Every 20 sec the S/W aggregates orders, analyzes material requirements ,compares Dell’s on-hand inventory with its suppliers’ inventory and then creates a supplier bill of material to meet its order needs .
Instead of forecasting the daily supply needed, Dell receives the exact material every two hours to fulfill actual customer orders.
Most complex and require resources, time and effort to implement.
Catalog information exported to a spreadsheet or file and either sent to the customer directly for inclusion in their own system or moved to the E-Procurement vendor's network to be utilized and accessed there.
Information can become outdated so regular updates required.
Customer bears a large burden of catalog maintenance.