Standalone supply chain systems offer efficient processes for their respective functional area, but businesses can find additional value with connected systems. A connected system is one that combines the silos of warehousing and transportation to share data and create a supply chain with the goal of establishing a seamless process to better replicate and compete with the ‘Amazon Effect’ and the increased focus on cost reduction that comes with it.
Utilizing an ERP with integrated Transportation Management and Extended Warehouse Management allows for newfound synergies to minimize resource downtime and maximize space utilization. Pain points that are highlighted in this paper and can be reduced through a connected system are: the picking process, load staging, and scheduling dock times. A connected supply chain aims to remove the guesswork from when a load is arriving or departing, as well as where it needs to be docked or staged.