iBUS will enable toy and board games/ cards manufacturers to selectively exploit disruptive technologies such as (i) the internet (digital information) and (ii) additive manufacturing (3D printing) to locally fulfil the demand for safe customisable products. Taking part in the iBUS supply chain, manufacturers will then produce the toys and furniture in small scale series production driven by the actual customer demand.
This concept provides the manufacturers a significant opportunity to increase their direct sales through internet and social media channels, particularly on low volume customised products manufactured by Additive Manufacturing (AM) and traditional manufacturing processes. It can boost the return of delocalised manufacturing of traditional toys to Europe, which are already starting to bring manufacturing back to EU.
The iBUS module will enable manufacturers and suppliers to be more flexible and demand driven, growing both their B2B and direct B2C business. It will also link individual “home‐based” designers and manufacturers to the supply‐chain. This is achieved by having a portfolio of local and agile SMEs manufacturers and retailers integrated into a rapid response supply chain where raw materials are stocked at a low level of added value rather than in a finished goods form. This is in contrast to the current system where waste is mismatched between the original manufacturers forecast and the actual market demand, which leads to excess inventory where customers demand is unmet.
Makers and ‘fan-art’ can be included in here as contemporary design cultures that are predominantly technology‐based. Networks between designers, aka ‘makers’, will also be set up in iBUS. Consequently, this collaboration is strongly enhanced and is focused on using and learning practical skills and applying them creatively.
Hence, suppliers included within the iBUS supply chain will enhance their local and regional value, abroad its geographic scope and take part of a transparent business model while being updated on innovations and safety issues related to the materials in the toy sector. Fittingly, the added value the system provides them with are:
- To add an ethical small business model to the current one, keeping commercial equity and in terms of full transparency
- To acquire updated knowledge on the customers’ segments and their tastes, having further opportunity to provide pioneering ground breaking products with edgeless innovation
- To support and be supported by regional/ local value
- To be integrated within an ongoing, flexible business, totally transferable with minimal administrative burden
- Automatic supplier rationalisation.
Suitably, collaboration with the iBUS supply chain will boost your business and add local/regional value to it. So we look forward you to contact us to become part of our supply chain (SIG) or get subscribed to our mailing list, at the end of our home page.