Category: SCM Insights

SCM Insights
June 30, 2020

How you benefit from a central procurement solution when having various ERP systems in place

Matching themes: e-Procurement, procurement

As a central procurement system, the Central Procurement Hub bundles all purchasing functions in one place, even in very heterogeneous backend landscapes
As a central procurement system, the Central Procurement Hub bundles all purchasing functions in one place. Best of all, it work in very heterogeneous backend landscapes

Many companies operate historically grown multi-backend system landscapes. Mergers and acquisitions, international expansions, new sites and plants, different update cycles, etc. have multiplied the number of ERP systems within the organization over time. This in itself is not a problem. However, if you wish to use a central procurement system for all your plants and locations at the same time, things become tricky. Today’s Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) systems often support only a single ERP as a backend system. So, what to do?
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SCM Insights, Use Cases

Collaboration made easy: Feasibility studies with Technical Review

Matching themes: APQP, feasibility study, project management, quality management, Sourcing

Technical Review enables companies to easily conduct feasibility studies with their suppliers. It creates a digital transition from sourcing to APQP project management
Technical Review enables companies to easily conduct feasibility studies with their suppliers. It creates a digital transition from sourcing to APQP project management

Continental and ZF Friedrichshafen’s customers include numerous automotive manufacturers (so-called OEM). In this industry, the demands on logistics, feasibility, quality, quantities and compliance are particularly high. Both companies therefore need absolutely reliable partners.

Until recently, however, they were faced with a challenge: How can they check with both known and, in particular, new suppliers to see whether they can produce newly developed parts in the required quality and quantity, deliver them on time and on the right terms and conditions? Read more

SCM Insights
May 25, 2020

Restarting production: How to ensure the flow of materials

Matching themes: Risk Management, Security of supply, transport management

As transport networks collapsed during the pandemic, the smooth flow of materials to the plants and thus the restart of production is at risk. The Transport Volume Forecast provides remedy.
As transport networks collapsed during the pandemic, the smooth flow of materials to the plants and thus the restart of production is at risk. The Transport Volume Forecast provides remedy.

The coronavirus pandemic has turned everything upside down: Plants around the world had to shut down production. As a result, supply chains and thus transport networks often collapsed across the board. This is precisely what is now confronting companies with a major problem when they re-start production: even if suppliers are producing the required materials again, how do these get from the supplier’s premises to their plants?

Transportation problems are not limited to shipping and air freight, but also to road transport, which has so far been easy to manage. The transport networks that companies could previously use no longer exist for the most part. As a result, the processes with the carriers that used to work well are no longer functioning. So, what to do? Read more

SCM Insights
May 18, 2020

It’s high time to tap the potential of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, Security of supply, Smart Factory, supplier collaboration

It’s now more important than ever to leverage Industry 4.0 to boost productivity, increase supply chain reliability and reap the benefits of closer buyer-supplier relationships.

COVID-19, its effects on the industry and the restart of production currently dominate on the agenda. Everyone is longing for a return to normality and this will be the case in a few months’ time. The world will not stand still and it is certainly not standing still at this very moment. Read more

SCM Insights
April 23, 2020

Visibility, Analytics & Intelligence: Get full transparency on your supply chain, not just in times of crisis!

Matching themes: Analytics, Digital Supply Chain, Risk Management, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, supply risks

SupplyOn Analytics links internal and external information - thus ensuring visibility and a robust, crisis-proof supply chain
SupplyOn Analytics links internal and external information – thus ensuring visibility and a robust, crisis-proof supply chain

Planning, purchasing, logistics and transport management are traditionally separate processes, typically located in different departments. The material planners determine how many parts production requires and order these from the supplier, considering safety stocks. The suppliers operate in their own systems, as does the transport service provider. What, when, in what quantity and at what time is to be delivered usually remains unclear until goods receipt. Read more

SCM Insights
April 16, 2020

How to implement an efficient risk management system

Matching themes: Analytics, Inbound Supply Chain, Material Visibility, Risk Management, Security of supply, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain, supply risks

Teaser image: Efficient risk management is key to making supply chains and production capacities more resilient, and thus more crisis-proof
Efficient risk management is key to making supply chains and production capacities more resilient. To obtain the full picture, you need to consider suppliers, logistics as well as external events

The current coronavirus pandemic poses enormous, unprecedented challenges for companies. Efficient risk management plays a central role in meeting these challenges. It is not so much a question of whether the current situation could have been anticipated and planned for. Rather, the focus is on how companies can now best protect their core processes and increase the resilience of their operations. Read more

SCM Insights
April 9, 2020

In times of Corona, how can Track & Trace help to solve the challenges ahead?

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Inbound Supply Chain, Material Visibility, Risk Management, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Track & Trace

Closures of suppliers, logistics centers and borders severely affect supply chains. Real-time transport information is therefore crucial - especially for the restart after the corona crisis.
Closures of suppliers, logistics centers and borders due to Corona severely affect supply chains. Real-time transport information is therefore crucial to ensure the still existing flow of goods and to enable  a restart after the crisis as smoothly as possible

The Corona pandemic took us all completely by surprise. Few people expected a “black-swan” event like this. And even the boldest risk scenarios have not foreseen or dealt with the scale of the problem we are currently experiencing.

Supply chains have been severely disrupted or even completely collapsed within a short period of time, especially in the automotive and aviation industries. If important suppliers stop producing, warehouses are not working and transports out of “red zones” are not possible, then production cannot be maintained, or only with great difficulty.

But not everything has come to a standstill. Where production is still going on, it is now particularly important to know what is happening during transport, how long are the waiting times at the borders, where are the restrictions and what time effects will this have on the delivery.

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SCM Insights
March 25, 2020

There is no future without integrated production and logistics networks

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, logistics planning, Material Visibility, production planning, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, Security of supply, Smart Factory

True supply chain resilience requires an integrated production and logistics planning
True supply chain resilience requires an integrated production and logistics planning

Much has already been written about flexible production and logistics networks, especially in economically turbulent times. However, the reality in many companies is still that production program planning and logistics planning run side by side in a non-integrated manner. Supplier integration, too, is usually only partially implemented. Read more

SCM Insights
March 10, 2020

Optimize your procurement with online auctions

Matching themes: auction, Sourcing

An online auction lets you easily find the supplier with the best conditions in terms of price, product quality, delivery reliabilty, concept strength and more
An online auction lets you easily find the supplier with the best conditions in terms of price, product quality, delivery reliabilty, concept strength and more

Buyers in the manufacturing industry face a variety of challenges, such as volatile markets, high competitive pressure and ever shorter product cycles – catchword time-to-market – to name a few. Adding to that, manufacturing companies primarily source production components, placing high demands on quality and delivery time. But also the so-called indirect material offers a great potential for optimization. Many are asking how to optimize the entire purchasing process in such times. A promising approach is online auctions. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
March 2, 2020

Exploiting the potential of Smart Logistics with Production-to-Supply

Matching themes: Analytics, Inbound Supply Chain, Risk Management, smart logistics data, Smart Supply Chain

Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.
Production-to-Supply increases the availability of materials while at the same time reducing inventories and minimizing efforts and costs.

It’ s nothing new that considerations of optimization focus on excessive inventories and overly high planning or disposition costs. This is all the more true in tougher economic times.

This is where the new opportunities of digitization come in: the continuous provision of data from supplier production to transport logistics and even in-house intralogistics is no longer a vision of the future. Even minimizing process costs is now a reality thanks to automation. Read more

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