Integrating Technology

Industry disruption is now a constant reality for most companies. Many business have faced problems by failing to adapt to such disruption. If you are not integrating technology in supply chain management operations, for example chances are you are already facing some of these challenges.

AUTOMATION & THE NEED FOR UPSKILLING

Because the face of manufacturing has dramatically changed due to technological advancement, supply chain management has been a focal point. The inclusion of tech companies in events like the upcoming Africa-ASEAN Business Expo (AABE) in Johannesburg is testament to this.

Part of embracing this new approach to manufacturing practice involves training for operational staff. In fact, companies that fail to adapt may well be risking their competitiveness and survival.

Generally speaking, to successfully implement necessary changes, all levels of management and staff have to be part of the process. At operational level, for instance, staff must be able to operate new machinery so as to reduce downtime, injury or worse.

THE FOURTH REVOLUTION: WHERE WILL YOU BE?

Expected changes in production technologies have been dubbed Industry 4.o or the Fourth Revolution Notably, concepts such as Big Data, IoT and Robotics have already found their place in industry. The impact that this kind of technology has in supply chain management techniques is unquestionable. So, at manager or supervisor level, what are the implications?

Impact On Government & Business Practice

It’s no secret that volatility in state policy plays a huge role in how business functions. For example, the proposed SETA and QTCO changes looming in 2018 have cause quite a frenzy with most companies. Similarly, the finance sector in South Africa had similar shocks during the FSB mandated FAIS registration procedures.

Enforcing Compliance By Integrating Technology In Supply Chain Management

State bodies are increasingly turning to new technologies to better manage and oversee business entities. Notably, departments such as revenue collectors and environmental agencies have been in the forefront. This has made staff trainingmore important than ever.

Specifically in supply chain management, the following compliance issues can be a cause for concern:

  • Non-compliance with the supplier code of conduct 
  • Failure to observe relevant legislation
  • Undisclosed / unrecorded production
  • Leakages and wastage along the supply chain

Given the legal and / or financial consequences of the above, it is then the responsibility of all management to keep staff abreast with industry developments.

STAFF TRAINING THAT EMBRACES THE FUTURE, BASED ON PAST SUCCESSES

Change usually brings in suspicion and a resistance in most settings. Even though disruption can have negative impacts, in reality, there are a number of measures one can take to adapt. The role of technology in supply chain management, for example, centers on reducing inefficiencies and waste. Training staff to understand and effectively use these technologies can drastically reduce overheads as a result.

Regardless, the training itself has to be aligned to the current industry trends. Equally important, the method of delivery has to reflect the problem it seeks to address. To explain, it would be a waste of money to go through training that is not technology – based, in order to better adapt to a changing technological environment.

The many benefits of online training make it easy for trainees to not only understand the content but also gain a practical feel of how it works. In the event that you need to use case studies, this method of delivery makes life easier by incorporating media-rich content.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS MASTERING TECHNOLOGY IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

As can be seen, there is every reason to invest in value – based training in order to keep in step with the changing face of industry. In essence every organization has to take a close look at current production practice and recommend relevant measures, such as supply chain training courses.

The adaptability of companies in the face of imminent change will be what determines their competitive edge, and indeed the economy’s as a whole. As such it is of great significance to partner with skills training agencies that will bring this kind of value.