DERWID doesn’t go on holiday!

DERWID does not close during the summer.

For us it is really important to be always available to answer promptly to all our customers’ requests.

We work closely with all our customers and partners,  to help them revolutionize their processes, to grow, and to become more competitive together.

If you need any kind of information or support, do not hesitate to contact us, even in August!

Smart Variant CON 2018

Smart Variant CON 2018
24/26.06.2018
Titanic Chaussee / Berlin

On 24th June 2018 Smart Variant CON 2018 will begin: it is the biggest platform for variant and complexity management in the German speaking area.

During the two-day congress many successful projects about variance management and solutions for an efficient configuration will be presented, while practical methods for the calculation and reduction of complexity will be discussed.

For the forth time, DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON and during the icebreaker session on 26th June we will speak about the advantages of 3D visualization with our partner msg treorbis GmbH.

More information about Smart Variant CON 2018 and the complete agenda here: http://smart-variant.de/de/.

From 3D to Industry 4.0: DERWID keeps growing!

Yesterday we celebrated the new branch in Villach at the end of our international company summit with the authorities of Carinthia and local press.

From ‘Kleine Zeitung’, 04/05/2018.

Fila Industria Chimica Spa: growth and reorganization to increase efficiency

Are you wondering how to increase efficiency in your customer care? Do you need to integrate the data exchange of your subsidiaries in the world with international partners?

These are some of the results reached by Fila Industria Chimica Spa thanks to the electronic data interchange solution D/cct.

With Carlo Cortese, Application Manager of Fila Industria Chimica Spa, we talked about the company’s history and growth and about how the EDI project has been integrated in the business activities.

Tell us more about Fila Industria Chimica Spa.

Fila was established in 1943 in San Martino di Lupari (Italy) by the twins Guido and Pietro Pettenon. Fila stands for “Fabbrica Italiana di Lucidi e Affini”: at that time the company produced shoe polishes, waxes and household cleaners.

In the Seventies there was a turning point. The second generation of the family – in particular the current President Mr. Beniamino Pettenon and his sister Adriana – had an intuition: they moved the core business from shoe polishes to professional products for the cleaning, protection and finishing of floor and surfaces.

Today, the third generation of Pettenon’s Family, leads Fila Industria Chimica Spa. The results achieved are really important: our professional products are distributed in more than 100 countries in the world and, even more significant goal, the quality of Fila’s products is acknowledged and directly recommended by producers in the ceramic and stone industry, with over 200 partnerships.

What are your challenges for the future?

The company focuses on the quality of its products, without forgetting the ecological aspect, that we call Fila Green Action: we aim to obtain more eco-friendly products, that are not harmful to humans and the environment, and with a better performance and a greater duration of the treatment.

Strengthened by the excellence of its products and its sales network spread all over the world, Fila aims to continue to grow.

How will you be able to tackle these challenges?

Investing time and resources in reorganization and renovation projects.

In order to better serve the market, the company has 3 Business Unit:

  • TRADE, the historical business unit, addressed to dealers – from the little hardware store to big retail chains,
  • TECH, addressed to producers of ceramics, also with customized products, directly used in the production line,
  • PROJECT, addressed to large construction projects where Fila products are used. Among the references of this business unit, there are the Tree of Life of Expo Milan, Piazza degli Scacchi in Marostica (VI), the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, Baker Street Metro Station in London.

This reorganization is supported by the complete renovation project of IT applications and business processes began in 2013 and that will end in 2018, in which the EDI project is inserted. Thanks to the new ERP, the modern CRM, the Business Intelligence reports and the EDI connection, today Fila has a modern and flexible support for the commercial growth, with more control possibilities on processes and evaluation of business data. With the new ERP, now unique for all 6 subsidiaries, we standardized the sales process and now it’s possible to interface with other external systems, with the possibility to implement the EDI project with some of our fundamental customers, both Italian and international.

Read more about Fila EDI project in the success story.

Why choosing a supplier integration solution?

How onerous and demanding is the exchange of documents and information with suppliers?

Does your company still manually insert invoices, order confirmations, delivery notes from your suppliers? And does it also manually send orders and order changes? If the answers is yes, probably these are the results: delays or errors caused by manual data entry, slowdowns when receiving goods, too many resources used for low value-added activities.

In this article we will investigate the supplier integration or order-to-payment cycle topic: that is, how you could optimize and automate information exchange with suppliers. We will analyze the advantages and which are the aspects to be considered when assessing a supplier integration solution.

Why should my company integrate suppliers with an automatic system?

When talking about integrating document flows, usually people think about customers integration. Why don’t we think also about suppliers integration? In the context of processes optimization, if it is important to share information safely, accurately and on time with customers, it is the same towards suppliers.

Suppliers could be big or small, local or foreign companies: usually every company uses its own channel and format to exchange data. By integrating suppliers through an automated system it is possible to eliminate paper processes and receive data from all suppliers in a standard format.

The process will be automated and data of any format and type will be standardized in a single format, readable by the company ERP system.

A measurable process

Is it convenient for any company to integrate the order-to-payment cycle? Is it possible to estimate in advance costs, time line and ROI?

Suppliers integration is a measurable process, already in the planning phase.

By analyzing the suppliers type and quantity and the amount of exchanged documents, it will be clear already from a first analysis if the supplier integration process is actually convenient and when it will be possible to reach the break-even point.

Exchanging data with suppliers: manual vs automatic process

Optimizing the exchange of invoices and delivery notes

As we said, when integrating suppliers through an electronic data interchange system, it is possible to standardize the receipt of both administrative and logistical data and documents. Here is how this could work.

We could take as an example the receipt of invoices from suppliers. Thanks to the automated system, all data contained in the invoices are directly acknowledged and registered inside the ERP system: without any checks or manual processes.

If we think about the logistical part, thanks to the document called DESADV – despatch advice or delivery note, the warehouse is automatically populated: manual activities of the operators are eliminated. They don’t have to check the amount and type of goods on arriving trucks and then insert them inside the IT system.

The advantages of suppliers integration

Advantages of an automatic supplier integration solution

Characteristics of a supplier integration solution

So, which are the important aspects to consider when searching for and implementing a supplier integration solution?

It is important that the solution is flexible, i.e.:

  • it could be integrated with any type of ERP system, without limitation. Also if the ERP system should be updated or changed in the future, the supplier integration solution shouldn’t be an obstacle. (For further info: an example where the ERP system changed, while maintaining the electronic data interchange solution)
  • it could integrate any type of supplier: both if the supplier is a big structured company, or if it is a small company still using manual processes
  • it could manage any type of format and transmission channel: it must not require a specific format and must support any kind of transmission channel
  • it should manage transmissions both with customers and suppliers with a unique tool.

Fundamental characteristic of a supplier integration solutionDERWID’s offer to integrate your suppliers

DERWID’s Business Integration solution meets all the needs mentioned above. It is indeed possible to integrate documents flows with suppliers with 3 different channels.

  1. Classical EDI: suitable for partners exchanging a big amount of data.
  2. WebEDI/suppliers portal: suitable for a small amount of documents. This solution allows to automatically manage many information, not only the classical documents exchanged via EDI: for example, it is possible to handle returns for deteriorated goods or anomalies through the portal, without picking up the phone or exchanging emails.
  3. Mapping tool (PDF reading): this last option allows to automatically insert inside the ERP system the information contained in a native .pdf document.

According to the number, size and characteristics of your suppliers, as well as the frequency and mode of data exchange, we will offer you the most suitable solution. All 3 solutions could be adopted at the same time, allowing you to integrate more suppliers.

 

DERWID's supplier integration solutions

Today the digitization process is not an option anymore. We could no more ask ourselves if we should or should not implement a digitization process, included suppliers integration: the right question is “when?”.

Do you need further information about suppliers integration in your company or to ask for a specific advice? Contact us.

Download the complete infographic about how to choose an automatic supplier integration solution!  

DERWID partner of iEfficiency Next

On Thursday, 19th October 2017 at San Pelagio Castle – Due Carrare (Padua, Italy), DERWID is partner of the event iEfficiency Next.

At the fourth edition of iEfficiencyorganized by Delaini & Partners – will be presented the most effective IT solutions to optimize business processes. You could directly hear the voice of the companies that are profitably using these solutions.

From 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on the first floor the presentations of the sponsors – suppliers of effective solutions – will follow one another. Meanwhile on the ground floor at the stands you could find out specific information on the topics you are interested in.

DERWID is partner of iEfficiency Next

This year DERWID is partner of iEfficiency Next. On October, 19th you could visit our stand at San Pelagio Castle: we will answer you questions about business integration topics – electronic data interchange with suppliers, customers and partners and everything around the digitization of processes.

At 10.50 am Massimo Zanier – Sales Consulting in DERWID – will present DERWID and its Business Integration solutions during the speech Flexible integration with every partner. A practical case. . On this occasion the company Fila Industria Chimica Spa, specialized in surface care products, will be our guest. Carlo Cortese – Application Manager in Fila Industria Chimica Spa – will speak about their positive experience with flows integration and digitization thanks to our Business Integration solution.

Do you want to remain up-to-date with the program or participate to iEfficiency? Register on iEfficiency website to participate for free to the event.

Other proposals at iEfficiency Next

During iEfficiency Delaini & Partners proposes an in-depth session about the GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation. The regulation will come into effect on May 2018 and will rule privacy in all companies. If you want to know how compliant is your company, at iEfficiency some GDPR expert consultants will be available for a free assessment.

Moreover, you could visit for free the Flight Museum Museo del Volo at San Pelagio Castle, where are collected important witnesses of the aviation history.
Come and discover DERWID’s Business Integration solutions at iEfficiency Next on October, 19th: register for free.

DERWID Summit 2017

Get to know each other, learn and discuss in a multicultural atmosphere: this was DERWID summit 2017.

This year, DERWID group’s annual meeting was held in the evocative setting of Portogruaro (Italy): on March 16th and 17th all employees from the offices in Italy, Austria and Germany met, together with some guests, for two days of professional updating and training.

We started talking about 2016, year which ended positively for the company. After that, we introduced the many novelties that lie ahead in 2017 and you will soon discover.

During the summit we talked about strategies, roles and products, leaving enough time for internal discussion and communication, thanks to various workshops and team building activities. We tested our skills also outside the traditional working environment: during the evening, we challenged on the bowling lanes, discovering unexpected qualities of new and old colleagues.

Recharged after these days full of productive meetings and discussions, we will see us all in 2018 for next DERWID summit.

INDUSTRY 4.0 and the supply chain integration

For the regular operation of a business, to manage at best the purchase and sales process is fundamental. The key to optimizing these processes is a solution to automate the communications with suppliers, customers and business partners, that could integrate all data and flows related to the supply chain. All this, in particular if we consider the current context of Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0: innovation of processes

If we think about Industry 4.0, we immediately imagine the factory, now “smart” – as a place where something is manufactured. But Industry 4.0 is more than this: it is an innovation of processes, which involves also other departments in the company, and indeed, not only a single company is interested, but also all the actors in the chain, or rather network.

Today the consumer is the center. The traditional value chain evolves and becomes a collaborative network, it is no more a value chain but a value network, thanks to the new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, social media, cloud and big data.

In order to reach the goal to mass-produce according to a more flexible logic, and therefore offering increasingly personalized products to customers, innovative and more efficient ways of production, but also for the procurement of raw materials, are searched. Just in time and individual production of the factory 4.0 leads to a stock reduction, both incoming and outgoing: therefore the procurement of raw materials is less foreseeable.

The interoperability between companies and data safely exchanged in real time are fundamental to develop this new collaborative logic in the context of Industry 4.0. Many are the resulting advantages: from cost reduction to an increased speed in processes.

Business Integration for the supply chain

In order to ensure the full interoperability and automate the communications, regardless of the type of partner or its origin and of the technologies used (formats, channels, etc.), it is essential to adopt flexible and reliable solutions, that allow a safe, accurate and precise data exchange.

DERWID, with the business integration platform D/bip, offers the ideal tool for a secure electronic data interchange, an any to any converter suitable for any type of format – without limits.

To exchange and manage automatically all the data related to your supply chain won’t be a problem anymore.

D/bip enables the management of both transmissions for the sales cycle and for the purchasing cycle. Thanks to the integrated and automated management of orders, order confirmations, delivery notes, invoices and many other types of documents, you could increase savings and efficiency.

Traditionally the first automated flows are orders and invoices. Thanks to the integrated management of orders and invoices:

  • you eliminate data entry risks
  • you rapidly receive orders and all is documented
  • you automate also price checking processes
  • you eliminate the manual entry of price lists
  • the invoice is automatically checked according to the previous corresponding documents in the flow
  • and therefore you only have to manage anomalies

If you fully automate the management of other documents such as order confirmations, etc., the optimization and advantages further increase.

If you automate also the delivery notes flow, it is possible to improve the management of goods receipt and unloading.

In fact with a delivery note, the sender forwards to the receiver a note to inform him of the goods arrival on a given day, with a list of the materials that will be delivered. If you automate the process, you could anticipate the goods taking over operations in the warehouse and automatically check the material that will be delivered according to the orders. Moreover, if you receive previously a detailed list of the materials in the packaging and pallets, it is possible to automatically prepare also the labels, with all the information necessary for the storage (production lot, expiration, weight, volume, etc.): so it is possible to uniform the labels management inside the warehouse.

Thanks to the integrated management of the delivery notes:

  • you anticipate the operations for goods receipt, such as the place preparation in the warehouse, etc.
  • you improve the handling of labels
  • the document is already verified according to the order/order confirmation

Do you want to receive more information about our business integration solution for the supply chain? Contact us.