As supply chains become increasingly complex, the need for end-to-end visibility is more important than ever. By accessing valuable data at each stage of the supply chain, businesses can help ensure higher sales, reduced inventory costs, and speedier, more efficient operations—all while improving the customer experience.
However, connecting a growing number of data streams into a single holistic view can be difficult and time-consuming, especially for businesses dealing with a fragmented supply chain, lack of established networks or inoperability between different systems.
To gain insight into the best ways to enhance data visibility, USPS commissioned proprietary interviews from leading supply chain professionals at small- to medium-sized businesses, getting their expert advice on how to identify areas for improvement and implement the appropriate solutions.
“Supply chain visibility has gone from a poorly understood back-office function to a critical front-office issue, a competitive differentiator, the tip of the spear—something that is seen as driving performance in a delicate, ever-changing environment.”— Former Vice President of Supply Chain, Demand Planning at a multinational consumer electronics retailer
Enhance Visibility at Each Mile of the Supply Chain
See what ten leading supply chain professionals at small- to medium-sized businesses had to say about harnessing data at the first, middle and last mile of the supply chain.
Accessing the right data at each stage of the supply chain can be challenging—and for businesses without the proper resources and technologies in place, it can feel daunting figuring out where to start.
By breaking the supply chain down into the first, middle and last mile, you can start finding areas to improve visibility and implement the appropriate processes. In interviews with leading supply chain professionals, several solutions came up consistently: the use of warehouse and transportation management systems, APIs, third-party logistics providers, and supply chain control towers. These, along with general streamlining and increased flexibility, can all help bring your business into the future.
With a thoughtful, multipronged approach to supply chain visibility, you can start turning challenges into opportunities.
- Daniel Zahler, “Supply Chain and Logistics,” GLG, prepared for USPS, March 2021.