How to Cultivate a Stronger Supply Chain in 2022 – Recap

For a lot of us, November is a mad dash to wrap up the year and a time for us to get a lot of our prep for 2022 underway. Canada has witnessed a lot of disruptions in the supply chain, which affect the way we did business and will do business. Now that 2022 is looming closer and closer, how can you cultivate a stronger supply chain in the new year?

Hosted by Supply Professional Canada, in this virtual discussion we sat down with some of our experts from Honeywell and Barcoding to highlight the past, present and future of the Supply Chain. Peter Zalinski, Director of Partner Solutions, talked about how companies were already well on their way to trying to match the Amazon effect due to the ecommerce boom. When COVID-19 happened, that boom skyrocketed and left a lot of companies floundering. Many dealt with the challenges by adopting new technologies to help automate as many of their processes as possible.

“We’ve seen a huge increase in technology adoption rates over the past two years. One of the estimate that I’ve seen is that we’ve had 10 years worth of planned technology adoptions happening within 2 and better data quality is key to all of that.” – Peter Zalinski

So it’s no surprise that current challenges will need to be solved with better traceability, big data and better software (technology). And added to that, you will also need to enable your frontline workers to adapt to the raising demands with agility and tenacity. But how can you achieve this during the current challenges and labour shortages?

“Mobile applications and mobile devices are filling the gaps for essential work and enabling people to be more productive and agile in the face of changing requirements and rapidly evolving situations.” – Peter Zalinski

Part of the grand answer to many of our current supply chain problems are people and technology. If we can combine the two harmoniously, then we’ll always come out ahead. Naturally, it’s a lot more complicated than that and in the webinar we went into more details on some of the key points above.

The True Cost of Mobility

Roch Guilbault, Channel Business Manager of Honeywell goes into the 4 pillars of mobility. What are the things you should be looking for in order to optimise your communication or data flow within the company to every edge location? Because to protect and manage that information flow is as important to the actual physical flow of goods in order to maintain a high quality of service to the end customers. So the four pillars we need to consider are: security, deployment, TCO (total cost of ownership) and device lifecycle.

“…having the right operating system is key. And Android seems to want to fill that commercial and industrial space that was left behind by Microsoft. The other consideration when you are buying an edge device, or a mobile computer, or a vehicle mounted computer, and so on, you have to get things that are built to last. We talked about the total cost of ownership before where 20% is your total acquisition cost, but the real cost really comes down the road.” – Roch Guilbault

The Power of Voice

Warehouse in DC throughput has always been critically important and maximizing that throughput is a critical component within the Supply Chain. And with added labour shortages, supply shortages, and just the need for speed to meet customer expectations, that warehouse DC throughput criticality increased. This is where the power of voice automation really shines.

“…why we see so many more People adopting it an increasingly rate is because it’s relatively low cost and fast return on investment to do so it, it rides on top of existing solutions. Where companies can quickly make improvements rather than having to do a full-blown supply chain or warehouse DC Automation, it just makes sense to evolve in that direction, rather than the much, much more unlikely case of spending millions and millions of dollars to completely replace or retrofit your operation.” – Stan Zywicki, marketing director of Honeywell

Stan also goes on to explain other benefits of this application, such as easy user adoption, implementation and how the technology has various uses that can solve the many familiar issues we are facing now within the warehouse.

Watch the Webinar

Of course, we barely scratched the surface with this short entry, which is why we invite you to (re)watch the Youtube recording. Remember to subscribe and like for more #supplychaingeek content!