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Power your supply chain with a Digital Control Tower

JULY 16, 2018
Author: Rob Garrison
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A Digital Control Tower (DCT) is designed to help optimize your inventory both in motion and at rest, in order to better support your demand and optimized your costs. The outcome? An incredibly powerful customer-centric, demand-responsive supply chain.
Just a few years ago, implementing a DCT was tough to do, requiring either the purchase of an expensive ERP system, or a partnership with a larger 3rd party provider.

Thanks to the maturation of SaaS, and the ubiquity of cloud-based tools however, the ability to create and deploy a DCT quickly and inexpensively has become a reality.

When considering implementing a DCT, there are six main goals to consider:
  • Minimizing risk
  • Improving flexibility
  • Gaining business intelligence
  • Reducing complexity
  • Aligning all parties in the supply chain
  • Improving communication both upstream and downstream
To achieve these goals, your DCT must offer the following features which are fundamental for any solution you consider:
  1. Authentication and change control
  2. User level configuration capabilities
  3. Business intelligence tools
  4. In-built collaboration tools
  5. Process flow management
  6. In-built communication tools (including video, chat and screen-share)
  7. Ease of collaboration across any network

Considering a Digital Control Tower for your business?
Contact us for a free demo of your future DCT today.

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Rob Garrison is a leading international supply chain expert with 25 years experience as an importer, 3PL and carrier. He has worked extensively with companies of all types – from startups to Fortune 500 businesses – helping to significantly improve their supply chains and provide officer-level leadership with market leaders across the globe.

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