August 05, 2015
Addressing the Gap
Why is there such a distinct gap between what is possible for a supply chain in this digital age and what we often experience in our day-to-day office lives as supply chain leaders?
In our modern age of digital printing, social media, collaborative economies, fully automated systems, voice automation, and robotics- forward thinking digital marketers and innovators project an image that stands in stark contrast to the reality that supply chain professionals encounter on a day-to-day basis. The attractive technologies that are so often featured in scientific and business magazines seem to be increasingly distant from the actual operations of businesses. As increasingly lofty technologies and digital business practices are featured, supply chain leaders find greater frustration with making even their current systems function properly. For many it becomes a paradox- how can we reach these lofty visions while unable to capitalize on current systems? Why does this gap exist between envisioned and reality and how should it be addressed?
In an article published by SupplyChain 24/7, Lora Cecere, CEO of Supply Chain Insights offers the following categories of recommendation:
1) “Brainstorm the Future Cross-Functionally”- Focus on how the supply chain can be the engine of growth through the use of concepts from the collaborative economy, test-and-learn strategies, or e-commerce. Think through what the future of the channel means to your supply chain.
2) “Fund new Forms of Analytics”- Manufacturers are behind other sectors like insurance and banking. There are many reasons- lack of clear analytics strategy, belief that it is an add-on from an ERP vendor, and lack of funding. Yet this funding can make a significant impact and give invaluable insight.
3) “Imagine What the Supply Chain Can Be”- Free yourself from today’s paradigms. Various webinars and conferences are aimed at breaking current paradigms and finding cross-functional solutions. Yet such collaboration and innovation can be done on smaller scales to find similar improvements. It does, however, require concentrated discussion and effort.
4) “Build Organizational Muscle”- Recent research studies show that we are losing the battle on talent development. More and more companies are rating themselves lower on their ability to hire and train supply chain talent.
These four recommendations will help overcome the gap that too often exists between envisioned supply chains and the day-to-day frustrated systems that we encounter. For more information on tools that can facilitate such innovation and collaboration, visit our home page at: https://www.mazree.com/.