As organizations move forward with determining how to transform their supply chains, it’s critical to understand that successful supply chains aren’t driven just by more investment into static resources but about agility in the way that we use our assets, investments and partners. The one constant we know is that business changes will happen and these changes will have a direct impact on our supply chains increasing the need to adjust and adapt quickly to drive cost efficient and customer focused practices.
Supply chain control towers are often misunderstood and the term control tower itself can mean different things from different vendors. We have tried to categorize the control towers you’ll see from analytics to operational control towers in previous posts and today we want to focus on the innovation that is happening with control towers focused on the end-to-end supply chain.
This week, we examined this question in our webinar, "Making the Perfect Order in a Complex World" (view the recording!).
Everything you know about supply chain visibility is wrong or at the very least it’s limited. You may look at your supply chain today and say “I have good supply chain visibility” but I’d ask you how you define it.
In part 1 of this post (read here), we spoke about key trends facing supply chain leaders in terms of customer focus, end-to-end supply chain visibility, rising customer requirements, operations still being a core issue and asking the right questions.
This year's CSCMP Edge conference was as lively as ever with deep discussions and conversations with and between attendees on how we can continue to evolve, transform and innovate the supply chain discipline. Through my attendance of several sessions, speaking to practitioners in attendance and networking with other technologists in the expo hall, it's obvious that supply chain is in an incredibly exciting place to drive business value.
We are less than a week away from this year's CSCMP Edge event in Atlanta and I'm excited to attend this year's show. I will be there with Brian Hodgson and Chris Giovino from the MP Objects team (Booth #1031) to discuss supply chain orchestration with all of the supply chain leaders who will be at the event.
Over the past decade, supply chain leaders have increasingly been asked to reduce the cost associated with fulfilling of customer orders on-time and in-full. However, in most cases, they have been asked to do so with less funding while the quantity of orders has increased. Let’s face it; that is tough position to be in.
This past Thursday, Brian Hodgson and I shared our thoughts on the evolution of control towers and what to look for when looking for a control tower to solve your business needs. You can find the on-demand recording here!
As always, we get a lot of questions during our webinars and here are our answers to attendee’s questions.
When in 1921, Croydon Airport in London introduced it’s first Air Traffic Control Tower it did so to better manage what had become an increasingly complex operation to ensure the safety and lives of all pilots and passengers on incoming and outgoing flights. While it started as pure visual observation over time we’ve seen every airport leverage technology based observation in addition to visual in order to measure and ensure our flights arrive on time and in full.
Supply chain visibility is one of the hottest topics in supply chain and for good reason. As our supply chains grow larger and in turn get more complex, supply chain leaders are increasingly realizing the gaps they have in their visibility across the supply chain.
Too often in supply chain we are focused on the immediate; on the execution of our orders today without as much thought on how our process and strategy should and will evolve in order to serve our operational needs as we expand our product lines, our markets and our geographic customer footprint.
This past week, we conducted a webinar on 5 Trends Forcing Innovation in Supply Chain. It was a great conversation on the innovations happening within supply chain operations with spirited questions and discussion after the webinar.
The data and research is right in front of us. Whether you read Gartner’s Supply Chain research, daily articles from supply chain media outlets, or the Geodis 2017 Worldwide Supply Chain Survey, you’ll notice that a major concern for supply chain leaders is increasing supply chain complexity.
Most of the time that I hear about innovation in the supply chain, I read about robotics, Uber and self-driving trucks or the automated drones that will soon be delivering our Amazon packages.
However, while the mind-space of the media and articles trends toward these innovations, the conversations that we have with supply chain leaders usually are more grounded. They care about their operational supply chain and how to improve and optimize their flows, costs and service level to their customers. Robots are great but they have pressing need for innovation in how they execute their supply chains from how they collaborate with suppliers and partners to dynamically using inventory across their supply chain networks.