Digital: Transforming Supply Chain Operations

Supply chain

By 2050, there will be over 9.7 billion people and it will greatly affect the demands for commodities and infrastructure. You should see this as an opportunity to become closer with your customers, suppliers and supply chain. However, you must also be prepared for demands on increased visibility. Thankfully, the digital is transforming supply chain operations worldwide. 

The transformation is focused on enhancing customer services, improving access and making products and services more affordable. Employing advances in digital in these three aspects is beneficial both to you and your customers. Through the digital, you can also track your business performance, measure your outcomes and monitor your transactions. In a word, it helps enhance transparency in the supply chain.

Supply chains are currently experiencing multiple dynamic changes. As a result of technology advancements, connectivity and transparency has become key levers for a successful supply chain management through the changes. At the present time, the limitations of supply chain operations are defined by digital disruptors. While there are still gaps in the supply chain, the data is there, which can be utilized through seamless integration.

By working with your customers, suppliers and trading partners, you will achieve greater visibility in your total cost. You will be able to align your data and provide greater value for your products and services. The traditional supply chain operates and deliberates in weeks, and even months. But with digital, you will be able to do these in minutes or seconds. And, this could be a big change for a lot of people.

The digital makes your supply chain fast and agile so you can respond to significant demand changes more effectively. It can help you capture your market by being ready with inventory when changes in demand are occurring. No one wants to wait. That’s why it is important to measure 100 percent availability throughout the value chain. Through digital, you will be able to shorten lead times and engineer value chain based on the expectations of customers.

In conclusion, the digital is resolving key issues, such as visibility across the supply chain, optimization to decrease cost and increase capability, and demand variability. It helps you find ways to manage the end to end supply chain within and outside your enterprise more effectively.

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Charlie Alsmiller

Throughout his career, Charlie Alsmiller has focused on customer problems in difficult industries such as Energy and Telecommunications. Prior to starting Appterra in 2005, Alsmiller was VP of Global Operations for Allegro Development, a leading provider of software for the energy sector. He has also served as president of OmniSpace Technologies, a leading SaaS provider that he founded in 1999. He spent over 10 years in the consulting world with Price Waterhouse and Deloitte Consulting, where he participated in a wide variety of projects for very high profile clients. Mr. Alsmiller holds a BBA from Baylor University in Management and Information Systems and a MBA from the University of Dallas in International Business. Specialties: Technology ventures, Enterprise Software, Contract Negotiation, International Operations, Private Equity, Product Management, Strategic Alliances, Software Implementation, Software Development

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