SCM Insights
September 21, 2017

Going beyond operational supply chain digitalization

Matching themes: action management, Quality, supplier collaboration

Don't stop at digitalizing your core supply chain processes. Incorporating a digital action management helps to enhance quality measures and reach a 360-degree view on your supplier collaboration.
Don’t stop at digitalizing your core supply chain processes. Incorporating a digital action management helps to enhance quality measures and reach a 360-degree view on your supplier collaboration.

Nowadays, most leading companies have EDI interfaces in place to communicate their demands, improve demand visibility, and receive information about shipments. The most advanced ones use cloud platforms, allowing for real-time collaboration with suppliers and other business partners like subcontractors or carriers. It goes without saying, that analytics and big data play an increasing and critical role for companies in all industries.

This trend has had a huge impact on stocks reduction and optimization of procurement processes. But it has also increased reliability and provided consistent data. As a result, transparency is not just a concept anymore, but has become reality; and brings with it a common and trusted view and understanding between business partners.

Unfortunately, this will not prevent Read more

From the Community
September 5, 2017

Railway Forum 2017: Digital transformation is shaping the innovation agenda of the railway industry

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, digitalization, RailSupply, Railway industry

Over 1,000 visitors discussed future issues of the railway industry at the Railway Forum Berlin – first and foremost around digital transformation (Photo: IPM/Offenblen.de - Agentur für Fotografie)
Over 1,000 visitors discussed future issues of the railway industry at the Railway Forum Berlin – first and foremost around digital transformation (Photo: IPM/Offenblen.de – Agentur für Fotografie)

The fifth Railway Forum was held in Berlin on August 30/31. Once again, the focus was on the digital transformation that is taking place at all levels.
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Technology
July 12, 2017

Software engineering: Don’t slice the elephant – create a paradise

Matching themes: Software Engineering, Software-Design

Often when someone thinks about software engineering, he gets the recommendation to slice the elephant. E.g., you want to design a nice e-commerce pet shop, you need to cut it into individual slices.

But for me, slicing the elephant sounds quite strange: An elephant in slices is still difficult to handle – even then those slices would be quite large (even if they are smaller than the original elephant). Moreover, the slices belong only to that specific elephant.

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From the Community
July 4, 2017

Supply Chain Days: About digital disruption and ambition

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation

The motto of the EY's Supply Chain Days conference was: “Digital Supply Chain – Performance, Efficiency, Flexibility”
The motto of the EY conference was: “Digital Supply Chain – Performance, Efficiency, Flexibility”

EY’s conference “Supply Chain Days” was held on June 21 and 22 in Heidelberg. More than 150 experts discussed the next step: the digitalization of the supply chain.

The intense interest in this topic was reflected not only by the large number of attendees, but also by the caliber of the participants and speakers: They included representatives of BMW, Siemens, Adidas, Uber and Drägerwerk. Villa Bosch was bursting at the seams. The organizer is now considering moving the conference to another site or partially digitalizing it. And that brings us to the topic at hand.

The key revelation: The supply chain is evolving from an Internet-based, company-owned world and becoming a new cloud-based eco-system designed to serve a global network of all members. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
June 29, 2017

Automated goods receipt – part 2: How to avoid relabeling

Matching themes: ASN, Digital Supply Chain, goods receipt, Inbound Supply Chain

To avoid relabeling, the supplier has to provide all relevant information already on the original label.
To avoid relabeling for internal processes, the supplier has to provide all relevant information already on the original label.

There is definitely a lot of “beeping” going on at my customer’s first plant goods receipt area, where the goods are now being processed – in a considerably more relaxed manner – with scanners.

In the first part of my post on goods receipt optimization, I described how to automate goods logging with electronic notifications.

Now merely the tedious and elaborate relabeling of the packages for internal quality or production processes remains to be solved. A solution for this issue was also developed jointly with my customer. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
June 21, 2017

Automated goods receipt – part 1: Recording deliveries

Matching themes: ASN, Digital Supply Chain, goods receipt, Inbound Supply Chain

Higher transparency, reduced safety stock and higher efficiency - all of this can be achieved with an automatic goods receipt
Improved capacity planning, reduced capital lockup and higher efficiency – all of this can be achieved with an automated goods receipt

The electronic ordering process had just been successfully introduced. As I walk through my customer’s plant grounds after our final meeting, I think to myself “there sure are a lot of trucks in front of the gates,” and get into my car.

As soon as I get on the highway, I call my customer once more, “Mr. XXX, let’s talk about electronic delivery notification and automatic goods logging….”

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SCM Insights

How to enhance collaboration between procurement and quality management

Matching themes: APQP, procurement, project management, project procurement, quality assurance, quality management, Sourcing

A closer integration of the procurement and quality management processes leads to better results
A closer integration of the purchasing and quality management processes leads to better results

Digital transformation or not: Working together is often difficult even when system-supported processes are in place. This occurs not just on a large scale, e.g. in the collaboration between companies and their suppliers. It also happens on a small scale, e.g. between different departments. Here companies face challenges such as media discontinuity, a lack of transparency, and processes that are interdependent. Read more

From the Community, Inside
May 12, 2017

Siemens–SupplyOn Suppliers Day: Collectively driving digitalization

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, supplier collaboration

More than 60 participants discussed the digitalization of the supply chain at the first joint Suppliers Day by Siemens and SupplyOn
More than 60 participants discussed the digitalization of the supply chain at the first joint Suppliers Day by Siemens and SupplyOn

“Help shape the future with us”. This call to action greeted over 60 participants at the first Siemens and SupplyOn Suppliers Day. Together with the German Federal Logistics Association (BVL), the two companies invited participants to share their experience of supply chain digitalization in Freising on May 4th. Read more

From the Community
May 3, 2017

Industry 4.0 generates excitement at Aeromart Montréal

Matching themes: Aerospace, Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, IoT

Demo Zone 4.0 allowed attendees to find the solutions providers and resources needed to implement Industry 4.0.
Demo Zone 4.0 allowed attendees the opportunity to find the solutions providers and resources needed to implement Industry 4.0.

With Montréal emerging as a global networking platform for organizations in the aerospace industry, the 5th Aeromart Montréal exceeded critical mass with 1,300 participants representing 800 companies from 28 countries, including growth markets in the US, Asia, India, Africa and Europe. Part of a series of aerospace conferences produced internationally by BCI Aerospace, the 3-day event was a hybrid of informational sessions and business-to-business meetings connecting manufacturers, suppliers, contractors and service providers. Read more

From the Community, Inside
April 10, 2017

SupplyOn Rail Industry Council: The railway community

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, RailSupply

The driving forces behind the digitalization of the rail industry's supply chain: Bombardier, Faiveley, SBB and Siemens together with SupplyOn
The driving forces behind the digitalization of the rail industry’s supply chain: Bombardier, Faiveley, SBB and Siemens together with SupplyOn

SupplyOn has always made collaboration a top priority. But this includes much more than partnerships between companies and their suppliers. The concept of community is also a key element for these alliances. We develop solutions not just for an industry, but also together with the industry.

As part of this commitment, we created the Rail Industry Council last year. Its main objective is Read more

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