Profiles in Supply Chain Enablement: Global company simplifies and streamlines international trade among and between multiple countries
Company: Fairchild Semiconductor International (South Portland, ME)
Company Size: Large
Company Sector: Manufacturing (Electronics)
Area(s) of Enablement: Sourcing, Fulfillment/Logistics, Decision Support
Enabler: Management Dynamics, Inc. (Rockville, MD)
Fairchild Semiconductor is the leading global provider of high-performance power semiconductors used in electronic devices for the computing, communications, consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Founded over 35 years ago, Fairchild now ships more than 17 billion units a year from six countries into over 45 countries worldwide, seven days a week year around. "Fairchild has grown substantially, with eleven acquisitions in the past seven years, recently establishing new design and manufacturing facilities in Korea and China," said Bob Scribner, senior manager of global logistics for Fairchild. "As the company continued to innovate and expand globally, the need for effective global trade management strategies was crucial to ensuring efficient cross-border transactions." Furthermore, with 36 direct-sales offices in 17 countries and a variety of processes that came with each acquisition, Fairchild needed to develop standard business processes worldwide that were easily repeatable and scalable and at the same time create electronic trade documents to support customs clearance.
To help achieve these objectives, Fairchild selected a software solution from Management Dynamics. Together, Fairchild and Management Dynamics designed, configured and implemented a solution that streamlines and automates Fairchild's global logistics process, ensuring full compliance with various country-specific trade rules and regulations. Currently, Fairchild uses Management Dynamics Trade Export Solution to address its trade compliance requirements, including shipping documentation and Customs clearance of its semiconductor products worldwide.
Working with Management Dynamics, Fairchild can ship goods with confidence. The solution offers Fairchild a seamless and automated export compliance process, providing an auditable shipping record along with electronically archived and easily retrievable trade documentation, thus eliminating the often daily manual and tedious tasks of trade compliance. Today 90 percent of all of Fairchild's shipments are pre-cleared. Fairchild has been able to produce accurate and standardized trade documents to all origins and destinations. Increasing consistency and dependability of its documentation has significantly improved its customs clearance rates. Additionally, Fairchild has achieved shorter transit times, reduced shipment delays and overall inventory carrying costs.
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