As part of the group-wide standardization of production processes, the individual ERP system with a functionally restricted supplier portal was replaced. This was superseded by an SAP system which is linked to the SupplyOn collaboration platform and for the first time allows end-to-end processes with suppliers. The first step involved rolling out the new IT landscape in three selected plants. SupplyOn designed the project in such a way that it would serve as a template for all other Chinese sites too. Large parts of it can even be used for implementation at sites outside China.
Thanks to SupplyOn’s standardized, tool-supported roll-out procedure, 130 suppliers were trained and integrated into the seamless electronic ordering, labeling and invoicing process in just a few months. On the cut-off date – January 1, 2014 – the old system was switched off and the switchover to the new SAP and SupplyOn systems was accomplished successfully.
The new process immediately shows the supplier what parts the customer has booked and which ones are the subject of complaints. The supplier can also view the current stock levels in the customer’s warehouse and enjoys full transparency as regards stock movements.
Thanks to a new invoice approval process, invoices are checked before being submitted. This ensures that the invoices registered for the “Golden Tax” are correct and prevents advance VAT returns having to be canceled again at great effort.