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Top Supply Chain Trends Stirring Up in 2023

By Apoorva Kasam - February 08, 2023 6 Mins Read

Top Supply Chain Trends Stirring Up in 2023

With effective supply chain management, industries can optimize execution, reduce risk, and improve dexterity to procure a real competitive advantage.

With the start of 2023, supply chain leaders are planning numerous strategies to effectively manage the supply chain and its disruptions. Robust management of the company’s response to these trends can be a critical opportunity in the year ahead.

Here are the top trends impacting supply chain management in 2023.

Digitalization and Visibility

Massive digitalization has been driving AI, Blockchain, and automation adoption, helping businesses to streamline existing processes by creating better business opportunities and transforming supply chains. At the same time, visibility enables supply chain managers to manage and track goods throughout the complete supply chain. Furthermore, supply chain data and adequate visibility positively affect every aspect of the enterprise, from customer satisfaction to enhancements in the bottom line.

Controlled software management solutions integrated with warehouse management systems and enterprise resource planning tools can also be utilized to ensure solid transparency within the supply chain data. These powerful integrations diminish manual processes, enhancing accuracy and efficiency and allowing businesses to implement strategic technologies to help streamline supply chains from end to end. Additionally, procurement of electronic documents is necessitating the prioritization of complete digital transformation.

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Greenhouse Gas Minimization

Material risks due to climate change have given rise to reporting frameworks by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Robust efficiency in matching supply to demand, transporting goods, and manufacturing products lead to lower emissions. At the same time, enterprises targeting sustainability allow projects to have minimal ROI. For a supply chain management targeting increase in utilization of technology, these crucial factors can help to gain funding for supply chain technology rapidly.

Businesses need to work on developing software that is capable enough to report on emissions and other ESG data.

An efficient reporting and planning solution allows companies to procure and unify emissions data from numerous sources while managing entire sustainability data at a single location.

For best results, enterprises can model long and short-term sustainability goals to align initiatives across the operations. This necessities decisions based on an integrated understanding of operations, investments, and sustainability.

Turbulent Material Access

An unplanned supply chain wave of risks is likely to arrive. Businesses may need more access to crucial manufacturing inputs and maintenance items. In these aligned pitfalls, vital commodity presence and its prices may fluctuate. Companies need to establish a resilient supply chain against the upcoming turmoil by adapting to changes that actively resolve these risks. Additionally, mitigating the risk by eliminating critical time spent in managing low-demand items is necessary. Furthermore, utilizing real-time data analytics to improve the accuracy of the predictions of demand volatility is vital to collate these data into a sales and operations framework. Technologies such as the Blockchain can be utilized to ensure good product visibility to avoid counterfeit products reducing discrepancies.

Supply Chain Risks, Data Security, and Cybersecurity

Supply chain risk and resiliency necessitates partnership within the highly complex and interconnected global networks. Critical strategies like the diversification of suppliers, production capabilities, and transportation processes will be necessary. Numerous supply chains are compact and localized. A resilient supply chain blueprint is the key to mitigating adverse events more rapidly than the competition. This adds to efficient customer service that generates value and market share.

Additionally, with digitalization in the supply chain, more global networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks. This complexity can cause data exposure of confidential customers and business data to privacy breaches and identity theft. Businesses need to extend greater security by safeguarding networks, devices, people, and programs. Furthermore, organizations will likely invest in advanced anti-hacking technologies, redundancy tests, and firewalls with effective employee training.

Inspection of Scope 3 Emissions

The key to achieving success in ESG initiatives is an efficient supply chain sustainability strategy. Regulators and stakeholders will likely demand control in Scope 3 emissions. Therefore, businesses need to make informed decisions to reduce them. Global enterprises, institutions, and venture capitalists expect to view their portfolios aligned with sustainable organizations. Hence, enterprises need to prioritize efficient actions for ESG improvement by ensuring an internal partnership and effective alignment with functions that track the ESG data.

Furthermore, capturing operational data and establishing end-to-end transparency of the supply chain is necessary. Vital insights like where the goods are displaced, the displacing organization, and the sustainability credentials will aid enterprises in making operational decisions impacting sustainability.

Smart Logistics, IoT, and Logistics Vulnerabilities

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides visibility and insights about the location of the product, its speed, and estimated delivery with vital local atmospheric conditions. This lays the foundation of smart logistics as it tracks delays, disruptions, and potential quality degradation helping organizations to curb costs, accelerate service levels and streamline the networks.

Additionally, transportation planning systems depend on supply chain stakeholders in an integrated, collaborative, and flexible way. This enables enterprises to adapt numerous transport modes based on near-real-time insights which improve visibility, integration, and flexibility. Logistics-based organizations need to establish conditions for seamless interaction within various transportation networks and their digital similarities. Furthermore, businesses also need to re-assess physical connections within highways, ports, and warehouses.

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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Robotics

AI and ML are driving forces for enabling interoperability. They integrate people, processes, and systems in a broad array of operational environments developing a solid collaborative approach between humans and robots that significantly impacts multiple supply chain functions. At the same time, skill shortages, supply disruptions, and demand surges compel organizations to utilize intelligent robotics. Mobile and stationary robots driven by rapid technological advancements offer greater affordability, assisting businesses with warehousing, transportation, and last-minute delivery tasks. Secure and efficient warehouses with minimal people will reduce costs, but the initial capital investment will be high to deploy intelligent robotics. However, cost savings are primed to cut down in the later stages of the supply chain.

To ace these supply chain trends in 2023, businesses need to be capable enough to plan a mature supply chain strategy that readily tackles risks and leverages opportunities. At the same time, solid agility ensures the supply chain is responsive to manage unexpected disruptions efficiently, maintaining profitability. In addition to a robust capability and agility, end-to-end progressive visibility on real-time indicators that can utilize the supply chain beyond business borders, is necessary.

Therefore, establishing real-time partnerships with the supply chain ecosystem to improve collaboration across the supply chain ecosystem is crucial. Getting beyond these trends enables supply chains to shape a successful, sustainable future.

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Apoorva Kasam

Apoorva Kasam is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She has done her master’s in Bioinformatics and has 12+ months of experience in clinical and preclinical data management. She is a content-writing enthusiast, and this is her first stint writing articles on business technology. She has covered a wide array of crucial industry insights like Blockchain, strategic planning, data analytics, supply chain management, governance, compliance, and the latest industry trends. Her ideal and digestible writing style displays the current challenges, and relevant mitigation strategies businesses can look forward to. She has a keen interest in the latest enterprise trends like digital transformation, cloud, and enterprise resource planning. She looks for minute details, while her excellent language skills help her deliver a crisp-looking, niche-specific message through her articles. She is looking forward to exploring her writing styles and portraying her thoughts that can help enhance organizational effectiveness, business performance, and sustainability. Apart from writing, she enjoys spending time with her pet and reading oncology publications.

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