The digitization and the technology, are, possibly, the elements that have disruptado logistics in both models B2B and B2C. The ability of the logistics of managing capital, goods and information throughout the value chain has increased exponentially for the capabilities that information systems have provided not only by the speed that printed on the physical processes, but by the ability of calculation in the logical processes. This breakthrough, together with the new business models, has opened up a new logistic perspective, and this perspective is fully integrated into the value chain and its management. SupplyChain Management. SCM.
What role does technology play then? It is not easy to detract from the multitude of factors that technology has of value to logistics, nor must we escape the fact that investments in technology can be as large as we want, so we must adapt these investments very well and the technological dimension to the return of our value chain. To sell white thread or black thread in a haberdashery, we have plenty with a spreadsheet, if anything.
Technological improvements that we can implement in our logistics systems
Analytics and Business Intelligence
A BI system that allows to give clear information about the key elements of the business, its assets and that leads us to the most correct decision-making at every moment through data collection, Information Management, Knowledge Management and data analytics
Mobility in SupplyChain
The implementation of technology solutions in the mobile supply chain is in full increased as the mobility reduces losses and waste in both production as well as time where the trend is to have lower margins, increased competition, product life cycle increasingly shorter and the expectations of the consumer more.
Sustainable supply chain
In today’s world the logistical and supplychain costs go far beyond the money itself, but cover elements such as pollution, waste management, soil degradation, noise or accidents. Reducing these elements are also part of a sustainable supply chain.
Whether software as a service (SaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) or Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to any cloud solution allows us a flexibility never seen before in logistics management and supply chain. It allows us to reformulate and redesign almost all of the supplymanagement processes, such as plan, supplies, resources and deliveries which will be more or less complex depending on our SC.
The ideal processes for cloud platforms would be planning and forecasting (plan &forecast), warehouse and Transport Management, Procurement and supply and “servicemanagement”, esot is from Reverse Logistics Management, spare parts, RMA’s, etc.
It is possible that the levels of integration and development required for a complete technification of the supply chain and the logistics associated with it, coupled with the necessary investment, are not within the reach of all companies, but it is no less true that leaders seem to be going this way.