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

From the Community
November 9, 2017

Aviation Forum: Advancing the digital value chain in a dynamic world

Matching themes: Aerospace, Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, SCPM

Aviation Forum 2017 set out on a quest to find the digital-thread in a dynamic world within the digital value chain
Aviation Forum 2017 set out on a quest to find the digital-thread in a dynamic world within the digital value chain

The location and the timing has changed – but the excellent setup prevailed: this year, the 7th Aviation Forum took off at the beginning of November – this time on the grounds of the Hamburg Trade Fair.
Compared to the previous year, even more exhibitors and visitors attended the leading aerospace event in Germany. The Aviation Forum, organized by the Institute for Production Management (IPM) under the patronage of Klaus Richter, Chief Procurement Officer Airbus, offered an international gathering of speakers and exhibitors from Japan, Russia, Canada, USA, India and Abu Dhabi.
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SCM Insights
November 2, 2017

Billentis Report 2017: E-invoicing at the threshold of major market changes

Matching themes: e-Procurement, eInvoicing, Purchase to Pay

According to Bruno Koch von Billentis, the market environment for electronic invoicing is changing dramatically
According to Bruno Koch of Billentis, the market environment for electronic invoicing is changing dramatically

Electronic invoicing is gaining ground. However, according to the 2017 edition of the Billentis Report, this environment will change fundamentally in the coming years, due mainly to regulatory requirements with an increasing trend towards tax clearance systems and new technologies. The good news: both lead to significant cost savings. 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, Studie, Study, supplier collaboration, Zulieferer

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: Inbound Supply Chain, Outbound Supply Chain, SCPM, Security of supply, Supply Chain Performance Management, Traceability

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.

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From the Community
October 24, 2017

BoostAeroSpace Customer Group 2017: Breaking news, Leonardo and agility

Matching themes: Aerospace, AirSupply

This year's meeting of the BoostAeroSpace Customer Group featured a variety of hot topics.
This year’s meeting of the BoostAeroSpace Customer Group featured a variety of hot topics.

BoostAeroSpace invited – and the community members took advantage of this unique once-in-a-year event, this time also including representatives from GIFAS and SPACE.

The 2017 BoostAeroSpace Customer Group took off with breaking news no one had on their agenda: the announcement, that Airbus has acquired more than 50 percent of Bombardier’s C-Series program. This could definitely be a game changer for the North-American aerospace market.

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SCM Insights
October 17, 2017

Supply chain vs. supply chain – does the paradigm of competing supply chains really apply?

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, SCM

Do individual companies or compete supply networks against each other?
Do individual companies or supply networks compete against each other?

“Supply Chain vs. Supply Chain – The Hype and the Reality”. One of my colleagues recently found an article with this title in the internet, and for a number of reasons it struck me as highly interesting and also relevant. Read more

SCM Insights
October 5, 2017

Digitalization is not an end in itself. A commentary

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, digitale Transformation, Digitalisierung, digitalization, supplier collaboration

Bei der Digitalisierung hinkt der Anspruch der Wirklichkeit hinterher. Wichtig ist aber vor allem, die Digitalisierungsstrategie zielgerichtet aufzusetzen.
With digitalization, the claim is far behind reality. However, it is essential to push ahead with digitalization in a targeted manner, especially with regard to cross-company cooperation.

Wherever you look, “digital” is THE overriding theme. Digitalization is not particularly new and by no means simply a future scenario for the years 2020 to 2030.

No, the digitalization of tasks and processes has been around for quite some time now. And there is still some homework left to be done. Because, unfortunately, the business world is not yet as digital as it could – or should – be. Read more

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