The formula for successfully integrating a Supply Chain Visibility solution

Second edition of FIELDEAS Talks. "An old formula for the new times: veni vidi vici...signum"

06 Jun 2024
Supply Chain Visibility_FIELDEAS Track and Trace

The freight transport sector is undergoing an unprecedented digital transformation process. However, the very structure of the road sector, which is highly fragmented, makes it difficult for technological solutions to penetrate all layers of the chain as a supply chain visibility solution.

This was one of the concerns highlighted during the second edition of FIELDEAS Talks, where the best formula for achieving end-to-end supply chain visibility with a complete supply chain visibility solution was discussed.

Barriers to implementing a successful supply chain visibility solution

The main objective of all industry players is to obtain real-time information that allows complete visibility of each package. However, the executives who participated in this meeting agreed on a series of barriers that prevent this objective from being achieved:

  • Strong presence of paper in the transport processes, which makes it difficult to provide the customer with information in a short period of time, something especially critical in cargoes such as refrigerated cargoes.
  • Atomized sector. Executives pointed to the existence of a gap between companies, which means that smaller companies cannot find sufficient resources to keep up with the pace of larger ones.
  • Long subcontracting chain. The absence of a limit on the levels of outsourcing of transport services makes it easier for data to be lost and more blind spots to be generated.
  • Reluctance to change. The very structure of the sector, with a high presence of small companies and freelancers, hinders a change of culture towards digital transformation.
  • Lack of integration. The presence of different supply chain visibility solutions means that users have to use different applications or platforms depending on each shipment.
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Solutions for successful integration of a supply chain visibility solution

Once the challenges had been presented, the discussion table gave way to solutions. For experts, the key to the success of visibility in transport and logistics processes is that digitization reaches the last link.

In addition, they focused on the following solutions:

Loyalty of transport suppliers to gain visibility

As a solution to the lack of full supply chain visibility, transportation and logistics executives who participated in the second edition of FIELDEAS Talks pointed to transport supplier loyalty.

As they explained, if you can work with transport providers over the long term, you can get them to make use of the technological solutions that the shipper employs. On the other hand, if the transportation system is based on high percentages of spot freight, then it is difficult to get carriers to use these technologies.

With supplier loyalty, internal management is boosted, resulting in greater visibility when goods are in transit.

Integration for end-to-end visibility

Another key to a successful supply chain visibility solution is integration.

The main complaint from industry players is that each technology provider uses a different platform, forcing them to work with different applications or access different websites to enter data for each shipment.

Juan Ramón Serrano_ROR_supply chain visibility_FIELDEAS

Therefore, all advocate the integration of systems, giving way to the ecosystem concept, with the objective that all successive transport levels can, from a single point, enter transport data. This streamlines data collection and drives real-time information, which is the foundation of complete visibility.

Training and outreach for full visibility

Beyond the technical issues, the focus for a successful suplly chain visibility solution must be on training and outreach.

As the experts pointed out, if digitization is to reach all levels of the chain, a training strategy must be promoted that eliminate the culture of paper and data ownership to give way to a culture based on transparency, collaboration and digitalization.

Juan Miguel Dasca_Logistics_alliance_supply chain visibility_FIELDEAS

In addition, they are committed to promoting a dissemination strategy, in which every regulatory advance regarding the digitization of the transport sector, the benefits of digitizing processes and the available ways to do so progressively and on the basis of public aid, will be reported.

Accompaniment in change management to obtain visibility

However, all these solutions will not have an effective result if they are not accompanied.

In this regard, it is particularly important to have a technology solutions provider that, in addition to offering technical support, accompanies each company in the transition.

At FIELDEAS Track and Trace we believe that change management is an essential part of any project, playing the role of a technology company, but also of a consulting firm.

Specifically, from FIELDEAS Track and Trace we propose a model based on four steps:

  • Informing/communicating. Everyone who participates in the process must be informed that there is going to be a change.
  • Training. Each person involved in the process must be trained.
  • Help. Resolve doubts and emphasize the most complex issues whenever necessary.
  • Oblige. Everyone must be in on the project. The importance of this is the establishment of KPIs for each of these steps. It is necessary to measure very well and to have the steps very well defined.
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Supply chain visibility “only one” solution

As we have seen, the industry is demanding a platform that includes all the necessary modules to gain complete visibility throughout the supply chain, from document management to dock management, route optimization and carbon footprint calculation. FIELDEAS Track and Trace is an “only one” that already offers this comprehensive solution to the market.that already offers this integral solution to the market and that, in addition, accompanies its users throughout the entire change process.

In addition, FIELDEAS Track and Trace is the most advanced, flexible and secure Supply Chain Visibility platform on the market.

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