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Today’s brand owners are relying on increasingly complex networks of trading partners to achieve the “holy grail” of demand-driven customer fulfillment. They depend on trading partners who depend on their trading partners who depend on other trading partners. This cascading chain of dependency creates relationship gaps, since you’re relying on contracts and the influence of others to execute to your demand plans. Add to this risk the fact that those partners use different means of communication and systems—if they have any at all—to manage information and you have a supply chain that is fragile and prone to error.
This model of indirect management has created communication and process gaps among trading networks, prompting the cry of “How can I manage what I can’t see?” Brand owners need a more agile and flexible control structure—a Supply Chain Control Tower—to provide a centralized view of end-to-end supply chain operations while enabling faster response to frequent change.
Supply Chain Control Towers turn raw data feeds into real-time information in a central location that monitors the flow of orders, inventory, and consumption across the network. Much like a command center used by regional utility companies, telecommunication carriers, and even NASA, a Supply Chain Control Tower is designed to monitor network status and highlight business rule exceptions in real time. It continuously projects future inventory levels based on the latest customer demands, in-transit, and hub inventory, as well as hourly customer consumption. The same communication channels and tools that provide visibility into exceptions also serve as a platform for working with your trading partners to address these problems, often inside the product delivery lead time window.
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