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Digital Logistics

How we support businesses during their digitisation journey and transform their supply chains for the digital world of Industry 4.0.
How to design & implement a digital supply chain strategy

Blockchain, automation, IoT, robotics, big data, artificial intelligence, connected supply chains… the concept of supply chain digitisation is often hard to translate into reality for Supply Chain executives: the words “digital transformation” have been used and overused to the point where it has become almost meaningless.

So how to deal with digitization and translate this concept into a realistic and achievable digital supply chain strategy?

Tokema Consulting has created a very hands-on and pragmatic methodology to design and implement the digital supply chain strategy that suits to each customer: each company is different, with its own unique culture, specific organisation and tailor-made processes acting on different markets to deliver products and services to very different types of clients.

We focus on each customer to define a tailor-made scope of digitisation.

Because we consider technology is the platform to facilitate the execution of the supply chain digital strategy but not the end game, our consultant work closely with our customers to select which data is needed to support the business.

Once done, our work with the client’s team is to simplify, standardise big data and define a true data management strategy. Then we evaluate and recommend what are the right technologies to provide this fulfil this data management strategy.

As part of our methodology, we recommend not to start the digital journey through the technology angle.

Before even considering to digitise their operations, customers should review their existing processes, eliminate some of them, go through an initial optimisation program before selecting and implementing the technology that will support the digitisation and the future growth of the business.

If your company is looking at designing and implementing a digital supply chain, Tokema Consulting can help you.

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End-to-end visibility & connected supply chains

Did you know that less than 10% percent of companies have real end-to-end supply chain visibility (Geodis study 2017)? But many more companies explain they have full visibility in place: it depends how visibility is defined.

End-to-end visibility is no longer limited within a warehouse or to “track and trace” an inbound or outbound order. It involves visibility across a network of different resources (suppliers, 3PLs, warehouses, plants, customers…) in different locations and facilities to monitor real time complex and challenging connected supply chains.

A Gartner study shows a lack of end-to-end supply chain visibility ranks as one of the three most important obstacles to achieving the business objectives by 23% of the respondents.

End-to-end visibility is a strategic opportunity for businesses to reduce risks, reduce operations costs, improve business planning to meet an ever-changing market demand with a maximum of flexibility and respond to unexpected events more efficiently. Resolving issues proactively is also in the wake of Industry 4.0 and real time data management.

Supply chains are much more complex and the ability to access reliable and accurate information instantly is vital.

In addition, transparency across the supply chain is a growing demand from customers while end-to-end visibility is also an opportunity to optimise internal processes, increase logistics and transportation efficiency and reduce operating and inventory costs.

Tokema Consulting help customers to design and implement a true end-to-end visibility program structured at strategic, tactical and operational level and long-term and short-term horizons in 3 sections: upstream, internal, distribution.

Our consultants are available to work on your visibility project. Get in touch with us and book your free consultation now!

Productivity increase via process digitisation

Productivity = Value Created ÷ Hours Worked.

Supply chain digitisation focus primarily on hours worked although global supply chain digitisation is creating additional value by enabling three critical business functions:

- Collaboration – ensure every stakeholder of the supply chain receives the information needed at the right time.

- Automation - scale up, reduce errors, and calculate landed cost allowing the business to take sourcing and delivery decisions immediately.

- Analytics - take a structured look at your data to create online audit scorecards and generate reports to support business decisions.

Our consultants typically work on the following processes digitisation to ensure productivity is improved by removing inefficiencies from the end-to-end supply chain:

- Contract and rate management: translate sea, air and road shipping contracts to determine the best carriers at an optimal price.

- Carrier selection and booking: select the right carrier based on route, transit times and cost.

- Invoice management and freight audit: check the carrier invoice automatically and settle any discrepancy prior to the payment.

- Integrated service provider network: secure exchange information and secured transactions with all trading partners (suppliers, carriers, brokers, 3PLs…).

- Warehouse automation: improve operations efficiency and pace with automation and robotics to support the staff during the receiving, put-away, picking and shipping processes.

- Performance management: key performance indicators are immediately are calculated and displayed via scorecards and dashboards.

- Supply chain visibility: management by exception and automated alerts ensure a quick and proactive answer to unexpected disruptions.

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Outsourcing non-strategic tasks to a digital back-office

Our customers who enjoy our consultants hands-on and operations expertise asked Tokema Consulting to go beyond the projects we deliver and to benefit from our experience of operations management to support their daily supply chain operations execution.

By outsourcing non-strategic logistics activities to Tokema Consulting digital back office services, our clients benefit from skilled and agile Supply Chain expert resources, industry-leading logistics practices and technologies, while providing the flexibility to meet changes in business demand.

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