Moving Beyond Supply Chain Visibility to Multi-Enterprise Orchestration: Virtual Vertical Integration & Supplier Collaboration Combined

By Kinaxis

The loss of supply chain visibility as a result of outsourcing manufacturing operations is of real concern to OEMs. But it's the subsequent loss of control over the coordination of activities across the multi-tier supply chain that is creating the most risk and chaos for brand owners.

A tactical exchange of data node-by-node through the global supply chain is no longer sufficient to achieve true collaboration between brand owners and suppliers in today's volatile business environment. What is required is a holistic, end-to-end supply chain planning and response management system, where everyone can understand the consequences of decisions up and down the supply chain.

Case in point, Agilent.

Agilent undertook a supply chain improvement program which included the creation of a vertically integrated planning process that consolidates all of its different MRP and those of its contract manufacturers, to create a single plan (via BOM integration) with minimal data latency. RapidResponse is the foundational platform that merges all the information systems and provides the supporting capabilities to create and manage a single vertical supply chain.

In this paper, learn:
  • What’s required for OEMs to regain supply chain control by being able to plan and collaborate across multiple tiers of the global supply chain
  • How Agilent used RapidResponse to establish a vertically integrated planning process
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