IBM Supply Chain Tool Cuts Costs
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IBM has unveiled a consulting tool that allows companies to reduce both costs and carbon dioxide emissions in their supply chains.
The offering -- which IBM (NYSE: IBM) calls the Supply Chain Network Optimization Workbench, or SNOW -- comes as companies are under pressure to both slash expenses amid a slumping global economy and reduce impact on the environment.
Built with IBM-branded software, SNOW helps clients review the number of distribution centers they need and decide whether to do manufacturing themselves or through a third party.
"When you improve the overall efficiency of a system you can almost automatically lower cost, waste, and environmental impact," Eric Riddleberger, head of IBM's business strategy consulting practice, said in a statement.