24 May 2001 | Robin Parker
Complete transparency will drive the next generation of online supply chain management systems, the founder of a new global network of supply channels has claimed.
"Whereas the first generation of supply chain players dealt with movement of goods and streamlining paperwork, growth will now be generated by totally visible solutions," Mike Dixon, chief executive of Virtual Supplychain, told SM.
Virtual Supplychain, an extension of the former supply chain software house Systemcare, allows all parties to trace each others' entire systems online. Applications include maintenance, repair and operations and buying and selling planning and private exchange technology.
Unlike many solutions, users of Virtual Supplychain pay rent on the system over three years rather than face a large initial outlay. "As it is an expensive business, spreading out the cost of IT gives payback more quickly,"said Dixon.
It unites 42 applications service provider partners worldwide. B2bsolutionsonline, its UK partner and founding member, has more than 20 end-user companies for the new network.