Beyond Buzzwords: The Importance of Supply Chain Collaboration
Collaboration. Leveraging Resources. Gap Analysis.
In today’s bottom line business, buzzwords no longer create a buzz. Operations managers want a straightforward plan for moving their product in the most efficient manner possible.
While the words used to describe the relationship are less important than they were in the pre-recessionary business environment, the relationship itself is mission critical. Either way you look at it, collaboration between all members of the supply chain is essential to set and manage expectations and to build and implement a comprehensive logistics plan.
But what does supply chain collaboration even mean?
To CaseStack, this means taking a step back from the day-to-day operations to develop a broader understanding of the interrelated network that drives your product from conception, development, production and distribution. It is critical to understand that each relationship across this chain affects another and that building connections can result in greater integration and efficiency. When people have the opportunity to share information more freely and easily, communication naturally improves, creating a climate of cooperation and enabling innovation. Processes only improve when those with the power to improve them communicate with one another.
As a third party logistics provider, collaboration is CaseStack’s operating objective because it enables us to achieve our overall objective of improving our customers’ supply chains. We connect the supplier to us and to the retailers, all in an effort to discover and eliminate waste, thereby streamlining the entire process. Not only do these relationships result in more efficient operations, but they also foster a greater sense of trust and a better understanding of the value that each party offers, creating expanded opportunities and growth for all parties.
Collaboration is anything but a buzzword. It’s an opportunity to save resources and grow your business through a very simple idea: work together, save together and grow together.
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