SCM Insights, Use Cases
April 23, 2015

Continental Automotive leads the way: Full control of inbound transport management

Matching themes: transport management

Transportmanagement Land-, Luft- und SeefrachtDo you have full control of your inbound freight—even before the forwarder has been actually commissioned?

Do you know the actual volumes on your individual supplier and plant routes? Do you also know the available service levels and forwarders for these volumes?

Do you have streamlined processes in place for checking freight invoices or possibly even a self-billing invoice process for freight costs? Are you able to break down your freight costs and track them to individual materials? Do you know what materials are in which transport and the current location of each transport? Do you have all this in a single system? Read more

Technology
April 16, 2015

Good bait catches fine fish – part 2: How to write a specification for developers

Spezifikation für TesterIn my recent blog we saw, how a specification for customers can look like. A specification needs to fulfill many different requirements and at the same time it has to be understood by the customer, testers, and of course also the developer.

Which information do developers need?

Developers want to know what they have to implement. Usually they want to develop a pretty solution. “Pretty solution” doesn’t mean a nicely designed user interface at all. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
April 14, 2015

Success factors when introducing a global transport management organization

Matching themes: transport management

Transportmanagementsysteme erfolgreich nutzenThe successful use of a transport management system (TMS) requires an operations model – one that takes a global approach to establishing and controlling global activities in the area of transport management and includes the organization, processes and IT. Without an operations concept like this, any savings resulting from network optimization projects, the introduction of a TMS or the retendering of freight contracts quickly evaporate. Read more

From the Community
April 3, 2015

Quality challenges in aerospace need to acknowledge the human factor, supported by procedures and tools

Matching themes: aerospace, digital supply chain, quality management

QualityThe “Quality 2015” event of Management Circle at Düsseldorf (March 10 – 11, 2015) was a high-quality experience: Almost 100 participants did a good investment, being able to learn how quality experts from research / different industries opened their “treasure chests” and shared openly how they managed quality challenges mostly inside their organizations, sometimes even going beyond the own organization.

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From the Community
March 27, 2015

Quality 2015 – answers to new quality challenges need to acknowledge the human factor, supported by procedures and tools

Matching themes: action management, complaint management, quality management

Quality 2015 EventThe “Quality 2015” event of Management Circle at Düsseldorf (March 10 – 11, 2015) was a high-quality experience: Almost 100 participants did a good investment, being able to learn how quality experts from research and different industries opened their “treasure chests” and shared openly how they managed quality challenges mostly inside their organizations, sometimes even going beyond their own organization. Read more

Inside, Technology
March 24, 2015

Agile requirements – highlights from the Ellen Gottesdiener workshop

Discover to Deliver - 7 Product DimensionsAgile Requirements – Creative Collaborative and Colorful Discovery – was the title of a workshop held on March 16, 2015, at the RE Conf (Requirements Engineering Conference) in Munich. Coach Ellen Gottesdiener (founder of EBG Consulting) is a renowned pioneer in the field of collaborative partnerships for Requirements Engineering and Management. During this workshop we experienced her creative and colorful way of thinking – and were quite impressed by her “retro approach” based on flip charts and colored post-its. Read more

SCM Insights, Use Cases
March 23, 2015

Mitigating supply risks: Integrating suppliers and transportation service providers using the SupplyOn notification portal to ensure process reliability

Matching themes: ASN, Inbound Supply Chain, security of supply, supply risks, transport management

When it comes to procurement and logistics, all business enterprises at the global level are faced with similar challenges. Procurement and material supply processes are becoming more complex, yet at the same time inventory costs have to be reduced while improving material handling.

In order to achieve effective, sustainable improvements in this environment, precisely coordinated, mutually agreed collaboration between all inbound supply chain partners is an absolute must. You must define and codify processes with your suppliers and transportation service providers to minimize supply chain risks.

You should ask yourself the following questions: Read more

From the Community
March 20, 2015

Supply Chain Excellence Forum 2015: Joint efforts to improve the supply chain – from correction to anticipation

Matching themes: AirSupply, SCM, supplier collaboration

Supply Chain Excellence ForumFor the second consecutive year, Aerospace supply chain managers from BavAiria, but also from other clusters/associations like SPACE and Niedersachsen Aviation met at the Aerospace Industry Park of Oberpfaffenhofen to discuss how to manage the challenges of Tier n in the German Aerospace industry.

In their welcome address, Mr Gundel and Mr Schwarz from the BavAiria welcomed over 150 participants, about 50% of them Aerospace SC managers from Bavaria. In their opening, they made a strong statement that clusters and associations take a responsible role to foster stable supply chains and support process innovations, which are perhaps sometimes neglected, in comparison to product innovations.

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SCM Insights, Technology
March 19, 2015

Industry 4.0, M2M and the Internet of Things and Services: What are the challenges?

Matching themes: Industry 4.0

Group Of Business People Working And Global Networking Themed ImMany studies have examined the opportunities afforded by Industry 4.0, M2M and the Internet of Things and Services. And all of them show that networking aspects of life that are completely independent at this time will yield opportunities that would have read like something from a science fiction novel just ten years ago.

But, as I mentioned in my previous post, we need to bear in mind a few important parameters of crucial importance to the success of the technologies we are discussing here:

Standardization of the information to be transferred (formats, content) and compatibility of the transmission channels.

All the standard activities we are familiar with (and those mentioned above as well) largely use proprietary protocols for data exchange that inevitably involve a certain degree of competitiveness. These protocols are certainly appropriate over the short term and for pilot applications. But: This approach does not work for sustained, large-scale use. A cross-company and professionally operated solution is essential here. Read more

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