The New Year has already hit us and, if your supply chain manager has not yet made any resolutions, a new report from Forbes has some suggestions on how to improve efficiency and logistics within the organization.
1. Mobility will be the key to success
Whether supply chain managers accept it or not, smartphones, tablets, notebooks and other mobile devices are infiltrating the industry at an alarming rate. These gadgets are extremely powerful tools, as they can be used sending or receiving emails, texts, calls and videos. They can even access and utilize social media to raise awareness of the company, Forbes noted.
Additionally, consumers use these products, too. Therefore, companies should consider deploying mobile websites to improve their ecommerce capabilities, a trend that is growing in popularity with the consumerization of IT.
Furthermore, since today's world is technologically-bound, the majority of your employees likely already know how to use or have a basic understanding of these devices.
In the end, going mobile will likely mean the difference between sinking and swimming in today's constantly-evolving business world.
2. Big cities are the future
Generally, people like to live in large, high-tech cities. By booking a trip to one of the world's emerging "megacities," supply chain managers can get an eye-opening experience in both culture and strategies, according to Forbes. There is no doubt that transportation and logistics are changing and these new megacities are where the change will end up.
Innovative solutions that will help improve productivity and efficiency are being born and raised in these areas, the news source noted, making it the perfect place for managers to learn a thing or two to take back to their company.
3. Prepare yourself for uncertainty
Not everything goes according to plan, unfortunately. Knowing this, supply chain management programs should include risk management and disaster recovery plans in case the unthinkable happens, Forbes asserted. Having a resilient company means that it will be able to survive the unpredictable future, regardless of what Mother Nature or the market has in store.
Natural disasters, for example, can strike anywhere and at any time. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there were nearly 100 major disasters that occurred throughout the United States in 2011.