Last modified: November 15, 2017
Hurricanes close ports. Volcanoes shut down air travel. Political upheaval and labor disputes add costs and uncertainty. That’s why service supply chain resilience is critical to your business success.
Every link in the chain represents an opportunity for failure. With service supply chain modeling, you can identify weak links, achieve better visibility, plan for the future, and control costs.
Flash Global employees are experts in service supply chain logistics. We help protect your supply chain against expensive interruptions. If you don’t have a service supply chain to support your products after the sale, we can help with that too.
Globalization has stretched supply chains to the breaking point — and sometimes beyond. Half a century ago, supply chain management mostly meant logistics. How do I get product from Point A to Point B quickly and cheaply?
Today, however, logistics questions are much more varied and complex. How do I get components shipped across the country, loaded on a container ship bound for India, landed in the right Special Manufacturing Zone, moved through customs using the proper HTS codes, and comply with both domestic protection laws in India and U.S. import/export regulations?
Shipping and delivery times depend on getting every step exactly right. A robust service supply chain modeling system adds visibility, predictability, and consistency. Types of service supply chain models employed at Flash Global include:
These types of service supply chain modeling give you a complete view of your supply chain, enabling you to make informed decisions and react quickly.
Ultimately, supply chain modeling helps a company “expect the unexpected” and prepare for it. Using simulation models, Flash Global network modeling transforms tabular data into meaningful, easy-to-understand reports that use charts and graphs to clearly illustrate options.
Spreadsheets and databases are invaluable data manipulation tools, but the cascade of raw numbers quickly becomes overwhelming. Modeling makes it easier for stakeholders to understand the supply chain and evaluate alternatives to current systems.
Benefits of service supply chain modeling include:
Finally, network modeling gives you specific facility information along with reliable pricing and transportation cost estimates.
At its most basic level, geospatial modeling is a graphic representation of the relationship between things on a map.
Most 3PL companies have maps, but Flash Global is a leader in geospatial modeling that helps forecast strategic planning opportunities.
Our model analytics uses data sets from multiple sources to drill down into the factors affecting supply chain management, including:
Our geospatial modeling capabilities enable us to create reports customized to your particular situations and what-if scenarios.
Here’s a real-world example. Prior to the 2016 Summer Olympics, we created a custom supply chain model for a Flash customer with operations in Brazil. It identified potential disruption zones caused by traffic and security around Olympic venues. That information helped the client estimate the impact of stocking and service times and plan accordingly.
In today’s fast-paced business environment, it’s important to remember that last quarter’s great performance is no guarantee of future success.
Successful companies are nimble, able to predict and prepare for future challenges. The variables change with each regulatory update, natural disaster, fashion fad, or a labor strike.
Flash Global’s supply chain modeling gives you the ability to build resiliency and flexibility within your service supply chain.
Ready to learn how your business can benefit from Flash Global’s supply chain Modeling service? Contact our Flash Global solutions team to learn how we can help.
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