In this era, we know about digitalization, and it happens in all business industry, including logistics. In logistics, we know about supply chain management, which is the most important part of the logistics industry. Without good supply chain management, there is no logistics activity. So, when digitalization comes to logistics, there come digital supply chain management.
Digital supply chain is a concept that cloud-based system will do analytics and monitoring goods, vehicle and other assets through the internet of things. Internet of things is a concept where the objects have an ability to transfer data through a network without human-human interaction or human-computer interaction. With this technology, it also improves the way supply chain activity. Based on a survey on generation supply chain, 80% of respondent believe that the digital supply chain will be the predominated model to the next five years.
Here are the trends of digital supply chain management:
1. Network-focused visibility
The user has an ability to see and understand the activities and event of multiplayer. It moving from inward-facing digital supply chain to end to end digital supply chain. So, you can optimize beyond the walls of the company instead optimizing across the walls of the multiple key supply chain partners. It will happen if the technology suppliers use terms like “global trading networks” or “global commerce hubs” to describe the inter-enterprise focus of their solutions.
2. Scenario-based planning
The different in a digital age is all the awareness that can be achieved from all of the different points of information coming in. One of the benefits of this awareness is scenario-based contingency planning. For example, if an internet of things reveals that a refrigerated shipment has gone out of threshold, a planning and analytics platform would determine if the shipment god bad, and the scenario-based planning will figure out if there is an alternate shipment could be sent from. It will give you a solution when something bad happens without wait to human planners to conduct a formal planning process. The contingency based scenario planning is going to be driven by specialized bundle of logic or software packages designed to think holistically about all the data that is available. So, it will help you to do logistics activity faster.
3. Mobile robotics change DC’s
Robotics in logistics it’s not a dream anymore. Digital supply chain is not only about the internet of thing and visibility into goods, but also involve mobile robotics at the DC level to reduce labor requirements. It also helps DC’s keep pace with e-commerce growth. Mobile robotics are more flexible than traditional automated material handling systems. The mobile robotics can carry or pull inventory to workstation would alleviate the labor need to the DC level and allow DC automation that’s quicker to install and reconfigure. So, that does not only reduce budget of the labor but also increase the productivity of logistics activity.
Supply chains are evolving from often poorly synchronized links in a chain into connected, harmonized network of trading partners which can instantly share information from a digital foundation. So, digital supply chain is about how logistics activity can ruin and monitor by a system. Also to increase awareness of what is developing and optimization logistics performance.
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