Inbound Logistics | May 2022


implement a packaging and asset management system.

Seeking Supplier Visibility

–Mike Garcia Market Manager – RPM ORBIS Corporation

Typically, each supplier tier is siloed from the next, and most companies have low, if any, visibility beyond their first-tier suppliers. –Jeff White Founder and CEO, Gravy Analytics One of the biggest silos is visibility to supplier value chains . Transparency through the second and third tier of the supply chain provides valuable insights for serving customers. –Hemant Porwal EVP–Supply Chain & Operations, Wesco International Supplier information lives in multiple locations across an organization, many of which are poorly connected, creating data silos. The resulting challenges in visibility, risk, and spend put supply chain resilience at jeopardy. To move forward, an organization-wide commitment to supplier- centricity and master data management, built upon active supplier experience management, is crucial. –Anthony Payne CMO, HICX

COMPLIANCE. Despite impacting nearly every aspect of how goods are shipped (packaging, documentation, carrier selection, etc.), compliance responsibilities are often separated by business unit, function, or location. Establish reliable and repeatable processes across all divisions and locations and integrate compliance into other operational systems, including TMS, WMS, and ERP.

–Mario Sagastume VP Software & Customer Success, Labelmaster

DATA FLOW THROUGHOUT THE SUPPLY CHAIN. Embedding cross- functional metrics, dashboards, and (ideally) organization enables informed decision making, transparency, and value company- wide. The more teams know about the full value chain, the more successful each team will be. –Omer Abdullah Co-founder and Managing Director The Smart Cube IN FORWARD LOGISTICS, products are identified by universal product codes (UPCs). However, when a product is returned, there is no system to identify it. To break down this silo, I advocate for a reverse UPC classification structure based on specific conditions and accessories to facilitate faster refurbishment, accounting and reconciliation, and resale. –Scott Huddle Chief Supply Chain Officer, goTRG LACK OF VISIBILITY ACROSS MODES can create silos, especially for global shippers that combine ocean, air, intermodal, and over-the- road transportation. Working with a provider that offers technology and expertise across modes is critical to gaining visibility and ensuring exceptional service. –JJ Shickel CEO, Omni Logistics

THE LACK OF SHARED NETWORKS. Collaboration up and down the value chain to drive business-critical process is still driven by antiquated systems that are incredibly manual or inflexible. Disruptive organizations are empowering agile teams to innovate their processes continuously while remaining connected. –Peter Rifken Principal Solutions Consultant Quickbase TRADITIONAL LINEAR SUPPLY CHAINS prevent companies from looking beyond the first tier, leaving the global flow of goods and materials vulnerable to disruption. A digital business network brings trading

partners together for better visibility and collaboration. –Tony Harris SVP and Head of Marketing & Solutions SAP Business Network THE BIGGEST SILO IS BETWEEN PLANNING, PROCUREMENT, AND SOURCING . Primarily driven by a lack of data transparency and integration, this is exacerbated by insufficient resources and unclear business processes. A digital supply chain platform that provides a single source of data and integrates business processes is the key to breaking down this silo. –Lachelle Buchanan Director, Logility

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