Integrated, Real-Time Logistics Data Can Make All the Difference in the Supply Chain
- September 26th, 2014
- By: Scott Robinson
Successful supply chain integration is often a question of logistics. The efficiency with which partner companies in a supply chain are able to detect and adapt to changes in logistics is an important factor in supply chain outcomes.
But infrastructural differences and variations in in-house logistics systems can frequently cause bottlenecks, imposing delays and additional cost to the movement of cargo through the chain.
Michael Frans, a South African business development expert, recently proposed telematics as a solution to these difficulties. Telematics, introduction of GPS data, vehicle identification, product RFID and other data that can be used to track delivery in real time, can strengthen supply chain integration by flagging potential delays ahead of time and keeping all chain participants on the ready to respond to problems in delivery.
“There are endless possibilities for the data stored within telematics solutions,” Frans said. “It is all about how this data is managed, and the ability to break down siloes to deliver real-time information to stakeholders when and where they need it.”