Whether your warehouse is a traditional building with aisles of inventory, a series of components spread across multiple divisions or suppliers, or a field of pipe spanning 600 acres, the need for access to critical supply chain data anytime, anywhere is now a business imperative. Additionally, upstream and downstream trading partners demand product fulfillment visibility to see and interact with each other throughout the entire process. This capability is at the core of the warehouse of the future: one with no walls, and therefore no barriers to accessibility and efficiency.
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Global supply chains continue to grow in complexity, but even with recent high-profile security breaches and logistics slowdowns, two new studies suggest many businesses may be underestimating supply chain threats. A recent study suggests one common threat, the loss of a key supplier, is effectively shrugged off by a surprising percentage of businesses surveyed. Zurich Insurance Ltd.’s global survey report on the potential business impact of “loss of the main supplier” for small and medium enterprises demonstrates that a majority of organizations (55%) claim they would not be affected at all were they to lose their main supplier.
The demand for product traceability applies to a number of industries, but is especially strong for food suppliers and producers given continuing outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. And it’s not just consumer demand. Regulatory oversight of food is now a priority of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and as a result, the food industry has undergone a shift into “a more preventive state with the heaviest emphasis on food traceability that we have ever seen,” writes Angela Fernandez for Food Safety Magazine.
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According to a recent supplement of the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, between 9 and 41 percent of medications in a sample of 16,800 drugs fell short of meeting quality standards. In an industry whose offerings include lifesaving drugs, substandard products put the public health at risk—and the stakes couldn’t be higher. In a foreword to the supplement, former FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg writes, “Substandard and falsified medical products pose significant risks to global health with potentially devastating and far-reaching consequences.” The crux of the problem is a lack of visibility along the supply chain, which can lead to these vulnerabilities.
Throughout OVCS, supply chain conversations were a dominant theme as attendees and presenters explored challenges, best practices and next steps. Several Oracle users shared their own stories, including Elijio, who shared details about TETRA’s mobile supply chain journey to help give attendees insightful context around which they can begin to think about their own mobility strategies.
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When Gartner bills their Supply Chain Executive Conference 2014 as “the world’s most important gathering of supply chain leaders,” it’s a lofty declaration—and in this case, it’s absolutely true. Several DSI executives and employees attended the conference, and now that they’re back in the office, we’re busy rehashing the conversations, tools and takeaways that were in abundant supply (no pun intended) throughout the three-day event.