Controlling the supply chain with IT
Today's digital global economy requires a new approach to the supply chain. Instead of a straight line to the customer, the value chain is a complex collection of different networks. The needs of the modern customer force us to be always available and flexible.
This shift has opened up positions in the value chain. Those companies that take control of the supply chain in a digital data-driven ecosystem can now increase and strengthen their position
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Supply chain management
The supply chain can be divided into several activities, such as procurement, product lifecycle management, inventory planning, logistics and order management. On an international level, complex supplier management and production processes can be added.
There are digital solutions available for many of these activities that make operations more efficient, cheaper or better. However, the biggest competitive advantage is not in the independent solutions but in how these digital tools work together.
The next step in digitalisation is to link all digital assets together and make them communicate through effective data alignment. In this way, the various separate infrastructures form an effective whole.
Responding to demand
Pressure on trade is forcing wholesalers to respond more cost-efficiently to customer demand. This means the supply chain has to be demand-driven. Previously, the value chain was a straightforward series of links ending with the customer. With a digital ecosystem, this works the other way. Here, it is demand that turns the knobs of the digital ecosystem. In this way, the entire supply chain responds efficiently to demand and there is no waste.
Track and manage
One of the biggest advantages of a Supply Chain Management system is overview. By tracking products and providing information in the cloud, it is possible to follow the entire route from production to customer. This allows you to quickly respond to unforeseen circumstances and manage clear expectations for the customer.