Visibility refers to understanding what goes on between the start and end of a process. With supply chain visibility, companies can analyze data and evaluate suppliers, processes, and prices.
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Supply chain visibility, brilliantly compared to a pipeline by Merrill Douglas in Inbound Logistics: You turn a faucet based on demand. Then, product flows through a network of pipes, all uniting in one channel that delivers the goods you and your customers need. Now, imagine those pipes are made of glass and you’re watching the supply chain move. Is it getting clogged? Is one pipe slowing the process? There’s highway construction slowing down the truck? That explains it, that is supply chain visibility.
The more you see and know, the more you can apply that knowledge to improving processes. Visibility provides shippers insight into arrival dates, freight conditions, delivery performance, inventory, inbound freight activity, labor management, consolidation options, and even sustainability.
With insight into so many important functions of the supply chains, shippers are then able to moderate lead-time, mitigate risk and reduce costs.
5 Facts about Supply Chain Visibility
- Transportation accounts for almost 50% of the average company’s logistics costs.
- 79% of companies rank visibility “very important” to value creation
- 40% of shippers admit they lack visibility across the extended supply chain.
- 85% indicate they plan to increase their current level of end-to-end supply chain visibility.
- 71% of 3PLs said the greatest value data provides is improving process quality and performance.
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