Collaboration Across the Supply Chain May Combat Amazon's Growth

Collaboration Across the Supply Chain May Combat Amazon’s Growth

As the “Amazon effect” continues to send ripples throughout today’s business landscape, manufacturers are responding by making major shifts in philosophy. In addition to state-of-the-art warehouse equipment, technology investments are also being directed toward supporting a direct-to-consumer model.

Planning and Execution: Two Sides of a Single Solution

Supply chain is a key driver in the new retail-like role of manufacturers. In JDA Software’s Intelligent Manufacturing Survey, 51 percent of respondents indicated that they are putting an emphasis on internal and external collaboration across the supply chain to accommodate consumer tastes and behaviors.

More specifically, companies need to integrate sales and operations planning (S&OP), both mid- and long-term, with sales and operations execution (S&OE) via use of a single connected technology that spans all supply chain lines. Approximately one-third of survey respondents stated their commitment to this process.

Where Does Your Company Rank on the Digital Maturity Scale?

Unfortunately, that leaves two-thirds of manufacturers who are behind the curve. According to Fred Baumann, group vice president of industry strategy at JDA, their group sees many companies that concentrate on either short-term execution or long-range planning to the exclusion of the other, thereby limiting their chances of success.

Baumann goes on to explain that supply chain digitalization has become a necessity, not a luxury. Among survey respondents, predigital and digitally mature camps each equaled 18 percent, while 35 percent expect to reach digital maturity within the next two to three years.

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