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Connect To Succeed: The Future of IoT in Supply Chain Management
By Bryan Tantzen, Senior Director, Kinetic Industry Products, Cisco
The first – and most important – step those in the supply chain management industry should implement is to extend connectivity to new things and devices. It is impossible to achieve increased visibility without new connections, and previously it was often tough to do this across different companies, suppliers and modes of transport. However, by beginning with connection points that help to achieve real-time location visibility in the warehouse, factory and supply chain, we see businesses are typically able to quickly grow and extend visibility to a more detailed level, now even extending to pallets and boxes.
We also have seen how IoT can enhance the customer experience. New connections will improve product quality by better monitoring temperature, humidity or shock during transit end to end from when the product is manufactured all the way to the consumer, all of which can be important for items like food and pharmaceuticals. By being able to connect to an exact package, businesses can confirm whether a package was actually delivered and track where it is with greater reliability.
With the help of these improved connections and visibility, the supply chain industry will also be able to tie production to customer demand. Orders and production will be better dictated by market need, as opposed to having to build stock or forecast. It can be described as “built to order” but in a new way - creating a new type of customer experience.
Logistics will also eventually evolve to an “on demand” model with the help of IoT. For example, with better connections, a company can know in real-time how many packages or pallets are on a truck and be more efficient with their delivery schedule. They will also have new visibility to spare logistics capacity, in time for them to potentially leverage this capacity in new ways. This type of capacity optimization can also reduce fuel use and wear and tear on vehicles, creating new efficiencies and savings.
IoT is here to stay in supply chain management, and it all starts with increasing your connections. These IoT connections will provide the visibility that so many supply chain management professionals want – and need – to realize their businesses of the future. We are just at the beginning of this journey.