October 19, 2023

What Does the Supply Chain of the Future Look Like?

The DELMIA vision for the Supply Chain of the Future places digitalization at the forefront to create an integrated business strategy that incorporates emerging technologies, improves human decision-making, streamlines asset and inventory management, and accelerates competitive advantage.
Avatar Therese Snow

Unprecedented and widespread disruption from economic and geopolitical issues—such as recession and labor shortage—has exposed vulnerabilities in supply chains around the world. This has pushed supply chains to transform to be more agile, flexible, and resilient. Innovation is necessary to mitigate the impact of future disruptions and enable businesses to recover quickly.

Many organizations have taken the first step towards this goal. They will adopt new technologies and solutions to modernize their operations and processes. This may solve certain pain points—but if they are not integrated horizontally and vertically throughout the organization, they are, at best, advanced stop-gap solutions.

A snippet of how supply chain of the future looks like

The DELMIA vision for the Supply Chain of the Future places digitalization at the forefront. This creates an integrated business strategy that incorporates emerging technologies, improves human decision-making, streamlines asset and inventory management, and accelerates competitive advantage.

The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform bring this vision to life by consolidating all information on a digital platform that serves as a single source of truth—and by providing orchestrated decision support for integrated business planning and operations. With real-time visibility across the supply chain, stakeholders are empowered to make well-informed decisions and respond quickly to mitigate disruption. This creates a sustainable foundation for an agile and resilient Supply Chain of the Future.

To start your journey, there are five pillars that can leverage the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to transform your business model and create new value-generating opportunities.

#1: Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP)

Companies that still rely heavily on legacy S&OP systems are often bogged down by departmental silos across their organization. Fragmented information limits a planner’s ability to forecast demand and supply, preventing an organization from delivering optimal results.

With the 3DEXPERIENCE Sales and Operations Planning solution, organizations can:

  • Unlock real-time end-to-end visibility over the supply chain
  • Eliminate silos to enable all stakeholders to collaborate in planning
  • Optimize operational planning to drive improved financial results
  • Optimize fulfillment of customer demand and reduce inventory
  • Minimize risk by planning resilient supply chains that respond to disruption with agility

#2: Production Scheduling

Many moving parts must be taken into consideration when planning an optimized schedule. A manual scheduling process can be overwhelming and prone to human error—leading to task duplication, bottlenecks, late deliveries, as well as material and operational waste that can quickly rack up unwanted costs.

With 3DEXPERIENCE Production Scheduling organizations can:

  • Replace manual, error-prone scheduling processes with automated digital ones
  • Reduce hours dedicated to planning and shift focus towards value-added tasks
  • Minimize errors and create optimal schedules
  • Easy identification and mitigation of potential bottlenecks
  • Improve production capacity through optimized utilization of assets

#3: Transportation & Logistics Planning

Inefficient logistics plans—both within the supply chain as well as in last-mile delivery—can translate to missed cost-saving opportunities. Organizations need an agile and responsive planning solution that can quickly generate optimized transportation plans within various constraints in order to overcome unforeseen disruption.

With 3DEXPERIENCE Transportation & Logistics Planning, organizations can:

  • Gain real-time visibility over all available transport assets and drivers
  • Consider all constraints in logistics planning, including regulatory compliance
  • Create optimized logistics plans that reduce lead times
  • Maximize order fulfillment to drive profitability
  • Create efficient transportation plans to minimize carbon emissions
  • Respond to disruptions with agility to mitigate risk

#4: Workforce Planning

Relying on manual workforce planning processes makes it difficult to create the most efficient plans and can lead to oversight of safety regulations in some cases. Organizations need a digital planning solution that can consider all constraints and create optimal work schedules to empower their workforce to perform better.

With 3DEXPERIENCE Workforce Planning, organizations can:

  • Automatically consider labor rules and safety regulations
  • Easily match the right employees, equipment and tasks
  • Plan their work schedules strategically to maximize capacity
  • Drive improved work quality, speed and satisfaction for both employees and customers

#5: Operations Execution

Failing to embrace digital transformation in shop floor operations is what limits many manufacturers from achieving their true potential. The usage of IIoT technology feeds crucial real-time data that can help organizations optimize operational performance and respond to unplanned events with agility.

With 3DEXPERIENCE Operations Execution, organizations can:

  • Leverage IIoT visibility to make improvements to shop floor operations in real time
  • Orchestrate operational processes flawlessly in accordance with production plans
  • Respond to unplanned events with agility to minimize downtime
  • Analyze data on operational performance for continuous optimization

Start Building Your Supply Chain of the Future

Supply Chains continue to face disruptions. How resilient is yours? Discover today at Supply Chain of the Future | Dassault Systèmes (3ds.com)

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