Digitalization should not be regarded as an expense but as an investment in the future


On February 14 and 15, around 500 experts discussed the digitalization and smart approaches for automotive logistics

On February 14 and 15, around 500 experts discussed the digitalization and smart approaches for automotive logistics

February 15 saw the conclusion of “Forum Automobillogistik” (Forum Automotive Logistics), a joint event organized by the German Federal Logistics Association (BVL) and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). More than 500 experts and executives from the automotive and logistics industry met in Bremen for two days. The regularly occurring event was hosted by Mercedes-Benz AG, which provided the customer center located at its plant for this purpose. Together with Dr. Joachim Damasky, Managing Director of VDA, Prof. Dr. Wimmer, the Board Chairman of BVL, welcomed the participants under the motto “Smart instead of reactive – on the path to digital dimensions”. Continue reading

Go or no-go? The business case provides the answer


The business case analyzes the extent to which a new supply chain management solution is a worthwhile investment

The business case analyzes the extent to which a new supply chain management solution is a worthwhile investment

Every supply chain project begins with a close check of its economic efficiency. After all, investments in a new solution should not only pay off, but also lead to noticeable cost reductions over the medium and long term. And it is this savings potential that must be determined in advance – precisely, comprehensibly, and with a solid foundation – because without a specific business case, top management will not provide the necessary budget approval. But what exactly are the decisive factors to calculate the success of a SCM solution? Continue reading

Hirschvogel automates its consignment warehouse using SupplyOn


Hirschvogel ensures maximum transparency of its stock level with the help of SupplyOn

Hirschvogel ensures maximum transparency of its stock level with the help of SupplyOn

Consignment warehouses have become trendsetters. But managing them is an extremely complex task and, as volumes rise, economically not viable anymore without digitalized processes. Taking this into account, automotive supplier Hirschvogel recognized the need to automate the processes used for its customer Schaeffler – with the help of SupplyOn. Continue reading

Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) – total transparency in the supply chain


Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) links internal and external information, creating transparency and a stable supply chain in the process

Supply Chain Performance Management (SCPM) links internal and external information, creating transparency and a stable supply chain in the process

Many companies are determined to improve their use of information from individual internal and external IT systems as a way of meeting the challenges of a digital supply chain.

Traditionally, planning, procurement, logistics and transport management have been separate processes. Whereas material planners determine how many parts are needed for production during the manufacturing process and order them while keeping an eye on safety stocks, suppliers use their own systems as do the transport service providers. What is delivered when and in which quantity can usually not be determined until the goods receipt. Continue reading

SupplyOn expands range of solutions with acquisition of newtron


SupplyOn has joined forces with newtron to expand its expertise in indirect procurement

SupplyOn has joined forces with newtron to expand its expertise in indirect procurement

The trend is shifting towards fully integrated purchasing solutions. It doesn’t matter whether you are dealing with direct or indirect materials; all product groups should be procured through a standardized process to ensure that companies can operate as efficiently as possible. The procurement of production materials in the manufacturing industry in particular, however, involves very unique requirements that are not covered by many e-procurement solutions. In meeting these specific demands, SupplyOn solutions truly demonstrate their particular strength. It is not without good reason, that the configurable processes from SupplyOn are considered the benchmark in the manufacturing industry, particularly in the automotive and aerospace industries.

With the acquisition of newtron, SupplyOn is now able to provide proven expertise in indirect purchasing as well. For SupplyOn customers, this means you can now draw on many years of expertise and outstanding solutions in the procurement of non-production materials and catalog goods. Moreover, this considerably expands the global network of suppliers.

The press release on the acquisition of newtron can be found here: SupplyOn acquires newtron and expands its solution portfolio and procurement network

Looking into the Future: Predictive Analytics in Supply Chain Management


Predictice Analytics in Supply Chain Management

Predictive analytics makes the management of supply chains easier and will play an even more important role moving forward.

As a branch of business analytics, predictive analytics is focused on making projections about relevant events in the future. Although not known by this particular term, the discipline itself has long been used to manage supply chains.

The VMI process is a good example of a long-standing predictive analytics approach. When regulating supply using VMI, the customer defines inventory thresholds that suppliers are not allowed to exceed or fall short of over the course of their deliveries. Continue reading

How the 6th Aviation Forum contributed to the digital transformation of the aviation industry


SupplyOn welcomes its new customer Telair at its booth

SupplyOn welcomes its new customer Telair at its booth: Telair President Marko Enderlein with Markus Quicken, CEO SupplyOn

The best comes at the end: This statement again came true for the 6th Aviation Forum in Hamburg, as the last but probably best aerospace event of 2016 opened its doors to more than 600 attendees and about 110 partners, sponsors & contributors on December 6th. This event is one of the key platforms for Airbus and its global suppliers, with industry experts attending panel discussions and sharing insights.  Attendees arriving the evening before had the opportunity to visit Hamburg’s Christkindlmarkt, which allowed for networking even prior to the official start of the event.

The official event started with a factory tour, for which the attendees could choose among the Plant Tour Global Aerospace Logistics at Kuehne + Nagel’s, the Airbus Finkenwerder Factory Tour, Plant Tour MRO of Lufthansa Technik, or a Plant Tour at Diehl Comfort Modules. The author joined the Airbus tour for A320 and A380 production and did not regret it. It was impressive not only to see the assembly of the A380 fuselage, but also the final assembly of A320, with full order books for about eight years. Continue reading

Digitalization of the aerospace supply chain – the dream and the reality


70 percent of respondents in a new study on the digitalization of the aerospace supply chain say they are convinced that digitalization can be advanced only if all parties use the same system. But the reality proves to be different. More than 80 percent of the respondents confirm having to use multiple portals to communicate with customers – and this, even though approximately 90 percent of the respondents were convinced that the multitude of different portals undermined the positive effects of digitalization.

The continued digitalization of the supply chain across all levels – as the study also clearly found – is viewed as being one of the most important measures for mastering the future challenges in the aerospace industry.

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Successful realignment of indirect purchasing: SupplyOn congratulates its customer Bosch on winning the “BME-Innovationspreis 2016”


"BME-Innovationspreis 2016" awarded to Bosch for its innovative approach to indirect purchasing

Indirect purchasing: Robert Bosch GmbH was awarded the “BME-Innovationspreis 2016” for its strategic realignment. Laureates Simon Brandt, Jaroslav Moravek und Jörg Mimmel (all Robert Bosch GmbH, center) rejoice with Horst Wiedmann and Dr. Christoph Feldmann of BME

Robert Bosch GmbH was awarded the “BME-Innovationspreis 2016” for its innovative realignment of indirect purchasing – a step which will further strengthen the company’s long-term competitiveness.

Integrated IT solutions form a key element of this realignment – and SupplyOn has made a decisive contribution in this respect: It is only thanks to the interplay between the in-house IT systems and the integrated purchase to pay solution from SupplyOn that is possible to tie in thousands of service providers and suppliers of indirect material and capital goods to realize a seamless end-to-end process. A key part of the seamless process is the new e-invoicing solution from SupplyOn, whereby central accounting can also be comprehensively incorporated into process and IT integration. Continue reading