Data Ecosystems in the Logistics

Digital real-time presentation as a competitive advantage in distributed production processes

Today’s products are often tremendously complex. Consequently the complexity of the supply chain is increasing as well. Just-in-sequence assembly scenarios require the delivery of components and parts to the assembly line in the correct sequence for the individual production orders. To meet the demand for individualized products and simultaneously control production costs, visibility along the supply chain – or more precisely within the supply network – is the key to success. Often the causes for capacity bottlenecks, which can lead to delivery bottlenecks, are not the fault of the primary supplier and manufacturer but found upstream. The necessary visibility requires data.

But since these data are produced by various organizations, which subsequently own the information as well, the overriding goal of supply chain transparency can only be reached if a mutual agreement is in place between the various partners regarding the joint use of the data. The resulting Data Ecosystem is then able to generate a continuous digital representation of the entire supply network, virtually in real time. Not only does this favor the competitive advantage of individual companies in the supply chain, the entire supply network can also benefit from these uniform rules.