Functional drivers to support your Supply Chain

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Functional drivers to support your Supply Chain

Some Supply Chain (SC) drivers help companies to develop and manage the balance between responsiveness and efficiency, according to business changes and financial requirements.

Responsiveness to customer’s demands and expectancies urges for constant innovation in goods and how companies supply them.  Focusing on responsiveness makes organisations adjust successfully to unpredictable fluctuation in demand and changes in customer’s likings.

Efficiency enhances our SC productivity whilst lowering product prices, making them affordable to populations.  Still, efficiency demands predictability and stability possible through a predictive planning platform that helps you obtain the best according to your company’s goals, particularly during the current worldwide pandemic.

Functional drivers to support your SC

·       Production.

·       Inventory.

·       Location.

·       Transportation.

·       Information.


Companies must make sure their factories own surplus volume for production to be responsive and count on adaptable manufacturing techniques to produce a wide-ranging of goods. Moreover, multiple-smaller-production facilities near distribution and customer centres boost consumer’s demand responsiveness by reducing delivery time.

Having production facilities with minor surplus capacity and adjusted for manufacturing a reduced number of products enhances efficiency.  Centralising production in large-central plans gains additional efficiency for economies to better scale. However, delivery times might be longer for some customers.


The Inventory driver, optimised for responsiveness, regularly determines stocking higher-product levels at more warehouse localities so that the company could fulfil unanticipated variations in demand right away. This method meets higher storage costs, so companies must consider it against the likely benefit of extensive availability.

Efficiency in inventory management requests diminishing all article-inventory levels, especially those that do not sell often.  Companies can also accomplish economies of level and cost savings by stocking inventory in just a limited central distribution centre.


Prioritising the location driver’s responsiveness implies making the most convenient decision, setting up many locations nearby customer. For instance, fast-food chains manage the site to be very responsive to their customers by opening several stores in high-volume markets. It permits them to respond rapidly to consumer’s demand and multiplies operating costs by holding many stores in operation.

Efficiency is accomplished by managing and integrating activities from selected-few locations, allowing every spot to be more efficient; however, it also makes them vulnerable to disruptions, as experienced with the coronavirus crisis.


Faster means of transportation, such as air-freight, frequently more expensive, makes available shorter-delivery times and greater response flexibility, like FedEx and Amazon, which grant high-responsiveness levels of last-mile transportation, delivering articles regularly within 48 hours.

We can enhance transportation efficiency by relocating products in larger lots by sized carriers such as railroads or liners.  This sort of transportation is carried out more efficiently when goods originate from a central distribution centre and not from multiple independent locations.


Information power is exponentially growing, as the collecting and sharing of information technology is currently more extensive-affordable-easier to use.  Internal and external information can apply openly to make decisions that heighten SC drivers’ implementation. Your SC must gather and disclose truthful-timely data bred by the four drivers mentioned above, operations of the most remarkable effectiveness.

While the cost of the first four SC drivers keeps rising, market-leading SC solutions to support companies make the best use of data to improve their in-house responsiveness efficiency through collaboration and end-to-end visibility. It sets up SCs to respond fast and make strategic-well-informed decisions centred on significant SC drivers when circumstances and disruptions such as the COVID-19 pandemic develop.

Conclusions: the exact combination of Efficiency and Responsiveness when using predictive planning software results in several variables and uses of advanced AI-driven Analytics for every SC decision-making.

Do you find these drivers useful for your company?

Dave Food

Prophetic Technology

M: +44 7775 861863

Photo credit: Laurel and Michael Evans / Unsplash

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