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We recently published a newsletter which includes complimentary access to a Gartner research report titled "Multitier Supply Chain Visibility Improves Supply Chain Relationships and Reduces Risk" (R. Barger, M. North Rizza, B. Kraus, 12 August 2011). https://blog.kinaxis.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/BeyondSCVisibility-184x150.png

 

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

 

A tactical exchange of data node-by-node through the global supply chain is no longer sufficient to achieve effective 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 the newsletter:

  • Gartner's analysis on how leading organizations are undertaking collaborative initiatives with their suppliers and technology providers to obtain near-real-time visibility for functional stakeholders
  • Kinaxis' view on what's required for brand owners to gain supply chain coordination by planning and collaborating across multiple tiers of the global supply chain
  • Agilent's story on how they used RapidResponse to establish a virtual, vertical supply chain

 

Download the newsletter here (available for a limited time)



Originally posted by Smith Lori at http://blog.kinaxis.com/2012/05/multitier-supply-chain-visibility-and-orchestration-agilent-case-study/

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