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I’m in Operations/Planning. How Can E2open Help Me?

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As an operations professional, you understand that it takes more than a good work ethic to ensure the right products are consistently making it to the right locations at the right times. Effective orchestration of component/finished goods supply, logistics, inventory, and distribution processes requires a careful combination of good technology and strategic thinking.

At E2open, we understand the challenges associated with achieving operational excellence and have the software and services needed to solve them. Read on to uncover how E2open tackles some of your most pressing issues.

Our trading partners have a static picture of demand.

For companies still relying on legacy software and manual processes, obtaining real-time information—and communicating it to suppliers—is near to impossible. One-to-one phone calls, emails, and faxes are inefficient and error-prone, and create an environment of poor visibility and constant “firefighting.” Suppliers are forced to rely on old estimates and forecasts, and enterprises often find it necessary to maintain costly “buffer stocks” on their books in preparation for unforeseen shifts in demand.

How E2open can help

E2open provides the electronic connectivity required to integrate your enterprise with its top suppliers and partners—giving all parties a consolidated, real-time view into actual demand. This means your partners understand what is expected of them at all times and are able to respond quickly if requirements change. Your enterprise also will have clear visibility into commitments and exceptions back from suppliers, enabling your supply chain, sourcing, and procurement teams to work together to maintain a consistent balance between supply and demand. Access to a constant flow of accurate, timely information across the E2open platform also allows your enterprise to reduce order lead times and buffer inventories for a lower total cost of ownership.

If your company utilizes contract manufacturers or outside service providers, you probably are often surprised by capacity constraints they experience. E2open can provide you the ability to conduct rough-cut capacity planning, so you can simulate the effect of new demands on your partners’ ability to produce. By having material constraint analysis and rough-cut capacity simulations operating together in the same planning model, you can shift demand among partners more intelligently and link those decisions to individual customer orders to make sure your “Clear to Build” instructions actually satisfy real customer demands.

Find out how E2open can help your organization:

  • Gain a consolidated view of customer demand and available supply
  • Ensure demand is aggregated, communicated, and allocated to the correct suppliers in a timely manner
  • Provide “Clear to Build” signals that have been tested against their supply line and capacity capabilities for faster execution alignment

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Our trading partners can’t communicate with one another.

To bring a finished product to an end customer, most enterprises leverage the skills and resources of tens to hundreds of different external partners. Without the ability to collaborate with one another, partners that are supposed to be working together to bring a product to market remain “blind” to the operations and potential disruptions occurring at one another’s sites. What limited communication does occur is carried out via manual methods such as email, fax, and telephone—all of which are slow, resource-intensive, and error-prone.

How E2open can help

Effective communication across external partners is crucial to optimizing the efficiency and accuracy of your supply chain. For today’s supply chains, that means complete automation. E2open provides your enterprise with the software and services necessary to develop and manage a fully automated, best-in-class B2B integration program. By leveraging E2open’s cloud-based platform and integration infrastructure, your company is able to connect to suppliers, logistics providers, and distributors across the globe. Once integrated, you and your partners have complete visibility across the extended supply chain—and can enjoy the benefits of real-time data exchange and collaboration.

Find out how E2open can help your organization:

  • Eliminate the data latency and errors associated with manual operations
  • Improve partner communications, “Clear to Build” guidance, and capacity utilization for more effective return on assets
  • Respond more quickly to potential inventory shortages, shipment delays, and more

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I have no visibility across my various logistics operations.

Without visibility across logistics operations, your company sacrifices control of its inventories every time parts or end products are in transit. Worse, without the ability to collaborate and exchange information in real time, there is no way to manage material movements proactively or reroute shipments to accommodate for unexpected disruptions or shifts in demand.

How E2open can help

By allowing you to collaborate with logistics providers to manage shipments proactively, E2open helps you ensure that all materials end up at the correct locations at the correct times. E2open solutions let you effectively monitor all material movements across logistics nodes and control points—so you can track actual lead times as well as quickly identify potential delays. This facilitates fast, intelligent decision-making so that shipments can be rerouted or expedited to accommodate for logistics issues.

Find out how E2open can help your organization:

  • Access real-time visibility across stationary and in-transit inventories
  • Monitor the performance of your logistics providers
  • Resolve logistics issues proactively for improved supply assurance
  • Reduce inventory levels and improve customer service

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