Structuring the Outsourced Supply Chain Data Model: 10 Critical Data Issues to Consider

Today, most manufacturers have built very sophisticated multi-tier and multi-enterprise supply chains consisting of distribution centers, contract manufacturers (CMs), suppliers, and the like. The once simple, linear supply chains of yesterday now consist of a virtual network of interconnected players responsible for different pieces of the supply chain management operation.

Brand owners quickly discover that the first critical impact of outsourcing is the loss of visibility of detailed supply – demand data that they once held in their own ERP systems. Without this visibility they cannot make information-based supply management decisions. While getting access to detailed supplier supply – demand data is usually their first focus, it soon becomes apparent that tools that can allow them to view, analyze, and manipulate this data are also a very high priority.

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