In this article, we describe six trends that are shaping how supply chain leaders succeed. With these trends and their impacts, you can adopt modern, cloud-based solutions to be more agile, efficient, and competitive and adapt to shifting business opportunities and customer needs

Circular manufacturing opens a path to greater sustainability

Manufacturing has a major impact on the environment, for example 76.6% of total US emissions and usually they come from a company’s suppliers, production operations, and distribution centers.

73.2% of global greenhouses gases comes from the energy consumption with the main contributor being the industrial sector

So, obviously more and more companies are trying to reduce the amount of waste and pollution created as byproducts of manufacturing process because of new ecology laws and social responsibility.

This process usually requires facilities optimization and production processes to reduce their carbon emissions and overall energy consumption, which might include investing in alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar.

Companies are implementing circular manufacturing, granular track, and trace programs. But still these sustainability changes in manufacturing greatly depend on the ability to make data-driven decisions.

And with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, you can create a coordinated, agile, and demand-driven digital supply chain. As a result, you can achieve real-time, end-to-end visibility across your supply chain, decreasing the amount of waste and carbon pollution during production and transportation processes.

Building closer relationships with customers pays dividends

In the past, manufacturers were often separated from the ultimate buyers of their products by multiple layers of wholesale and retail. Today, manufacturers are trying to understand the desires of their end customers. To succeed at this kind of business transformation, companies need flexible systems that can adapt to changing business requirements.

By effectively applying insights into the customer journey, manufacturers can boost services revenue by 10% or more.

Moreover, manufacturers recognize that selling directly to consumers gives them greater access to customer data, giving them insights to improve products and develop new business lines.

With predictive insights from AI and IoT implemented in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, you can break through barriers and drive outcomes by moving from reactive to proactive operations.

Smart factories increase agility and efficiency

Through the broad adoption of smart sensor technology, cloud computing advancements and IoT businesses started realizing the potential of a fully connected business with all company information aggregated into a central database that operates data in real time accordingly to company`s needs.

A connected factory will allow you proactively manage shop floors using a real-time view of production and stock to improve throughput, quality, and uptime.

Workplace automation increases employee satisfaction

91% of full-time workers say automation saves them time and offers better work/life balance

From an operation management perspective, automation gives you opportunities to increase asset productivity by improving throughput, quality, and uptime through resource scheduling, IoT, workers safety, increasing efficiency, and accelerating learning period and performance.

Data empowers employees to make smarter decisions

By choosing supply chain management solutions such as Dynamics 365 that are built on a structured approach to data from the beginning, manufacturers can integrate analytics insights into their business processes without having to integrate third-party tools.

Dynamics 365 applications use Microsoft Dataverse to store and secure the data they use. With this you can build apps by using Power Apps and Dataverse directly against your core business data, which is already used within Dynamics 365, without any additional integration.

New tools simplify risk prediction

To solve the high-impact and frequent disruptions problem, manufacturers can take advantage of intelligent manufacturing to better anticipate and adapt to change. End-to-end visibility and actionable data insights enable them to improve demand planning, change with agility, and keep their options open to reduce disruption.

Dynamics 365 uses advanced analytics powered by Microsoft Azure AI and machine learning to give manufacturers an ability to predict disruptions and respond faster with a digital supply chain to perform predictions and analyses to simulate the impact of potential disruptions and determine the impact of decisions made to mitigate them throughout the supply chain.

The world is in high demand for digital transformation, if you want to accelerate and transform supply chain visibility, enhance customer and employee experiences you should seriously consider Dynamics 365 solutions from Microsoft.

Published On: October 11th, 2022 / Categories: Articles /

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