There is no question that these are exciting times in the supply chain industry with the game-changing potential of automation to help you leapfrog competitors when it comes to service and cost. The challenge is understanding the capabilities and limits of the latest technology and creatively applying the best-fit options to your operations.
From advanced goods-to-person systems and small footprint high-speed item sorters to robotics and beyond, 4SIGHT consultants and engineers are committed to keeping pace with today’s fast-changing automation landscape. We develop holistic supply chain plans customized to your needs and constraints so you can leverage the right technologies where they’ll benefit you most.
Many companies today outsource their logistics functions to third-party logistics (3PL) providers to focus on their core competencies. They can enjoy the benefits 3PL providers offer in terms of cost reduction, productivity, profits, and improvement of their service quality. A 3PL can perform some or all of your logistics functions.
4SIGHT has extensive experience working with many of today’s leading 3PL companies. We can provide valuable insights into the 3PL market and its participants, as well as a highly structured methodology for executing a formal 3PL Request for Proposal (RFP).
The focus of the 4SIGHT Logistics Network Optimization exercise is to evaluate supply chain and logistics network design with the primary objectives of minimizing total logistics costs (transportation, facilities, inventory) while maximizing for service-level requirements.
This optimization work should be considered among the most strategic of all supply chain and logistics initiatives. It should involve your senior executives as the result of the exercise can have a significant impact on both your operational costs and potential capital investments in equipment and infrastructure.
The omnichannel approach factors in the implementation and development of technologies and processes that expand your customer reach and engagement while maintaining continuity across all new and existing platforms. This strategy is grounded in a framework that enables your customer to navigate these respective platforms to cater and deliver to their requirements. Allowing customers to create their personal purchasing experience gives them the ability to leverage integrated applications to provide a seamless and functional model for success while aligning with your company’s efforts to attract and retain business.
To drive ongoing success and dramatic supply chain efficiency gains, companies need to adequately address the reality that physical processes, such as warehousing, transportation, and manufacturing, have to be much more closely aligned and synchronously planned and managed along with other ‘virtual’ supply chain processes. These virtual processes include sales operations, demand forecasting, replenishment planning, supply planning, and procurement across the extended supply chain.
The latest phase of control towers builds on the automation tools by letting machine learning examine historical data of how the supply chain has operated to offer insights on where rules and thresholds can be reset. Additionally, vendors are working on capabilities that provide prescriptive actions based on anticipated issues that could impact the supply chain.