Originally published by Proxima
It’s not often that a story about new supply chain management software becomes a feature in a publication as respected as The Wall Street Journal. For that to happen, the deployment of said software has to represent something much more significant or herald a trend of highly compelling proportions.
This month, the news from manufacturing specialist Flextronics fits that bill.
According to the WSJ, the provider of parts to the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Ford and many more has designed and rolled out a new software program that allows for greater control of the company’s 14,000 global suppliers. Here’s the unique part – the software actually decentralizes the supplier management process and puts data and critical information into the hands of local managers across the globe so they can make appropriate decisions as it relates to the company’s supplier base. Essentially, the company is offering visibility of supply chain data across the company so decisions can be made quickly region-by-region, especially in the aftermath of an unexpected event.
We have consistently talked about the importance of providing key decision makers in the organization with a holistic view of supplier information. This is exactly what Flextronics has done. Anyone in the company no matter where they are in the world can access information about suppliers and inventories. They can even see live video feeds of production facilities.