Supply Chain Best Practices Are Learned From Within

Dustin Caudell
Wed, Nov 13, 2013

The demands of manufacturers and distributors are unique for different industries, and even within them. For this reason, supply chain management solutions and best practices are often subjective. What's right for one company is wrong for another.

This can be frustrating for organizations, especially if they are searching for answers as to why another company's supply chain is better than their own. It doesn't mean the successful business has discovered the magic bullet for all the obstacles of managing the supply chain, it means they've found the ones that are best for them. It can be tempting to to model new best practices by basing them on the success of another company, but it's much more wise to look internally for improvement.

Improved Data Collection Creates a More Defined Starting Point 
No company can fix a supply chain if they don't where the break is. Automated data collection can help an organization better track its successes and failures.

  • With more points of data collection, an organization can determine if inventory control is an issue by tracking items throughout their entire life in the warehouse.
  • Mobile data collection not only means more frequent scans, but also more direct scans. Pickers scanning merchandise the moment it is pulled from the racks provide a more accurate depiction of select-to-ship flow than static collection points on the conveyer.

Find Software Systems That Conform to Your Business
While the latest software and advancements will improve supply chain management, they shouldn't disrupt an organization's entire operation. There is no reason a company should throw the baby out with the bathwater every time they update their systems. If an organization recognizes a need for improved automated data collection software, then they should consider the offerings of an organization like RFgen. Data collection from RFgen settles into existing ERP systems, which provides a number of advantages.

  • Minimal disruptions to the ERP means little or no down time. This way, the costs of implementing new software are indirectly lower when the new tech syncs directly with existing systems.
  • Data collection from the shop floor can still be incorporated into the ERP, providing information that improves the entire supply chain. 
  • Solutions that can track data throughout the ERP allow organizations to make changes in the right stages of the supply chain - fixing problems where they start instead of where they are noticed.

With automated data collection solutions from RFgen, companies can make changes to their supply chain based on their own real-time data instead of trying to adopt a different organizations success as their own.

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