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Alibaba Cloud will present its solutions to help supply chain’s organizations to be more efficient and efective.

In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, digital transformation is no longer just a buzzword; it has become a necessity for organizations to thrive.

The supply chain, as a critical component of any business, plays a pivotal role in driving efficiency, improving customer satisfaction, and gaining a competitive edge. 

Alibaba Cloud will be participatin on the 8th America Digital Tech & Business Congress Mexico 2023

You can visit the Alibaba Cloud booth on the floor exhibition to discuss your challenges or real-world use-cases for a more in-depth conversation.

And please join us at the conference for Mr. Brian Zhong’s presentation for more information about how best to use data to drive Digital Transformation.  

In this presentation, we will explore how you can transform your supply chain and leverage digital technologies to accelerate your organization’s digital transformation journey.

In Alibaba, our entire organization has already embarked on the digital transformation to great success.

We are excited to share our story and best practices with other leading enterprises across the globe, and we will bring real-life experience.

As well as digital enablers to support our customers to fulfill their own vision in digital transformation. 

Here are some of the specific opportunities we have identified that we think are critical in managing the common supply chain challenges (throughout the entire value chain).

  1. Shortening Supply Cycle: Integrate the upstream information flow, receive the underlying touch-point data timely, and intelligently create a rolling procurement plan.
  2. Flexible Production Line Structure: Digitalize the materials in production line with real time data to provide timely information flow.
  3. Optimizing the Transportation System: Provide accurate statistics of finished products in transit ensuring smooth and timely information flow.
  4. Accurate Inventory Information: Optimize the order and inventory information of finished products in stock, and semi-finished products in production.
  5. Reliable Sales and Marketing System: Create an accurate sales forecasting system and controllable marketing strategies and systems.

Now, in order to achieve these objectives, there are 3 primary approaches we take: System, Architecture, and Data.

System Approach: 

  • Digitalization: Connect the physical and digital world through a digital twin.  
  • Datalization: Integrate the data of the entire value chain and form a big data pool. 
  • Intelligentization: Leverage big data, and AI.

Through our own journey of the transformation, we’ve developed a suite of solutions (tools and services) to assist companies with Digital Transformation (as opposed to transformation tools!) 

Architecture Approach:

  • Evaluate physical, technical, and operational stacks for opportunities to innovate. 
  • Physical infrastructure layer: Logistics and Supplier Network, 4PL/3PL, Warehouse, Factory, etc.
  • IoT/Automation hardware layer: RFID, PDA, E-INK, AGV, Robotics.
  • Supply chain data platform layer: Transactions, Planning, Quality, Service, Manufacturing, Costs, etc. 
  • Business execution systems layer: OMS, TMS, WMS, SRM, POS, etc.
  • Planning decision layer: S&OP, Network Planning, Demand Forecasting, Replenishment, Distribution, Resource Planning and Procurement.
  • Operation control layer: Data Insight, Health Check (Auto-Detect and Alert)

To continue improving on each layer and set up specific KPIs to monitor, Alibaba Cloud has developed Digital Supply Chain Center (DSCC) as the control tower for S&OP’s suitability by having cross-team data collaboration for decision-making, which aims at driving high performance execution across Business Units (BU).

The ability to collect real-time data from each and every BU greatly helps to optimize decision-making process, improve operating efficiency, and reduce operational costs. Lean management is the trend of today, and this platform can give our customers the high-speed growth they need.

Data Approach: 

Data brings intelligence and allows enterprises to bring foresight into the future of their businesses.

This approach is intended to address the demands of enterprise data construction and management, and how to transcend fundamental data into business insights.

  • Systematic Data Organization: Allows data to be organized and processed in an integrated and standardized way, including data sources, data cleaning, data association, data storage, and data service export.
  • Efficient Data Production: Improves the quality of data output by increasing data producing efficiency, avoids repetitive production and error to provide your business team with high quality data.
  • Convenient Data Service: Enables the data availability, easy access and services for the upstream applications that timely serve the business. The service strategy should be clear and the service channel should be unblocked. Everything should be simple and safe.
  • Analytics: Using machine learning technologies, calculates forecast in sales (demand) and inventory replenishment (supply) to continuously support health supply chain operations. 

We look forward to meeting you, learning about your business, and sharing our experience in Digital Transformation.

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