Pandemic-related manufacturing shutdowns, natural disasters and political unrest have wreaked havoc on the supply chain over the past two years. If you’re in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry, you have likely felt the shockwaves more than most.
One thing I have learned for certain: Companies that do not have a formal supply chain planning process have struggled to meet dynamic changes both in demand – and supply.
Specifically, companies that rely on a disconnected process largely driven by manual methods of supply chain planning and communicating – with fragmented data across the organization – are unable to understand clearly what’s ahead. And how to deploy resources in the most optimal way to meet the needs of their customers.
The result? Longer lead times and late deliveries. Expensive expedited shipping. Increased backorders. Cash tied up in excess inventories. And more.