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Nancy Phillippi By Nancy Phillippi • May 21, 2020

Modern Manufacturing Software and the Future of the Supply Chain

How to build an intelligent supply chain with modern manufacturing software

The future of the supply chain is dramatically changing. The supply chain is a complex network that includes the manufacturer, distributor, and consumer of the final product. Today, change is driven by technology, access to data across the entire network and changing consumer expectations and demands. In the future, this will look dramatically different from today. On the manufacturing side, there are 5 factors responsible for evolving the way manufacturers design, produce, sell, source and supply products. Manufacturing companies that leverage technology gain a competitive edge. Manufacturers must make changes to adapt to market demands, compete and evolve with technology in order to get prepared for the future.

5 forces impacting the supply chain today

  1. Digital transformation
  2. Industry convergence
  3. Regulations
  4. Sustainability
  5. Customer experience

3 critical issues that must be fixed in the supply chain

  1. Broken, soiled and stranded data - The right data at the right time to make intelligent decisions. 
  2. The blurred line between manufacturing and retail - The infographic refers to this as a “blurred line between manufacturing and retail.” 
  3. Sustainability – The value chain refers to managing, streamlining and improving processes. The infographic refers to this as “sustainability across the value chain.” It includes innovation and implementation of technology for better inventory management. The goal of sustainability in the supply chain is to save money on materials and labor to increase profits and productivity.

Past, present and future of supply chain

  1. Leave behind low-information, pushed-based supply chains
  2. See insights in today’s mountains of manufacturing data
  3. Find your path to tomorrow’s end-to-end transformation

We are offering the download of a short infographic illustrating a picture of a much bigger issue that “Only 20% of companies have end-to-end supply chain.” Source: University of Limerick, “End-to-End Visibility is Key to Supply Chain ROI.” The infographic provides a link at the end of the document to an eBook, "The Future of Supply Chain: Trusted, Sustainable, Intelligent."

Download this infographic by clicking on the image below:

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Microsoft ERP Dynamics 365 Finance & Supply Chain (Dynamics 365) is prepared to meet the demands of today's and future supply chains. Dynamics 365 is an all-in-one ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. Dynamics 365 utilizes intelligent business applications like sensors, networks, and ambient intelligence to create autonomous supply chains. This enhanced infrastructure will ensure better inventory management and cost savings and help close the gap between demand and fulfillment for your customers.

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