Transparency in the supply chain
Complex supply chains are often the result of a supply structure, which has evolved over time, combined with complex product such as in the automotive industry or in machine construction.
The complexity of the supply chain is essentially shaped by
- a high number of suppliers,
- differing supply patterns (order cycles, quantities, delivery times etc.),
- the delivery network (transport routes, destinations, warehouses etc.) as well as on the other hand
- the ordering pattern of the end customer (product features, quantity, time etc.).
The optimisation of this chain is mostly geared to partial aspects such as transport costs or delivery times of individual parts. The effects of changes often only become clear a long time after implementation, necessitating expensive subsequent changes.