3 Tips to Improve Supply Chain Visibility

Supply chain visibility…it’s highly important to ensure the success of your supply chain, but surprisingly studies show that only about 6% of companies claim to have a fully visible supply chain. 

So why is this such a big deal?

A fully visible supply chain is important because it gives all parties involved with a shipment real-time access to pertinent information needed to ensure a smooth and successful shipment. Visibility presents shippers with statuses that make it easier to prepare and boost efficiency overall.

How to can you achieve a more visible supply chain for your business? We give you 3 tips below!

Get to the bottom of the communication

The single most important area to target for improved visibility is how communication is handled throughout your internal network. If everyone can be on the same page on shipping progress, then everyone can complete their tasks more efficiently.

Every communication strategy is different depending on the needs of the team. Whether it’s by adopting management software or sharing documents, the best way to determine a plan is to sit down with your team, share ideas, and solidify a plan focused on improving communication.

Regular reporting is another effective way to accomplish this. Make it a regular practice to go to each team working in your supply chain and ask them what they need to be able to do their jobs more efficiently. Listen, take note, and implement the changes accordingly.

The ASN lowdown

Another helpful way to increase visibility across the supply chain is to use the ASN, a document that supplies shippers with pertinent information regarding a shipment.

Some details provided by an ASN are updates for where a delivery is at a given time and the physical characteristics of what’s being shipped. This keeps the customer abreast of each step of the delivery while allowing them to prepare to accept it.

Gather as much information as you can about the shipment before it goes out, that way your team has access to the same information for enhanced supply chain optimization.

Get technical

Technology is changing the face of the logistics industry in an excellent way, allowing shippers to combine all information on one platform for users to access. It’s fast, reduces errors or grey areas, and makes it easier to organize data. 

There are plenty of advanced platforms on the market to find the best fit for your team. By adapting a digital system, you get instant visibility across the supply chain.

3 Tips to Improve Supply Chain Visibility
Courtney L.
June 24, 2022

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