In today’s business environment, OEMs no longer compete as autonomous corporations. They actually compete in terms of their integrated supply chains. Customers are seeking customization, rapid response and excellent service. Therefore, it is essential for both OEMs and their suppliers to synchronize their activities.
To achieve synchronization, manufacturers are embracing the
concept of an extended enterprise, including the manufacturing
company, its customers and suppliers. This approach stresses
the importance of both collaboration and shared business
processes between enterprises. Also, it considers the full
product life cycle, beginning with product development and
ending with after-market support.
An integrated supply chain provides the foundation for a lean
enterprise. It will optimize the application of resources across
the supply chain. It substitutes information for inventory.
We offer three principle areas of supply chain expertise, which are described
in subsequent pages:
Supply Chain Optimization
For additional information see the white
“Synchronizing the Supply Chain”.