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Supply Chain Visibility - Lots of Talk, Little Action
Author: Anthony Joh



How far do companies have to go, before they become truly "green"? A long, long way, if the results of a new survey are to be believed. According to the study by the Business Performance Management Forum (BPM) and E2open, nearly two-thirds of respondents lack the visibility needed to monitor the environmental impact of their supply chains. This despite the fact that 90 percent say their top management supports the notion of "enhanced trading partner visibility, flexibility and sustainability across the entire supply and demand chain." Too bad lip service doesn't run supply chains.


Modern-day supply chains, with all their complexity, are riddled with weak links. Some 35 percent of respondents to the survey have 1,000 or more trading partners, Kober says. And those entities are changing constantly. Most companies continue to struggle with obtaining consistent, verifiable data to assess the performance of their suppliers. The problem only grows worse as they move up the tiers to vendors who are two, three or more steps removed from the original equipment manufacturer.


Interestingly, the survey doesn't find the recession to be a major factor in the failure of companies to achieve supply chain visibility. On the contrary, says Kober, "our sense was that the [poor] economy actually could be driving the need for some of these better practices." After all, a program that achieves greater visibility for "green" motives is also likely to result in efficiencies that will have a positive impact on the bottom line. And, in many cases, companies have little choice but to act.




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The following article has been published by Supply Chain Brain on Jul. 31, 2015 
    Author - Robert J. Bowman

For the full article, please click on this link
 

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