An “earthquake in supply and demand” is how the Wall Street Journal’s Logistics Report characterizes the effects of COVID-19 on supply chain management. In an article published today, WSJ lays out the compelling case for accelerated investment into supply chain automation and digitization. Here’s a synopsis of their reporting and how digital-ready solutions like Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Yard Management Systems (YMS), Fleet Management solutions and others fit into this critical trend toward contactless supply chain.
Whether it is truck drivers, warehouse/loading dock workers, fulfillment center employees or any other supply chain workers, supply chain management leaders report great demand for contactless options among those performing these jobs/roles. WSJ says, “decisions are taking place across scores of loading docks, warehouses and logistics management offices as companies of all sizes take a new look at technology that can help them adapt their operations to a changing business landscape under Coronavirus restrictions.”
While much of the pressing interest in supply chain automation technology is presently driven by ecommerce and food/grocery delivery businesses dealing with a crush of pandemic-fueled business, the overall effect is accelerating the migration toward supply chain digitization – a trend already well under way across most enterprise industries. For organizations taking steps toward paperless shipping documents – bills of lading and other manual logistics documentation – the push toward digitizing these and other paper-based logistics processes should be viewed as a necessary advancement. One that pays dividends far beyond the simple elimination of a potential vector for the spread of disease.
Supply chain digitization is already on the radar of enterprise organizations and is supported by TMS technologies like the Nucleus Digital Supply Chain Hub developed by UltraShipTMS. The Nucleus hub allows the logistics platform to accept supply chain data of all sorts – including ERP order data, digitized shipping documentation like BOLs and PODs, warehouse instructions to/from WMS, financial data like freight invoicing and many others – to be ingested by TMS, processed and fed back to integrated downstream systems easily and effectively. This one piece of technology eminently supports broader supply chain digitization and that supports the increased demand for contactless supply chain management in the wake of COVID-19.
If your organization is interested in accelerating contactless supply chain practices, schedule a consultative call or demo today to learn how to ready your transportation logistics operation to embrace this critically important step toward safer, more efficient and effective operations.