During our webinar with SupplyChainBrain last month, Ryan Miller of Dick's Sporting Goods discussed how the company has adopted new technology to automate and simplify the supplier relationship management process, making it easy for sourcing executives to make quick, informed decisions about their suppliers. Several viewers asked questions during the webinar, and while our speakers were unable to answer them all live, Ryan Miller and Gary Barraco have answered the additional questions here.
Q: Does your implementation of Amber Road integrate with other systems?
Ryan: Yes, absolutely. We are integrated today with Flex PLM from PTC. That’s our main development system where we are doing all our tech packs, and that’s where our product information starts. Amber Road comes at the beginning. So as we are onboarding a vendor, all that vendor data is fed from Amber Road into PTC. And then later on after development is through, we feed the data back from PTC back over to Amber Road for product testing and materials testing. It’s one continuous back and forth integration.
Q: Ryan, how many vendors are you working with and what types of vendors are these? What are they making for you? What are you doing on the supply management side?
Ryan: We have over 300 different factories. We have about 75 clothing apparel manufacturers and the rest of them really run the gamut. We do everything from tents and sleeping bags to golf clubs to kayaks and canoes, things like a gun safe – a wide variety. The system really helps us. Those guys are everywhere, from Central America, China, and throughout Southeast Asia. We are able to keep everyone managed through one system.
Q: Can I pull other data into those dashboards and get a matrix?
Gary: Dashboards are very flexible, and we integrate into a lot of other systems using different languages and coding languages. But we can pull that data in. We don’t create the supplier matrix for you, we are using your supplier matrix, and we are feeding all that data into the system. Some of this may come from third party systems if you are using a third party auditing company. If you’re doing it internally, we can open up the system to allow your internal auditors to manually input or upload the compliance and audit reports through Excel spreadsheets. If you’re getting data that’s on those screens, if you’re doing and looking at any compliance issues like slavery issues, any compliance issues, we can pull those reports in and deliver them in a dashboard graphic that works for your teams. A lot of this is able to be rectified and displayed in a graphical format that you guys can use.
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