″ Without a good supply chain visibility, development of the supply chain is impossible.
″ Enhancing supply chain visibility has become one of the must-win battles for many companies.
Why should you focus on supply chain visibility?
When discussing the current challenges and improvement areas of the supply chain, the significant challenges have often a common denominator. The organization has not reached the wanted maturity level of supply chain visibility which is needed to ensure desired performance and level of interruptions in processes. As can be seen from our customer cases, decreased supply chain visibility causes uncertainty across the whole chain, and development work can quickly turn into reactive problem mitigation. Therefore, enhancing supply chain visibility has become one of the must-win battles for many companies.
What disrupts your supply chain visibility?
1. Internal control and improvements focus on function level
KPl’s and incentives are often created to serve the purposes of the individual functions in the organization instead of the entire supply chain. When internal control and improvements focus on individual parts of supply chain, the incentives to construct integration between surrounding functions can be non-existent.
2. Information exists in silos
If supply chain management focus is on individual functions, the data is often being managed on the same level. In the worst-case scenario data is also being stored in separate systems inside the departments. One major challenge is related to the available technology, which causes most of the data sharing problems. Often, the chosen technologies are unable to collaborate when separate systems have no way to share data inside the supply chain, and for example provide a base for block chain solutions.
3. Individual pain points are not identified and solved
A control problem in a single function can have significant impact on supply chain visibility when the information flow is interrupted or becomes irrelevant. For example, when a company suffers from poor inventory control, the whole supply chain could lose its capability to take full advantage of the data which inventory management generates.
4. Cooperation and visibility only on an internal level
Even when internal collaboration and cross-functional data sharing are on a good level, full visibility of the supply chain requires external cooperation as well. Especially, when companies have outsourced parts of their supply chain. For example, it is common that a company loses visibility of transfers between locations due to outsourced transportation.
Do you want to find out how increasing supply chain visibility could help your organization?
– Do these problems sound familiar to your organization?
– Are you interested in finding out your supply chain visibility level?