Even the best supply chain tools can leave you in the dark
when it comes to a deeper understanding of supply chain
geography. Why does geography matter? Because most of
our daily supply chain decisions are based on locations and
the interaction between different places.
Supply chain management makes extensive use of data
analysis and maps. Unfortunately, most systems don’t tie
analysis and maps together. The result is a limited view
on what is really happening in the operation. Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) technology, on the other hand,
combines location analysis with simple visualization and
allows for intuitive sharing of complex data.
Risk management, for example, is an obvious candidate
for GIS. Historical risk data is readily available and provides
insight into areas prone to flooding, hurricanes, or any
other severe weather. Add to that real-time information on
earthquakes or political shake-ups, delays, theft, accidents,
and you can perform in-depth analysis on risk to supplier
locations, transportation, and your entire supply chain.
GIS technology also provides effective tools to trace
products, from raw materials to the customer. Visualizing
the results on maps supports human intuition, provides fast
insight, and complements existing systems.
If this sounds intriguing, I suggest you take a test-drive to
see how GIS can help your organization.
Global Industry Lead
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