Demand for Procurement 4.0 Check in Asia
With a trip to China, our Procurement 4.0 theme has gained further momentum: Axel T. Schulte and Natalia Broza-Abut were on the road with the new customer Zber in Beijing, Nanjing and Shanghai at the end of September 2017. The Chinese company is a provider of solutions for global procurement and supply chain management. Chief consultant Yi Zhu first became aware of our preliminary study "Procurement 4.0 - Digitisation in Procurement". In the spring of 2017, Yi Zhu visited the IML together with his team. Zber then placed several orders with the IML.
At the 16th International Sourcing Fair Shanghai, Axel and Natalia presented the topic Industry 4.0 and digitization of procurement, as well as our Fraunhofer Procurement 4.0 Check. The trade fair organisers also appointed Axel to the International Sourcing Expert Panel. Also on the agenda was a visit to the company eventown.com, which carried out the Fraunhofer Procurement 4.0 check for the first time in Asia. Eventown is China's first and largest booking platform for the conference industry. The company was voted as one of the most successful Chinese start-ups by the business magazine Forbes in 2015. The Chinese business partners were also very interested in the potential of blockchain technology in the context of SCM and procurement.
High expectations are being placed in Procurement 4.0 today - and the Fraunhofer IML makes it possible for companies to set standards here. With the "Procurement 4.0 Check" - a development from the Procurement and Finance Department in Supply Chain Management - companies have the opportunity to identify individual needs for action and potential for Industry 4.0 in Procurement.