It’s the end of the world as we know it, and digital disruption is to blame – or should we say thank? Indeed, companies eager to come out on top in their increasingly competitive industries are embracing the opportunities of digital supply chain transformation with open arms. So, what about you? Are you ready to transform your supply chain to maximize your company’s competitive advantage? Let’s do this!
These days, achieving true operational excellence is impossible without a thorough understanding of your processes and how they relate to the needs of your staff or customers. Lean processes mean elimination of unnecessary work, reducing errors and focusing on what is really important. It is key to keep costs under control and to level production and service up to speed.
Being truly operational excellent requires, apart from the deep understanding of your processes, a grasp of the constraints and prerequisites they are subject to. Operational excellence is all about having a collaborative focus on your customer’s needs, keeping team members positive and empowered, and continually improving the current activities in the workplace. Effective workforce planning, well organized supply chain operations, preventing production lines from breaking down, efficient use of infrastructure, keeping energy consumption under control, workplace safety… Just to name a few examples.
COVID-19 and the measures taken to contain it have had an enormous impact on society, and on almost every industry. Travel and leisure have surely been the most negatively affected by the recent stress test, while pharma giants are positively pressured by the urgent demand for a vaccine and other medical supplies. For some e-commerce stakeholders, almost every day is Black Friday.
Envisioning the Next Normal, then, has made many an expert wonder: should we make our supply chains more resilient, or rather the ecosystems in which they operate? AE is a firm believer in the latter. Read on to learn why and how we envision it so.