Challenges and Solutions
Factory production management is an area of Global Sourcing that enables you and your vendors to accomplish remarkable value-add program that drive efficiency and savings. According to a 2015 Aberdeen Group survey, only 9% of manufacturers do not utilize an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. But ERP systems contain enormous amounts of proprietary data like product costing, margins and revenue, supplier performance and more; therefore you don’t want to open up your ERP to your supplier base. Instead, a production management solution with tight integration to the ERP and PDM/PLM systems is ideal.
Amber Road Production Management establishes visibility into outsourced production and improves factory compliance to increase supply certainty and enable advanced product flow directly from source to end-customer. The solution increases the efficiency and agility of supply chains by improving on-time delivery and better aligning supply to the latest demand patterns, often saving millions of dollars by delaying final orders. It makes major initiatives such as DC bypass and cross-docking significantly easier to execute, pulling real-time factory transaction data to offer visibility into detailed in-production status. Suppliers are supported with a solution that meets increasingly complex packing and labeling requirements and creates a competitive advantage though centralized control in the cloud.
Our Product Management solution provides the ability to:
- Improve operational productivity by consolidating order data and streamlining all functional areas across the entire sourcing ecosystem;
- Reduce risks, costs, errors and delays in the production process;
- Generate necessary shipment documents (ASN, Packing List, and Invoice) within the platform to reduce re-keying and transfer data efficiently;
- Integrate with major ERP systems like SAP and Oracle for seamless order management.
Supply Chain Collaboration
Today, supply chain collaboration between buyers and their overseas vendors is usually conducted with an unending merry-go-round of Excel documents, emails, last minute changes and zero visibility into the real-time status of orders and shipments.
We change that by providing a cloud-based platform that all parties access across the supply chain.
"With Amber Road's cloud-based platform, we improved our supplier and partner collaboration across all phases of the design-to-delivery process, which helped reduce costs, shorten cycle times, and increase supply chain flexibility.”
Vice President, Supply Chain Planning and Operations