How you communicate demand signals to your supply base determines how responsive they can be to variations and fluctuations in demand.
Why Demand Collaboration?
Aligning supply with demand is a critical competence for manufacturing. Compiling demand and analyzing capacity to deliver a mix of make-to-order, engineer-to-order and procure-to-order parts requires communicating targeted information to specific trading partners. Failure to meet demand efficiently lowers your profit margins; and impedes your growth. Sharing spreadsheets works, but it is cumbersome and lacks integration.
How Can TAKE Solutions Help?
TAKE’s Demand Collaborator integrates forecast sharing processes with your enterprise systems to automate forecast dissemination and commitment collection. Suppliers have a bucketed view of demand from Material Requirements Planning (MRP) systems that allows them to commit to your plan. The commitment data is instantly and continuously available to internal customers and other systems.
Integration allows the next step, execution of the plan. TAKE’s Demand Collaboration solution can automatically find open blanket agreements and allow suppliers to auto-generate a release against the plan. This timesaving step allows buyers to focus on work that is more critical. Alerts and notifications from the rules engine keep oversight in place and allow exception management to be the norm.
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