Companies committed to implementing optimal operational processes are rapidly adopting the principles of demand-driven manufacturing. The drivers behind this movement include cutting costs, lowering risks, reducing cycle times, and increasing the ability to adjust quickly when circumstances dictate.
Achieving these goals requires visibility—the ability to see what is taking place from one end of the supply chain to the other. This visibility must cover all key nodes in the supply chain, including third parties such as suppliers, distributors, and retailers (in addition to all key internal supply-chain participants.)
In short, manufacturers need to know what is received from suppliers. They must be able to track such shipments through the entire set of processes, from billing through customer shipment, including order location, the status of a customer’s order, acceptance, and plan for ultimate shipment.
This level of total visibility requires access to real-time replenishment data across a manufacturer’s entire supply chain; this heightened level of visibility is known as End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility (E2ESCV).
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A hallmark of Ultriva’s Lean Suite is its provision of E2ESCV to manufacturers and the companies participating up and down the supply chains. Without solutions that deliver the E2ESCV-based insights provided by Lean Suite, achieving multi-enterprise collaboration in a demand-driven environment is an impossible goal.
By providing visibility into an unlimited number of replenishment loops, Lean Suite represents a foundational element for achieving E2ESCV in any supply chain. Lean Suite successfully addresses the supply-chain visibility challenges faced by manufacturers moving to a demand-based planning and production model.
Managers using Lean Suite E2ESCV capabilities get browser-based access to:
The Ultriva Lean Suite is primarily made up of four modules: Collaborative Supply Portal, Lean Factory Management, Collaborative Demand Portal, and the Inventory Optimization Tool.
Featuring Electronic Kanban and the Collaborative Supply Portal.
An important element of many companies’ lean initiative has been the implementation of pull-based material replenishment systems, often referred to as Kanban.
Easier said than done. See more in our blog post: "Reducing Supply Chain Costs Starts With Supply Chain Visibility"
Ultriva Lean Suite provides a foundation for multi-enterprise, multi-tier, end-to-end 100% process visibility. Adopting Lean Suite yields significant supply chain benefits.