Growing Demand & Audience Supplied

Although we are still dealing with the pandemic, companies are concerned that they may not be able to produce daily necessities fast enough to survive. This is why proper planning and management will go a long way to keep your supply chain running in today’s uncertain world. Following these tips can allow your business to prosper while meeting the needs of your customers.

How Well Does Your Company Integrate Demand and Supply?

Regionalize and locate your center.


Although one of the key aspects of the supply chain is having a broader regional network, location is just as important. Consider travel restrictions during the pandemic. Although more and more people are getting vaccinated and the overall situation improves, there are still events that can disrupt your supply chain and your business in general, such as natural disasters or corporate strikes.
When a crisis will end it is impossible. However, with flexible shifts and allowing employees to choose to work remotely, your business can still thrive.

Commitment to upgrade.


It is a good idea to have a reliable backup plan because it is essential to a successful supply chain. However, make sure it is more than a paper plan.


Make a plan for testing at least once a year. Think of it as a school fire drill. Suppose your main vendor is unavailable for several months. Can your auxiliary power reach the printing plate with almost zero delays? You can conduct first-hand testing by having secondary vendors produce small quantities of products on the market. Make a note of potential challenges and come up with a game plan to solve them before the next test.

Supply chain, not tension.


Be prepared to ask many questions to your provider. If the supply chain is interrupted, it may cause a delay of up to one month in the future. Know the status of the available inventory in advance. Having a network of local and international suppliers (primary and backup) will help you cover all the bases and avoid tensions in your supply chain. I also recommend that you store your security stock in a different location.

Understand Your Needs.


While sufficient inventory is a good idea, I recommend that you manage your supply chain properly by keeping it simple. Record purchases and understand how much each SKU needs.

Communication.


From supplier to customer, your vision must be clear to everyone, not just the executive members of the company. Start with how you like to communicate and how often you want to keep the communication channels open. Let all employees participate, but also allow them to complete their work without micromanagement.


Please note that communication also means collaboration, because taking on some aspects of oneself is not an ideal situation. In the final analysis, teamwork equals innovation. It can also save you time by improving your business productivity. Sharing ideas and cooperation is the key to sustainable development. You never know who can provide valuable information that can shorten your turnaround time. After all, the people in your chain know your products best.


Everyone’s learning experience.


Businesses thrive on education. Let everyone – vendors, managers, warehouse managers, and sales reps – know that you will have a positive impact on your chain. Education is an extension of communication and can provide opportunities for your brand to maintain long-term development and development. When you have data to support inventory purchasing decisions, demand decisions will be based on facts. It’s also important to keep your employees or business partners excited about new technologies and encourage them to keep up with the latest trends. By being willing to adapt to the latest trends, your supply chain will establish a stable workflow to maintain supply chain visibility. In addition to formal training, you can also consider on-the-job training, coaching, and guidance.

Connect with environmentally conscious audiences.


I encourage all brand owners to consider an environmentally conscious supply chain. This type of supply chain allows you to share the background story of your brand in a cost-effective manner and minimize the environmental impact of your products.

There is a successful monitoring system.


To manage a successful supply chain, you must have good data. At any time, you can access this information to learn from your SKU list – what it is and what is needed. In the long run, recording purchases and managing finances will keep you ahead of the curve.

First-tier suppliers.


Although supplier budgets are attractive to new brand owners, selecting supplier budgets based solely on price can ultimately lead to costly mistakes. Instead, do some research to make the right decision. Learn how they are committed to providing a quality experience. Are your employees happy? How is your customer service? Will they respond in time? Are they outside the scope of their duties? These things tell a lot about suppliers because your business will essentially be an extension of their business. Customers expect quality.

When delivering product quality, in addition to providing a great customer experience, you can also expect loyalty. Naturally, this will give you a competitive advantage.
Using these techniques and injecting them into your current or future supply chain management strategy should allow you to properly monitor your business, protect your business, and always have inventory.

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