Driving Supply Chain Evolution: Data Visibility Enables Continuous Improvement
The hallmark of a well-integrated and agile supply chain is visibility of high-quality data throughout the end-to-end system that is available to stakeholders from the top to the bottom of the supply system. These data are used for demand and procurement planning at the national level, tracking consumption trends and method mix (for contraceptives), assessing stock status at each level, determining resupply quantities, preventing expiries and leakage, and monitoring capacity and performance of the entire supply chain. The quantity of data required for routine and strategic decision-making is significant and can be burdensome; automation enables more streamlined and timely data management, analysis, data-driven action and end-to-end visibility. It is essential to greater supply chain maturity, agility, and cost–effectiveness. JSI, 2017.
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