The logistics landscape has evolved immensely over the years, yet the jagged road of uncertainty cripples its progress at every stage from warehousing to transportation. With infinite variables across stages, even one misstep leads to complete breakdown of the entire chain.
So what's the solution?
A grandmaster of logistics management who
- has a complete overview of the entire landscape,
- watches every move across all stages carefully,
- identifies and predicts possible risks,
- assesses all possible options, and
- makes the perfect move to easily overcome all hurdles and confirm success
All these qualities converge at a central hub called the command center, which is the control tower of the logistics landscape.
How can the command center be an end-to-end solution?
- A command center provides complete visibility of all assets - their overall location (in production, at the warehouse, in transit, etc.) and granular details (mode of transportation, the personnel details, exact location, temperature and other information of perishable or expensive goods, etc.).
- It helps the stakeholders a clear picture of the current and future availability of stocks.
- Real-time information or prior prediction of risks helps control revenue leakage, builds trust with the customer, streamlines operations, optimizes service levels with minimal inventory, maps supply with demand, and increases ROI.
- Disruptive technological innovations and the ability to tweak enormous data to derive valuable insights have made command centers the most sought-after solution providers.
- Command centers effectively utilize the supply chain network to predict efficient transportation routes based on real-time traffic information, minimize instances of capacity idling and inadequate capacity, and alert multiple nodes the moment an order is activated.
- Command centers continuously process incalculable data from multiple sources (operational, historical, transient, and ecosystem) to derive meaningful analytics from them. This helps in determining risks well in advance (possible roadblocks, extreme weather conditions, specific statutory requirements, vehicle and driver safety information, etc.).
- Command centers also use in-memory optimization engines to provide all possible options to mitigate the risk (alternate routes, maximum possible capacity, etc.) and deliver orders on time despite the hazard.
- Precious information can be converted into simplified data insights and deliver them to different sources - wearables, mobile interfaces, dashboards, or canned reports
A command center is indeed the logistics genie that makes "knowing about and acting on" any current or future impediment a simple, data-based decision-making process. The grandmaster of the logistics landscape is definitely expanding both in the scope of its effectiveness and in the extent of collaboration it can achieve. It does look like any jagged road of uncertainty cannot defeat the logistics landscape anymore. Here's a presentation on Ramco Logistics Command Center.