While advanced innovations and developments like the Internet of Things (Io T) reach each industry, changing the way we work together, the requirement for
transformation is rising. Beef and poultry manufacturers, in any
case, are questioning where to begin. The meat supply chain is
long and complex, starting from farm to processing to packaging
and logistics, right up to retail and catering. Sharing of data
across the chain is minimal, if non-existent. Different departments
work in silos. The left hand does not always know what the right
hand is doing.
Beef, poultry and pork producers from Europe and North
America all share a similar challenge: How to get the most
value out of an animal. To maximize value, the right quality and
cuts need to be assigned to the corresponding demands. These
challenges are due to lack of visibility of data and processes, a
problem that stems from a disconnected supply chain.
For example, a major producer of beef, pork and lamb in North
America was planning the disassembly of its livestock using
multiple inputs of massive data from different sources. Planners
had no visibility of actual supply versus the potential supply that
it could get based on specific meat cuts. Capacity planning was
compromised and customer demands were not fulfilled efficiently.
Lack of collaboration is holding back meat processors
from fulfilling their production potential and maximizing their
profitability. A fully connected supply chain delivers efficiency end-to-end, and provides planners the decision-making support they
need to help the company realize its business goals.
The beef and poultry industry is more market-driven today
than ever before. Consumer expectations and demand are
challenging and reshaping the way the industry operates.
Trends driving expansion include population growth, increased
demand, foodservice industry growth, health regulations and
increased export opportunities. As challenges continue to present
themselves in the meat industry, manufacturers must have the
flexibility to adjust business practices and discover the planning
capabilities to add value to their products. The right planning
system will support every link in the supply chain — sales,
logistics, supply chain, procurement, operations, planning,
customer service and management.
To generate savings across the supply chain, plans must be
made for your business reality. A plan that doesn’t take into
account the unique constraints and rules of your business is of
Better Agility To Respond To The Market
The disconnect between disassembly and processing is a
barrier to creating strategic plans. Without critical information,
managers cannot price for profit, address product shortages,
create value plans, ensure optimal production and set feasible
targets. This reduces agility in responding to market changes and
disruptions in supply, demand and production.
Many companies have plenty of data scattered across
various systems. To put a finger on the pulse of your company’s
operations, you need an integrated planning system that supports
decision-making all the way from the production plant to the
The key to building an agile supply chain is to have the right
information at your fingertips. Just as important is the ability to
immediately calculate and understand the impact of events across
your entire supply chain. Minimize the side-effects of disruptions
by continuously optimizing and re-planning schedules, while
keeping an eye on the end goal.
With the right system, managers can quickly respond to
changing market conditions and customer orders, and even
unpredictable consumer preferences. Creating what-if scenarios
helps them find the right mix that will boost profits and other
relevant business KPIs.
In today’s business environment where things can change at
a moment’s notice and customers expect faster turnarounds,
planning agility gives food manufacturers a clear advantage
over the competition. Offer high service levels while keeping
inventory levels low. Sell the right products at the right prices, at
the right time, always. Don’t let your planning puzzles and supply
chain complexity eat you up. End-to-end visibility gives you full
control of your supply chain. Take the first step towards improved
decision-making, robust growth and higher revenue.
Mark Reissig is a Solutions Architect at Quintiq.
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