Every organization must deal with the management of a supply chain to some extent. Often, the production/distribution of commodities does not operate at the hands of one person or group, but multiple people working together, across different locations and with expertise to produce and deliver a product to the consumer. In turn, with so many people across the supply chain to manage and coordinate with one another, social media has become a powerful tool to successfully organize logistics for any given organization.
Papa John’s Pizza has been using social media channels to help educate customers where products and ingredients are coming from, and creating time effective ordering options available on channels. Aside from social channels, the company has also used a collaborative technology solution to help support the efficiency of the supply chain. The company outsourced the supply chain needs to Manhattan Associates, a supply chain software company, to help create more time effective and cost saving inventory management. Eric Hartman, Senior Director of Logistics said, “Manhattan solutions allow us to manage inventory levels accurately, efficiently and more dynamically based on actual need—and that has resulted in our being able to reduce overall inventory levels (Manhattan, 2013)”. Using the collaborative software has also provided better solutions to inventory transportation. The software can optimize routes, improving on-time store deliveries, and the overall performance of their fleet (Trebilcock, B., 2014, October). Customer service relies on the speed of the supply chain to help get their products to customers in an effective way that will save time and money. “Implementation of Manhattan’s solutions has provided unprecedented visibility along with reduced expenses, improved efficiency and productivity in every part of the supply chain (Manhattan, 2013)”. Papa John’s wants to ensure that its “fast food” moves just as quickly throughout every level of the supply chain.
Social Media’s Impact on the Supply Chain industry is deeper than you might think. Many organizations are using the information gathered from social media to predict trends, ensure timely delivery of goods and source where a product is made.
DB Schenker supports industry and trade in the global exchange of goods: in land transport, worldwide air and ocean freight, contract logistics and supply chain management.1 Globally they employ over 66,000 employees at over 2000 locations. Their Canadian operations account for over 1600 employees at over 40 locations. Roughly 3 years ago, DB Schenker started to utilize social media as part of their marketing strategy.
Organization Name: C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. Industry: Transportation/Logistics Web References: www.chrobinson.com/www.mytmc.com Description of how social media is used for business performance: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. is a one of the more prominent Fortune 500 companies in the world and a global service provider of multi-modal logistics and 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) and 4PL (Fourth-Party Logistics) services, fresh produce sourcing, and information technology services to 35,000 customers through… Read more »
Organisation Name: Con-way Inc. Industry: Freight transportation and Logistics Name of contact if available: Web references: http://www.con-way.com/en/about_con_way/newsroom/press_releases/Jun_2010/2010_jun_8/, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zL7h7kTU1M, http://www.con-way.com/en/, http://blogs.gartner.com/matthew-davis/2010/10/04/social-media-to-improve-supply-chain/ Description of how social media is used for business performance: Con-way is an industry leader in freight transportation and logistics in North America and worldwide through their Menlo Logistics organization. An innovative player in the Supply Chain industry, they have begun to… Read more »