Supply Chain Information Technology in Emerging Markets

Technology is rarely the start. Evaluate system processes, layout and system improvements prior to making huge investments in technology. Understand the flow, and identify opportunities.

Reduce inventory with information. Information in emerging markets is not always electronic.

Manual processes can save money. In most emerging markets, labour remains relatively cheap compared to expensive information technology systems. The use of manual processes can save money.

Partners are in most cases are less sophisticated. In emerging markets partners or distributors are likely to use manual processes. These systems are less integrated. In many operations hard copy paper flow will remain and will likely coexist with information technology systems.

Appropriate technology. Evaluate mid tech solutions and identify the “appropriate technology” for your operation. Don’t overdo it.

Use off the shelve solutions. Don’t complicate matters and try to use highly customized solutions.

 

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