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Posted on July 23, 2019

The Role of Procurement in Fragmentation

The Critical Role of Procurement 

Procurement departments play an essential role in ensuring success of material requirements planning’s (MRP) impact on production scheduling, materials forecasting and inventory control to manage an efficient manufacturing process. MRP systems at OEM companies are software-based and used to plan purchasing and on time delivery of outsourced components, as well as the entire manufacturing process.

Posted on July 15, 2019

How Big Data Will Create Leverage for Supply Chains

The Big Impact of Big Data on Supply Chains

There is a tremendous amount of untapped information that can be leveraged as supply chains become more complex and fragmented. That ‘hidden’ information can be extracted from data that already exists within the OEM and/or resources outside its walls in the form of ‘Big Data’. Big data is used to understand current, and calculate future behaviors and preferences of customers. 

Posted on July 10, 2019

Managing Fragmentation and Remaining Competitive

A Changing World: Location, Location, Location


There are still ways to manage fragmentation and remain competitive. Because construction equipment OEMs are competing in a vast global market, supply chains must quickly adapt and respond to market pressures. Speed to market and the ability to react quickly to changes in customer demand are crucial. As emphasized by DHL International, a global leader in the logistics industry, it requires “a global network of more regionalized supply chains that are closer to markets and customers”.

Posted on July 02, 2019

A Breakdown of an MRP (Material Requirements Planning) System

Functions of an MRP System:
The information controlled by an MRP system includes three primary functions:


1. The Bill of Materials

A listing of raw materials, component parts, subassemblies and final component assemblies which are needed to manufacture each unit of the finished product. Each product supplied by a specific outsourced manufacturer will have its own bill of materials. All bills of materials are then prearranged in their own specific hierarchy for production management to see what materials are required for each step in the process.

Posted on June 27, 2019

Fragmentation's Effect on Supply Chains

Industry Fragmentation Experienced by Procurement Departments in Materials Planning

Because of the growing global market for construction equipment, the function of equipment manufacturing procurement management is undergoing enormous changes in an effort to streamline electronic communications, control costs, improve quality of materials and ensure required organizational return on investment. Procurement managers have so many “balls in the air” it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage the front end of complex construction equipment production. 

Posted on June 19, 2019

Changes in the Heavy Equipment Market and What They Mean

Managing Fragmentation In Construction Equipment Parts Supply Chain 
According to a study by Zion Market Research “the global heavy construction equipment market was valued at $145 billion USD in 2018 and is expected to reach $231.3 billion USD by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.9% between 2019 and 2025."