GRAVITY SUPPLY CHAIN allows logistics organizations, retailers, and manufacturers at all levels to view shipment progress, right along the supply chain, in multiple languages, in real-time.
Of course, once collated, real-time data can be shared with other stakeholders, such as partner companies, suppliers and/or customers. This alleviates the need for staff to be tied up in having to keep communication channels open at all times; instead, anyone who needs access to information can retrieve it themselves.
The collaborative possibilities of Gravity’s offerings are especially resonant in today’s global marketplace, as coping with staffing and a global vendor base across multiple time zones and multiple languages can be particularly problematic.
Modular apps from Gravity address different areas of the purchase order to distribution center supply chain, which in its entirety, Gravity estimates, can involve more than 200 steps, 12 different technology solutions, and 50 individual people.
By careful application of the required modules, Gravity’s cloud-based solution becomes the focal technology system, the one that unites all the data which flows from each of the others.
Traditionally, as data moves from one step to the next, mimicking the movement of goods from source to destination, there is manual keying of data, from system to system, or in some cases, to and from paper or silicon.
While these processes are especially bad time drains, they also exacerbate the data silo-ing of information as it is stored in proprietary systems, which, in most cases, are not accessible by other affected parties.
For instance, PO data from a retailer can be fed directly to the manufacturer and third-party logistics operators at the same time, from inside a single platform. The manufacturer can log into Gravity with their own credentials to enter production updates and booking information. Information is then visible to the retailer, immediately, transparently.
Additionally, data is automatically updated in existing systems, also without needing manual entry. Not only does having a single data instance save time and costs, but also improves the data’s quality by reducing errors that invariably creep in at each step.
With Gravity’s focus on a contemporary user experience (UX) allied with real-time data capture, the door opens to the possibility of predictive analytics. Analytics can give users the information they need to react to changes in demand, for instance. Additionally, as problems/glitches/changes occur, all stakeholders are aware in real-time and can react accordingly.
Since the changes wrought by bring-your-own-device (BYOD) in recent years, we all expect now to see and interact with data wherever we are. And this needs to take place on a range of devices often found away from the traditional desktop.
With Gravity Supply Chain’s cloud solution, not only are alerts and notifications pushed to users, but the responsive web-basis of the product ensures a homogenous user experience.
In addition to data collated right across the supply chain, Gravity’s systems collate a wealth of data from other sources. Around 100 ocean carriers and over 900 airlines contribute to providing up-to-the-minute schedules of both air and sea freight all over the world.
This powerful facility is taken one stage further, with the software scoring individual routes based on the reliability of their published schedules versus actual transit information, on a per-carrier basis. This means business can plan routes and gives the ability to react to changes, whatever their source.