Supply Chain Technology Trends And Information

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Supply Chain Technology Trends Information and visibility are vital factors of a supply chain because they provide the basis on which supply chain managers make decisions. Information Technology (IT) has many different tools which can be used in a supply chain to provide information, then process it and even execute on them to enhance the performance of the supply chain. Technologies enable us to gather information in a more accurate and timely manner that can drive decision making which is a key to the success of a supply chain. The information that supports the performance of a supply chain must have the following characteristics. (Sunil Chopra, 2013) • Information must be accurate. • Information must be accessible at any time. •…show more content…
Digital imaging Allows technicians to use the technology as proof of service, collecting evidence, record damage and usage conditions for warranty claims. Portable printing This eliminates the need for enterprise to print invoices and can be done to the customer’s preference. 2D and other barcode advances Data matrix, QR codes enable larger data integration. Advances in barcode scanners enhance performance too. RFID – Radio Frequency Identification RFID enables forklifts, mobile devices enhance performance of a warehouse. Toll road management. RTLS – Real Time Location Systems Allows the real time tracking of assets. Also supports efficient storage, routing, data gathering and monitor dwell time. Remote management Remote management systems can monitor, configure and troubleshoot devices operating with IT systems, such as barcode scanners, printers, and ruggedized computers. Wireless and device security Devices can be locked to safeguard the information in case of a theft. Has security features to access hacker or rouge access point. Integrated firewalls. Table 1: Top 10 IT trends used in the supply chain Enterprises around the world have a need to keep up with the technology, not only within the office walls but also throughout the supply chain. IT has become an integrated part of any system because people these days rely on technology for almost everything they do. Customers can search, compare and order goods via internet. The following
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