No matter how well your team has done its supply chain planning, it seems like exceptions keep arising and you’re constantly in fire-fighting mode. In the case of supply chain, the issue isn’t so much about operations, it’s about the ability to collaborate quickly and effectively when an exception deviates from the established plan. This is why forward-thinking organizations are creating Centers of Excellence for their supply chain.
More organizations are investing in business-to-business electronic integration (B2Bi) to cut costs and increase business flow efficiency, according to a survey of more than 200 organizations by the University of Tennessee's Global Supply Chain Institute and integration provider DiCentral.
As much as IoT is the buzzword of consumer electronics, it will quickly become a critical part of the electronics supply chain as companies use sensors to maximize efficiency of various business tasks and integrate that information into a strategic advantage.
For years, companies have used digital supply chain technologies to improve service levels and reduce costs. But the inability to connect disparate systems, provide end-to-end visibility into the supply chain, and crunch massive amounts of data, among other issues, has prevented many companies from achieving the full potential of their supply chains. Now, thanks to the wide availability and adoption of much more powerful digital technologies, including advanced analytics and cloud-based solutions, companies are generating dramatically better returns on their investments.
The product return process has long been neglected at companies, written off as a necessary expense that adds no value. The returns function and any process related to it is often given the bare minimum of time and consideration. Typically, once an item is returned, it's thrown into the back of a warehouse and forgotten about while a new product was shipped to the customer.
Analyst Insight: Organizations say that supply chain visibility is an issue but are not connecting the dots to address these concerns. While they acknowledge that they need to spend more on technology to facilitate this they are still confused on how to create a holistic supply chain visibility strategy to orchestrate multiple systems, harmonize integrations and streamline operations. - Dylan Persaud, Managing Director, Eval-Source