Over a two-year period finalising in February 2019 CEVA Logistics (CEVA) and Rolls-Royce (RR) jointly implemented the Matrix SCM system that connects all partners within the supply chain including RR, Suppliers, Carriers and the Control Towers.
The system is interfaced directly with the RR SAP ERP system with 95% of all orders being received via EDI (only 5% entered via portal).
Below the Matrix SCM system is a day-to-day operating system such as Transport Management Systems (TMS) for domestic or regional road freight, X-Dock systems and CEVA One Freight System (OFS) for all international shipments.
Each of these operating systems is interfaced directly with matrix SCM providing full traceability of the shipment or part as it moves through the supply chain.
Based on individual user profile settings different users can view their element of the supply chain with both RR and CEVA having full visibility of the entire supply chain. This is achieved in two ways: Matrix SCM transmits data back to the RR SAP system so that users can see the status of shipments in SAP. Users can log on to a web portal to see the status of a shipment or group of shipments based on their user profile i.e. all shipments from a certain supplier.
Iconic brand Marks & Spencer received the 2019 Technology Transformation Award following the launch of its Logistics Reply supplier portal.
Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’s leading food retailers with over 1,000 stores in the UK and 20 million customers served each week.
One of M&S’ biggest challenges is managing its fresh food supply chain network, working directly with a huge network of specialty suppliers across the country to process tens of thousands of orders every single day.
In early 2017, M&S decided to tackle this challenge through a new initiative called the “Movement of Stock Programme.” M&S were looking for a way to improve visibility of inbound product and gain greater accuracy to improve in-store availability for its customers.
As part of the new programme, every M&S Supplier’s incoming product would need to become instantly visible as soon as it was shipped from the dispatch location.
One aspect of this supply chain transformation journey was delivered through the creation of a supplier portal which was designed and implemented by Logistics Reply, a WMS and logistics software provider.
Benefits for M&S include; data error reduction: scanning product v. purchase order removes manual data input; data quality increase: retailer agrees delivery data to be received from portal; the system
works with all supplier types from large, to small, to seasonal and remote.
“This is the smoothest IT Implementation in the history of M&S.” Syd Reid, director of supply chain development, M&S Food.
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