Porsche pilots SAP supply chain

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Sports-car manufacturer Porsche is using the planning and optimisation functionality of mySAP Supply Chain Management to enable faster distribution of spare parts and accessories throughout the Porsche network of European dealers. Porsche will centralise the planning of its parts supply. When the system receives numerous dealer inquiries at the same time about spare parts and accessories, it can handle them automatically and simultaneously while Porsche's business partners can execute transactions directly in the SAP system. Employees and partners can utilise a virtual warehouse to find out which spare parts and accessories are in stock and where they are located in the supply chain.

Likewise, the central parts warehouse can plan in real time based on data from the dealer network. As a result, parts should arrive much more quickly at the distributor sites, and dealers can reduce their safety stock. Both Porsche's central parts warehouse in Ludwigsburg and its German network of dealers are connected to the company's SAP systems for financial accounting, controlling and procurement. Porsche's European import centres have been incorporated into the system. Porsche expects to have all its importers and dealers worldwide set up to use the SAP system by 2004.

Porsche is a long time SAP user. Since 1997, the sports-car manufacturer has been migrating its heterogeneous software systems to an integrated SAP infrastructure. The restructuring of the parts business is the biggest project within the SAP installation. It is now a pilot customer for the mySAP SCM planning and optimisation software.

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