Balancing your fleet means having a reliable inventory.

September 24, 2020

The industry today is facing unprecedented transformation challenges. More impacted by global market fluctuations, companies need to evolve their processes to be more agile but above all more proactive.

The industry today is facing unprecedented transformation challenges. More impacted by global market fluctuations, companies need to evolve their processes to be more agile but above all more proactive. We are not going to teach you this, but today it is necessary for companies to be irreproachable in the management of their network in order to align production with market requirements. 

To do so, we will address a crucial subject in the management of its supply chain: inventory.


The challenge of having a reliable inventory


The inventory is a central aspect, as it provides the company with an overview of its business and transport capacity. Digitized and automated, the inventory management process allows the company to gain in efficiency and to respect its commitments to its customers. 

However, for many players in the Supply Chain, inventories are still today processes that require a significant mobilization of resources, both material and human. And one of the main issues remains to be resolved: to be confident that there are sufficient assets available on the loading sites to be able to meet future orders while maintaining a reasonable safety margin on the size of the fleet. 

Lack of assets on loading sites can result from the following cases, so it is essential to be able to detect them.



How to balance your resources? 



In summary, the main challenge of the inventory is to balance resources to ensure optimal service quality.


While the availability of assets conditions the proper functioning of logistics, inventories imbalances appear fairly quickly between factories, on flows that are mostly complex and long. Let's take the example of Saint-Gobain Glass: Each of the 18 factories must have at all times a minimum of each type of easel ready to be used: indeed, no easel, no delivery!

It is therefore necessary for the operational teams to have a global inventory, providing reliable and up-to-date information. 

One of the solutions to avoid these asset shortages is to have real-time visibility on the number of assets at each loading site by asset type.

There are a number of real-time visibility platforms on the market to overcome this problem: they provide relevant information on possible retentions. It is then possible to adjust one's internal logistics and thus avoid having an under-utilised fleet. 

Adopting a real-time visibility solution means quick gains, but you still have to choose it carefully. The reliability of the information, the technologies used, the intelligence brought beyond the simple point on a map are all factors to be taken into account. The more relevant the information is, the more you save your operational teams from having to search for additional physical information. You will then obtain a better operational productivity, a better management of your fleet, because not all of them offer enough relevant information. 

Today, having a competitive advantage is a challenge to be taken up in order to offer an optimal quality of service to your customers. Real-time visibility is today a must-have and is more and more democratized in the supply chain. Having this real-time information allows you to be reactive to any incident or discrepancy in your logistics. But today, the main challenge is to be proactive.... How to be?? Everysens has the answer.

Go from reactive to proactive


Today, having a competitive advantage is a challenge to be taken up in order to offer an optimal quality of service to your customers. Real-time visibility is today a must-have and is more and more democratized in the supply chain. Having this real-time information allows you to be reactive to any incident or discrepancy in your logistics. But today, the main challenge is to be proactive.... How to be?? Everysens has the answer.

Everysens' Supply Chain Visibility platform allows you to centralize real-time information on the state of your supply chain. The source of this real time information comes from a catalog of IoT sensors that save time on physical inventories.

Everysens goes further by setting up predictive alerts to anticipate availability disruptions. This results in the setting of critical min/max thresholds per site of interest and per type of fertilizer, then by predicting inventories over several days. The Everysens platform thus enables you to finely control the availability of assets and to be more proactive on the use of your equipment and their inter-agency pooling. 

Still skeptical? 

Contact us for a demo.