Seven solutions to drive the supply chain function’s future

07. Keep an eye out for sudden shocks

Of course, there are many things the digitalization of the supply chain cannot always be prepared for. For example, the heavyweight impact of the Covid-19 pandemic would not have been on many critical incident plans.

However, we do know that more automation and better-connected planning systems can mitigate the negative outcomes of most third-party disruptions, because they can have a real-time overview of what is happening and where, either pinpointing more efficient and alternative routes quickly, or predicting when and how fluctuations in demand are going to occur.

Tracking where capacity is, and where it isn’t, will be critical to the most successful supply chain operations of the future. Johnson & Johnson’s Creasy adds companies must be far more agile, more responsive and more resilient in their ability to respond.

“The best thing digital will get any company is visibility,” he says. “Visibility to see what’s going on and where things are allows us to ask better questions, and better questions drive further efficiencies, allowing us to be more agile and responsive.”

The best thing digital will get any company is visibility. Visibility to see what’s going on and where things are allows us to ask better questions, and better questions drive further efficiencies, allowing us to be more agile and responsive.

Kenneth Creasy,

Senior Director, Manufacturing Technology & Innovation and Advanced Engineering,

Johnson & Johnson

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