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What can you do to overcome supply chain obstacles?

Throughout manufacturing’s history, there has always been a need for well-oiled synchronization between suppliers, external manufacturers, co-packers, and other business partners alike. Today, organizations must pay close attention to supplier selection challenges, sourcing and planning disconnects, and global supply chain visibility.

Join your hosts as they guide us through the steps that organizations can take right now to achieve faster time to market, improved on-time and in-full performance, and better inventory turns.

Your Hosts

Falko Feldchen

Falko Feldchen

Falko is a supply chain management evangelist at SAP. He uses his 20 years of industry experience to help companies bring their collaborative planning, procurement, and execution strategies to the next level.

Jan-Hendrik Stricker

Jan-Hendrik Stricker

Jan-Hendrik is an experienced procurement and supply chain professional who helps customers make their business transformation successful and meaningful. Jan takes pride in being a customer advocate and an evangelist for the SAP vision of the Intelligent Enterprise.

The Podcast

After listening to an episode, look for some companion content in the related resources section below.

Episode 1 – Disruption by Any Other Name

The challenges and basic models of manufacturing haven’t changed since the division of labor occurred in early history. Listen in to hear why disruption is here to stay and what you can do about it.

Episode 2 – Clarity Is King: The Case for Giving Trading Partners Visibility into Your Demand

What does it really take to mitigate (or potentially avoid) supply chain disruptions and ensure continuity? Listen in to learn why clarity is critical, how to get full visibility into your suppliers’ ability to deliver, and why you need to give as good as you get.

Episode 3 – Encourage Suppliers to Share Their Capacity

Listen to this episode to discover how you can encourage suppliers to share their commitment to your real-time demand without blocking the capacity they need to serve other customers.

Episode 4 – Smart Supplier Collaboration

Tune in to a discussion about the importance of simplifying the way you collaborate with suppliers, so your category managers are free to carry out higher-value tasks. You’ll discover what it means to communicate smarter, not harder; and tips for finding the right collaboration tool for your organization.

Episode 5 – How to Help Your Suppliers Manage Demand Risk

Let's discuss how you can help your suppliers manage their demand risk, why it’s essential that you provide them with frequent and updated forecasts, and how to move toward a more stable supply.

Episode 6 – How to Evaluate and Manage Supplier Risk

How are your suppliers and supply chain doing? Can they deliver the parts or ingredients you need to avoid shortages? In Episode 6, we discuss how you can quickly check in with suppliers, gauge their ability to meet demand, and learn what help they need – if any – to keep your supply chain intact.

Episode 7 - Supplier Collaboration in the Automotive Industry

As the automotive industry faces tremendous change – including intrinsic industry trends such as the electric vehicle and the global COVID-19 pandemic – supplier collaboration must be flexible and innovative. Tune in to hear our guest co-host, Lisa Gonzalez Smith, discuss these trends and their subsequent impact on supplier collaboration. Lisa – a seasoned source to pay executive with more than 30 years in global automotive procurement at Ford and Toyota – explains the pursuit of common collaboration objectives based on mutual trust, and the technologies that are required to support it.

Episode 8 - Collaborating With Suppliers to Drive Positive Social Impacts

As we become more aware of the effect our company policies and products have on society and the environment, it’s important to understand the roles played by our supplier networks and supply chain collaboration processes.

Listen to this podcast as our guest co-host Robert Casamento, president and chief product officer of Givewith, shares his insights on how program priorities and supplier collaboration can have a positive effect on your social impact initiatives while elevating the strategic contributions you make to your business.

Related Resources

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Nine Practical Steps You Can Take to Improve Supply Chain Collaboration Right Now

This white paper is a great companion to episode 1. Download it now to learn how to use collaborative solutions to keep your supply chain moving in times of uncertainty.

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Direct Material Procurement – 2020 Customer Success Story Highlights

After listening to episode 2, review this replay from Procurement Reimagined, a new virtual event from SAP, to learn how leading organizations can successfully transform the way they handle sourcing, direct spend, and supplier collaboration.

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Realizing Value with an Intelligent Enterprise Transformation at Stryker

Listen to episode 3, and then review this webinar replay to discover how Stryker, a Fortune 500 medical equipment provider, optimized planning and inventory replenishment by collaborating with internal and external manufacturers, suppliers, and other trading partners.

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Digitize and optimize supplier collaboration

As a companion to episode 4, this webinar replay shares how Danish manufacturer VELUX digitized, integrated, and optimized supplier collaboration to achieve measurable process improvements, reliable delivery dates, and significant time savings.

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Related Solutions

Solutions for Direct Spend

Connect the people, partners, processes, and information needed to manage all design-to-deliver activities in a simple, smart, and open way.

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Supply Chain Collaboration

Find out how SAP and Ariba Network make it easier to work with direct materials suppliers, improve visibility, and minimize risks.

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