With the New Year plenty of people look to self improvement – but what about your supply chain resolutions? This article by Dan Radunz explores five of the supply chain resolutions that supply chain managers should consider for their own operations. These include:
- Warehouse management systems
- Performance management
- Moving to the cloud
- Voice technology
All of these represent interesting developments in the world of supply chain – a focus on the increased interaction with technology and optimal process practices. As the article explains, each contributes to either a reduction of time, and increase in capacity, or a decrease in cost – all of which spell out better and more productive supply chains for those who are willing to investigate these “resolutions.” One of the more interesting resolutions is the focus on cloud technology: Cloud technology allows you to access the most up-to-date system through a secure web portal, while the vendor hosts the actual software and hardware infrastructure off-site. This arrangement can save you time, expense and labor by off-loading the software and hardware maintenance associated with maintaining on-premise software. Specifically, your IT department can spend less time maintaining a system or learning every new technology stack and application needed to run the company, and more time with the customer-facing services that differentiate your business and add to the bottom line. And as we saw most recently with Hurricane Sandy, companies that have off-site, cloud-based systems may avoid catastrophic data loss if they are hit by flooding or a hurricane. So as 2013 moves on into the rest of the year, consider the resolutions put forward in this article and consider how your own supply chain may benefit.