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Supply Chain: The Best Practices and Obstacles to Avoid

 
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It is of most importance for manufacturers to make their supply chain as lean and efficient as possible. However, it can be difficult to know where and how to begin. Thanks to Transplace’s president of Supply Chain Consulting Services Brooks Bentz, we gained insight on the best practices in achieving a successful supply chain. We also learned what obstacles to avoid and how to automate operations.

Obstacles in Achieving an Efficient Supply Chain
According to Bentz, the main obstacle in achieving a successful supply chain is using last century’s operating practices to operate today’s supply chains. A lot has changed for the last 100 years. The lifecycles of products are lower. The supply chains are not flexible enough to respond to dynamic markets. The expectations of customers, suppliers, and even your trading partners are higher. At the present, everyone needs faster and more accurate information in order to perform better decision-making and execute superior management. Fortunately, advanced technology has changed the face of logistics and transformed supply chains to become more responsive and dynamic in meeting the expectations of customers and improving their experience.

Best Practices to Combat these Obstacles
As stated by Bentz, the best way to combat these obstacles is transforming the logistics operations by having strategic vision, mapping as-is processes, and translating that vision into a roadmap of future success. Of course, the supply chain still needs to follow the usual steps such as visualizing a product, designing, engineering, prototyping, testing, and evaluating. The product will be ready only after undergoing these critical steps.

Automating Supply Chain Operations
End-to-end supply chain management is the holy grail of supply chain. You need the best technology with the best software relevant to your supply chain functions. You need a unified, integrated suite of technologies to achieve supply chain visibility, event management, and execution.

In conclusion, supply chain success can only be achieved by transforming your logistics operations and by using the best software relevant to your supply chain functions. Not being able to adapt to the dynamic nature of the industry is the main obstacle that hinders your company from gaining success. You need to leverage technology to meet the expectations of your customers and improve their experience.

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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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