“To deal effectively with risk and meet your business objectives, we believe supply chains must become a lot smarter,” says a report published by IBM. Modern day supply chain systems are becoming interconnected, and intelligent—a concept that many IT enablers were working towards. Considering the impact that smart supply chains can have on the ROI and efficiency of operations, businesses across the globe are working towards the automation of their supply chain operations. However, to work towards smart supply chains, organizations need a lot more than software to track deliveries and warehouse operations. A smart supply chain would constitute of real-time visibility into data, integration of various supply chain operations such as inventory management, logistics, warehousing, and so on, and analytics capabilities.
While businesses, understanding the potential of this kind of supply chain are moving towards it, they also need to understand the responsibilities and challenges this transformation will bring for them. To deal with these and better prepare for the future where automation will be paramount and complexities will continue to rise, businesses need ‘knowledge and technology partners,' who can help them prepare for the future. In such a scenario, we are coming up with an edition where the focus remains on solution providers that facilitate supply chain management. With this version, we aim to help our readers associate with companies that can be their partners facilitating smart supply chains.