Acer and RiverOne team up for SCM

IT hardware giant Acer has teamed up with supply chain management (SCM) software vendor RiverOne to increase control and visibility throughout its distributed supply chain.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  January 25, 2005

IT hardware behemoth Acer has signed up RiverOne to help deploy the next generation of supply chain management (SCM) software within its global operation. Acer will use RiverOne INTERACTIVE as the foundation for its SCM strategy. The software solution from RiverOne provides a single environment for planning, execution and results management — giving Acer the necessary tools for tight control and high visibility throughout its distributed supply chain. “Acer’s outsourced manufacturing strategy leverages the best of its vendors’ know-how to create a competitive product strategy and winning business model that enhances overall operational efficiency,” said Jim Wong, president of the IT product business group at Acer. “RiverOne INTERACTIVE will give us control over our total stream of orders, materials, finished goods and cash flows, allowing Acer to achieve true world-class operational efficiency with our trading partners, and extend our business growth together,” he added. Acer will roll out the complete RiverOne INTERACTIVE solution — including distributed procurement, vendor managed inventory (VMI) and distributed fulfillment — across a multi-tiered supply and manufacturing value chain including design, manufacturing, and component suppliers as well as distribution partners. RiverOne INTERACTIVE complements Acer’s existing IT infrastructure, extending the capabilities of internal business systems. By providing both real-time information as well as the ability to execute transactions on the spot, Acer’s outsourced manufacturing operation will run as if it were a single, seamless organisation — communicating customer orders and forecasts rapidly, while maintaining Acer’s control over key component procurement, distributed fulfillment, and global, partner-managed inventory as well. “Acer’s success lies in its ability to innovate throughout the value chain,” said Chris Smith, RiverOne president and CEO. “RiverOne is honoured to enable the strategy of such a respected company. Supply chain excellence is vital in electronics manufacturing and distribution, and Acer is to be commended for its forward-looking approach to its business strategy.”

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