Supply Chain Management has evolved into
one of the key strategic operations within
every successful manufacturing company
today. Establishing strong and effective
supplier relationships to deliver quality
products on time at the right price has
a direct impact on sustaining profitable
and consistent performance. FlexGen 4
– SCM provides the application services
used to establish suppliers, monitor their
performance, execute the buy plan and
assure that the enterprise is receiving
full value and fulfillment from its supply
Chain Management includes the following
Planning / Scheduling
The foundation of a solid Supply Chain Management system is
based on an accurate and efficient Planning and Execution
capability to support materials procurement. Fed through the
FlexGen 4 - ERP system, a comprehensive and time phased
materials plan is electronically delivered to your procurement
group charged with managing suppliers and executing the
delivery schedule. Many automated planning and monitoring
tools are available to track supplier performance and delivery
including quality assessment and budget control. FlexGen 4 -
SCM also provides complete outplant tracking of services and
parts through local suppliers and foreign.
Apart from the formal Materials Plan, FlexGen 4 - SCM offers
electronic requisitions to manage miscellaneous purchases.
Buyer requisitions can be reviewed and approved on-line
by management and include procurement limits, supplier
recommendations and tracking through to delivery, easing
the administrative effort required. Full financial reporting and
control is automatically built into each requisition assuring
accurate and timely accounting of each transaction.
A key function of your procurement group is the effective
management of price negotiations and delivery across
the entire supply chain. FlexGen 4 - SCM streamlines this
process through a web portal uniquely designed to feed
suppliers with future parts planning and scheduling requirements to quote pricing and delivery. By entering sourcing
information on-line, suppliers can provide real-time information to procurement which results in effective cost control
and supplier performance. Importantly, changes to the
procurement plan can be announced electronically, keeping
the supply chain fully informed at all times.
The typical Supply Chain Management process is dynamic,
ever changing and a challenge to administrate. FlexGen 4 -SCM
provides a set of applications tools through it's Supplier Call
Center enironment used to track conversations, commitments,
schedule changes and follow up. With on-line tools to manage
and review all transactions across the supply chain, execution
and performance becomes the norm. Electronic communications
with suppliers, coupled with call management, assures that your
procurement process will be optimized.
/ Contract Administration
With FlexGen 4 - SCM, Procurement and Contract negotiations are where the
Materials Plan is put into action. Based on the time phased material requirements
generated, purchasing is able to establish the complete materials acquisition
process for components, sub-assemblies and services sourced through the supply
chain. Suppliers are constantly monitored and evaluated based on fulfillment,
quality and on-time delivery.
For suppliers involved in providing highly technical or sophisticated parts and services, a management process is required
to control non conforming or out of conformance materials.
FlexGen 4 - SCM provides the applications needed to manage
any item that needs corrective action to fix, replace or substitute
new parts when quality standards or specifications are not
met by the supplier. Electronic review and approval of all
corrrective actions keeps management and individual suppliers
in sync with pending resolutions and scheduling disruptions
when they occur. Quality also collects corrective action
information to include in the performance assesment of
Supplier Relationship Management allows you to keep focused on the Supplier
component of the supply chain. As companies continue to scale back the number
of key suppliers they rely upon, the ability to monitor, collaborate and
measure their on-going performance becomes critical. FlexGen 4 - SCM allows
you to establish formal review and auditing procedures for each supplier
assuring open communications, immediate problem resolution and high retention
of key suppliers.
Review / Certification
Reviewing the performance of each supplier on a periodic
basis can assure that underperforming suppliers are identified
and administered more closely. FlexGen 4 - SCM has a
supplier assessment process which can lead to high performers
receiving formal certification, resulting in streamlined procurement
and reduced administrative costs within the supply chain. QA
can reduce the inspection and review process speeding parts
on to production and eliminating waste. Delivery, Quality, Compliance and general business proficiency all play in to the formal
certification process behind any supplier approved. Formal
compliance documents can be automatically forwarded to any
supplier keeping them informed at all times of their status.
For high technology products, detailed specifications, drawings,
and videos are often required to clearly profile selected parts
being procured. Your design engineers and quality assurance
managers can electronically forward a wide range of information to the supply chain as a support service to procurement.
This means that suppliers will have the critical information need
ed to supply parts exactly as designed, on time and on budget.
FlexGen 4 - SCM with it's Electronic Documents manager is a
key business process enhancing the overall supply chain.
Quality Assurance plays a strategic role in developing many of the standards
and practices imposed upon the supply chain. FlexGen 4 - SCM allows you to
develop formal documentation, receiving procedures and quality analysis of
incoming materials, guaranteeing that only 100% useable parts get transacted.
All forms of statistical analysis can be implemented, streamlining the QA
review process and expediting parts to production, saving time and administrative
FlexGen 4 - SCM offers a full complient of customizable forms
to support the entire supply chain management process. Electronic versions including PDF's of Purchase Orders, Requisitions,
Corrective Action Forms among others are available. On-line
forms over the web can be used to import supplier pricing and
delivery schedules in conjuction with RFQ management. Real
time, accurate information streamlines administration and reduces
procurement waste and inefficiency.
The FlexGen 4 - AFA Accounts Payable system
allows for easy management of all aspects
of cash disbursements. All supplier invoices
are managed against terms and integrated
with receiving data to assure payment only
for goods received and accepted. Flexible
payment schedules and selection of invoices
due for payment make managing cash disbursements,
with full simulation capabilities, a vital
part of the cash utilization process.
Support Services - SCM
To make sound decisions about suppliers, process and performance, requires accurate and timely information about all the
key events surrounding your supply chain. FlexGen 4 - SCM
coupled with Quality Assurance generates a vast array of
performance metrics used to track and monitor supplier and
procurements performance over time. Key Performace Indicators concerning on-time deliveries, quality failures, certifica-
tion and non compliance all come together to support the management process and evaluation of suppliers and buyers.
Negative trends are monitored, schedule disruptions are
reviewed and underperforming suppliers are identified for
corrective action. Optimum supply chain performance is a
requirement for every profitable manufacturing company.
Web Services Portal
Providing suppliers with material requirements, documentation,
schedules and changes, are a time consuming management
process. With FlexGen 4 - SCM a variety of application services
are provided over the web, through a unique Supplier Services
Web Portal. Secure and always available to suppliers, the
web portal is where suppliers can go to update planning and
delivery schedules, price changes, download specifications
or review their supplier performance on-line. This allows for
an efficient supplier relationship and minimal surprises from
your key business partners - your supply chain.