Extending ERP to the Supply Chain

    ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is an in-house system that sits behind the company firewall which houses all the core data needed for the day to day operation of the company. In most supply chains, the data, external trading partners, and the data is outside of this firewall. This disconnect means all the vital data isn’t readily available when it’s needed.. Integrated Supply Chain and Visibility Connecting the in-house ERP system to the external supply chain creates the perfect integrated supply chain. [...]

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A Guide to Electronic Kanban (E-Kanban)

  Problems With Traditional Inventory System (MRP) In a traditional inventory system, materials are restocked when inventory runs low. While this may work in an optimal situation, any minor errors can lead to massive delays and bottlenecks down the line. In addition, heavy reliance is placed on manual checking and reordering of inventory levels, which means that by switching to an electronic system, valuable employee time could be saved   What is Kanban? Kanban is a Just in Time (JIT) concept where orders for [...]

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Handling High Order Volume Using EDI

As order volume increases, business need to work with more suppliers and vendors to meet their increasing demand. This is especially true today, when each supplier has their own unique data management system. Having to manually enter data that matches with each supplier is not only incredibly inefficient, but is also prone to errors due to typos, etc.   How EDI Can Benefit Your Business Once businesses begin to grow, they have to deal with increasing numbers of proprietary data systems. [...]

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EDI Transaction Sets

An EDI transaction set is a standardized document that business use to communicate. Any EDI set needs to adhere to a set of rules, put in place by the ANSI X12. For example, EDI 810 is a set that covers invoices being sent and received. Using a Transaction Set To fully utilize an EDI transaction set, it has to be translated from computer code into human readable information. From here, the report is either sent to the company’s ERP system for [...]

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Why Companies Need a Vendor Portal

A vendor, or supplier portal, is an interface in which suppliers and other members of the supply chain can easily communicate between each other. A few of the benefits gained by introducing a vendor portal include:   Broader Supplier Enablement A comprehensive portal enables suppliers to automate routine supply chain execution transactions including purchase orders, ship notices and commercial invoices. Although EDI (electronic data integration) can achieve many of the same effects, smaller businesses struggle to find the resources, budget and in-house expertise [...]

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Control Towers in a Supply Chain

In any supply chain, there are many moving parts that all need constant and rapid communication to ensure that the system is running smoothly. Warehouses, customers, transportation, and suppliers all need constant updates to factor for unexpected changes, and all information needs to be synced with the company’s ERP system. Problems Within the Supply Chain   In a supply chain without a proper control tower, many problems can arise, including: Suppliers not receiving purchase orders Suppliers not receiving changes to order size [...]

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