Tag: Inbound Supply Chain

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
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
October 30, 2017

Ready for takeoff? Supply chain challenges in the aerospace industry

Matching themes: Aerospace, Inbound Supply Chain, Outbound Supply Chain, SCM, Study, supplier collaboration

A survey among aerospace suppliers lists the pivotal points for a stronger digitalization of the aerospace supply chain
A survey among suppliers lists the pivotal points for a stronger digitalization of the aerospace supply chain

The aerospace industry has a larger international footprint than almost any other sector. Ranging from individual connectors to the completed aircraft, the supply chain often spans the entire globe. In times of ever-closer collaboration and ever-tighter deadlines, the level of digitalization should actually be extensive. Actuall.

Our recently published study presents a somewhat different picture. Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
October 26, 2017

Maximize your supply chain transparency with track and trace

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

Supply Chain Performance Management integrates track and trace data - thus ensuring seamless logistics processes
Supply Chain Performance Management integrates track and trace data – thus ensuring seamless logistics processes

Track and trace, that is, determining the location of shipments, is definitely nothing new. Yet everyone still seems to be talking about it. How come?

Easy: We know that networked production as well as “smart factories” require reliable information on the delivery status of components. But this also translates to delivery logistics, where it’s important to know, for instance, where a spare part is located and whether it will reach its final destination on time or whether the parts will arrive at the assembly plant (CKD) as scheduled.

Sure, logistics service providers are already able to provide plenty of data regarding the location of a shipment – granted, not always in real-time, but still. Yet, how do we connect our systems with those of the logistics service providers? What do we do with the data? How can parts and status notifications be linked to each other without requiring an inordinate amount of effort and time from service providers and suppliers? How can we avoid having to enter data for different customers into individual custom portals? And how can all this data be analyzed effectively? Questions abound. 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
February 14, 2017

Go or no-go? The business case provides the answer

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, supplier collaboration

The business case analyzes the extent to which a new supply chain management solution is a worthwhile investment
The business case analyzes the extent to which a new supply chain management solution is a worthwhile investment

Every supply chain project begins with a close check of its economic efficiency. After all, investments in a new solution should not only pay off, but also lead to noticeable cost reductions over the medium and long term. And it is this savings potential that must be determined in advance – precisely, comprehensibly, and with a solid foundation – because without a specific business case, top management will not provide the necessary budget approval. But what exactly are the decisive factors to calculate the success of a SCM solution? Read more

SCM Insights, Technology
January 18, 2017

Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) – Full transparency in the supply chain

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, Inbound Supply Chain, Industry 4.0, SCPM, Versorgungssicherheit

Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) links internal and external information, creating transparency and a stable supply chain in the process
Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) links internal and external information, creating transparency and a stable supply chain in the process

Many companies are determined to improve their use of information from individual internal and external IT systems as a way of meeting the challenges of a digital supply chain.

Traditionally, planning, procurement, logistics and transport management have been separate processes. Whereas material planners determine how many parts are needed for production during the manufacturing process and order them while keeping an eye on safety stocks, suppliers use their own systems as do the transport service providers. What is delivered when and in which quantity can usually not be determined until the goods receipt. Read more

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