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Utilizing an ERP with integrated Transportation Management and Extended Warehouse Management allows for newfound synergies to minimize resource downtime and maximize space utilization. Pain points that are highlighted in this paper and can be reduced through a connected system are: the picking process, load staging, and scheduling dock times. A connected supply chain aims to remove the guesswork from when a load is arriving or departing, as well as where it needs to be docked or staged.
The modern supply chain has been evolving with consumer expectations, which are a moving target as companies find innovative ways to better the experience. The ‘Amazon Effect’ has far-reaching implications beyond supply chain efficiency – it also raises customer expectations1. Customers want, and now expect, more when they place an order for an item – whether it is a T-shirt or a washing machine. The following are important:
- Optimize resource utilization
- Increase perfect order performance
- Decrease detention costs