Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Management (SCM) optimizes the flow of information and
materials from your customer's initial order through to delivery to their
front door. This process requires the coordinated efforts of your suppliers
plus workers in Order Entry, Inventory, Manufacturing, Shipping, Purchasing
and Billing. Even your Web Store can be involved. Your company's
competitiveness depends directly of how well you optimize your SCM business
process. With GNU Enterprise SCM, you will have a good head start.
Order Entry receives the order from the customer. This can be over the
telephone or via e-commerce. From Order Entry, the order goes to Shipping or
Manufacturing. When the order has been shipped, the order goes to Billing.
Inventory controls the company's goods and materials until they are used up
or sold. Purchasing issues Purchase Orders to replenish stock. Receiving
receives the physical goods and verifies their quantity and quality.
Shipping and Manufacturing withdraw items from Inventory.
Shipping receives orders directly from Order Entry if there is no
manufacturing involved or from Manufacturing if there is. It's function is
to assemble the goods and materials to satisfy the order, package them and
select transportation to satisfy the customer's due date.
Purchasing receives Purchase Requisitions for staff and from Manufacturing.
It issues Purchase Orders to replenish stock and obtain other goods
necessary for the company's operations. Receiving (which is part of
Purchasing) receives the physical goods and verifies their quantity and
quality. Purchasing's two main objectives are to obtain the best price for
the goods required and to expedite the delivery of goods so that shipment to
customers is not delayed.
Billing receives orders which have been shipped and delivers an Invoice to
the customer. This can be in the form of a printed document or a transaction
sent through e-commerce.
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