Les enjeux de la Supply Chain

5 key issues to prepare
and anticipate tomorrow’s Supply Chain

The Benchmark Supply Chain Horizon 2020 has enabled us to identify five major trends that companies will need to be aware of in order to acquire a supply chain of excellence by 2020.

The integration of new digital technologies into the logistics and supply chain processes will significantly improve the quality of service, traceability of operations and inventory management, and significantly reduce logistics costs.

The agility and resilience of organizations will be fundamental. In a rapidly changing world, it is necessary to be able to adapt in real time by developing progressive organizations.

Becoming omni-channel will also be an imperative to serve its customers with the same level of requirement that they consume online, in shop, in a department store or simultaneously within these three distribution channels.

The adaptation and management of human capital is also one of the major vectors of performance in the logistics and supply chain functions. Helping existing teams to progress and transform themselves, adapt training programs and attract new talent will be the major challenges of the coming years.

The supply chain will have to be more responsible than ever with regard to the health of its operators (reduction of the painfulness of work) and environmental protection (reduction of the carbon footprint).

Jean-Michel GUARNERI
President de l’ASLOG

Supply Chain Digital Challenges

The use of digital technologies in the Supply Chain should enable:

  • Make better decisions,
  • Automate certain tasks,
  • Enriching the customer experience,
  • Develop upstream-downstream collaboration,
  • Accelerate production cycles,
  • Lower the costs,
  • Finding disruptive business models,

Brew billions of data, sort them, make them relevant, increase the efficiency of collaborative systems and accelerate decision-making. Sharing information between actors and ensuring data protection are all challenges that the ASLOG LAB DIGITALIZATION must visit and for which it makes recommendations.

The challenges of agility & resilience

The Supply Chain has to be agile to adapt to a constantly changing world. To acquire this agility, the actors of the Supply Chain have to adopt new methods like:

  • Demand Driven Material Requirement Planning (DDMRP)
  • Managing and managing change within the Supply Chain.
The LAB SC AGILE and RESILIENTE will examine the VUCA concept (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) and propose elements for reflection on what types of supply-chain strategy to define and implement. How to manage transformation and change? How to rethink its organization and flows and articulate them around a DDMR approach?

The Supply Chain Omni-Challenge

New consumer behaviors, particularly related to the development of digital commerce, force many companies to rethink their supply chain in a context of multi-channel flow.

These changes lead to major changes in operating procedures in the supply chain and in particular in warehouses: the creation of multi-country distribution centers, multi-channel distribution, more automated and robotized and in real-time with the evolution of demand and supply and production centers.

The keywords are customer satisfaction, agility, transformation. The LAB SUPPLY-CHAIN OMNI-CHANNEL should be particularly interested in agile and collaborative processes and information systems, automation mechanization and robotization technologies.

Supply Chain Human Resources Issues

“THE RICH HISTORY OF MAN” writen by Jean BODIN, a French economist and philosopher of the sixteenth century. Never has this quotation been so topical in the world of today to prepare the world of tomorrow. And the HUMAN RESOURCE in the SUPPLY-CHAIN will also be a source of wealth and performance provided it is taken into consideration at its right level.

“THE RICH HISTORY OF MAN” writen by Jean BODIN, a French economist and philosopher of the sixteenth century. Never has this quotation been so topical in the world of today to prepare the world of tomorrow. And the HUMAN RESOURCE in the SUPPLY-CHAIN will also be a source of wealth and performance provided it is taken into consideration at its right level.

New trades, new technologies, new organizations, new behaviors and new expectations of customers, require that we pay a particular attention to the SUPPLY-CHAIN’s MEN. Key words are new trades, new behaviors, new challenges, attractiveness of trades, evolution, transformation, needs mapping, organization, positioning, collaboration, recognition, training, collaboration with research and training organizations, reduced working hours, etc.

The LAB OF HUMAN RESSOURCES must be interested in all the issues that concern the first wealth of its activity: it’s MEN.

The Supply Chain’s CSR challenge

The CSR approach today is no longer just an intention, or a detailed reflection in an annual company report.

Stackeholders of the company, and in particular its customers and employees, expect the company to be a stakeholder and committed to its CSR approach and exemplary in its application. The company’s shortcomings on this subject have negative and rapidly increasing consequences for customers and employees.

The LAB CSR approach should focus on all parts of the company in terms of management and risk management, occupational safety, environmental protection, ethics in business relationships. The Supply Chain should involve collaborators/sites/subsidiaries, but also suppliers and subcontractors.