Technology is an essential element of tying together the supply base to achieve world-class performance. This 10-page document covers the standard, as in EDI/XML data exchange, and the latest supply base technologies, including web-based software that boosts supply base performance. Discussion includes which leading companies use what software to link suppliers to manufacturers up-to-the-minute. Another technology explained is radiofrequency tagging to track trailers and containers that boost productivity and early return on investment.
KEY TOPIC AREAS
Electronic communication systems
Systems integration and software
· Target key suppliers first when implementing EDI/XML data exchange communications.
A leading logistics company carefully selects which suppliers it communicates with via EDI/XML standards. Suppliers using EDI/XML-encoded data usually provide large volume transactions and generally have more sophisticated operations. Currently, the company believes it is only worthwhile to pursue this electronic link with larger suppliers whose products can easily fit into the EDI/XML data exchange scheme and standardized computer fields. Even in EDI/XML data exchange communication, the company allows for some flexibility in standardization.