Supply chains need to evolve and become more resilient, more agile to secure inbound flows and maximise the service rate on the different distribution channels: the right product, in the right place, at the right time.
In addition, consumer demand, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrates the need for transparent communication on production traceability .
It is necessary to have a global visibility of the process and in real time in order to anticipate risks and interact between all the internal and external actors more quickly to minimise the impact of a hazard or a non-conformity on the supply process.
The challenge is to adjust short-term forecasts, enhance quality control protocols, manage costs and delivery times more effectively and, ultimately, improve service levels.
Supply chain management tools optimize the steering of the process, from order to delivery, and offer the possibility of reacting in real time to any hazards that arise and of finding solutions quickly with the various stakeholders.
1. Stakeholder engagement
A major element is thecommitment of the management to support the project and give credence to the desired transformation within the company.
Theinvolvement of all the actors in the supply chain, whether internal or external to the organisation, is essential to integrate all the data (quality/SCR, suppliers, forwarding agents, carriers, etc.)
The digitalisation of the supply chain allows to secure the supply cycle, to improve its efficiency by sharing a global visibility throughout the process.
2. Rapid and controlled deployment
In order to keep control of the deployment, the project initialization starts with a standard configuration and a connection to the company's information system.
Business-specific workshops are held to adjust the settings and verify the data through successive iterations.
Support facilitates the appropriation of the solution by the business teams and accelerates the management of the change with all the stakeholders.
The roll-out is then gradually scaled up to all product divisions and supply chain stakeholders.
3. A reorganisation of the supply chain process
In order to optimize the end-to-end supply chain, the implementation of a digital tool remains an essential means but not the only one! It is necessary to rethink the organisation of the entire process for greater efficiency and to involve all stakeholders in a transversal manner: Quality, CSR, production, transport, for a global vision of the supply process.
4. Towards more added value for the supply functions
Supply teams still handle a lot of work manually, consolidating, checking and reviewing data. With the implementation of digital tools, employees acquire new skills and focus on higher value-added tasks.
Missions are changing to focus more on decision-making, consultation and stakeholder engagement. Jobs are becoming more specialised. Experience shows that learning by doing is a good way to involve teams.
Brands wishing to embark on the digitalisation of their supply chain must start by identifying the strategic priorities of the process and defining clear improvement objectives. They must then consider how to integrate all the actors in the chain in a transverse manner to support them in this transformation.
The implementation of a tool dedicated to the optimisation and management of the supply chain is an obvious success factor for structuring processes, standardising actions and managing operations.
The e-SCM solution has become a benchmark solution for supply management. The feedback from our customers proves it!
e-SCM is a collaborative cloud solution that integrates all data on a single platform, in real time, allowing 360° transparency of the supply chain. It is designed for brands and integrates all the players in the chain: internally (supply, purchasing, quality, CSR functions) and externally (suppliers, factories, transporters, etc.). It connects easily with your information system (ERP, PLM) and your data sources.
The right information at the right time
e-SCM helps you make the right decisions to anticipate risks and secure your process. The supervision dashboard offers a 360° view to monitor your supplies in real time.
The intuitive and ergonomic interface of e-SCM makes it easy to join and to be operational in less than 4 months. The benefits are visible from the first season: