Leading Music Software Shortens Supply Chain Using Argosy
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, this visionary company in the music industry manufactures advanced music and composition software as well as composition hardware. The loop-based software provides music enthusiasts with a collection of instruments, sounds, kits, and loops for creating any kind of music digitally.
The first versions of its unique music creation and performance software and its hardware instrument for playing and composing were released in 2001. Since then, the company has received outstanding press and numerous awards and even attracted a worldwide community of dedicated musicians, composers and DJs.
The software company desperately needed to consolidate and automate a variety of procurement and distribution processes. With thousands of SKUs to manage and a new approach towards branding and packaging, marketing executives decided to employ an advanced marketing solution capable of handling procurement but also capable of integrating with existing processes. Essentially, the company was striving to streamline their marketing systems.
At the core of the problem was the need to be able to manufacture and assemble package components in a way that branding would remain consistent across individual parts. In addition, the company needed the ability to produce and print unique serial keys on packaging to track, activate, and control their products.
Now with Argosy
Argosy effectively delivered a complete procurement solution for all of their software and hardware products. Argosy also now manages inventory, packaging, and distribution of thousands of SKUs while offering the company real time marketing and production data.
With Argosy, the client was able to manage both hardware and software products in a single system, saving time, money and resources and ensuring the company’s employees time was well spent.
Argosy Provides Serialization Solution
Argosy serialization capabilities manage the entire software activation process. A unique reference number on each box automatically prompts product managers to activate products when they are scanned out of an Argosy warehouse for shipment. This automated mechanism allows the client to activate hundreds of products without human intervention, minimizing room for error and expenses overall.
Argosy Procures Complex Kits
It’s not surprise the product packaging requirements demand high quality and attention to detail from start to finish. The software kits that argosy handles are composed of a variety of elements that must hit on all the right notes. Argosy maintains the engineering masters for hundreds of finished goods consisting of thousands of components without a hitch.
Argosy’s advanced serialization and shipping technology allows the client to track and activate its software products as well. Argosy generates and assigns unique bar codes to each software package to automate communication between Argosy, the software company, shipping carriers, and the end user.
Argosy Offers Clients with Advanced Shipping Notification
In order for the client to support large retailers such as Best Buy and Musician Friends, they needed a solution that would support automated advanced shipping notification (ASN’s). Argosy’s creatively solved the problem with an effective carton feature that generates compliant Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCC) labels containing large sets of information used throughout the supply chain as an entity identifier for items tracing and internal control.
Argosy Manages Returns Operations
Argosy gives operations the ability to manage returns, the deactivation of serial numbers and product destruction in a single system. When a product is sent back, Argosy simply identifies and communicates with the client to deactivate the serial number. With several SKUs retailing over $1,000, deactivation of returned serial codes is critical to help avoid software piracy or software misapplication. In addition, Argosy also provides the company with the ability to manage hardware returns and test products when they are sent back due to hardware failure.
Overall, the client successfully found their panacea for managing a variety of supply chain processes through Argosy’s innovative and resource saving solutions.