learn More