How to reveal hidden tiers in the supply chain?
Friday, April 1, 2022
Most supply chain managers have limited visibility into which of their first-tier suppliers have risks and exposures arising from second and third-tier suppliers. Essentially, they do not know who supplies their Tier 1 suppliers.
Location analytics can identify unknown hidden participants or nodes in supply chains, thus helping to minimize and better control the risks of disruption.

Having transparency and visibility into the end-to-end supply chain is a critical step in ensuring continuity of supply. But as the tiers expand visibility and influence decrease.

Lack of visibility into supply chains can translate into vulnerability. Being unaware of that depth leaves organizations exposed to disruptions that can lead to a significant loss. But gaining a deep understanding of your supply chain is now less difficult than it seems, thanks to new Big Data and supply chain management techniques.

You might be interested in: “Case Study: Discovering tiers & relations in the Foodservice Supply Chain

Traditional supply network data is often fragmented and therefore less reliable, due to the existence of the almost invisible relationships involved in logistics processes. Even if logistic leaders manage to drill down and create an accurate map of the supply chain, diligently collected data becomes obsolete very quickly.

According to an article by dun&bradsreet “…70% of organizations polled indicated that they had suffered some sort of supply chain disruption. Within that same group, 2% of those polled revealed that they had taken a hit of over $50 million from these disruptions.”

At PREDIK Data-Driven we help logistics leaders improve the visibility of their supply chain and identify hidden elements, breaking down all levels of the chain using Big Data and location analytics techniques.

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