Identifying and Eliminating Supply Chain Blind Spots

A regional facility regularly ignores company protocol. A local supply chain manager makes rash, costly decisions. A contracted carrier repeatedly charges the wrong rate by mistake. Problems like this shouldn’t occur in a well-oiled logistics operation. But when supply chain blind spots are allowed to proliferate, they can often go undetected for years.

As supply chain networks grow larger and more complex, the potential for blind spots only increases. Identifying and eliminating them as soon as possible—and putting safeguards in place to prevent future blind spots from emerging—is essential if companies want to minimize vulnerability and protect their bottom line.

Invest in visibility, especially in problem areas

You can’t address what you can’t see, making supply chain blind spots a particularly challenging problem to evaluate and tackle. Without achieving total visibility, some blind spots are inevitable—and the worst among them may be ticking time bombs.

Companies may want to start investing in increased visibility in areas where they already suspect something is going wrong. For example, if their actual transportation spend is consistently higher than what they anticipated for the quarter, leaning on a more robust freight audit and payment solution will enable them to pinpoint where the discrepancies are coming from. Is it an issue on the carrier’s end? Is it rogue spending from one facility or another? Perhaps it’s a combination of multiple factors. Whatever the culprit, freight auditing will drag it out of the shadows, allowing for a more targeted and strategic response.

Suspect rain, even when the sky is clear

Some blind spots may not result in any concerning symptoms until it’s too late. That’s why it pays to get proactive about visibility even when it doesn’t seem like anything is wrong—adopting tools and processes that will systematically remove ambiguity and empower faster responses to emerging trends and disruptions.

Adopting a transportation management system (TMS) that’s backed by application programming interface (API) technology, for instance, can give shippers real-time visibility into their operations, so they can identify and address problems as they’re happening. A TMS also allows global companies to centralize all their data, allowing for more timely and accurate analysis that can help them hone in on and proactively address potential problems before they get out of hand.

Shine a light on supply chain blind spots

The longer shippers have blind spots in their supply chain, the more money they stand to lose and the more damage a problem stands to cause. Small issues and vulnerabilities can bloom into substantial problems if allowed to fester in the shadows. What once would have been easy to fix can spiral into a lengthy and complicated effort to repair and rebuild.

Visibility and proactivity are the best defense. CTSI-Global’s industry-leading TMS, freight audit solution, and strategic data application can help companies shine a light into every dark corner of their operations, giving problems no place to hide and ensuring that no opportunity for improvement goes undetected or overlooked.

Banish supply chain blind spots once and for all. Contact us today to get started.

Reader Interactions