With the holiday season and festivities upon us, the last thing on everyone’s minds are natural disasters and supply chain preparedness. But as the biggest shopping days of the year swirl around us, it is important to consider the supply chains that we as consumers rely on and what inclement weather can do to disrupt them.
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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Supply chain visibility and traceability are key to improving operational efficiency and enabling communication among trading partners. Yet in the event of a crisis, visibility and traceability become imperative in order to quickly identify—and solve—the problem. Not only do you want to fix the problem as soon as possible so that the minimum amount of product is affected; you also want to reassure customers that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect their safety and earn the investment they’ve made into your goods.
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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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To meet these demands, supply chain visibility, execution and optimization must extend from producers/suppliers to end consumers, a critical expansion that marks a departure from the traditional focus solely on manufacturing and distribution.
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Gold Eagle Co. manufactures and distributes several leading brands of automotive chemicals that protect and boost vehicle performance. To continue to succeed in a competitive market, they had to overcome a challenge: manual processes that limited visibility and created other inefficiencies along the supply chain. Among those inefficiencies, delayed entry caused loss of inventory visibility, which further delayed transaction processing and led to inaccurate inventory statements down the line.
Identifying the Problems
The search for a solution always begins with a problem—or problems. As a global leader in infrastructure protection and maintenance services, Aegion Corporation manages 175 facilities in 33 countries, which add up to more than 1,000 job sites per year. With limited visibility into those locations, many of which span hundreds of acres in areas with little to no connectivity, it’s no wonder that Aegion struggled to accurately track high-cost customer assets, which also increased the risk of delayed delivery times.
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When you talk about mobile in the workplace, you might first think of using a mobile device for common tasks like checking email or tapping into (no pun intended) an employee-facing app for needs like time tracking and expense reporting. At Old Dutch Foods, however, company executives channeled the power of mobile to optimize manufacturing, distribution and sales, an approach so effective (not to mention innovative) that it was the subject of a new Forrester Research report.
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