The human factor continues to limit certain supply chain efficiencies, and a recent study shows manufacturers plan to automate systems for speed and security.
Recently, Edge Research for Sterling Commerce, an IBM Company, surveyed the business concerns of 300 manufacturing and logistics executives in supply chain, IT and sales positions. The results show that 40 percent of them plan to implement supply chain synchronization solutions to build a seamless customer experience from order to fulfillment.
The survey results are an indication that manufacturers are looking for alternatives to disjointed supply chain systems that require human monitoring and intervention. For example, the redundant data entry involved in order taking and purchasing consumes time and resources, while introducing countless opportunities for introducing error that can have major impact down the road. Although inflexible systems cause their own sets of problems, these manufacturers see benefits in synchronizing and automating systems throughout the supply chain.
Half of respondents still use manual processes for monitoring changes, exceptions and disruptions to planned activity in collaborating with customers and suppliers. Eighty percent of them expect managing volatile accelerating or decelerating demand to be a priority in 2011.
The survey found that executives also believe several manual process inefficiencies could be eased by automation, including:
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