Mindmap for Real-Time Shipment Control
Managing shipments real-time with the aid of visibility is an important weapon to accurately deliver to demanding customers worldwide. At the same time, companies can get more grip on their pursuit of durability and efficient use of mostly outsourced transport. This leads to optimization of used transporters with a clear performance measurement. Supply Chain Movement and ShipitSmarter, supplier of platforms to manage transport and accompanying costs, have made a mindmap, with a practical route description and cautionary traffic signs.
Managing shipments is getting more important because of the globalization with emerging markets, more suppliers worldwide, and increasing custom requirements. Customers, from all over the world, are becoming more demanding because of the transparent market. This increases the dependence of supporting IT systems. These market trends force organizations to take action: Plan
The second step of the mindmap describes the impact of these market trends on companies. Supply chains which are becoming increasingly more complex force companies to new transport routes over the whole world, where potential risks play a bigger role because of their possible disastrous impact. Accompanying processes for transport have to be integrated to meet the need for control. This gives the company specific requirements, preferences, and criteria for the (re-)design and development of the supply chain: Do
The challenges for the supply chain are in the field of re-designing the supply chain, collaboration between different IT systems and operationally planning the different order flows. Because of network improvements with the right transporters and partners, a company can save almost fifteen percent on its transport costs. Support of the current systems and integration of new IT systems can greatly contribute to the control and strengthening of (outsourced) transport processes. Visibility in the entire chain of orders is crucial for this: Check
Based on the previous steps, the company has determined what the visibility of shipments means within the supply chain. Companies have to manage the different shipment types, which are carried out by transporters worldwide who take care of the needed labels and papers, and use the supporting systems for that. This shipment management lowers the transport costs and improves the logistics and service to customers. Since everyone within the company has access to the same shipment data, the possible discussion between sales and supply chain about transport disappears, and the company is able to act pro-actively: Act