How to Gain Supply Chain Visibility

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If there is one buzzword that continues to define supply chain management, itπs visibility. Everyone wants it but few seem to ever approach true nirvana. Part of the difficulty in this endless search for total insight and control is that companies have different interpretations of what visibility means, and these interpretations continue to evolve with varying business demands and globalization trends.

Visibility is knowing where inventory is at any moment. But it is also actionable information that can help support customers and be applied to myriad touch points along the supply chain—from supplier to service provider to end customer—to remove redundancies and improve processes.

Because businesses often focus on capitalizing core growth initiatives, many do not have the internal IT infrastructure to support dynamic supply chains. Collecting and identifying data that is important, validating this information, and communicating it in a way that lets others leverage this visibility remains a critical challenge for companies large and small.

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