ZF’s Digitalization Strategy With Suppliers
The ZF’s goal of the digitization of communication types is to reduce the manual efforts between ZF and suppliers, thereby reducing cost, increasing speed, and decreasing the potential for errors.
For a communication type to be digitalized, ZF must either establish a direct electronic data interchange (EDI) connection with a supplier (available for some processes) or utilize the strategic SupplyOn portal. Not all digital processes require the use of SupplyOn. Suppliers with existing EDI capabilities can use “classic EDI” to perform some communication types, however, those without EDI capabilities can utilize the web-based applications through SupplyOn.
The ZF Onboarding process begins with ZF selecting a supplier for a particular type of digital communication type, based on business need and supplier classification. The responsible ZF business contact (Logistics, Quality, Finance, Purchasing, Supplier Management) must submit a request to the ZF Onboarding team to establish a connection.