Supply Chain Software

Global Supply Chain Visibility

Supply chains are becoming leaner in terms of inventory, while customers are getting more demanding in terms of lead times. This means that when disruptions occur, they can have a greater impact, and can result in lost sales. Visibility of global inventory and end-to-end supply chain transaction processes is therefore more important than ever.

The global supply chain has three key stages: production/manufacture and local transport in the export country, multimodal transport to the importing country, and local distribution/fulfillment in the importing country. Extended global supply chain visibility therefore demands that each of these stages is modelled, with multiple ERPs connected seamlessly to create a collaborative trading network linking suppliers, logistics service providers and customers in real time.

Collaboration >> Inventory Optimization

Treating the supply chain as a single entity, removing silos and partitions, enables the connection between supply and demand right up to the point the goods reach the customer. This facilitates inventory optimization, third-party inventory management and proactive supply management to improve service and reduce inventory levels.

Tracking inventory along the entire supply chain, even while it is under the control of third parties, allows optimized response to demand fluctuations while improving relationships with suppliers and customers.

Optimized Reactivity >> Logistics Scheduling

Knowledge of availability and ETA of inbound inventory feeds into real-time distribution planning systems that dynamically adjust transport schedules. Delayed inbound traffic can be automatically re-routed to alternative transport modes/corridors, while advanced notice of volume facilitates smoothing of transport resource levels and corresponding cost reduction.

Integration with real-time transport control and tracking systems provides seamless automatic optimization of the entire logistics operation.

Pro-active Optimization >> Strategic Planning

Increased visibility facilitates forward planning at the tactical and strategic levels. Inventory can be allocated where it is really needed, while having a real-time view of stock across multiple locations and organisations enables manufacturing partners to optimize production processes to save costs and increase adherence to service levels.

Well-positioned inventory can be diverted to meet demands from other channels or locations, reducing lead times and costs while increasing customer satisfaction levels and therefore sales.

Visibility & Measurement >> Demand Forecasting

Visibility provides a rich source of management information which drives future planning and decision making. The need for accurate, timely information within the fulfillment operation ensures the quality of data captured for reporting and analysis purposes.

Integrated demand forecasting tools and data warehousing solutions provide the foundation for intelligent business intelligence tools that allow business leaders to measure, review and enhance the service provided by their supply chain.



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