SCM Insights
April 7, 2021

Transport ahoy! Securing supply despite high volatility

Matching themes: Covid19, Risk Management, security of supply, transport management, VUCA

A close collaboration among carriers and manufacturers using the Transport Volume Forecast helps to smooth out disruptions and secure supply
A close collaboration among carriers and manufacturers using the Transport Volume Forecast helps to smooth out disruptions and secure supply

For more than a year now, logistics and supply chain managers around the world have been struggling with unprecedented challenges. The impact from the first coronavirus-induced shutdowns, when supply chains and transportation networks around the world collapsed, continues to ripple through the industry. High volatility in demand, natural disasters and vessel incidents such as the recent one blocking the Suez Canal have further aggravated the situation.

Problem is, transportation capacity is extremely scarce and in hot demand. Numerous aircraft are still grounded. Container shortages continue to persist for quite a while. All of this is not only hampering sea and air cargo, but also road transports.

As a result, freight rates skyrocketed, as did uncertainty for manufacturers that rely on smoothly functioning logistics chains. In many cases, it’s unclear or at least hardly possible to plan when exactly their materials are going to be transported. So, the ever more pressing question is: How can companies best secure their shipments and thus ensure the flow of supplies to their plants and customers? Read more

Use Cases
March 31, 2021

Commercial vehicle provider reforms its order management with SupplyOn

Matching themes: invoicing process, Purchase to Pay

By reforming its order management with SupplyOn, the manufacturer benefits from efficient processes, improved supplier collaboration and enhanced planning capabilities
On the road to a fully digital purchasing and invoicing process via SupplyOn: commercial vehicle provider benefits from efficient processes, improved supplier collaboration and enhanced planning capabilities

The customized production of a commercial vehicle manufacturer resulted in many individual orders from suppliers that are difficult to plan. By using SupplyOn, the company was not only digitizing its collaboration with its suppliers, but also optimizing it: In addition to individual orders more plannable delivery forecasts were introduced. This was the starting signal for a completely digital end-to-end process—from purchasing to invoicing. Read more

SCM Insights
March 17, 2021

Remember suppliers put the “supply” in “Supply Chain”

Matching themes: control tower, Onboarding, supplier collaboration

Supplier buy-in and commitment are crucial for the success of supply chain digitization projects
Supplier buy-in is crucial to the success of supply chain digitization projects

In North America we’re seeing our clients actively re engage in supply chain digitization projects. One topic that our clients tend to overlook at first is how to get suppliers to buy into these projects. End-to-end visibility is the holy grail everyone is looking for, but it’s impossible without suppliers feeding data into the system. Read more

Inside
March 10, 2021

User enablement — or how we facilitate usage

Matching themes: UX

SupplyOn provides users with a broad range of tools designed to help them onboard and facilitate usage. The brand new feature: Interactive tours
SupplyOn provides users with a broad range of tools designed to facilitate usage. The brand new feature: Interactive Tours

From the user’s perspective, it always involves some effort till she or he can actually successfully use a (new) software or app. This learning process that users go through is also called “user onboarding”. It ranges from: “I’ll just try this out.” All the way to: “I know how to achieve my desired result with this product.” Ultimately, it is primarily about teaching users how they can best (or most easily) work successfully with a product. Read more

SCM Insights
March 3, 2021

Digital and smart control of containers

Matching themes: container management, empties management, transport management

Real-time data, end-to-end digital processes and automation pave the road for a smart and efficient container management
Real-time data, end-to-end digital processes and automation pave the road for a smart and efficient container management

What makes for an efficient and future-oriented container management system, also known as empties management? What should companies look out for when implementing it? Here are the most important factors. Read more

SCM Insights
February 24, 2021

The sense of security we learned from the pandemic

Matching themes: Risk Management

There are three lessons from the pandemic which will help us master future supply chain challenges more efficiently
There are three lessons from the pandemic which will help us master future supply chain challenges more efficiently

Although the global pandemic continues, we should always keep positive mindsets. I am located in Shanghai, China. New local COVID-19 infected people just appeared in Shanghai after several of months of no infections. But people here are not in panic after experiencing the pandemic ‘war’ last year. Instead we are full of a sense of security resulting from three aspects – SPEED, PROCESS, and SOVEREIGNTY.

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SCM Insights
February 16, 2021

Finance Portal: how to harmonize e-invoicing, dunning and inquiries

Matching themes: e-invoicing, Purchase to Pay

The SupplyOn Finance Portal boosts the transparency and efficiency of invoice processes, while at the same time improving service levels
The SupplyOn Finance Portal boosts the transparency and efficiency of invoice processes, while at the same time improving service levels

Paper invoices are still common with some suppliers. But paper-based invoice processes are not only inefficient as the information needs to be keyed in again in the customer system. Moreover, they are also prone to errors, due to typos or missing information.

Why you need to move beyond plain digitized invoices Read more

SCM Insights
February 11, 2021

No more out of supply: how capacity management builds resiliency into supply chains

Matching themes: analytics, capacity management, production planning, Production-to-Supply, Risk Management, security of supply, VUCA

With capacity management, businesses can safeguard their production by identifying looming supply bottlenecks months ahead and start to mitigate well in advance
With capacity management, businesses can safeguard their production by identifying looming supply bottlenecks months ahead and start to mitigate well in advance

“High demand, low supply”: what a nightmare for supply chain managers. And this doesn’t just happen in boom times. In economically uncertain phases, too, supply bottlenecks are more than painful for businesses. This can currently be witnessed for the microchip shortage the automotive industry (among others) is battling with.

Thus, it is all the more important to safeguard production by having a sophisticated capacity management system for critical components in place. But what does this mean in practice? What is the difference to conventional demand collaboration with suppliers? And which aspects do manufacturers need to consider? Read more

SCM Insights
February 4, 2021

Pizza Trackers and Control Towers

Matching themes: analytics, control tower, visibility

Don't deliver cold pizzas with your old system. Gain control over your supply chain with a Control Tower
Don’t deliver cold pizzas with your old system. Gain control over your supply chain with a Control Tower

Does anyone else remember in 2008 when Domino’s came out with the Pizza Tracker? You could order a pizza and watch as is it moved from order, to being cooked, to being put in a box and ultimately delivered. It was fun and informative for the customer to follow the pizza’s journey to your doorstep. This was mainly done on a desktop computer since Smartphone apps were in their infancy.

What does a Pizza Tracker have in common with a Control Tower? Read more

Use Cases
February 2, 2021

Leonardo advances its supplier collaboration with AirSupply

Matching themes: aerospace, AirSupply, supplier collaboration

Leonardo enhanced its supplier collaboration with AirSupply, increasing transparency, traceability and responsiveness throughout the supply chain and improving inventory control
Leonardo enhanced its supplier collaboration with AirSupply, increasing transparency, traceability and responsiveness throughout the supply chain and boosting inventory control

Leonardo, a major aerospace, defence and security company, wanted to harmonize and improve the digital collaboration with its suppliers throughout the group. By implementing AirSupply, Leonardo benefits group-wide from efficient electronic processes that increase transparency, traceability and responsiveness throughout its supply chain and improve inventory control. Read more

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