The figures from the Hermes Barometer 2018 were surprising after all: about a year ago, the authors of the study asked 200 logistics decision-makers in Germany about trends in Supply Chain Management (SCM). Only eight percent said they had already digitalized their supply chain. A further 19 percent had at least started the transformation process. At the same time, over 80 percent of the logistics experts emphasized how important the right SCM is for cost reduction and lean management. The survey also revealed uncertainty as to which technology would be useful for their company and how digitalization should be implemented at all.
It is well known that many companies hesitate to put their hands on their supply chain management. For example, production processes seem difficult to change or the technical integration into the corporate IT is considered too complex. There are already solutions available that promise a major competitive advantage and increase efficiency. T-Systems helps its customers with its expertise and optimized, networked, and customized products for the entire supply chain. Delaying the transformation or the adoption of new technologies or digitalization could turn out to be one thing above all else: a costly mistake.
Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) have a massive impact on companies in terms of organization, cooperation, and product manufacturing. IT is changing classic supply chains as a driver and fixed component of goods and commodities. This is where the right supply chain management is needed, or rather: making the change to digital. If the processes in production and logistics are completely digitalized, the value chain will very quickly change into a value network in all processes. Self-regulating production environments, automated logistics processes, direct user communication, and active customer loyalty are the processes that can be initiated with a new SCM and can be decisive in standing against the competition.
As a rule, no supply chain is the same as any other across all companies. But once they work together, companies can rely on IT platforms. And there is often more at stake here than just the exchange of data and information. An example from the automotive industry: manufacturers and suppliers want to optimize their processes jointly and comprehensively in such a way that the new technologies provide the necessary transparency to control production networked and in real time. The reason for this is often the worldwide distribution of production sites which must be coordinated with each other. T-Systems has supported many such projects with its supply chain management specialists and knows what companies need: to align production with customer requirements flexibly and efficiently.
Just one example for the optimization of Supply Chain Management (SCM) in a company: part of the supply chain has always been the delivery or collection of goods from the warehouse. The truck comes, unloads, reloads, and drives off again. But there are a lot of steps in between: access to the warehouse must be secured at arrival times and, of course, it should be clear what is arriving or to be taken. The whole process consumes time and manpower. But what if this could be optimized? A key could digitally open doors. For example, suppliers receive a "key" on their smartphone that gives them access to the necessary rooms in the warehouse or company. Advantage: no staff is required on the part of the company to be present in the warehouse and to facilitate access. Delivery times can also be reduced in this way and are more flexible, for example at night. This saves costs and meets the fast demands of the competition. In order to prevent misuse, every movement in the warehouse is also electronically recorded and transparently made available. Especially handy: almost every normal door can be equipped with the digital key system. And T-Systems has plenty of these options for optimizing SCM so that your company can adjust exactly the link in the supply chain that will bring the greatest benefit.