The fog of war— uncertainty in situational awareness experienced during military operations—is an apt analogy for what happened to the supply chain during COVID-19. Across nearly all industries, supply chain experts cast about for real time visibility to help them move goods and services to the right place at the right time.
Supply chain operations experts tried to adjust to a rapidly shifting operational field and create solutions. They turned to the tools they already had to see through the murk.
“In an attempt to keep pace, supply chain leaders either looked to IT to help customize their existing core systems, bought expensive point software solutions, or scrambled to manage workflows in DIY tools like spreadsheets and e-mail,” said Kayla Mackay, Solutions Marketing Manager at Quickbase, on the Age of Agility podcast. “Despite all these efforts, supply chain experts are still constrained by unresponsive, inflexible systems and a lack of visibility into supplier data.”
As the global pandemic atmosphere clears, many companies acknowledge that having visibility throughout the entire supply chain is an urgent requirement.
Like the military, which tries to reduce the fog of war through real-time insights on intelligence and tracking systems, so, too, must the forward-thinkers in the logistics business. This post will show you what good supply chain visibility means, why high supply chain visibility is important to a business, and why companies need unified technology tools to achieve lasting business success.