Critical visibility in the supply chain

By Paul Kelly in Blog Posted: 26th, July, 2023

For many importers, the underlying problem that prevents them from pivoting their supply chain when disruption impacts, such as that triggered by the pandemic, extreme weather events or industrial unrest is the lack of visibility and control upstream. 

While supply chains have stabilised since the pandemic, new macro events continue to create disruption, including the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis and where there is a lack of visibility, it prevents the timely, proactive action that optimises supply chain operations in the face of disruption.

Importers and exporters need greater transparency and control, to ensure an effective, resilient and flexible supply chain is available, whatever challenges arise.

End-to-end visibility removes uncertainty in the supply chain, by providing the wider business with a view of inventory supply upstream and when they can expect to receive particular product batches. 

With clearer visibility and transparency between production, shipping, storage and distribution, it is easier to anticipate any supply shortages or delays.

Once identified executives can immediately overcome the issue, or update the business, so that alternative sources may be accessed and implications for customers avoided. 

Integrated global supply chains, often have many layers of complexity, which is why our visibility and PO Management solutions comprises a rage of elements, which can be configured to your specific requirements and provides view of the entire supply chain.

From the moment a Purchase Order (PO) is placed we start tracking suppliers, confirming quantities and SKU details, with carrier management and shipment booking at origin, subject to pre-set or manual approval. 

Order fluctuation tolerances can be set and approvals required for anything outside of certain dates or other values, with buyers consolidation for full container loads, direct drop-ship and DC bypass, with shipment bookings allocated to POs or part PO’s.

Shipment tracking includes AIS vessel positioning and predicted arrival dates that are under continuous scrutiny, with carrier data quality checked and verified, for real-time updates.

The Control Tower dashboard provides an easy visual reference of overall supply chain performance, with performance matrices and on-time KPI reporting, with bespoke reports available for any data sets.

Our latest tracking release QUANTUM has been designed to be entirely dependable, reliable and accurate and is an added value service for our customers. To learn more, or to arrange a demo – EMAIL Andy Costara.

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