How to digitise your supply chain.
Map your supply chain to identify areas which can be digitised and improved. As supply chain expert Jonathan O’Brien says, if your supply chain is simple, you may already know what it looks like and be able to draw it on a piece of paper. However, most networks are quite complex, so you should use a recognised model to help you to do this. One of the most popular is the SCOR model – Supply Chain Operations Reference – which is endorsed by the Supply-Chain Council. O’Brien suggests applying different “lenses” to your map. This could be a ‘cost driver lens’, which will help you to see all the cost drivers and where they are introduced into the network, while a ‘risk lens’ will show where risk lies or is introduced.