Technology, today, in Supply Chain is not merely the use of computers. It includes the use of technology in various dimensions starting from factory automation, enhanced communication, inventory management and consumer expectation.
How did they do it?
A Closer Look: The Just Say Yes Program (2005-2010)
Through the continued effort in the past few years, including automation, standardizing ERP, and simplifying the supply chain Intel has shown substantial improvements thus bagging the 7th position world wide. Some of the highlights are:
- Order Fulfillment Lead Time - 65 % reduction.
- Order-to-delivery Time - 50 % reduction.
- Responsiveness to customers - 300 % increment.
- Inventory - Reduction by 32 %.
- Number of CPUs produced per headcount - 21 % increment.
- Number of CPU units per dollar capital - 16 % increment.
The mantra of Intel was to bring the supply chain business teams and the technology teams together. IT indeed played a prime role in transforming Intel’s supply chain to meet market challenges. IT helped them in re-designing the business processes, delivering better information systems associated with planning, demand forecasting, production planning, order fulfillment, and warehouse logistics leading to an overall upliftment of the supply chain model of the organization.
Having read the strategies adopted by Intel in the past few years, what we need to think is "What is that Intel could do to strive for for perfection, and aim for reaching at the top? What is that they are still lacking? What is that they still need to learn?"