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The 7 Pillars of Successful Supply Chain Integration

Faster time-to-market and more flexibility through lean cooperation are how supply chains get ahead today. Jan-Mark Maas writes that lowest possible price is no longer the most critical factor, and he comes up with seven elements to better integrating your supply chain:

  1. Clear vision
  2. Commitment from senior management
  3. Urgency for change
  4. Share transparent information
  5. Distribution of benefit
  6. Start simple.
  7. The cloud

About sharing information, Maas says you should be bold enough to share a weekly materials forecast so that suppliers can manage their resources accordingly. Distribution of benefit likewise means providing a transparent overview of supplier performance, so that it can be seen how robust the supply chain as a whole is. This will lead to quicker invoice payments. But you want to start simple, as Maas says, by selecting maybe just a couple big suppliers. The rest will grow out of that. The cloud is inviting supply chains to use software as a service for their needs, which has the added benefit of allowing multiple groups to view data in real-time. For more elaboration on each of these points, you can read the full article here:

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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