According to the Twentyman, “Many manufacturers, supply chain collaboration is stuck in the dark ages. When it comes to ordering materials and components, managing inventory levels, or organizing the delivery of finished goods to customers, companies are forced continually to chase business partners – mostly suppliers, logistics companies and retailers – via a messy stream of emails, phone calls and even faxes.”
CareFusion, a company that has already made the move to the cloud for its supply chain collaboration processes, is a San-Diego based medical technologies specialist. It uses a SaaS platform from Ultriva to do business with its partners via a supply chain portal, according to Scott Harvey, vice-president of operations in the respiratory technologies division.
Harvey explained, “One of the main things for us was the low cost barrier for bringing partners on board. When you start talking to suppliers about establishing a supply chain portal, you can see the question on their faces, ‘What’s this going to cost me?’ But all they need is a computer with internet access. It immediately gets rid of a significant barrier to supply chain collaboration.”
Ultriva, based in Silicon Valley, has also eliminated significant bottlenecks in CareFusion’s supply chain. Suppliers can print product labels directly from the system and, because it uses the same data, CareFusion can scan and log incoming deliveries of materials more quickly. This process used to take five or six hours a day, mentioned Harvey, now it takes one hour.
Ultriva’s (www.ultriva.com) cloud-based platform leverages and seamlessly integrates with leading ERP and MRP systems, to deliver an end to end pull based replenishment solution. Ultriva, based in Cupertino, CA, implements a global demand driven manufacturing model by providing full visibility, scheduling, and sequencing of production of customer orders. Ultriva was named one of the Great Supply Chain Projects of 2014 by Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine. The company’s global footprint is increasing rapidly with implementations in wide variety of industry sectors and enterprises such as Magellan Aerospace, CareFusion, Emerson, Ingersoll Rand, McKesson, Triumph Group, Regal Beloit, Thermo Fisher and more. Follow Ultriva on Twitter at @Ultriva.