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Digitalisation & Networking –
Hackneyed buzzwords or real opportunities to boost your competi-tiveness?

Digitisation is the talk of the town again, promising new strategies and business models, even a revolution in the entire company. There is supposedly nothing that will not be completely transformed and solved with digitisation. But much remains unclear and the actual benefit is cryptic.

Yet, digitisation does hold incredible opportunities. There are huge competitive advantages to be gained from using real-time data to draw the right conclusions immediately.

The supply chain of today must meet ever increasing demands. Data, with various data sources integrated, must be exchanged at ever greater speed between countless partners, such as suppliers, customers and stakeholders – from the purchase of the raw material through to the end user.

These requirements can no longer be presented in simple spreadsheets. The data need to be networked. Data from forecasting, predictive maintenance, purchasing, production and inventory management through to operational data from 3PL and 4PL service providers should be aligned and their impact on financial and cost data made visible.

Imagine this: At short notice, your customer’s own customer needs a 20% higher order quantity in the week after next. This same piece of information arrives at your supplier in a fraction of a second. This is called collaborative planning due to digitisation. Interfaces within your company disappear, but so do those between you and your suppliers, customers and logistics service providers. Vendor-managed inventory (VMI) was yesterday’s approach; today’s solution is collaborative planning. This requires you to start regarding the other players in your supply chain as partners – partners who continually exchange data and enable you to take advantage of this win-win situation. So you can gain an edge over your competitors, not just in terms of costs but also in quality of service. After all, the only way to stand out in future will be through service.

The Control Tower integrates the supply chain data and prepares such data for the various areas of your supply chain with the right key performance indicators (KPIs). Using algorithms and artificial intelligence, with historical and real-time data fed in, the best course of action is simulated and proposed. As a practical example, the Control Tower may report to your dispatcher that a truck has just broken down in Ukraine. But the same goods as those loaded inside the truck are in your hub in Spain. The goods there are reserved for another customer, but your factory in Poland can produce more of them fast enough and without any change to the production plan. This offers a way of still meeting all the Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with your customers. With the support of real-time data, your dispatcher becomes the manager of the best possible course of action. For this to work you need a perfectly functioning network.

For the simulation and introduction of an optimised supply network, TenglerGluttig offers a well-proven and efficient approach. On the basis of future customer requirements and flow rates, the supply chain is segmented, and the optimum setup is calculated using in-house simulation software. Modifications to suit the organisation and its processes are devised, as is a business case and a feasible implementation roadmap.

We see ourselves as your implementation partner, contributing the expertise required for the change process. Whether you want to redesign your organisation’s processes, choose and implement new IT for the future, or reorganise your logistics operations for tenders or make-or-buy decisions, we can provide you with comprehensive support.