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Supply chain management in the PV industry

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By Rainer Krause, Manager of the ISCTechnology Centre, IBM Deutschland; Udo Kleemann, Senior Procurement Manager and Head of System and Technology Groups, EMEA, IBM Deutschland

Efficient management of the PV supply chain can save a company money, both directly by reducing material and component cost, and indirectly by improving lead time, inventory optimization and quality throughout the entire value chain. So-called static supply chains compare poorly to their dynamic counterparts that see cost reduction and quality as well as material availability improvements. What follows is a proposal of improving the supply chain using methods like integration, data exchange and collaboration that can also help to improve entire E2E flows through re-structuring and outsourcing from one level to another.

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