What is Supply Chain Control Tower

A control tower in the airport is used to provide visual control of all the incoming and outgoing flights. Though computers and monitors provide all the necessary data for managing the flight traffic, controllers still prefer to look through the glass walls of the control tower and make necessary decisions. A control tower in the Supply chain gives the same advantage of an airport control tower. It provides visual inputs for all the supply chain traffic for a company and [...]

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Flows in Supply Chain Management

There are various expressions to define supply chain management. The best one will be Supply Chain Management is a total systematic approach to manage flow of Information, material and money between Suppliers and Customers . Let us look at each of these flows in detail and also see how effectively used in companies.   Information Flow Request for Quotation, Purchase order, Monthly schedules, Engineering Change Requests, Quality complaints, Reports on supplier performance flows from Customer side to Supplier. From supplier side to Customer, [...]

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Control Tower in Supply Chain

Control Towers are the central management function in a Supply Chain. It is a combination of System, Process and People that manages and guides the entire supply chain. Control Tower Operations It provides a central one view for all the trading partners in the supply chain. Customers Suppliers Logistics Providers Warehouse opertaors all of them on the same page with a single source of supply chain truth     Analytics and Dashboard in Supply Chain A dashboard is a key component of a supply chain control tower. It provides a bird’s [...]

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Supply Chain Collaboration Explained

Collaboration Areas There are many areas of collaboration in Supply Chain. Below are common areas that needs collaboration Purchase Orders Shipments/Receipts Inventory/ Forecast Invoice/Payments       Purchase Order Collaboration Typical scenarios that need supply chain collaboration in purchasing are Small group of Strategic suppliers – Mostly 75-300 suppliers. Most of the items are single or dual sourced Frequent small volume purchase orders to the same suppliers. Generally, 2-3 purchase orders for the same items to the same suppliers every month Frequent Revisions to Purchase orders – Expedite, Delay or Cancel. This [...]

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FDA Product Tracing Requirements and Impact to Supply Chain

Drug and Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through its Drug and Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) has stipulated product level tracing requirements. These requirements are applicable to Pharmaceutical Supply Chain companies including Manufacturers, Distributors, Re-packagers, 3PL providers. Dispenser, Manufacturer, Re-packager, 3PL, Wholesale distributor. The main benefit of this act is that quarantine and recall become easy with the trace-ability. This act requires all companies within Pharmaceutical supply chain to develop an electronic system designed to increase trace-ability [...]

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Supply Chain Integration as a Service

Supply Chain Integration Our previous blog on Supply chain Integration, Visibility and Collaboration explained how an Integrated supply chain achieves efficiency using connected systems. The next questions will be how this integration can be achieved.   B2B Integration Modern Workplace with Laptop Showing Landing Page in Doodle Design Style with Text B2B – Business to Business. Toned Image with Selective Focus. 3d Render. Integrating various systems in the supply chain will need one of the electronic Integration method to be used. The most popular method [...]

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Supply Chain – Integration, Visibility and Collaboration

Supply Chain Integration leads to Visibility and Visibility leads to Collaboration. Collaboration leads to success. Let us try to define each of these components and see how they play together in a supply chain. Supply Chain Integration Integration in a Supply chain is the process of bringing together People, Systems and Process into one common platform. Integration is the starting point in a collaborative supply chain. Let us consider the nodes in a supply chain. A supply chain has the typical [...]

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How to Extend ERP to Supply Chain

ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is an In-house system that sits behind the company firewall. All the core data needed for the day to day operation of the company lives in this system. Supply chain is traditionally outside the company’s firewall. All external trading partners and suppliers are part of the supply chain. So, there is a clear disconnect here. All the vital data needed for the effective supply chain operation is not available for the external supply chain. Integrated Supply Chain and [...]

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Inventory Visibility in Contract Manufacturing

Contract Manufacturing on the Mechanism of Metal Gears. Contract Manufacturing is being widely adopted in industries nowadays. It was very popular in electronic industries. Everyone knows that Apple manufacturers most of its products with its contract Manufacturers. While Research and Development is done by the product owners, manufacturing execution is outsourced to contract manufacturers.   Contract Manufacturing can be of two major types Consignment or Turnkey manufacturing. In Consignment manufacturing, all necessary material is procured by the product company and delivered to the [...]

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Why Forecasting is a Valuable Tool in a Supply Chain

Forecasts are future view Senior business man searching new opportunities for his company Forecasts are very important information in Supply chain. They tell everyone what to expect in the short and long future. But the key to the usefulness of information is only when it is shared. Shared with the right person at the right time.         How does supply chain uses Forecast As the name says, Supply Chain is a chain. There are links in the front and links in the back. Customers [...]

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