We know that supply chain visibility is a requirement for any company competing in today's global marketplace. You must be able to see something if you want to manage it. It is the key to Supply Chain Management. We have talked about the Supply Chain Control Tower and who sits in the tower, now we are going to talk about what should be going on in the Supply Chain Control Tower and what it can do for you.
A comment to us from a large supply chain “hub”: “The GXS mess shows how fragile everything is in the supply chain. Stakeholders (suppliers, manufacturers, distributors) do not control their own destiny if they are using an EDI Provider”.
As a manufacturer (or supplier), the historical position is to be reactive to the needs of the buyer. Of course forward thinking manufacturers also have significant marketing and development efforts that provide products and innovation to their customers in a more proactive way. Being truly reactive can come with some benefits that may be better than being fully proactive.
I've read quite a bit lately about changes in the way the supply chain is (or will be) connected. A lot of that conversation is centered around visibility - or more precisely the lack of visibility. What's stunning to me is that this is not a new problem. With all the technology and money being devoted to lowering costs in the supply chain, why is this still a problem?
Control towers are used in many industries for different purposes: airports and railroads use them for traffic control; power plants have control rooms to monitor operations and third party logistics providers use them to track transportation activities. These are places where operations run well. Why not a “SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT CONTROL TOWER” to monitor and assure supply?