Česká zbrojovka, a.s. takes full advantage of SyteLine Vendor Portal

Since February 2014, a pilot run of Vendor Portal solution had taken place in Česká zbrojovka, a.s, and it was successfully completed in May. The Vendor Portal is used for communication with material vendors – for example, it allows to issue and verify purchase orders or monitor supplier reliability, and more.

The implementation of the Vendor Portal begun last December and proceeded differently to what we are used to see during ERP implementation. After installation, the training of standard functionality took place, followed by necessary modifications (by default the portal communicates with SyteLine, but in this case there also is an interface to SAP) and pilot run with live data. Selected suppliers of the company took part in the pilot; during this phase, several modifications were made, such as changes in portal’s appearance, workflow customizations, and others. The portal is now fully operational, and more vendors are going to make use of it.

The aim of its implementation is to reduce administration and accelerate confirmation of purchase orders by vendors. This is why Česká zbrojovka displays the purchase orders in the portal, where vendors confirm them electronically. On the other hand, if any changes occur in a purchase order, the vendors are automatically informed about them by the workflow.

The vendors have the use of inventory level projections and planned purchase orders as a result of APS planning in SyteLine. They use material plan for the overview and planning of their own inventory. The vendors have not been so far allowed to issue planned purchase orders themselves. The portal also contains information about the timeliness of a delivery.

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