Recently, LeanDNA had the opportunity to host a discussion involving experienced manufacturing leaders from Chamberlain Group, HNI Corporation, and PSG Dover.
The three main learning objectives covered in the Building Supply Chain Resilience Webinar included:
- Shortages and issues discrete manufacturers face
- The role technology plays in addressing these challenges
- How to utilize modernized planning and optimization tools for actionable insights
This blog serves as a resource to summarize the key takeaways from the conversation, you can also download the full webinar video for additional details on the topics discussed.
Manufacturers Face a New Set of Challenges from the Impacts of the Shortage Economy
The Great Supply Chain Disruption
With the ongoing effects of the shortage economy, surveys are showing that 83% of the supply chain feels overwhelmed.
To alleviate cognitive overload, manufacturing leaders are looking for ways to digitally transform their supply chain. However, the issue is 83% of companies find that better decision making is lacking, even after implementing technology. Manufacturers are now finding that the complex technology is more difficult to maintain for long term results.
On the other hand, the traditional processes alone are no longer efficient due to the unforeseen occurrences that have impacted the supply chain.
The most common shortage management stopgaps include:
1. Increasing Safety Stock
Additional inventory eats working capital & further amplifies the strain on suppliers to produce the right materials
2. Expediting Materials
Manufacturers pay high fees to expedite materials to service production priorities and avoid further delays
3. Shortage War Rooms
Without real-time, actionable analytics, the reactive cycle of putting out fires on a daily basis will continue
4. Better Planning
Better planning alone doesn’t help supply chains pivot and adapt faster to changing inputs
5. Homegrown analytics
Stale data analytics aren’t able to produce actionable, fast, and updated insights for better decision making
All of the aforementioned stopgaps are creating silos in supply chain execution that create confusion due to lack of communication, collaboration, and aligned decision making.
The burdens of the supply chain disruption are affecting how planners, buyers, and suppliers co-exist under their previous manual system processes.
The Pain Points of Leading Supply Chain Manufacturers
During the Building Supply Chain Resilience Webinar, it was discovered that even though the companies in the conversation served different industries they all had the same overarching issues.
Supply chain leaders from Chamberlain Group, HNI Corporation, and PSG Dover all expressed their similar pain points of wanting to improve complete on-time shipments, reduce extended lead time, optimize inventory, and better supply chain management.
Manufacturing Supply Chain Management is Pivoting to Adapt as Ongoing Challenges Arise
Previously, the organizations mentioned were using manual, mundane processes that were inefficient for their team, suppliers, and customers. By shifting away from the standard spreadsheet to prescriptive analytics, visibility is enhanced across the organization and a clear picture is given as to what each individual needs to know or do ahead of time.
“Lean DNA has allowed us to just identify those shortages upfront and start working on those issues. And I’m guessing we probably block around 95% of the noise from the plant now, the plant being our direct customer from getting materials, too. So it’s just allowed us to be a little more Proactive in how we manage the business.” -Andrew Shoppa, Supply Chain Manager at HNI Corporation
Each of the participants discussed how they have begun their digital transformation by utilizing LeanDNA’s response-planning platform to streamline processes and optimize their supply chain.
How Industry Leaders are Leveraging Supply Chain Management Solutions to Create Sustainable Strategies
Top manufacturers are utilizing augmented intelligence over business intelligence solutions to generate a purpose-build workflow. Response-planning solutions are designed to be human centric to enable collaboration and better decision making.
Traditional processes centered around network design and planning do not produce actionable insights. It can be quite difficult to plan ahead or pivot strategies with the current business intelligence reports manufacturers are using. To proactively manage supply chain inventory, manufacturers are turning to automate manual tasks for streamlined, standardized procedures with clear visibility across teams.
Supply chain workers are able to reduce repetitive, time-consuming tasks to focus on the information that matters and lighten the cognitive overload that employees are feeling.
LeanDNA is bridging the gap between business intelligence and automated intelligence by introducing an easily integratable platform that is able to yield a sustainable return on investment.
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