End-to-End Supply Chain Solutions create greater visibility
The supply chain of nearly every organisation touches multiple continents. For example, suppliers of raw materials may be located in Africa, its manufacturers in China and consumers in Europe. However, with global trade trends shifting and domestic consumption booming in countries such as China and Brazil, finished goods may now be mainly destined for those markets instead. Additionally, outsourcing manufacturing to China is becoming more expensive, encouraging organisations to restructure their supply chains. As a global logistics company, CEVA provides solutions to manage the complex the End to End global supply chains that prevail in today’s market.
There are a large number of improvements that global supply chain solutions can offer to organizations on a global scale, and CEVA integrates a long history of best practices and experience to develop standardised solutions for managing a supply chain that makes it possible for customers to increase visibility, manage their productions, manage their suppliers and transportation and increase reliability also by means of tracking their products. CEVA is capable of adjusting these processes where necessary. This helps them to:
Reduce risk in the supply chain:
- Getting products to the market quickly is important in a world where innovation takes place at an increasing rate. Risks that arise from a delay in production or manufacturing can reduce the speed-tomarket rate.
Get products in the right place, at the right time:
- Delivering on time is key, for example, in the retail sector where finished goods need to be in store by a certain date. Some high street fashion retailers bring up goods from design to store in a mere 14 days – impossible without a solid logistics operation. In the case of manufacturing goods, the late arrival of essential parts can halt a production line with serious consequences.
Choose the right modal mix:
- When deciding by which modes to ship goods, several factors are taken into account – most importantly time and cost. Because of the oversight on the entire chain, CEVA is able to pick the right modal mix with optimal results.
Manage 3PL suppliers and manufacturers:
- Local suppliers and manufacturers alike need to understand how to deliver the products according to the agreement and wishes of the customer. In Brazil for example, it is difficult to import finished goods because of import tariffs that favor local producers. This leads to manufacturers shipping goods by plane from say Asia to Los Angeles, and from there on move the goods by truck to Brazil.
Gain supply chain visibility:
- Most importantly, End-to-End Supply Chain Solutions help organisations to track their products throughout the entire process. This means that the customer knows exactly where its products are and what is happening to them. Increased visibility leads to a better control of suppliers and manufacturers, to ensure that they follow the organisation’s code of practice. It also promotes sustainability, by allowing for inefficiencies to be easily identified.
There are a number of issues that could improve the logistics business that industry cannot address without the help from policymakers. Most notably, the conclusion of international free trade agreements and an overall reduction of import and export tariffs will facilitate global logistics operations and make them more efficient. This responsibility does not solely rest with the EU, but with all global partners involved in WTO negotiations. Finally, incentivising IT solutions helps to enhance supply chain visibility, which in its turn leads to increased efficiency and better control of processes and product sourcing.