Data automation is going to be the future of supply chain success, or at least that's what two of the largest companies in Australia think. This article by Trevor Clarke explains how one company, Rio Tinto, has a $19 billion supply chain across 200 global locations, and Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) claims its supply chain is only second to the Australia Post. Both of these companies needs to be sure that their supply chains are not only running smoothly in day to day operations, but that they are also prepared for the future. Automation through technology is the solution both companies are banking on, as it's through that automation that quality and consistency can be achieved. Rio Tinto in particular has embraced recent technologies to help drive down costs and increase productivity: Over the last two years Rio Tinto has, among other projects, embedded cloud based solutions to support sourcing, supplier management and tendering. The company has also embraced internal social networking platforms and seen greater use of barcoding and scanning technology. CCA delivers over 1 million cases of product every day in peak season, and this has caused the company to roll out automated warehouses, production of bottles, and processes. The automation of bottle creation alone has reduced on-the-road truck time and increased stock accuracy 80-98%.