The software can notify a team member when a change is made that will affect production goals , according to John Fiorelli , market strategy manager for eRoom
By making the supply chain more transparent , manufacturers and suppliers can eliminate the bullwhip effect , says Fiorelli
, referring to a small change at one end of the supply chain that can cause bigger , more expensive problems down the line.He
notes that HP's Supply Chain Information Systems group was able to increase inventory turns by 42 % and cut inventory levels in half.
Ultimately collaboration is about more than technology.While emerging tools can help companies share information and streamline processes , collaboration is a mindset that must be adopted by all members of a trading community before true benefits can be achieved.