One way to build supply chain resilience is to make it as simple as possible, by reducing fragmentation and the number of ‘links in the chain' so that there are fewer moving parts. However, the supply chains of some industries are inherently more complex and fragmented than others. Some have complex geographic footprints, spanning multiple regions. For example, within Europe there are 600,000 trucking companies, across 44 countries, speaking 24 official languages. Some transport a huge variety of goods, requiring many modes of transport.
As supply chain complexity increases, so too does the need for transparency to provide day-to-day transport and logistics managers with accurate information and insight to enable confident and agile decision-making. When an organization has a low level of standardization across its supply chain tools and processes, perhaps due to the lack of a cloud-based solution or because of high levels of subcontracting, it results in a fragmented, out-of-date and often unreliable view of operations.
Faurecia Seating is the global leader in automotive seating components and complete seat design and assembly. Highly regarded throughout the automotive industry, they are an innovative producer of an extensive range of seat products. From seat covers, to foams and accessories, seat electronics and advanced mechatronic systems, they produce components for many of the world’s largest car brands, including BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes. As the number one manufacturer of seat structures and mechanisms for cars globally, spread across 74 production sites in 23 countries, the scale and nature of their business presents many challenges for their supply chain operations.