Friday, 5 September 2014
How to make your supply chain read your mind?
Forget about Siri!
Talking to your iPhone is certainly cool.
But you still have to tell Siri what you want and what Siri has to look for.
Wouldn’t it be great, if your phone would anticipate, what you want to ask and give you the answer before you have even asked for?
The same probably the case with supply chain managers.
It is certainly cool to “talk” to the ERP system and get the system do the planning, the ordering, the invoicing, ….
But like with my iPhone – every day I manually have to turn on the silent mode, when I go to bed, or I have to turn on the airplane mode when entering the airplane, or turn on/off Bluetooth for my headset in the office.
I want these things to happen automatically, so I don’t have to worry about them anymore.
Likewise the supply chain manager: He most likely would also appreciate, if certain actions would happen automatically and he did not have to worry about. So – how to make the supply chain read your mind?
My answer to this question is: Automate actions based on geozones!
Imagine, your container has arrived at the final destination (= geozone) and an authorized person opened the door of the container. At that moment, you know, that your cargo has been delivered to the client and that you can send the invoice. Or even better: your system knows and can automatically start the invoicing process, which allows you to have the cash in 2 weeks earlier. Automate action based on geozone!
Imagine, your container on the feeder vessel has arrived in the transshipment port (= geozone) with a delay. The transatlantic vessel has already left and your shipment plan is invalid. Based on the current location of the container, a new shipment plan with a new estimated time of arrival can be calculated and automatically fed into the supply chain manager’s ERP system. Automate action based on geozone.
There are many more such examples.
Therefore, forget about Siri.
Talk to us about how to make your supply chain read your mind.