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How Supply Chain Visibility Mitigates Risk

Chris Scheich
by Chris Scheich
Nov 20, 2023

In today's interconnected world, supply chains play a vital role in delivering products and services to customers around the globe. Yet as we’ve experienced on a global scale, the complexity and global nature of the modern supply chain opens the door to various challenges and risks. Increased disruption of the availability of goods, shortages of drivers, and just-in-time production pose supply chain challenges that can lead to catastrophic events. 

End-to-end visibility is one of the key ways to mitigate these risks, and to identify and prevent problems before they escalate.  Without clear visibility, companies face a higher risk of encountering unforeseen problems that can have severe consequences on their operations, customer satisfaction, and bottom line.

Why is Supply Chain Visibility Critical?

1. It enables early problem identification: Increased visibility enables stakeholders to identify potential issues early in the supply chain, such as delays in transportation, quality control problems, or inventory shortages. By having real-time information and insights, businesses can proactively address these challenges before they turn into major disruptions.

2. It provides better forecasting for demand and inventory management: With advanced visibility, companies gain a comprehensive understanding of demand patterns and inventory levels at each stage of the supply chain. This data allows them to optimize their inventory management strategies, reduce stockouts, and avoid overstocking, leading to improved customer satisfaction and cost savings.

3. It leads to improved supplier performance: Visibility helps in monitoring and assessing the performance of suppliers and other partners. By tracking metrics such as on-time delivery, product quality, and compliance with regulations, companies can make informed decisions about their supplier relationships and take proactive steps to mitigate risks associated with unreliable partners.

4. It improves compliance and traceability: More robust and trackable supply chains start with visibility. Visibility is crucial for compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards. It enables businesses to trace the origin of products, track their movement, and ensure adherence to ethical and environmental standards. This not only safeguards a company's reputation but also helps build trust among consumers who are increasingly concerned about the sustainability and ethical practices of the brands they support.

5. It builds supply chain resilience and helps to mitigate risk: In an era marked by disruptive events like natural disasters, political unrest, and pandemics, a resilient supply chain starts with full visibility. It requires a long-term roadmap to identify potential vulnerabilities and develop contingency plans. By having a clear understanding of their supply chain networks, companies can quickly respond to disruptions, reroute logistics, and find alternative sources of supply, reducing the impact of catastrophic events.

Emphasizing visibility throughout the supply chain is no longer a luxury but a necessity in ensuring long-term success and sustainability. By embracing technologies such as real-time monitoring systems, data analytics, and blockchain, businesses can enhance visibility and achieve a more resilient, efficient, and customer-centric supply chain. 

Want to learn how Leverage can help your team achieve visibility with purchase order tracking and shipment automation?  Schedule a demo today.

Chris Scheich
Post by Chris Scheich
Entrepreneur, Continuous Learner and Sales Leader