Category: SCM Insights

SCM Insights
November 29, 2018

Why comprehensive data consolidation is the basis for efficient risk management

Matching themes: Analytics, Data Lake, Risk Management, SCPM, 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 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, Versorgungssicherheit

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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SCM Insights
February 12, 2018

Good for land and sea – How to ensure real-time visibility for production materials

Matching themes: Asset Tracking, Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, IoT, Material Visibility, SCPM, Security of supply, Smart Supply Chain, Traceability, Track & Trace

Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport - be it on sea or ashore.
Track & Trace (T&T) has to go beyond just locating trucks or containers. Material planners need to know where the required production material is currently located during transport – be it on sea or ashore.

There are plenty of Track & Trace solutions (T&T) available. Logistics Service Providers (LSP) have been offering it as an add-on for years and several start-ups focus on this aspect, too. So it’s nothing new, right? Or is it? Read more

SCM Insights

Get rid of the KPI ‘Mille-Feuille’ by getting it right!

Matching themes: Analytics, KPI, SCPM

1.000 layers may be very delicious within a pastry. But when it comes to KPIs, this easily leads to data confusion rather than data enlightenment
1.000 layers may be very delicious within a pastry. But when it comes to KPIs, this easily leads to data confusion rather than data enlightenment

Those who have already tasted Mille-Feuille, a tasty French dessert, know how delicious this pastry can be. For those not yet having had the chance, give me a call, I know some nice addresses in Paris, where you can get the best.

The point is, as delicious as it can be at times, at some point it might be too much. Should you try to count whether or not there really are thousands of tasty layers (“mille-feuille”), I wish you good luck.

Why am I telling you this? Well, for KPIs, the situation could be same!

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SCM Insights
November 30, 2017

Indirect Procurement: The only way is up!

Matching themes: indirect material, indirect procurement, service procurement

There is a lot of optimization potential in indirect purchasing - and thus considerable savings opportunities.
There is a lot of optimization potential in indirect purchasing – and thus considerable savings opportunities.

At many companies, process optimization in purchasing focuses on direct material. The purchase of indirect material, however, often still takes place under the radar. Perhaps a bit overstated as; What is there to optimize, if I only purchase pencils? Read more

SCM Insights
November 14, 2017

Six best practice steps for maintaining tax compliance

Matching themes: eInvoicing, tax compliance

When tax legislation changes constantly, companies need to ensure tax compliance by addressing change systematically.
When tax legislation changes constantly, companies need to ensure tax compliance by addressing change systematically.

Does the e-business solution that supports your business-to-business transactions ensure that your e-invoices remain tax compliant, everywhere, always?

Change in tax legislation is constant

An e-business solution that must comply with multiple countries’ tax requirements has to address the problem of ongoing change. Otherwise, how can a business efficiently deal with the tsunami of new real-time and other regulatory control requirements that governments are introducing? Read more

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