Jan 12, 2021

Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Supply Chain Management System

Oliver Freeman
3 min
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Supply Chain Management is a crucial factor in organisational success today ─ Supply Chain Digital and Oracle NetSuite are here to tell you why...

In a time when technology is transforming the business capabilities, companies are having to adapt their traditional norms and values to suit a new set of consumer demands and expectations. So too are supply chains. Yes, that’s right. The globally-spanning supply chain networks created thousands of years ago are also being forced from their stalwart position of steadfast robustness to a contemporary nature of agility and flexibility, to provide resilience in an increasingly volatile world. 

A supply chain is a sophisticated network of relationships, often spanning the globe, shared between customers and retailers; distributors and suppliers, and finally, manufacturers. The aim of the system is to help optimise efficiency and profitability whilst simultaneously matching the supply and demand with logistics and recipients. It can be hard to get a supply chain running optimally, which is why leading tech companies, like Oracle NetSuite, offer ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software, which does a lot of the hard work for you, to help businesses continue to thrive in markets saturated with competition. 

ERP systems, I should add, offer a centralised database for a myriad of business processes, reduces manual labour and simplifies business workflows and data analytics. Software like NetSuite provides a dashboard from which users can check out real-time data feeds, collated from every measurable corner of the business so that analysts can measure productivity and profitability in the relevant sectors. You’ll be better enabled to run leaner operations, strengthen supplier relationships, forecast with confidence, courtesy of the help you get from timely information and insights provided by the ERP system. 

Top 5 Benefits of Supply Chain Management Systems

1. Total Visibility

When it comes to running your company, it feels great to have a complete overview of business operations, at your fingertips. That is a feeling that supply chain management software can give its users, with advanced analytics and accurate, real-time data on a neat, centralised platform.

2. Risk Management and Mitigation

Almost every company that manages a modern supply chain will have a network spanning the globe; in many cases, thousands of individuals and hundreds of locations are involved. There’s a lot that could go wrong over such a wide web. The best ERP systems will help predict and warn you of potential risks across the network, and may source alternative solutions hastily.

3. Forecasting and Inventory Optimisation

A key aspect of supply chain management is the estimation or forecast of potential demand for products and services. NetSuite helps companies to accurately predict demand, which may result in a minimised inventory ─ fitting into the much-loved ‘lean’ and just-in-time (JIT) mentality, created and endorsed by Toyota, decades ago. 

4. Automation

Where there is human interaction, there is, unfortunately, the risk of mistakes ─ some costly, some not. ERP systems automate traditionally manual processes, cutting out the human element of activity, to help ensure that inputs and actions are accurate

5. Thinking Fast

I’ve already outlined that the nature of supply chain is, in modern times, incredibly volatile; because of this, companies must think fast and avoid floundering when faced with adversity and rapidly changing market conditions. ERP supply chain management systems, with their integrated data analytics and interconnectivity, help place the facts and figures in front of the relevant people fast. This helps leaders to make snappy decisions in tight spots. 

Investing In The Future

Networks are increasing in size and complexity, while the markets are becoming oversaturated, and competition grows fiercer. To stay on top, you must invest in software and tools that can analyse your current activity and innovate more effective and efficient supply chain management solutions for your future strategies.  

Work smarter, not harder. 

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Jun 17, 2021

Canoo Awards Manufacturing Contract to VDL Nedcar

2 min
Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans

Canoo, a trailblazing company in the electric vehicle (EVs) manufacturing industry, has officially announced owned and contract manufacturing plans that will ensure the company manages to deliver on its promise to consumers of production and delivery of vehicles in Q4, 2022. 


During the company’s first Investor Relations Day, Chairman & CEO of Canoo, Tony Aquila, named VDL Nedcar as its contract manufacturing partner. VDL Nedcar, which I’m sure many of you will already have heard of, is the only independent Vehicle Contract Manufacturer in the Netherlands and has enjoyed fifty years of growth under owners, including Mitsubishi Motors and Volvo cars. According to the report, Nedcar will manufacture the Lifestyle Vehicle for the United States and European Union markets, while Canoo builds a US-based mega micro-factory. 



"We conducted an exhaustive search, invested significant amounts of time and resources that span the globe, in our search for our Phase 1 contract manufacturer. VDL Nedcar is the right partner," said Tony Aquila, Investor, Chairman and CEO of Canoo, Inc. "They are the top trusted European manufacturer building high-quality products for leading OEMs, and they significantly outcompeted the other contenders. VDL is also independently owned by the van der Leegte family of entrepreneurs - which aligns with our commitment to support businesses that form the backbone of communities. This strategic partnership will enable us to deliver vehicles to market while we build our Phase 2 factory in Oklahoma. It also strongly positions us for geographic expansion in Europe and builds a lasting relationship with VDL Groep of companies. Our investment will help us scale quickly and fulfil our mission to bring affordable, purpose-built EVs to Everyone."


Canoo and VDL have already gotten to work on vehicle manufacturability and production planning so that Canoo can successfully lay the groundwork for its upcoming US manufacturing operations expansion, which will be completed in Oklahoma in 2022. The Nedcar facility currently expected to produce around 1000 units for both the US and European markets in 2022, with an additional 15000 targeted for the following year. 


"Canoo's bold approach to designing and building electric vehicles makes them an ideal partner as we work together to shape the future of mobility," said John van Soerland, CEO of VDL Nedcar. "This partnership advances our strategic vision to provide a contract manufacturing solution and expand our expertise in the EV arena."

Currently, Canoo is entering its GAMMA phase of development and is on track to start production soon. The company intends and expects to launch its Lifestyle Vehicle in Q4 2022, closely followed by the Multi-Purpose Delivery Vehicle and Pickup Truck.

Watch this space.

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