Automation in the supply chain planning used to be about investing more in infrastructure and bigger machines. However, when the industries caught up with machines and logistics, the concept of efficiency began to change drastically. It was no longer a race as to who had the bigger trucks. The race now is for the automation of supply chain processes.
Reduction of human touch definitely played a crucial role in speeding up supply chain operations. The machines industries have known for a long time began to change: forklifts became computer-controlled and largely automated, batches of products were tagged automatically with RFID and warehouses were heavily equipped with delivery features that defied the capability and speed of human workers.
Efficiency Is for Everyone
The first step, especially if you’re delivering goods on a global scale, is to first establish goals and milestones. What are the locales, how much do you need to deliver and when? Next is KPI tracking done on a worldwide scale, making sure you hit all the countries your company serves in a timely manner.
The Global Center of Excellence in the Netherlands believes companies in various industries can excel in supply chain planning if they put their minds to it.
Centers for excellence can be used by companies to pilot test newer, more centralized approaches for supply chain management. They must also invest in machine learning technologies and other tools that are necessary for better warehouse management and product distribution.