Omnichannel and Supply Chain: know what to do to synchronize operations

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With the world increasingly connected, the trend for businesses is to adopt the Omnichannel model, which means offering service and services in different channels, with the same language and synchrony.

The big question is that this type of structure requires much more from the Supply Chain of companies, which must serve different channels at competitive costs.

In this text, we will learn about these challenges and how companies can organize themselves to be Omnichannel and fully synchronized with the Supply Chain.

What challenges does Omnichannel bring to the Supply Chain?

If, on the one hand, being Omnichannel brings benefits such as profitability, inventory reduction and customer loyalty, on the other hand it makes the Supply Chain more complex, as it is necessary to match the flexibility of orders through different channels and agility in delivery without changing freight costs to that.

The biggest challenges faced in this regard are:

  • Increased trend in demand and cost of direct delivery;
  • Integration in order processing;
  • Inventory unification;
  • Greater supply chain oversight;
  • Greater investments in technology.

Omnichannel companies need to find a balance within their supply chain to ensure the efficiency of this model.

What should be done synchronize the Omnichannel structure with the supply chain?

An Omnichannel company with a Supply Chain in harmony with its various channels achieves greater visibility, in addition to an optimized stock and a great shopping experience to your customers.

But how have successful Omnichannel companies managed to synchronize their operations?

We will talk about some priority actions for this objective:

Supply Chain focused on the customer:means that the company knows its consumer well and prioritizes its decisions according to the needs of its public.

By knowing your customer, you can segment the target audience and organize operations to deliver exactly what they need.

Shared data flow: To have real-time information and end-to-end visibility, you need to invest in planning the flow of information across channels.

With this, it is possible to take advantage of all available resources and be able to deal with the constant changes in consumer habits.

Automation: Whether in stock, warehouses or distribution centers, it is with automation that agility in processes, high quality standards and greater productivity can be gained.

In order to obtain a competitive cost and be still attractive to the customer, companies have been considering smaller and low-cost transportation, such as bicycles, motorcycles, postal services, etc.

The important thing is to manage all transport partners carefully to make sure that deliveries are being delivered quickly and with quality.

Being Omnichannel with a Supply Chain that guarantees service excellence, while earning profits, requires digitization strategies and market intelligence.

The sooner companies adapt their supply chain to the new reality of being Omnichannel, the more resilient they will be to changing scenarios.

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