SCM Insights, 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, 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

Use Cases
September 26, 2017

How Continental China optimized its warehouse collaboration with SupplyOn

Matching themes: Collaboration, external warehouses, Outbound Supply Chain

With SupplyOn, Continental China has achieved a high level of transparency about its external inventories (Photo: Continental)
With SupplyOn, Continental China has achieved a high level of transparency about its external inventories (Photo: Continental)

Using SupplyOn, Continental China could finally ensure a transparent collaboration with its 50 external warehouse service providers, thus optimizing internal and external processes. The prerequisite for this was a comprehensive process for the planning, recording, and reporting of warehouse inventories and processes. Continental can now monitor inventories and movements as well as significantly increase delivery commitments and thus customer satisfaction. The key advantage: this solution can be used for a variety of warehouse collaboration scenarios. Read more

SCM Insights
September 21, 2017

Going beyond operational supply chain digitalization

Matching themes: action management, Quality, supplier collaboration

Don't stop at digitalizing your core supply chain processes. Incorporating a digital action management helps to enhance quality measures and reach a 360-degree view on your supplier collaboration.
Don’t stop at digitalizing your core supply chain processes. Incorporating a digital action management helps to enhance quality measures and reach a 360-degree view on your supplier collaboration.

Nowadays, most leading companies have EDI interfaces in place to communicate their demands, improve demand visibility, and receive information about shipments. The most advanced ones use cloud platforms, allowing for real-time collaboration with suppliers and other business partners like subcontractors or carriers. It goes without saying, that analytics and big data play an increasing and critical role for companies in all industries.

This trend has had a huge impact on stocks reduction and optimization of procurement processes. But it has also increased reliability and provided consistent data. As a result, transparency is not just a concept anymore, but has become reality; and brings with it a common and trusted view and understanding between business partners.

Unfortunately, this will not prevent Read more

From the Community
September 5, 2017

Railway Forum 2017: Digital transformation is shaping the innovation agenda of the railway industry

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation, digitalization, RailSupply, Railway industry

Over 1,000 visitors discussed future issues of the railway industry at the Railway Forum Berlin – first and foremost around digital transformation (Photo: IPM/Offenblen.de - Agentur für Fotografie)
Over 1,000 visitors discussed future issues of the railway industry at the Railway Forum Berlin – first and foremost around digital transformation (Photo: IPM/Offenblen.de – Agentur für Fotografie)

The fifth Railway Forum was held in Berlin on August 30/31. Once again, the focus was on the digital transformation that is taking place at all levels.
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Technology
July 12, 2017

Software engineering: Don’t slice the elephant – create a paradise

Matching themes: Software Engineering, Software-Design

Often when someone thinks about software engineering, he gets the recommendation to slice the elephant. E.g., you want to design a nice e-commerce pet shop, you need to cut it into individual slices.

But for me, slicing the elephant sounds quite strange: An elephant in slices is still difficult to handle – even then those slices would be quite large (even if they are smaller than the original elephant). Moreover, the slices belong only to that specific elephant.

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From the Community
July 4, 2017

Supply Chain Days: About digital disruption and ambition

Matching themes: Digital Supply Chain, digital transformation

The motto of the EY's Supply Chain Days conference was: “Digital Supply Chain – Performance, Efficiency, Flexibility”
The motto of the EY conference was: “Digital Supply Chain – Performance, Efficiency, Flexibility”

EY’s conference “Supply Chain Days” was held on June 21 and 22 in Heidelberg. More than 150 experts discussed the next step: the digitalization of the supply chain.

The intense interest in this topic was reflected not only by the large number of attendees, but also by the caliber of the participants and speakers: They included representatives of BMW, Siemens, Adidas, Uber and Drägerwerk. Villa Bosch was bursting at the seams. The organizer is now considering moving the conference to another site or partially digitalizing it. And that brings us to the topic at hand.

The key revelation: The supply chain is evolving from an Internet-based, company-owned world and becoming a new cloud-based eco-system designed to serve a global network of all members. 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

How to enhance collaboration between procurement and quality management

Matching themes: APQP, procurement, project management, project procurement, quality assurance, quality management, Sourcing

A closer integration of the procurement and quality management processes leads to better results
A closer integration of the purchasing and quality management processes leads to better results

Digital transformation or not: Working together is often difficult even when system-supported processes are in place. This occurs not just on a large scale, e.g. in the collaboration between companies and their suppliers. It also happens on a small scale, e.g. between different departments. Here companies face challenges such as media discontinuity, a lack of transparency, and processes that are interdependent. Read more

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