Sonia Kallat

Sonia Kallat
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Sonia is Marketing professional at Bristlecone. She is a content marketing expert with a focus on supply chain management and strategic sourcing & procurement. She has expertise in industry verticals including retail, consumer products, manufacturing and high tech.

Traversing The Last Mile Barrier

Investments in business automation technologies are made by organizations as a means to reach a goal, the objective being overall success of their business. So if the solutions deployed do not deliver the required end results then there will be no realization to justify the investments. Last mile connectivity of enterprise systems is a barrier for many retail and consumer products supply chains, as there are multiple entities involved including suppliers, retailers, third party logistics service providers and all the other stake holders in the chain.

Supply Chain Management and Strategic Sourcing for the Oil & Gas Industry

The Oil and Gas (O&G) industry supply chain comprises of diverse vendors, manufactures and agencies that handle businesses such as upstream exploration and production, midstream catchment areas, downstream refined products manufacturing, whole sale and bulk distribution terminals, and retail delivery units. The supply chains of this industry is highly complex and needs specialized practitioners to manage the applications that help run the business. From the oil exploration stage to the end user, there needs to be an all-inclusive supply chain model that captures the critical components and all the data in the system. Analyzing this data can illuminate issues and opportunities that can be addresses at various stages of development, production and distribution.

Unfolding The Technology Trends – Automotive Supply Chain

Automotive industry is undergoing a transformation with significant global expansion, mergers and acquisitions, introduction of alternate energy driven vehicles, and new technology expanses. The following technology trends are a few of the many observed in the modern automotive supply chain scenario...

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6 Tips for Maximizing Efficiency and Productivity of Warehouse Operations

As a warehouse manager, you would understand that handling warehouse operations are a massive task. One small mistake may affect the efficiency and productivity of the warehouse. You must continually implement measures to optimize various warehouse processes and improve the overall effectiveness of the operations involved. Apart from minimizing downtime and increasing productivity, it is essential to improve your supply chain. Let us look at a few tips that help in achieving the same.

Robot Trucks or Autonomous Vehicles Will Revolutionize the Supply Chain

Most supply chain professionals do not completely understand the disruption and upgrades that autonomous vehicles, specifically what I call robot trucks, will create. Most cannot get past the pitfalls and possible barriers to robot trucks. I define robot trucks with a much broader perspective. I include trucks of all sizes and even internal plant material handling equipment like fork-lifts and automatic guided vehicles (AVGs). The biggest leap is that robot trucks will learn! Many doubters just cannot get past this. Although not complete artificial intelligence (AI), robot trucks will adapt on their own, to conditions and circumstances, and build an open memory of what to do.

Transform Your Supply Chain For Omnichannel

The world is in the early stages of a global supply chain revolution. The Amazon Effect. The Internet of Things. Platform Businesses. The new supply chain will grow beyond omnichannel. It will cross into other industries and markets and will incorporate supply chains of products, information, and finance. All the elements of the New Supply Chain tie together. They are not separate steps. They are not to be selectively chosen or excluded. These are inter-related. The New Supply Chain brings performance excellence.

The 4 Supply Chain Metrics

Metrics are a way to measure performance; and, in turn, communicate that information to key executives in the company.  Their value is how supply chain management is supporting the direction and strategy of the business.  It is important that they present a strategic and tactical understanding of what is happening and how well it is happening. KPIs (key performance indicators) must be measurable.  As a result, numerous metrics are about the logistics components.  Some of these are good.  However, they do not present a view of the total supply chain.  Plus, many have little or no usefulness for the C-suite.   Assessing logistics parts is a node-link approach and does not recognize the supply chain process.