Supply chain 4.0: IoT at the service of the supply chain
Intelligent logistics is one that takes into account not only the current requirements and trends, but also the future needs of a company. An intelligent logistics management system brings together all the different aspects of operations in one place. This means that the time required to complete the various processes will be reduced and logistics managers will be able to make better use of their time, in order to increase their company’s revenue. Smart logistics is about planning and forecasting, and for companies, this is where they will get the most profit.
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Your questions about Smart Logistics
What is the supply chain?
Every company needs raw materials to produce. This includes a production line with assembly parts and individual parts. All these tasks are part of the supply chain, which includes purchasing, suppliers, inventory, transportation and handling.
In addition, supply chain management is one of the major challenges in terms of profitability and involves optimizing production capacities, inventories and distribution and automation costs.
What is the supply chain?
The term “supply chain” refers to all stages from procurement to distribution. Consisting of different information flows, the main issue is the management of these flows.
Translated from English, the supply chain therefore refers to the logistics chain or supply chain cycle.
What is supply chain management?
Supply chain management is the management of all operations related to the supply chain: from the management of supply, storage and delivery flows to financial flows, etc.
In short, supply chain management is the management of the various resources, means, methods and technical tools available to an organisation to optimise its global logistics chain: from procurement to the delivery of a product/service to the final consumer.
What is the difference between supply chain and logistics?
The concept of logistics is an optimization process that concerns the flows within a company and to the customer.
The supply chain covers a wide range of applications, as it integrates logistics in the management and automation of different business activities and their coordination. It aims at customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Logistics represents the implementation of tools available to an entity, whether human, material or financial.
The supply chain combines the two to cover a much wider range of applications. It concerns all the professions related to the transport and routing of goods, i.e. all those involved: suppliers, transporters, processors, distributors, service providers, retailers, who contribute to getting the right products to the right place, at the right time, in the right condition and at the right price. Properly optimizing the supply chain gives a company a significant competitive advantage.
What are the challenges for supply chain actors?
The challenges of the supply chain are multiple:
- Identify and meet customer expectations and anticipate future needs
- Manage supplies
- Driving innovation through digital transformation
- Designing logistics solutions
- Manage the storage and distribution of finished products
- Execute and monitor operations
All this while keeping in mind that the environmental impact of each task must be optimized to the maximum.
Why be interested in the supply chain?
The supply chain represents a significant competitive advantage in logistics and transport, in industry, in mass distribution and in the service sector. Indeed, an optimized supply chain allows an organization to be competitive insofar as it produces while being concerned with the satisfaction of its customers.
Controlling the supply chain allows to reduce important costs by optimizing the transport and/or storage part.
What are the links in the supply chain?
The supply chain has different links, each with its own importance:
- From customer to product: finished products that are delivered to customers or end users
- Customer service: a process aimed at fully understanding customer needs in terms of products (nature, variety, quantity) and services (availability, speed and reliability of replenishment times, courtesy, etc.).
- Distribution: the delivery of products to customers from factories, warehouses or distribution centres.
- Inventory: maintaining the right mix of products in stock to meet the needs of end consumers
- Procurement: defining product or service requirements, searching for and selecting suppliers and negotiators, preparing and transmitting orders to the warehouse, following the steps with the supplier, receiving, checking and finally evaluating the services.
- Raw material suppliers: refers to companies that are upstream in the supply chain and provide their customers with raw materials.
- Transport: the different modes (truck, train, boat, plane…) that can be used to transport raw materials, semi-finished and finished products from the supply sources to the customers
- Information systems technology: the set of systems and communication means used by the various participants in the supply chain to share information and manage the flow and movement of materials and products along the chain.
How to improve your supply chain with an IoT solution?
Launching a large-scale IoT project is never easy, you need to be accompanied by experts with proven know-how in the deployment of an end-to-end IoT project.
You are not alone. Indeed, Synox is recognized for its expertise on the entire IoT value chain: from data capture to its restitution on web and mobile interfaces, including storage.
Synox supports you every step of the way to ensure the success of your IoT project.
Choose your objects
Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its installation on site.
Connect your objects
In order to transport and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most suited to your project.
Securing your data
We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that securely aggregates all your data with third-party data.
Host your data
A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, respect for the planet, availability and security.
Leverage your data
We offer an open data visualization platform that aggregates all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.
Is Synox the right choice for you?
Through our positioning in the IoT value chain and our expertise in Smart Logistics use cases, we are convinced that the technological answer is not the only element to bring to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s IoT projects. The success of a Smart Logistics project also lies in the fact that the proposed solutions must be equal to the business, ethical and environmental challenges they address.
From POC to large-scale deployment, Synox supports you throughout your Smart Logistics project in accordance with our values: fun, agility and humanism.
They trust us
"In our industry, smooth communication is a critical point since our service is tied to people. So we chose Synox because when we need technical support, we get a diagnosis and a solution very quickly."
Computer & telecom engineer
"We were looking for a mature solution for rapid deployment, which is what Synox offered us. From decision making, to hardware purchase and deployment (connectivity, dashboards...) thanks to Synox's end-to-end support, the 1st Proof of Concept was completed in less than a month!"
"We wanted to give ourselves the means to avoid breakdowns and reduce our customers' stress regarding production downtime. After some research, IoT quickly appeared to be the answer to this need. Synox's collaborative approach seemed to me to be the right one and convinced me. The ability to listen to the teams and the hyper responsiveness of the support department allowed us to successfully move this project forward."
"What is interesting about the Synox solution is that it can be adapted independently to the needs of our customers, and perhaps even later to other sectors of activity. With a very simple implementation and a modest cost, we were able to deploy the solution to about 20 customers within 6 months."
Technical Project Manager
"Before the installation of connected objects, sometimes it was our customers who informed us of a malfunction in the heating system... Now we can be proactive about this type of incident. We had already carried out several unsuccessful - and expensive - POCs before testing SoDATA#Viz but when we saw the real-time curves of our 50 objects, only a week after signing the POC, it quickly convinced us!"