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Author : admin | Tuesday, 23 April 2019

How and Why to Digitize Your Supply Chain

Author : admin | Tuesday, 23 April 2019

For legacy businesses, there could possibly be a disconnect from how a digitized supply chain will get better the final outcome. In fact, IBM reports that 84 percent of manufacturers polled in a recent survey proclaim that they have implemented real-time data sharing into their supply chains, but only 13 percent have done so efficiently. So how could supply chain management close the gap between implementation and optimization?

 

In the relatively early stages of supply chain digitization, the ongoing transformation of our industrial supply chain is rarely the first large scale disruption to sweep through the business world. If we look back through history, every generation has seen major difficulty driven by technology — the railroad, the telephone, the automobile, the television, and now the internet. What’s distinctive about today’s modernization is its unprecedented speed, enabled by new tools that act faster than human beings. Done well, this digitization offers the power turning the supply chain into a strategic profit driver, woven deep within the fabric of every competitive business.

 

We’ve seen first-hand, organizations are reconsidering their approach to supply chain planning by integrating several individual phases of the process into one full circle system. Planning is traditionally siloed, with separate work streams for inventory, demand, and transportation. Gradually we are starting to see planning develop across these areas simultaneously. The breaking down of these walls are enabled by the integration of emerging technology, including but not limited to:

 

·         Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Big Data

Aggregation and analysis of massive amounts of data to identify and respond to trends in customer demand

·         Advanced Robotics and machine learning

Modern warehouse management, plus “non-physical” robotics, like database tools for deeper trend analysis that can help predict the future

·         Automation/3D printing

Delivering custom service that meets the most specific, time-sensitive customer demands

 

The implementation of emerging technologies causes satisfillment among fulfillment center employees and end consumers alike. In such a case, satisfillment is when simple processes make the issues of e-commerce a thing of the past. At Project Verte, this is our aim - new supply chain technology is one component of a full circle experience for e-commerce businesses. With a digitized supply chain, companies are enabled to better serve customers and outstrip expectations, ultimately reaching satisfillment. Early adopters are fervent about these new tools, but the rest of the world still grapples with how to begin integrating more technology into their systems. Many people are just beginning to experiment and run initial programs — generally the big businesses and agile start-ups, while most, not all, mid-sized companies are eagerly watching.

 

The journey may seem intimidating, so we recommend the following steps to make it more manageable:

·         Emphasize on longterm value: Before embarking on this journey, have an honest talk with board members to lay out how the investment in digitization will add value.

·         Mitigate employee fears: Digitization doesn’t always result to job loss. Actuality, these new technologies have the potential to upskill employees for the long term.

·         Don’t reinvent the wheel: Tap into specialized partners who have the institutionalized knowledge and resources to help implement your new business solutions.

·         Set manageable goals: Business transformation can take some time. Break up the integration into workable stages and regularly review what is working to ensure the process is on track.

 

The digitization of the supply chain is indicative of a far more profound trend — the disruption of the business model. Organizations today who are dealing with a transformation have much different considerations than they might have had five years ago. Begin to digitizing because the sidelines are no place for business.

 

This article is originally posted on manufacturing.net

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