Supply chain collaboration

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Supply chain visibility and cooperation goes far beyond mere Order-to-Cash and Procure-To-Pay cycles automation, supported by some kinds of electronic data interchange. 

New product development and operations planning are information interchange-internsive processes. Just a few examples:

  • Drawings and technical specifications
  • Bills of materials and routings
  • Item masters and price lists
  • Procurement and delivery schedules
  • Planning and capacity modifications
  • Order and order acknowledgments
  • Delivery information
  • Receipt notifications
  • Invoices and payment instructions
  • Performance measures

Supply chains are heavily relying on information and visibility: an effective approach to operations can't overlook such a matter of fact. However, a "one size fits all" approach does not work, especially when dealing with supply chain collaboration: customer/supplier relationships, collaborative processes maturity, organisation size and established "rules of the game" need to be carefully understood and evaluated in order to design the right approach to collaborative supply chain management.