Achieving Supply Chain Visibility: Top Truths to Gaining Real Benefits

Consistently, industry research cites that one of the most important challenges facing supply chain professionals today is supply chain visibility. This could not be more true for industries such as hi-tech electronics and consumer goods, where brand owners and contract manufacturers (CMs) are challenged by an environment of distributed operations, high demand volatility, and rapid product evolution—all of which make the issue of supply chain visibility more pressing and yet more difficult to achieve.

So as companies are clamoring to adopt means to gaining better visibility into their supply chain, they are quickly recognizing there is more to visibility than meets the eye. Among the considerations described below, the biggest realization is that achieving supply chain visibility is only a stepping stone towards solving the fundamental problem of response management. Leaders are recognizing that while achieving the right type of visibility is the first step, being able to leverage it to take quick and effective action is the real secret to success.

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