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Many companies see the potential benefits of the digital technologies but struggle with taking the right first step to start their digital supply chain transformation effort. What we typically see with companies in a multitude of sectors, from retail and automotive to chemicals and energy, is an initial recognition that the supply chain is central to their business and that digitization is on the horizon. However, they lack a clear sense of urgency, a full understanding of how to scale the effort and benefits associated with it, and the necessary buy-in across the organization to make digitization a serious priority.

Instead supply chain and technology teams often work on digital projects on the side, in addition to their day-to-day responsibilities. These projects are perceived as creative endeavors that are not core to the mainstream business. In fact, digital projects are seldom linked to longer-term, overarching corporate strategies, and they often are not linked to clear quality, service, and cost improvements.

Additionally, companies tend to have a portfolio of digital and nondigital projects with little or no coordination amongst them. The nondigital projects—such as streamlining the sales and operations planning (S&OP) process, improving transportation sourcing, or implementing lean manufacturing initiatives—usually far outnumber the digital, with roughly 70 percent being nondigital. Furthermore, unlike the digital projects, the nondigital ones are often associated with a profit and loss statement goal. As a result, nondigital projects typically are prioritized over digital ones for investments and scale-ups. At the point that companies seek our help with digital supply chain transformation, we find that, in nearly two-thirds of cases, their digital projects have demonstrated no measurable cost, productivity, or other tangible benefits.

To be successful, digital projects need to be tied to other business projects that are linked to the corporate strategy and have a financial goal associated with them. For example, as part of an effort to improve inventory, a project team could explore new demand planning tools. Similarly, a team might explore utilizing express bidding and crowdsourcing tools to reduce freight costs. Or as part of a plant reliability initiative, a team could test the use of IoT devices to help prioritize maintenance tasks. This linkage ensures that digital projects are addressing the right business problems. It also ensures that digital projects are not in conflict or redundant with nondigital projects. Instead the two types of projects are now integrated together. Finally, when there is a financial business case tied to digital projects, they are more likely to receive investments and be scaled up beyond a pilot project.

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Strategy and Business performance _

Choose the best Supply chain strategy for your organization, and you'll manage your business more effectively...

 

Supply chains encompass the end-to-end flow of information, products, and money. For that reason, the way they are managed strongly affects an organization's competitiveness in such areas as product cost, working capital requirements, speed to market, and service perception, among others. In this context, the proper alignment of the supply chain with business strategy is essential to ensure a high level of business performance.

Accordingly, an organization's supply chain strategy is shaped by the interrelation among four main elements: the industry framework (the marketplace); the organization's unique value proposal (its competitive positioning); its internal processes (supply chain processes); and its managerial focus (the linkage among supply chain processes and business strategy). Although each of these elements includes multiple factors, only some of those factors are relevant drivers for the formulation of a supply chain strategy.

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Various Technology Options _

The number of supply chain technologies keeps proliferating. But which ones should companies invest in now, and which ones are not yet ready for prime time?


The number of emerging technologies being pitched to the supply chain market have certainly proliferated. High on the list of mentions include blockchain, artificial intelligence (particularly machine learning), autonomous vehicles and robots (including drones), augmented reality, Internet of Things, additive manufacturing, big data and predictive analytics, mobile devices, asset-sharing systems, cloud-based technology, and control towers.

But which of these various technology options are truly suitable to your organization's  specific current and future needs!?

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Operations and Performance _

A company should be concerned to satisfy its customers’ requirements for fast and dependable services at reasonable price, as well as helping its own suppliers to improve services they offer.  There are five basic performance objectives and they apply to all types of operation: Quality - Speed - Dependability - Flexibility & Cost.

 

The fundamental rethinking and radical redesign of business processes to achieve dramatic improvements in critical contemporary measures of performance, such as cost, quality, service, and speed” encompasses the envisioning of new work strategies, the actual process design activity, and the implementation of the change in all its complex technological, human, and organizational dimensions.

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Analytics to Solve Supply Chain Problems

Supply Chain is a tricky business. One missing entity or a lack of synchronisation can break the entire chain and mean millions in losses for a company. However, the use of analytics in this domain is resolving several pain points in supply chain management at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

With modern businesses becoming increasingly global, the demand for an efficient supply chain logistics which can perform at scale is on the rise. Operations and logistics teams have become more complex, and issues pertaining to inconsistent suppliers, delayed shipment and more need a robust solution. Following are a few of the most common challenges that the industry of supply chain is facing today:

  • Managing Demand Volatility
  • Supply chain and logistics process transparency
  • Tackling cost fluctuations in supply chain

Business analytics and intelligence have improved significantly in the last decade, resulting in a dependable system that can help solve the issues of this domain with meaningful insights, analysis and predictions.

 

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Visibility to turn Supply Chain blind spots into opportunities

Supply Chain is a tricky business. One missing entity or a lack of synchronisation can break the entire chain and mean millions in losses for a company. However, the use of analytics in this domain is resolving several pain points in supply chain management at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

 

Combining powerful machine learning with the world’s largest data network, we optimize global supply chains for industry-leading brands. Through real-time visibility and data-driven insights, we give you the power to take control like never before. Together, we’re not just transforming your supply chain – we’re redefining supply chain management to give you a distinct competitive advantage.