Category: SCM Insights

SCM Insights, Technology
June 12, 2019

Interview: “Blockchain could create completely new rules for digital collaboration between companies”

Matching themes: Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

Thoroughly examines each individual use case to see whether blockchain technology makes sense: Ralf Knobbloch, blockchain expert at SupplyOn, explains his proven decision criteria.
Thoroughly examines each individual use case to see whether blockchain technology makes sense: Ralf Knobbloch, blockchain expert at SupplyOn, explains his proven decision criteria.

In an interview at the end of last year, SupplyOn Group blockchain expert Ralf Knobloch spoke about the potential offered by blockchain technology in the area of supply chain management. This time we talked to him about the criteria he uses to carry out an advance assessment regarding the suitability and cost-effectiveness of a possible blockchain use case. Read more

SCM Insights
February 26, 2019

How to avoid missing supplies with Smart Logistics Data

Matching themes: Analytics, Data Lake, Inbound Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, SCPM, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain

Smart Logistics Data combine production-specific information with artificial intelligence to prevent companies from missing supplies
Smart Logistics Data combine production-specific information with artificial intelligence to prevent missing supplies.

Missing supplies, i.e. delayed, deficient, and completely absent deliveries, are a serious and recurring problem for companies. But what can you do? And how can you ensure that ordered goods actually arrive on time?

Smart Logistics Data – that is, the intelligent collection, enrichment, and usage of data relevant to the logistics process –  promises relief.

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SCM Insights, Use Cases
January 31, 2019

Industrial Traceability: In-depth analysis transcending the boundaries of your production and supply chain

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, SCPM, Smart Supply Chain, Traceability, Track & Trace

Industrial traceability enables full visibility across the production process and beyond traditional supply chain boundaries
Industrial traceability enables full visibility across the production process and beyond traditional supply chain boundaries

Up until now, seamless, end-to-end good traceability has been more of a pipe dream than a reality. But there’s good news: thanks to the clustering of innovative Industry 4.0 technologies, comprehensive supply chain Track & Trace is now possible – also known as industrial traceability.

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SCM Insights, Technology
December 18, 2018

Interview: “Blockchain offers enormous potential for supply chain management”

Matching themes: Blockchain, Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation

For Ralf Knobloch, Blockchain expert at the SupplyOn Group, blockchain will turn things upside down.
For Ralf Knobloch, Blockchain expert at the SupplyOn Group, blockchain will turn things upside down.

Ralf Knobloch, the SupplyOn Group’s blockchain expert, has been involved with distributed ledger technology since 2013. As the founder of the “Blockchain Meet-Up Saxony”, he is a great believer in regular dialog between research, science, users and society. We spoke to him about the impact of the new technology and about concrete use cases in supply chain management beyond the blockchain hype. Read more

SCM Insights
November 29, 2018

Why comprehensive data consolidation is the basis for efficient risk management

Matching themes: Analytics, Data Lake, Risk Management, SCPM, Smart Supply Chain, supply reliability, supply risks

The success formula for efficient risk management: Tear down the silos and consolidate your data first
The success formula for efficient risk management: Tear down the silos and consolidate your data first

Nowadays, everyone is preaching that data is the new oil. But unlike oil, it’s not (just) the sheer output volume that matters here. What really counts is the efficient use of this data so as to draw the right conclusions in terms of the supply chain reliability. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
November 13, 2018

Smart Logistics Data: The intelligent supply chain

Matching themes: AI, Data Lake, Inbound Supply Chain, Predictive Analytics, SCPM, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain

Smart Logistics Data enables a change of perspective to look ahead instead of backwards
Smart Logistics Data enables a change of perspective to look ahead instead of backwards

A supply chain has to be agile, robust and resilient. Capable of anticipating potential risks and responding in advance, detecting problems early on and flexibly circumventing them.

All this requires the intelligent use of data. But how can we really make data “smart”? Read more

SCM Insights

How to achieve your targets with digital transformation

Matching themes: digital transformation

Digitization is about adding value. Not about just copying everything to the "new digital"
Digitization is about adding value. It’s not about simply copying analogue processes to the “new digital”

Digital transformation, what a nice and trendy topic that is in everyone’s mouth, but not yet implemented in everyone’s company.

In fact, digital transformation is getting popular due to the democratization of technology and relatively lower cost of acquisition. More and more companies look at it closer and closer, some jump into it, while others still wait and see. Nothing wrong with that. This is part of the normal cycle regarding technology adoption.

The only difference is that in the past decade, companies still had time to wait, see, and then move forward. Nowadays, even though the key question remains “WHEN”, the truth is that there is not much time to waste on the “wait & see” pushing companies to start taking action and the real question is at “WHAT SPEED”. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
September 18, 2018

Why blockchain must be seen (and implemented) differently

Matching themes: Blockchain, digital transformation, digitale Transformation, Industry 4.0, transport management

Don't rush onto the hype: There are a few points to consider before implementing blockchain technology if it is destined to be successful
Don’t rush onto the hype: There are a few points to consider before implementing blockchain technology if it is destined to be successful

Blockchain has been THE trending technology for quite some time now. Hardly a day goes by without new use cases, initiatives, or companies established based on blockchain technology. It is especially promising in the supply-chain environment. But let’s take a step back and take a more sober look at the blockchain hype: What are the odds of a real technological revolution, and where are the potentials for the supply chain? Read more

SCM Insights
July 10, 2018

InSight, InControl: Real-time position and quality monitoring for production material transports

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Condition Monitoring, Digital Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, IoT, Material Visibility, SCPM, Security of supply, Sensors, Smart Supply Chain, Track & Trace

By combining asset tracking and condition monitoring of the production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures in case of alarming signals long before goods receipt.
By combining real-time asset tracking and condition monitoring of production material during transport, you can initiate appropriate countermeasures to keep your production running long before goods receipt.

A materials controller needs up-to-date information at all times for production planning purposes. He needs to know whether the goods required are going to arrive at the plant in time – and whether they will do so in an intact state, a very important point when it comes to sensitive components. And all this preferably in real time, of course. But this is a lot more than what most track-and-trace solutions have to offer. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
April 4, 2018

Eliminating the blind spot: Insights into supplier’s production reduce inventories, lower risks & save costs

Matching themes: Inbound Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, MES, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Transparenz, visibility

Connecting to the supplier's MES helps to reduce inventories and ensure supply reliability even in volatile markets.
Connecting to the supplier’s MES helps to reduce inventories and ensure supply reliability while allowing for high levels of product customization

A leading aerospace company optimized its global supply chain with SupplyOn through an innovative Industry 4.0 project: integration of the supplier’s MES (Manufacturing Execution System) gives both customer and supplier a virtually real-time, joint view of the supplier’s situation – in terms of demand, stock and production. Replenishment planning is checked against customer requirements, i.e. production orders against stocks. The result is transparency and trend feedback – enabling stock reduction and increased supply reliability.

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