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Mastering Supply Chain Integration 

Adam Hughes
Supply Chain Integration

Throughout the supply chain journey, companies must ensure that they have end-to-end visibility in order to manage their day to day responsibilities. From manufacturers maintaining inventory to logistics companies handling their truck fleet, a modernized integration platform is necessary for success.

Supply chain disruption happens, it’s simply a way of life. But it’s those companies that are best equipped in the face of adversity that are able to respond not only when issues arise, but are proactive and best prepared to deliver the customer experience that is expected of them no matter what happens.

What is Supply Chain Integration?

Integration technology supports the supply chain because it provides companies with an easy to understand and navigate way to manage all of their business processes. Instead of relying on outdated and legacy systems, a modernized and centralized integration platform allows companies to better care for the members of their digital ecosystem, from customers to trading partners.

Manufacturing

Supply chain integration for manufacturers allows those manufacturing companies to seamlessly connect to suppliers, logistics partners, and distributors. Operational maintenance can quickly see rising costs, however, with a modernized supply chain integration platform, those costs can be reduced while simultaneously providing annual support for legacy and end of life solutions.

Logistics

Shipping and port integration in the supply chain for logistics companies requires a reliable, efficient, and flexible exchange of data between suppliers, partners, and other members of a digital ecosystem. Logistics companies must also deal with international regulatory bodies, which is why centralized integration technology – replete with hundreds of pre-built business connectors and sophisticated data movement capabilities -- is so beneficial for modern times.

Wholesalers

Wholesale companies need a robust, end-to-end integration platform that empowers distributors to increase integration agility and minimize complexity. Wholesalers that have comprehensive insight across their digital supply chain can enhance their distribution outcomes with unprecedented visibility into their inventory.

The Supply Chain Integration Process

Supply chain integration works best when all members of a project are on the same page with a clear understanding of the benefits. Throughout the integration process, it is critical to understand that while yes, the end result might be an upgraded ERP system, it isn’t simply a technology project, but a company-wide effort to ultimately deliver the very best experience to customers.

Benefits of Supply Chain Integration

Modernized integration technology provides a company’s supply chain with the ability to:

  • Improve order to cash and procure to pay processes
  • Meet critical KPIs for shipping and logistics
  • Enable visibility into fulfillment and delivery
  • Connect applications for end-to-end data processing
  • Reliably meet customer and partner SLAs
  • Reduce chargebacks and non-compliance fines

Challenges for Supply Chain Companies

Supply chain companies, whether they are in the manufacturing, wholesale, or logistics industry, must be equipped with any challenges that come their way to better serve customers. Whether it’s staying in compliance and being able to securely connect and move documents quickly, or tracking inventory across shipping routes, without the right integration technology in place, those challenges become more difficult to overcome.

Cleo Integration Cloud provides the integration modernization that companies require to maintain business continuity. Onboard trading partners faster than ever before, while never losing track of your data via real-time business insights and visibility. Deep automation for B2B, EDI, application and e-commerce integrations reduces data entry errors and speeds up business processes. Step into the future and away from those legacy business processes. Your customer experience will never look back.

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