Category: SCM Insights

SCM Insights
August 11, 2021

Swap container and load carriers without conflicts – Simply create transparency to reduce costs

Matching themes: container management, empties management, transport management

Automated container bookings and coordination of full and empty container transports enable cost-effective and transparent container and load carrier management
Automated container bookings and coordination of full and empty container transports enable cost-effective and transparent container and load carrier management

Disappearing containers, isolated systems and inventories, unnecessary transport costs due to empty rides, chaos in billing container rentals. These are just a few of the challenges faced by the manufacturing industry in the daily management of containers and load carriers. Read more

SCM Insights
July 15, 2021

Real-time transport visibility: what really matters

Matching themes: smart logistics data, transport management, visibility, VUCA

There is a big buzz around Real-Time Transport Visibility. Here is what manufacturing companies need to focus on
There is a big buzz around real-time transport visibility. Here is what manufacturing companies need to focus on

Nowadays, everything is getting ever more complex and volatile. Today’s characteristic all comes down to “disruption is the new normal”. But the key is to defy all odds in the best possible way. To stay agile and resilient. Be it a traffic jam, a shipwreck, a container shortage, a strike, severe weather, a volcano eruption or a pandemic that throws everything into disarray. No matter the cause, companies need to ensure smoothly functioning supply chains. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
June 23, 2021

Paperless goods receipt: the automatic link between goods receipt and quality processes

Matching themes: ASN, goods receipt

Automated, digital, paperless and efficient: The SupplyOn solution Paperless Goods Receipt simplifies goods receipt and seamlessly connects with your quality processes
Automated, digital, paperless and efficient: The SupplyOn solution Paperless Goods Receipt expedites goods receipt, especially for safety-critical materials, and seamlessly connects with your quality processes

Traceability, transport optimization, goods receipt and inventory automation are top priorities for most logistics managers. Particularly in sectors where safety is crucial, such as aerospace, the rail industry or plant engineering, high legal requirements apply to the testing and documentation of the materials used. For this purpose, suppliers must hand over various documents, test protocols or certificates along with the material delivery. This documentation is usually either enclosed with the delivered parts in hard copy or sent to the buyer via e-mail.

Challenge: scattered and missing information

It is precisely these differing communication channels that pose major challenges for goods receipt. Read more

SCM Insights
June 8, 2021

Why Transport Management should be an important component of your digitization strategy

Matching themes: digital transformation, Track & Trace, transport management

Using a Transport Management Solution (TMS) can cut your freight cost by 10 percent. But there are even more benefits to it
Using a Transport Management Solution (TMS) can cut your freight cost by 10 percent. But there are even more benefits to it

It’ no longer a secret that Transport Management can reduce costs and increase delivery reliability. Consequently, more and more SupplyOn customers are using our Transport Management Solution (TMS) to consolidate shipments, optimize routes and automatically check freight invoices.

These are just three reasons which have the potential to cut freight costs by more than 10%. But what other reasons also speak for integrating Transport Management into your digitization strategy? Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
April 16, 2021

The ASN is getting smart: Save 60 percent time when creating shipping documents

Matching themes: artificial intelligence, ASN

AI-enhanced packaging proposals boost ASN quality, drastically reduce ASN creation time, and increase efficiencies on both sides of the supply chain
AI-enhanced packaging proposals boost ASN quality, drastically reduce ASN creation time, and increase efficiencies on both sides of the supply chain

Imagine an intelligent solution for creating shipping documents that learns in the course of a few weeks which packaging rules are effective for which customer and which parts. It then applies them automatically when creating the ASN (Advance Shipping Notification) and thus relieves you of around half of your work. Even complex ASNs, whose creation often takes more than a quarter of an hour, can be created in less than 5 minutes in the future. Read more

SCM Insights
April 7, 2021

Transport ahoy! Securing supply despite high volatility

Matching themes: Covid19, Risk Management, security of supply, transport management, VUCA

A close collaboration among carriers and manufacturers using the Transport Volume Forecast helps to smooth out disruptions and secure supply
A close collaboration among carriers and manufacturers using the Transport Volume Forecast helps to smooth out disruptions and secure supply

For more than a year now, logistics and supply chain managers around the world have been struggling with unprecedented challenges. The impact from the first coronavirus-induced shutdowns, when supply chains and transportation networks around the world collapsed, continues to ripple through the industry. High volatility in demand, natural disasters and vessel incidents such as the recent one blocking the Suez Canal have further aggravated the situation.

Problem is, transportation capacity is extremely scarce and in hot demand. Numerous aircraft are still grounded. Container shortages continue to persist for quite a while. All of this is not only hampering sea and air cargo, but also road transports.

As a result, freight rates skyrocketed, as did uncertainty for manufacturers that rely on smoothly functioning logistics chains. In many cases, it’s unclear or at least hardly possible to plan when exactly their materials are going to be transported. So, the ever more pressing question is: How can companies best secure their shipments and thus ensure the flow of supplies to their plants and customers? Read more

SCM Insights
March 17, 2021

Remember suppliers put the “supply” in “Supply Chain”

Matching themes: control tower, Onboarding, supplier collaboration

Supplier buy-in and commitment are crucial for the success of supply chain digitization projects
Supplier buy-in is crucial to the success of supply chain digitization projects

In North America we’re seeing our clients actively re engage in supply chain digitization projects. One topic that our clients tend to overlook at first is how to get suppliers to buy into these projects. End-to-end visibility is the holy grail everyone is looking for, but it’s impossible without suppliers feeding data into the system. Read more

SCM Insights
March 3, 2021

Digital and smart control of containers

Matching themes: container management, empties management, transport management

Real-time data, end-to-end digital processes and automation pave the road for a smart and efficient container management
Real-time data, end-to-end digital processes and automation pave the road for a smart and efficient container management

What makes for an efficient and future-oriented container management system, also known as empties management? What should companies look out for when implementing it? Here are the most important factors. Read more

SCM Insights
February 24, 2021

The sense of security we learned from the pandemic

Matching themes: Risk Management

There are three lessons from the pandemic which will help us master future supply chain challenges more efficiently
There are three lessons from the pandemic which will help us master future supply chain challenges more efficiently

Although the global pandemic continues, we should always keep positive mindsets. I am located in Shanghai, China. New local COVID-19 infected people just appeared in Shanghai after several of months of no infections. But people here are not in panic after experiencing the pandemic ‘war’ last year. Instead we are full of a sense of security resulting from three aspects – SPEED, PROCESS, and SOVEREIGNTY.

Read more

SCM Insights
February 16, 2021

Finance Portal: how to harmonize e-invoicing, dunning and inquiries

Matching themes: e-invoicing, Purchase to Pay

The SupplyOn Finance Portal boosts the transparency and efficiency of invoice processes, while at the same time improving service levels
The SupplyOn Finance Portal boosts the transparency and efficiency of invoice processes, while at the same time improving service levels

Paper invoices are still common with some suppliers. But paper-based invoice processes are not only inefficient as the information needs to be keyed in again in the customer system. Moreover, they are also prone to errors, due to typos or missing information.

Why you need to move beyond plain digitized invoices Read more

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