Röchling Automotive together with POOL4TOOL is beginning their purchasing project in record time. Just four weeks after the project start the first suppliers have been integrated and the deliveries have been advised using

Issue: Aug 2014


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Röchling Automotive and POOL4TOOL start project in record time

by Nick

Röchling Automotive together with POOL4TOOL is beginning their purchasing project in record time. Just four weeks after the project start the first suppliers have been integrated and the deliveries have been advised using POOL4TOOL. Optimization steps for purchasing and logistics department are following.

Röchling Automotive organizes their supply chain quickly and precisely. The global partner of automotive manufacturers and their system of suppliers have had the implementation of a supplier portal on their radar for a long time. Procurement and logistics processes, as well as communicating with suppliers are to be carried out and optimized using a supplier portal. The initiative for the actual launch of the optimization project came from the purchasing and logistics departments. Together with the software provider, POOL4TOOL, the automotive plastics experts prepared a project plan with a very tight timeline: four weeks between the kick-off and live integration of the first suppliers. With the help of the staff and great cooperation between the two project teams, the seemingly impossible task was made possible.

Record Breaking Project Start
The first phase involved the standard implementation of shipping  and delivery schedules into POOL4TOOL. Instrumental in the rapid implementation was the IT department at Röchling. Despite it occurring at the same time as the SAP release upgrade, which was their responsibility, Röchling IT took the implementation project on and was thrilled the deadlines were met. “The project launch was amazing,” marvels Vivien Rebsdat, Head of Röchling Automotive IT. “We are very excited that together with POOL4TOOL we conquered the challenge of starting the first project phases in a record four weeks! We look forward to the next steps, especially the implementation of the POM (purchaser order management)  process and other supply chain optimizations.”

The kick-off was preceded by a comprehensive selection process in which the automotive supplier Röchling confronted different providers with its requirements. “We were looking to accelerate our purchasing and logistics processes with a solution, which could support us worldwide,” said Rainer Lüchtenborg, the Purchasing Manager of Röchling Automotive. POOL4TOOL allowed them for the first time to use a supplier portal for long-term optimization of both the purchasing and logistics processes. “Originally we wanted to use the solution only for a few suppliers who were not EDI-capable. Already we have now planned to connect 500 suppliers in two steps. The added value can already be felt by the catalogs and reaction times, proving further that we have made the right decision.”
 
About Röchling: Headquatered in Mannheim, Germany, the global plastics group encompasses 60 companies. Together, they employ 7,500 people in 20 countries around the world. The globally positioned Group of small and medium-sized companies is a world leader with a wide-ranging technology base in all areas of plastics processing. With their High-Performance Plastics and Automotive Plastics divisions, annual sales revenue from business in Europe, the Americas, and Asia amount to EUR 1.3 billion. These factors form the basis of the Röchling Group's long-term entrepreneurial growth strategy. In focusing on plastic processing, they are concentrating on a material with outstanding future prospects. They have substantially promoted the development of plastics in recent decades and now benefit from the experience and specialized knowledge that their employees have amassed over the years. www.roechling.com

About POOL4TOOL: POOL4TOOL together with over 200 clients is the innovation leader for eSolutions designed for purchasing optimization. The All-in-One Supplier Collaboration Platform is a single solution, which basically combines all processes of modern, commodity-specific purchasing with all functions of operational purchasing, including all product development processes from EDI communication with suppliers to global product lifecycle costing (PLC). With the help of specialized proven methodology, flexible workflows and full ERP integration, companies are able to holistically decrease process costs in purchasing. Among our clients are: Amcor, Behr, Bombardier, Carl Zeiss, Metso, Modine, Stihl and ThyssenKrupp. More information under: www.pool4tool.com



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