PACK EXPO 2012 Bosch Optimizes Online Spare Parts Logistics
Robert Bosch GmbH
Packaging Technology, Stuttgarter Straße 130
Press release date: September 17, 2012
· Synchronization of online E-Portal platform to internal processes
· Up-to-date prices and availability in customer's purchasing system
· Corporate Portal enables centralized spare part logistics over multiple locations
At PACK EXPO 2012 in Chicago, Bosch Packaging Technology builds upon its services portfolio with two new features that simplify spare parts logistics - the Open Catalog Interface (OCI) and the Corporate Portal. Both technologies enhance the E-Portal, Bosch's online ordering platform that gives customers immediate access to up-to-date information on availability, price and delivery times. With the OCI and Corporate Portal, customers can now individually synchronize their spare parts logistics with internal processes.
Thanks to the OCI function of the online platform, actual information from the E-Portal is available in either the customer's own purchasing or ERP system. This reduces efforts for data entry and updates and simplifies the spare parts ordering process. A customized link to the E-Portal is embedded in the customer's system, giving direct access to up-to-date spare parts prices and availability details. This information can then be transferred into the customer's purchasing system with a single click, saving time with data entry and allowing faster processing of orders and enquiries. The type of transferred product data is pre-defined in the interface and Bosch can further customize parameters based on the customer's needs. Setting up OCI is simple as Bosch provides the link specifications and system configuration information.
The Corporate Portal function allows companies to combine E-Portals across multiple geographic locations and centrally control spare parts ordering and logistics. Depending on the customer's needs, the central access can be used for a region, business unit, or a purchasing or logistics organization. The Corporate Portal helps plan and coordinate maintenance projects across different sites, minimizing production stoppages caused by maintenance works. Additionally, the All-in-One function enables production managers to transfer product and machine information from individual E-Portals to one shared portal, allowing them to further process spare parts data. The Corporate Portal enables the customer to access multiple E-Portals and provides a clear overview of the installations at the sites. In each E-Portal and also in the shared portal, all standard functions of the E-Portal are available - from product search to creation of memos, requests and orders.
"Spare parts logistical and coordination needs are so specific to individual companies," says Ray Nungesser, Sales Manager at Bosch Packaging Services USA. "With the OCI and Corporate Portal, customers can fully customize the E-Portal to their distinct requirements, resulting in increased efficiency for spare parts ordering."
Bosch's products and services are on show at PACK EXPO, 28 - 31 October 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, USA in booth #S-2212.
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The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of processing and packaging technology. In more than 15 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceutical, food and confectionery industries. The comprehensive service portfolio completes the package. The worldwide sales and service network offers local contacts. More information at www.boschpackaging.com
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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