Technology automations have long been the key to overcoming supply chain disruption. With access to real-time data, improved automated systems, a streamlined flow within the supply chain, and enhanced digitization, supply chains of all sizes can recover from disruptions more easily. According to Inbound Logistics, it is crucial “that vendors and LSPs are in daily contact with one another regarding shipping needs, and that they convey the results of those daily huddles back to [management]. The transition from manufacturing to shipping is vital to [lead times], and a lack of communication between supply chain players can cause unneeded delays.” Understanding how to come back from supply chain disruption when these delays occur can pay enormous dividends for manufacturers, forwarders, and freight managers. To that end, let’s take a closer look at how a few technologies aided the industry this past year.
Freight Tech Systems Improved Visibility for Shippers
Automation Reduced the Need for More Physical Workers in Back-Office
Automated systems, machine learning, advanced AI capabilities, and improved processes allow managers and workers to shift their focus to more pressing needs such as moving freight, filling orders, and proactively managing exceptions. Autonomous machines and automated systems can bubble up exceptions as they occur or take automated action on exceptions with robotics process automation. Allowing workers and managers to focus on more critical aspects of the chain gives a more focused response in all back-office processes. In a sense, it reduced the need for more physical workers in the back-office by streamlining operations. And that’s why automation is one of the best ways to deal with supply chain disruptions.