How emergency can reinvent the field
The health, first of all. The coronavirus terrifies especially for the conseguences about sicker people ‘ s health. This most contagious flu,however, is having heaviest conseguences also on the global economic system. Impacting in a heavy way on food chains and on supply chain, the emergency obliges us to change system. For some people crisis situation can be also kept like an opportunity , to came to supply chain ‘ s more modern and quicker models. We see how.
Coronavirus and logistics , how to continue
The food chains, the supply chains, are always more complex and interconnected on global level. The globalisation, exactly, makes us more fragile because we are more subjected to events and both global and local risk factors. Other recent examples, are the Brexit, the trading war of taxes Usa-China, natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. Which is the right way to adopt, then , to escape from this all? How can we solve coronavirus and logistics problem? To grant the “business continuity” it will be necessary:
- Having a quick supply chain , with reaction ability rapidly to external events,
- Having a Control Tower which can collect data from field in real time and take decisions both on short and on middle period,
- Developing a supply chain risk management culture and ability,
- Starting a continue monitoring process of possible risk events.
A global control Tower for the logistics
Corona virus and logistics, how a global control Tower could help? Meanwhile it will be possible to start alternative providers, to change fastly a production planning, moving productive activities from a factory to another one. Principal risks will can be identified , classified and managed. Risk events will be valued according to the range of their impact on business and possibility of anticipating and forecasting the event itself . Not only , the continue monitoring would allow to reduce the impact . A Supply Chain Control Tower has to be projected to layout distributed on a lot of positions , with groups of experts who have access to the same data and can work easily also from remote. The creation of Supply Chain Control Tower Global needs the development of new abilities and new processes on the livel not only of single factory but of factories and ecosystem network : it has organizative impacts and needs different skills and new professionalities. Finally, it needs the availability of an application platform which, adopting new technologies like IOT, cloud, big data, machine learning, can be able to acquire data from field, analyzing them, showing them, supporting the decisions.
Smyb ‘ s position
The conveyors can’ t stop themselves. Their job is fundamental to make that primary and necessary goods lead our daily routine. This is the reason why Smyb and its partner DHL don’ t stop themselves. Saving actual rules, SMY , like a further precaution, imposed by changing needs to protect common and public health, has indicated to store operastors to stop to the tractor drivers the incoming also temporary in the same ones. Also more attention, also more caution and defense of common health but also of its own operators.
Coronavirus and logistics, the opportunities
The crisis started by coronavirus on the logistics sector can became an occasion. Factories in crisis periods have to reinvent themselves to rielaborate their own supply chain model. This means developing a bigger sensibility to risk management, elaborating real control towers for the monitoring and comprehension of phenomena, and developing the smart working , today a possible and hoped reality.