Digital age has changed a lot of things like DVDs, Cameras, cassette players, phones etc. and this space will keep on disrupting itself in near future also. A recent study published about Fortune 500 organizations, said that since 2000, 52% of the companies in the Fortune 500 have either gone bankrupt, have been acquired, ceased to exist, or dropped out of the Fortune 500. End to end supply chain visibility, which is also impacted by Digital Disruption, has changed a lot. Some of the organizations (very few) have adapted and are using digital technology to their advantage whereas the others are facing new challenges. According to Gartner, by 2016, less than 20% of the organizations will be able to provide end to end supply chain visibility. Also, as per them, 70% of large companies cannot achieve the Supply Chain Maturity required to be winners in 2020. Logistics, which is intrinsic part of any efficient supply chain, is becoming most important than ever and while its costs vary from a low 2.4% for a pharmaceutical industry to a high of 10.8% for CPG industry, the challenges are very similar across industries.
Modern Supply Chain needs to be more mobile with ubiquitous visibility and access, have more insights with real time information for best decisions, more collaborative for faster responsiveness from all stakeholders/participants and more engaging. Let us take an example of optimization of logistics. Digital tools available these days not only help in route and capacity optimization but also landed cost simulators will provide costing in different scenarios so that a decision can be taken after considering all parameters in terms of mode of transport, inco terms, exchange rates etc. These tools combine the knowledge of Wiki, social bookmarks, forums, blogging, in house multi team collaboration and even photo sharing & video campaigns to provide strong input to the supply chain planners. New ideas that keep floating at different digital platforms will form the core of supply chain planning and innovation around it. Going forward, digital platforms will capture, develop and prioritize ideas, generate proposals, optimize investment and will help in commercializing ideas.
The major benefits expected are faster speed to market, higher product revenue, improved product margins, better fill rates, improved product launch performance and improved sales effectiveness.
The above article has been written by our guest Sam Page – Supply Chain Leader in a Fortune 500 organization.