Quality Data Drives Success in Logistics.

AXIT expert paper explores the value of digital data for the supply chain/ Digitalization optimizes the reliability and efficiency of supply chains

Frankenthal (Germany), March 28th 2017 – The availability and quality of data is developing into a key factor in successful supply chain management. That’s the finding of the new AXIT expert paper, based on discussions with managers from the manufacturing, commercial, and logistics sectors.

“Whether data becomes a blessing or a curse depends primarily on the extent to which businesses along the supply chain cooperate in getting the most out of their data,” notes Christian Wendt, Head of Marketing with AXIT, speaking to one issue in the roundtable conversation.

One of the greatest challenges facing businesses today when it comes to data is quality. Digitalization plays a big role here by interlinking data from a wide range of sources. Digitally interconnected processes that draw upon large volumes of validated data can enhance the quality of logistical services by making it possible to determine delivery dates more precisely, use transport capacities more efficiently, and plan personnel deployment in distribution hubs more reliably.

This depends on modern, integrated logistics systems, which make it possible to obtain higher-quality data. This in turn helps provide all supply chain partners with new and more comprehensive information. This information is available in real time to all participating network partners – anytime, anywhere, even on mobile devices.

The paper also explores the obstacles that logistics professionals face on the road to the digital future. “Businesses that wish to digitalize their processes must embrace change and cannot stand on the sidelines too long,” warns Wendt, pointing to the speed with which larger enterprises are already implementing their digitalization strategy.

The AXIT expert paper “Data: Blessing or Curse?” is available for free download at www.axit.de/en/expert-paper-data.

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AXIT – connecting logistics
AXIT is a specialist for cloud-based IT solutions for the management of supply chains. With AX4 the company founded in 1999 runs the industry’s leading logistics platform used by more than 200,000 users from trade and industry as well as at logistics providers for management of their supply chain.

AXIT has a well-established corporate customer base, including industry leaders such as BASF, Kuraray, Audi, Ford, Siemens, dm-drogerie markt, Obi, British American Tobacco from industry and retail sector as well as more than 2,000 carriers and logistic service providers such as DHL, DB Schenker, Panalpina, Rhenus, Arcese, CargoLine and GO!.

Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics GmbH (SPPAL) is the owner of AXIT and a leading provider of innovative products and solutions in mail and parcel logistics and automation as well as in airport logistics with baggage and cargo handling. Software solutions and customer services along the whole product life cycle complete the portfolio. The company has an installed base in more than 60 countries worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at: www.siemens.com/logistics.

AX4 – the digital supply chain
The cloud based logistics platform AX4 reduces complexity. It facilitates processes and allows for their digitalization along the supply chain and enables collaboration between the participants. Thus AX4 realizes smooth and reliable processes as well as continuous transparency. With more than one million shipment transactions every day AX4 is one of the most-widely used logistics platform for the management of cross-company logistics processes.

AX4 Open – Supply Chain Management at the push of a button
AX4 Open is the configuration tool for a flexible and agile set up and adaption of AX4 solutions. According to the motto “Do IT Yourself” customers can create and manage their individual AX4 solution with this innovative tool. The advantages are obvious: Independently from the provider adaptations can be done at any time or best practice solutions can be multiplied at the push of a button.

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