How to Embrace and Move Past Disruptions in the Supply Chain

Supply chain disruptions can cause so much damage that about 80 percent of companies around the world place a priority on protecting them more effectively. That damage, however, isn't a certainty. There are ways for companies to continue operating efficiently even when they experience disruptions. In fact, disruptions could provide an opportunity for you to learn more about your supply chain and how to match your customers' needs.

Transparent Supply Chains Offer Insights Rather Than Obstacles

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Many companies still rely on opaque supply chains that don't offer them much information. They don't have the right technology to tell them precisely where materials and products are at any given time. That problem may not become apparent to them until something out of the ordinary happens. When products don't arrive at retail stores on time, companies suddenly realize their supply chains have failed them. At that point, the supply chain itself has become an obstacle that makes it nearly impossible for companies to do their jobs.

Using a more transparent supply chain doesn't eliminate the possibility that you will experience occasional disruptions. However, it does give you insights into what has happened so that you can review your approach and consider making changes. If, for instance, one of your suppliers fails to ship materials to you on time, you may want to think about finding a new option. If predictable weather patterns slow trucks from reaching their destinations, then you may want to make subtle changes that will anticipate this in the future.

Adapt to Disruptions in Real Time

With opaque supply chains, you may not know about a disruption until you already have a serious problem on your hands. When a truck doesn't arrive on the day you plan to release a new product, you will have to face many unhappy customers, not to mention business partners and investors.

The problem with opaque supply chains is that you don't know about disruptions until it's too late. With transparent supply chains, though, you know immediately that a disruption has occurred. That means you can adapt to the disruptions in real time instead of waiting for problems to escalate.

If your supplier isn't going to meet a deadline, then you can quickly find an option that delivers on time. If a snowstorm blocks a highway to the north, then you can redirect your efforts to ship them in from the south. When you have access to real-time analytics, you aren't at fate's mercy. You can take control of the situation to adapt to disruptions as they happen.

Adopting a Superior Supply Chain

The Apparel Logistics Group is committed to using transparent supply chains to collect information and anticipate the kinds of disruptions that companies used to find disastrous. If you are interested in learning more about how Apparel Logistics Group can make your business more efficient, fill out this form to request a consultation. Adopting a more transparent supply chain could make a significant difference in how you match your customers' needs to keep them satisfied with their experiences.

Posted: 2/24/2016 10:16:23 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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