By now, shippers that have embraced supply chain digitization probably have a pretty good idea where their shipments are at any one time. Visibility solutions by supply chain technology providers abound (though some supply chain visibility solutions are better than others).
But what do you do when something goes wrong during the shipment lifecycle? Knowing there’s an issue and not being able to act is a helpless feeling. That means real-time shipment tracking might not be enough. Shippers want to course correct when exceptions arise, no matter the mode, and adapt their shipping practices, midstream, to take advantage of faster routes, favorable rates, and more sustainable modes. This execution requirement, when combined with end-to-end supply chain visibility, significantly narrows the list of providers.
Below are some common issues that shippers confront when dealing with a visibility-only solution:
Issue #1: My goods have been shipped, but there has been a supply chain disruption!
The Suez Canal crisis is just one of many real-world examples of a major supply chain disruption that impacted the entire logistics world. If you were impacted by the blockage and using a visibility-only solution, you likely knew where your goods were, but were unable to get them moving again.
Shipment transparency and the ability to execute on that data is not simply an exercise in the latest innovative technology. The ability to correct course when exceptions arise, no matter the mode or location, is the mark of a true Control Tower solution. By monitoring orders throughout their journey, receiving continuously updated ETAs and alerts when orders are late, shippers like you know exactly where their goods are, how to take advantage of faster or cheaper shipping opportunities, and what to do when supply chain disruptions emerge. Orchestration and execution go far beyond real-time shipment tracking: It’s all about control tower oversight orchestrated with logistics execution functionality.
Some of the world’s largest freight forwarders opt for a digital operating platform like Blume Global, which supports the demand for granular visibility and accurate ETAs. Direct connection to carriers enables Blume to provide near real-time updates to status, schedules, routes, cancelations, rolled shipments and missed cutoffs. Competitors in the marketplace cannot provide Blume’s level of connectivity and visibility precision or extend beyond this visibility into logistics execution, Control Tower solutions that truly have an impact in the modern supply chain.
Issue #2: I think my supply chain provider has logistics execution, but I’m not sure.
Many supply chain technology providers may say they have the capabilities to provide powerful execution tools matched with real-time shipment visibility, but it’s important to pressure-test these assumptions. These companies also need to deliver on their visions and onboard customers with ease, supporting them through their supply chain endeavors, even in times of great industry upheaval. Their supply chain vision should include a dedication to innovation and belief in the difference an R&D-driven organization can make in the industry. When companies have a dedication to research and development, customers benefit from the latest freight transportation technology solutions that are fully supported as new features are added.
Issue #3: I’m using separate systems that don’t interact with each other.
The best Control Tower solutions allow shippers to orchestrate through planning, monitoring and responding, by grouping a number of tailored solutions in one, easy-to-use platform. Every supply chain technology provider has different solutions dedicated to different parts of the shipment lifecycle. The trick is getting all of these solutions working in tandem, so shippers like you benefit from the data derived from multiple systems to identify exceptions, prioritize exceptions based on business impact and recommend options to resolve exceptions.
Blume knows its solutions work together harmoniously because we developed, built, and tested all of them in-house. In fact, you can think of us as an R&D company. And at the core of any innovative, R&D-focused company is a commitment to reliability and an understanding of what solutions truly bring value to customers.
Blume Global understands your needs and is ready to help you combine modern, accurate visibility tracking with pinpoint logistics execution. Click here to schedule a demo to see Blume Global’s execution and visibility solutions in action.