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and monitoring of the supply chain big data SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT A huge range and lower prices – globalization offers many advantages to the end consumer. At the same time it signifies to the organizations that the days are numbered for a vertically integrated supply chain. If one wants to remain competitive, one must adapt the delivery process and learn to consolidate, filter and use the data from their supply chain – and that in a dynamic system consisting of suppliers, partners and customers. Owing to the complexity of the various supply chains and process participants – from manufacturers and distributors to freight and logistics service providers to air, sea, road and rail transportation companies – optimization of the processes becomes a challenge in this ecosystem. A high level of transparency is crucial. Sound decisions cannot be arrived at without adequate information. Organizations can have a complete overview of the required data only on the basis of a comprehensive transparency across the entire supply chain ecosystem. Updated information in real time paves the way for fast and flexible decisions. Transparency is crucial not just for fulfilling key performance indicators and adhering to production plans. It also improves flexibility, opening up opportunities to gain a competitive advantage. A recent study confirms that 87 percent of all Supply Chain Managers consider consistent transparency and coordination across their supply chain as a primary requirement. Kewill GmbH, one of the world’s leading companies in the area of multimodal transport management software, describes in five steps how companies can increase the transparency of their supply chains and exploit the advantages of big data to ensure a smooth supply chain. Photos: Kewill, Fotolia www.kewill.com f+h Distribution 1/2016

1 2 3 Abolish data silos Outdated paradigms and systems often result in stagnant thought processes, which hide the big picture. Companies should instead reorient themselves and discover, which supply chain data are the most valuable for their business and customers. Technology can help establish new work processes and modern business processes using the existing IT infrastructure. Thus the silos are broken up virtually while the investments made in IT infrastructure can be used for other processes. Collaboration for better transparency In case of a complex and global supply chain many organizations are dependent on partners to access the overall picture in real time. A functioning collaboration with the business partners and a reliable data flow is therefore essential. In order to implement more efficient mechanisms in these relationships, organizations can, for example, critically analyze existing data streams, allocate supply chain events and coordinate with the partners. Remain alert Once the supply chain data are in the stream, the processes can be automated. Automated notifications can, for example, give an overview about important milestones along the supply chain. Thus the responsible persons can have an eye on all risks and manage deliveries according to the exception principle. About Kewill Kewill, one of the world´s leading global company in the multimodal transport management software industry, offers a comprehensive and integrated platform for the management of complex transport and logistics processes as well as customs and trade regulations. Users reduce their costs by using Kewill Move platform and confront price and market fluctuations and will gain more transparency in the logistics value creation chain. Whether it is trading, transport, storage, customs processes, administration or integration – the Kewill Transport Management Platform provides the required transparency as well as flexibility for an optimized customer service and also offers strategic advantages in the global supply chain. Kewill is a company of Francisco Partners Group and used its Move Platform to support more than 7,500 customers globally in more than 100 countries in their supply chain activities. 4 5 Efficiency through self-service A core aspect for monitoring supply chain big data is that the users can independently access portals and dashboards at any time. Customers and partners are moreover inclined towards accessing only that information that they require – and at the right time and without any delay. These so called self-service offerings directly contribute towards improving efficiency. Moreover web based access lowers costs and eliminates obstacles due to time differences in case of a global business. Profit from intelligent dashboards Having all the required information at a glance is an important factor for success. Reports and calculation tables in paper form are out dated. If the automated data flow is established once across the overall supply chain, visual dashboards can be created easily – grouped according to business sector, customer, brand or user. Real time diagrams and images illustrate the status of orders, consignments and flow of goods. The visibility solutions from Kewill use big data by creating a 360° view of the supply chain as well as automation of communication, estimation, action, consulting and analysis. Thus, the customers are in a position to identify potential problems and prevent them proactively. Furthermore, they can also use this knowledge to improve customer service, reduce risks and to increase revenues Jim Hoefflin, Chief Marketing Officer at Kewill f+h Distribution 1/2016

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