The Global Sourcing domain allows companies to leverage supply chain capabilities throughout the product lifecycle and make their suppliers an integral part of product development. Within Global Sourcing are these sub-processes: Supply Chain Network, Collaborative Sourcing, and Supplier Performance Monitoring.
ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing and Production Partners
The ENOVIA® Apparel Accelerator™ for Sourcing Partners allows suppliers and agents to access information.
The retail industry is facing a new set of business challenges that are forcing companies to focus on product development improvements in order to respond more rapidly to market trends and changing customer needs. These challenges include increased global competition, the need to target new markets and create new revenue streams, customer demands for more innovative products, and pressures to reduce product costs by improving sourcing and production processes.
Vendor collaboration is imperative for a global sourcing strategy. As design and development represents more than 60% of a product's lifecycle, involving the sourcing and production partners earlier in the process cuts lead times and optimizes efficiencies in global product development. Strategic relationships enable companies to better leverage the strengths of partners to take ownership of key processes in the sourcing process.
The increasing pressure to improve 'time to market' forces the need for quick and accurate information. This business need is virtually impossible if a supplier or agent is not working from the latest version of a product specification, components, etc, and has immediate visibility to ongoing design, development and pre-production changes.
ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing Partners optimizes collaboration by providing real-time information. The provided collaboration processes span work across multiple vendors, including factories, mills, testing laboratories, and other third-party suppliers. Best practice workflows are provided that include automatic alerts so partners are aware when new information is available and requires their input. Partners access information by leveraging the proven ENOVIA web-based technology that enables electronic sharing of specifications through a secure environment.
- Engage vendors more strategically as they become involved from the beginning of the product development process, often playing key roles in the product definition
- Enable vendors to become an extension of your organization by providing secure, web-based access to the latest information on products placed with them, and receive automated alerts of modifications
- Reduce and eliminate costly inefficiencies caused by managing product development information and processes via documents, spreadsheets, emails and other inconsistent and fragmented communication forms
- Incorporate knowledge in your supply chain early in the product development cycle so sourcing agents, vendors, design partners and mills can impact positively decisions and performance related to manufacturing, material trends, cost, and quality.
- Effectively allocate and manage resources across all functional teams by tracking approvals and responsibilities in a single system that is integrated with all other aspects of product development.
Fabric and Trim Sourcing Terms and ConditionsDirect access to assigned fabric and trim items to view and maintain sourcing specific attributes such as minimums, lead times, detailed costing, etc.
Sample Material Order Delivery Tracking ManagementSample material orders initiated from brand requests enable partners to view and maintain order level information for tracking and communication purposes.
Material TestingA test request initiated through the sample process or directly from the fabric can be routed directly to a partner. The testing functionalities enable a partner to view all assigned test requests, and update the testing round with required details such as test results, test documentation, date, and relevant comments.
Product TestingThe product testing process is consistent with the material testing process in order to simplify the partner experience and eliminate/reduce complex training programs. Similar to material testing, one can access all test requests assigned to their company in order to update them with the necessary test result information.
Quotation ManagementWith quotations, users can respond directly to Request for Quotes (RFQs) that contain one or more products. One can respond directly to the requested criteria on the quotation or create multiple options to highlight better costs depending upon production date, construction, etc.
Source PlanningBrands that operate a global sourcing organization that includes internal production offices and external sourcing agents (PO/As) utilize sourcing plans to distribute planned purchase quantities across the sourcing offices that manage pre-production and production activities and the supply base that will produce them.
Vendor Capacity PlanningVendor capacity plans can be generated for each supplier. PO/As use them to project seasonal and monthly production demand, and collaborate with vendors to accurately plan and manage capacity levels based on corresponding production time frames.
Assortment ManagementThe assortment management capabilities allow products to be assigned to finished goods agents who may then collaborate on completing the assortment details for each product by allocating quantities across supplier/factory/country of origin (COOs) and finalizing costing details.
Bulk Material ManagementOrganizations that develop and source their own fabric and trim items can use the bulk material management capabilities for the pre-production aggregation of material demand for a fabric or trim item across products into a bulk material commitment that can be issued to the material supplier. Material Sourcing Agents may collaborate on managing bulk material details with the material suppliers and material suppliers may directly access bulk material commitments to record shipment details and view revisions in material demand.
Vendor Development and ComplianceDetailed vendor profiling capabilities help to better define vendor qualifications for production of materials and finished goods including specific machinery, qualified material and product types. Agents and vendors may better participate in the building of vendor profiles as well as track the history of audits for each vendor for reasons such as quality, human rights compliance, customs clearance and other relevant inspections.
Time and ActionEarly time and action scenarios provide sourcing agents with a workspace for creating potential sourcing scenarios to determine if possible placement will support required delivery time lines required by the host company. Production time and action provides agents with a calculation of milestone dates for production based on actual assortment placement within the vendor base so they may manage production activities directly with the supply base they manage on behalf of the host company.
The Role of ENOVIA V6 and PLM 2.0ENOVIA Apparel Accelerator for Sourcing Partners supports PLM 2.0, product lifecycle management online for everyone, and the ENOVIA V6 values: global collaborative innovation, single PLM platform for intellectual property (IP) management, online creation and collaboration, ready to use PLM business processes, and lower cost of ownership.