MDM Solutions for Supply Chain Issues

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Main Street #12 - Logistics made simpleby Angela Guess

A recent article covers a number of common supply chain issues and their master data management solutions. The first example problem goes thus: “A retailer’s distribution center (DC) in X city has its operations shut down for an extended period of time due to a hurricane. Unfortunately, the retailer is unable to shift distribution for those regional stores because its store-order codes are a combination of item codes and the supplying DC’s codes. Changing the distribution channel requires changing the order guides, which for most organizations is a herculean task. The delay leads to empty shelves, lost sales, unhappy customers and irreparable brand damage.”

MDM can be applied to this problem to improve responsiveness: “Sound master data can source items from  anywhere to anywhere at the touch of a button because all data around items, suppliers, contracts and sites have been uncoupled from their source This enables the retailer to easily reconfigure the data so that store-order codes are a combination of uniform item codes and the new supplying DC’s codes.”

Read more sample problems and solutions here.

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