End-to-end purchase order management is a core service at all Century locations worldwide. The process can be broken into four categories of visibility, each outlined below:
Production Planning is a customized application with tailor-made screens to capture upstream PO events. We set up your vendors to receive auto-alerts when key events are not completed on time. The information presented can be exception driven and limited for each stakeholder based on buyer, department, vendor, SKU, etc. An important benefit of this module is the ability to track actual production lead times at a product level, leading to smart procurement and transportation decisions on subsequent POs.
Vendors create all bookings online in VMS®. The system audits the bookings against your PO upload to verify key dates, quantities, destination and routing. VMS® VIBE immediately notifies the vendor, on-screen, of booking exceptions to ensure prompt correction. True exceptions, as opposed to discrepancies arising from vendor data entry error, are communicated to your staff for review. You then have the opportunity to reject the booking, divert to air, roll to a later vessel, proceed as planned, etc. The VMS® booking process is an important component of our joint efforts to promote vendor compliance with ship dates, quantities and ISF requirements. Allowable carriers, allocations and port/pairs are pre-loaded in an Administrative module in VMS® to drive optimal, cost-effective routing of your freight.
3. Shipment / In-transit
Century receives container status events via EDI from multiple parties within our customers’ supply chains, which we then relate down to the PO level in VMS®. Our EDI partners include carriers, brokers, rail track providers, distribution centers, truckers, transloaders and customers. In fact, carriers alone are capable of sending over 95 different container events.
You gain real time visibility to PO status from empty committed at the origin port through to physical receiving and empty returned to carrier.
Century programs customized alerts to notify you of containers/POs that have missed a planned milestone. Our goal is to save your staff valuable time and focus their attention on orders that are not meeting the milestone expectations.
4. Inbound Receiving
Our Inbound Planning and Transload Module gives you a preview of incoming containers up to 10 days before vessel arrival. You then have the ability to prioritize POs and SKUs while they are still on the water by assigning operational statuses such as rush, excess, direct to store, etc. Your priority decisions are then communicated to truckers, transload facilities and logistics teams to ensure proper management of inbound freight.
If your company engages in transloading, VMS® gives you visibility to product as it is transferred from inbound ocean containers to outbound rail containers or trucks en route to final destination. You never lose visibility to the transloaded orders.
Additional benefits of this Transload tool include the ability to route product among multiple channels of distribution, split containers among DCs and divert product to where the need is greatest. VMS® Transload also manages and records Overages, Shortages and Damages.