Digital Integration for the Automotive Supply Chain

    The global automotive supply chain continues to shift rapidly, with recent events introducing new challenges that OEMs, suppliers, and manufacturers are looking to overcome. Electrification, User Experience, Governance, and Industry Manufacturing shifts are redefining how automotive companies operate, and as new technologies emerge, organizations will need to adopt new business practices to stay ahead.

    With consumer expectations now higher than ever, will your strategic plan be enough to withstand the pressure of the evolving automotive supply chain?

    A Defined Vision to Survive and Thrive

    One of the biggest keys to the success of both giants and disruptors will be learning how to quickly adjust their supply chains to create a business that can capitalize on the growing preference for EVs over ICE-powered vehicles.”

    - Accenture 2021

    The time to act is now! There is a growing need for businesses to become more flexible and agile to create a more resilient supply chain, with the ability to be proactive instead of merely reactive. In our latest webinar, Performance Under Pressure, we identified six primary strategies that, when applied, can help businesses not only survive in today's automotive market, but THRIVE! 
    1. Reshape the business
      There's an overarching need for businesses to focus on their core competencies to bring products to market faster. With in-vehicle technology advancing rapidly, the target for releasing new products should be the same time frame as technology companies releasing new products.​

    2. Modernize business processes
      When aiming to improve efficiency, agility, and accuracy for right-first-time execution, businesses need to analyze the various techniques utilized for getting products to the customer. When we look at business processes through a critical lens, we start to discover potential gaps in production that can be filled and enhanced by technology.
    3. Elevate business practices
      Establishing a global platform enables the ability to work from anywhere, where the look and feel are the same so that anyone can pick up the work should a disruption occur. This type of supply chain management solution, along with business best practices, helps mitigate risk and waste. ​
    4. Establish a firm foundation for continuous innovation
      A wealth of knowledge is already readily available within data that has been accumulated and is gathered daily. Businesses can use this existing data to create opportunities, identify areas where the company can be more agile, and develop innovation faster.

    5. Enable seamless collaboration
      Working both vertically and horizontally, across not only all internal systems but with all external partners, which can include suppliers, 3PLs, and third-party finishers.​ These integrations and relationships need to work together cohesively to successfully orchestrate consumer demand.

    6. Achieve excellence in operational and strategic management
      To improve the velocity of execution, innovation, and adoption of new business models, we need to work to remove barriers and blockers to help propel the business forward.

    While these strategies can be applied to any industry, we specifically sought to see how these practices could be used to integrate supply chain solutions for the automotive industry. The following infographic summarizes some key digital integration considerations and benefits as businesses look to enhance their automotive supply chain. 

    digital integration infographic

    For even more information about data integration in the automotive industry, check out the webinar Performance Under Pressure. Industry expert Brian Jolley dives deeper into the drivers of change and the need for enhanced visibility and technology. Performance Under Pressure webinar