SupplyOn Rail Industry Council: The railway community


The driving forces behind the digitalization of the rail industry's supply chain: Bombardier, Faiveley, SBB and Siemens together with SupplyOn

The driving forces behind the digitalization of the rail industry’s supply chain: Bombardier, Faiveley, SBB and Siemens together with SupplyOn

SupplyOn has always made collaboration a top priority. But this includes much more than partnerships between companies and their suppliers. The concept of community is also a key element for these alliances. We develop solutions not just for an industry, but also together with the industry.

As part of this commitment, we created the Rail Industry Council last year. Its main objective is Continue reading

Digitalization in procurement – the eighth BME e-solution conference in Düsseldorf


At the BME e-solution conference, Newtron and SupplyOn presented their solutions together for the first time

At the BME e-solution conference, Newtron and SupplyOn presented their solutions together for the first time

On March 14 and 15, 2017, the eighth e-solution conference sponsored by the German Association for Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics (BME) was held in Düsseldorf. This event is one of the largest gatherings for e-procurement and e-sourcing in the German-speaking world. Continue reading

Supply chain excellence: Digitalization is a long way off for aerospace SMEs


 

 The Supply Chain Excellence Initiative is committed to a stronger networking of the German aerospace industry in order to increase its global competitiveness.

The Supply Chain Excellence Initiative is committed to a stronger networking of the German aerospace industry in order to increase its global competitiveness.

150 people attended the fourth “Supply Chain Excellence” forum that was held in Gilching on March 9, 2017. It was certainly the right location – close to the German Aerospace Center and the special operations airport in Oberpfaffenhofen. The forum was organized by bavAIRia e.V., which joined together with other regional aviation associations and clusters, the German Aerospace Industries Association, partners from industry, and SPACE Deutschland to form the Initiative Supply Chain Excellence (SCE). Continue reading

The Internet of Things is becoming intelligent and collaborative


Ranks among the leading conferences on the Internet of Things (IoT): The Bosch Connected World in Berlin

Ranks among the leading conferences on the Internet of Things (IoT): The Bosch Connected World in Berlin

Artificial intelligence is the topic of the hour. This was not any different at Bosch Connected World. Nearly 3,000 IoT enthusiasts talked about business models and innovations relating to the Internet of Things in Berlin on March 15 and 16, 2017. The top three topics were artificial intelligence, automation and openness. Continue reading

Three steps to digital service procurement


A lot of potential in the procurement of services remains untapped, but it can be leveraged if the procurement process is completely digitalized

A lot of potential in the procurement of services remains untapped. It can be leveraged if the procurement process is completely digitalized

At many companies, the procurement of services – either on the basis of an e-catalog or via a free-text order – is still characterized by many inconsistencies. Internal ERP systems often support demand analysis and the approval process by the manager who oversees the budget in the SRM system. But there is often a discrepancy between the content of the order request from what should actually be ordered. In practice, the offer is often sent to the requisitioner by the service provider in an e-mail message or as a paper document – and then not included in the order request. Why does this happen? Because adding all the individual items from the offer to the order request involves a lot of work for the requisitioner. And he tries to avoid this effort.

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Productivity and efficiency remain key challenges for the aerospace industry


The 16th Annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) Event on Feb 14-16, 2017 centered around how to achieve a competitive edge.

The 16th Annual Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) Event on Feb 14-16, 2017 centered around how to achieve a competitive edge.

With a focus on implementing technology and innovation, the 16th Annual PNAA Conference in Lynnwood, Washington, featured more than 600 participants and over 350 companies from 10 countries addressing global developments and regional concerns of the aerospace supply chain. Continue reading

Industry 4.0: an evolution, not a revolution


Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister of Economics and patron of the Supply Chain Excellence Initiative, opened the event "Industry 4.0 in aerospace"

Brigitte Zypries, German Economics Minister and patron of the Supply Chain Excellence Initiative, opened the event “Industry 4.0 in aerospace”

“Get IoTized” – this was not the official motto of the conference held by the Competence Center Aerospace (CCA) in Kassel, Germany, on February 28, 2017, but it appeared to be the leitmotif of all the presentations at the event. This began as early as the welcome by German Economics Minister Brigitte Zypries, who is, among other things, a strong advocate for the expansion of broadband networks particularly in industrial parks in rural areas of the country to create a technical foundation there for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. Continue reading

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