Challenges - Transportation Scheduling
How to remove the guesswork from transportation scheduling?
Ensuring material and resource supply for any given production facility is usually tasked to a manufacturing company’s logistics department or coordinator. This coordinator relies on production plan specs and data to help derive material needs and allocate resources and materials accordingly.
However, because much of the forecasting in today’s manufacturing industry is created at a product level, information and data on material needs is not often distributed in a cross-organizational manner. Calculations for material coordination are often performed via external tools without advanced planning capabilities. This means sourcing decisions are executed based on fixed rulesets and thus makes it difficult to modify or alter these decisions based on changing variables and constraints.
To further complicate material allocation, changes in production plans are not distributed to supply chain planners and managers, thus making it difficult to troubleshoot disruptions within the allocation pipeline.
This basic level of resource and material allocation functionality often results in:
- Wasted time, resources, and manpower in transport capacity
- Higher stock values which trigger inflated inventory costs
- Increased risk of canceling entire production programs due to changes in product portfolios with which the company is unable to adapt.