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  1. 1. Cookie Control Home Continuous Improvement People Strategy / Finance IT Energy Health & Safety Materials Handling News | Features | Directory/Suppliers | Opinion | Polls | Video | Product News | Interviews | CIN Networks 15 April 2011 0 0 Share 0 0 Manufacturing Operations Search Works Management New Manufacturers must get social with their supply chains As more manufacturers turn to cloud and Web 2.0 based platforms to create customer-centric, 'social' supply chains and network with partners and suppliers, GXS is urging others to follow suit. Related Articles News Features One MRO partnership Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) management and services specialist One ... Mark Morley of B2B supply chain network services specialist GXS explains in his blog: "In recent years, manufacturers have globalised their operations due to the need to reduce costs and explore business opportunities in new markets. Auto supply chain project Three leading car manufacturers have joined forces to reduce risks in their ... "Establishing a new manufacturing plant in a remote location has its problems, the most important of which is guaranteeing a reliable supply of parts from key suppliers and, more importantly, maintaining regular communications with them." Electrolux gets cloud clarity All well and good, he says, but then there are the communication and collaboration problems. And hence his insistence on the value of relatively new social network technologies Appliances manufacturer Electrolux has selected GT Nexus to provide the ... "One company that has developed a social networking tool for the supply chain is RollStream and in 2009 GXS partnered with this company to leverage their social networking platform amongst the trading partner communities connected to GXS' Trading Grid," he says. Products Since this partnership started, GXS has seen an increasing interest in applying this type of social networking tool across supply chains -- which led to GXS acquiring RollStream on 29 March 2011. Morley describes it as "LinkedIn for the supply chain, and explains that it allows manufacturers and suppliers to develop electronic social supply chains, pulling together all sorts of information flows through one portal environment. "I think this will transform the way manufacturers communicate with their trading partner communities around the world," he predicts. "After all, GXS RollStream has been designed from the ground up to operate in a similar way to other social networking tools [but with] a more structured and business-focused way to communicate and collaborate with suppliers." Morley also suggests that, from a manufacturing perspective, although GXS RollStream can be used in many different situations, the key point is "that it helps to improve communication flows among trading partner communities". Author Brian Tinham Supporting Information Companies GXS This material is protected by Findlay Media copyright See Terms and Conditions. One-off usage is permitted but bulk copying is not. For multiple copies contact the sales team. Do you have any comments about this article? Add your comments Name Comments Email Website solution for workwear A new website aims to answer the questions of users looking for more ...
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