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BENDIX COMMERCIAL VEHICLE SYSTEMS HAD A PROBLEM.
The vehicle-components manufacturer wanted to continue its globalization push, but its growing supply chain was becoming a high-maintenance mess. For one Chinese aluminum-castings supplier, Elyria-based Bendix CVS would fax a weekly update on Tuesday and follow up with off-hour emails or voicemails to confirm release or track shipments. The Chinese company would manually compare the update to its own schedule before trying to respond. With luck, the companies communicated by the end of the week.
When dealing with one supplier, the process was a nuisance. But for all 219, it was a logistical nightmare. So Bendix CVS contacted e-Ventus Corp., the Cleveland-based developer of Mx Supplier Collaboration, an e-business solution for …