A new report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) commissioned by The Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) claims more than half of companies lack end-to-end visibility in their supply chains. But what does end-to-end mean in this context and why is it becoming increasingly important?
What is an end-to-end supply chain?
An end-to-end supply chain refers to the entire supply chain design, incorporating each individual function involved in the lifecycle of a product. It usually includes processes from the design and procurement of raw materials, to production, warehousing and distribution, delivery, and sometimes after sales service or reverse logistics.