Streamlining The Supply Chain

Asset tracking is not a new concept by any means. All companies today utilize some sort of tracking system- whether manual or automated- to  locate and manage their inventory. The problem is, in spite of all the advances in technology, finding, locating, and handling assets is still complicated and time-consuming in enterprise operations.

IT's a common problem across industries, from industrial to pharma

Before the systems are even implemented, it can be difficult for companies to justify the high costs and complex configuration legacy solutions present. Current real-time tracking systems are choke-point based and subject to varying degrees of interference which causes spotty coverage both inside and outside the warehouse. That is, if the system is even designed to track outside the site. A lot of tracking systems are deployed on-premise and are designed to never leave the company's network. Even more restraint is created if the environment contains a lot of metal or liquid; the system may not be able to scan or track the tags at all.

A company that does manage to navigate these problems successfully is ultimately faced with yet another issue. Current tracking systems are unable to provide metadata, leaving supply chain managers completely blind at several points in the transport process. Their tracking systems can’t tell a supply chain manager the condition their assets are in, or if action needs to be taken immediately to protect their products. More specifically, the pharmaceutical industry could benefit hugely provided with such insight.

Pharma companies transport plasma samples from donation centers, which are then shipped to their production facility. When the samples arrive at the facility, they are unloaded and transferred to a pallet which must be moved to a freezer immediately. Time is critical at this point in the process because the loading docks are not temperature controlled. The samples are then organized in a cold sorting room, moved to their respective pallets, and stowed away in the freezer. At almost every point in the asset management process there is a lot of room for error...and certainly too much potential error for such an unrecoverable asset.

Is there a solution?

Today’s solutions to these problems are inadequate, or simply do not exist at all. Companies want a cost-effective solution to seeing their assets move in-motion as they travel through the supply chain process; they want to be able to ensure and certify compliance, and analyze dwell time and asset history.

Cloudleaf’s mission is to allow its customers to know, in real time, where their assets are and the condition of those assets. A digitized supply chain allows companies to achieve new levels of performance, create new revenue opportunities, and improve overall operational efficiency and effectiveness. It allows end users to stop a problem before it happens, or at the very least, identify the exact time it does. With improved visibility into critical aspects of the supply chain network, an enterprise does not only protect the link between the company and their assets, but creates an advantage over their competitors by accessing previously unavailable information on their customers trends. This in return brings a new level of reliability, communication, and trust to the entire connected community.

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