Developing plans, garnering & analyzing data, motivating & measuring success is the key!
Super Bowl LI has seen another magical finish with New England Patriots making a historic comeback win (34-28) in nerve-biting finals against Atlanta Falcons. James White scoring the game-winning two-yard touchdown in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons crowned the New England Patriots with Super Bowl LI.
Games like this spawn books, movies, go into the speeches of the motivational speakers. Not just this, they teach management lessons for Supply Chain as well. With the objectives getting clear to what are the goals to be achieved, and how to deliver within the stipulated time, it is nothing different than moving the ball from one place to another.
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The same holds for Supply Chains as well, garnering data about the operations and forecasting helps in optimizing the jobs and workforce to deliver on-time while keeping costs intact.
Have a contingency plan: Be prepared for “what-if” scenarios:
During practice sessions and trial matches, players & coaches come up with strategies to combat the challenges they might face. Same applies to
Supply Chain has to be prepared for the “what-if” situations so that they are ready to deal with unexpected scenarios. This helps in status-quo and stay in action.
Keeping the spirits up!
When you see a team playing on the field, we witness players cheering and patting each other. The number of goals on the board keeps them motivated and keep them trying their best to inch towards success. This is something Supply Chain’s have to adapt.
Delivering parcels is mundane! Gamification helps in keeping the rider motivated, engaged and deliver more.
As you see this Super Bowl LI you realize how teams have coped up with unanticipated and undesired situations that arise. Now, Supply Chain companies have to look into their strategies and game-plan to keep their logistics flexible.
Just like cricket, supply chain management is a game of glorious uncertainties. Therefore, plan A does not always work. Modern digital supply chains consider various scenarios of demand/supply, work force and fleet availability, traffic conditions, customer preferences, and cost to increase predictability and certainty of operations.
Savvy businesses are already leveraging such advanced trucking management to optimize delivery processes. One of our manufacturing customers achieved 100 percent operational visibility, reduced theft and pilferage by 57 percent and turn-around-time by 32 percent.
Advanced logistics platforms can live-track trucks and trigger alerts in case a driver is taking unnecessary stoppages and diversions. These platforms can analyze historical data and plan routes based on their efficiency.