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The Logistics of Logistics Podcast

Dec 7, 2019

[00:41] Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and what you do.

  • I’m Yatish Desai, managing director with KPMG. I’ve been with them for ten years.
  • I’m also the US leader for their transportation, logistics, and distribution service offering.
  • Our customers typically fall into one of four categories: industrial manufacturing companies, consumer and retail companies, pharmaceutical companies, and oil and gas/chemical companies.

[01:56] What are the 4 pillars to future-proofing your supply chain?

  • The 4 pillars to future-proofing your supply chain are visibility, managing the data, predictive analytics, and establishing and developing curated partner ecosystems.

[02:54] Why don’t you get into visibility?

  • It’s not about just looking from a functional perspective. We look at it end-to-end on the supply chain, not just “where are my trucks?”
  • With a wide range of internal and external parties involved in the supply chain, a lot of managers have to constantly monitor every activity to ensure consistency.
  • This calls for high levels of collaboration.
  • It’s all about integrating cross-functional visibility across the enterprise.

[05:04] What is the next pillar for future-proofing the supply chain?

  • It’s managing the data. We live in a world where data is cash.
  • Our clients struggle because they are collecting data but often not able to bring it all together to provide business opportunities.
  • Collecting the data is one thing, but using it is another.
  • It’s important to determine a few notable KPIs instead of getting caught up in analyzing as much data as possible.

[09:58] The third pillar to future-proofing your supply chain is predictive analytics, so tell us more about that.

  • This is becoming more and more important to a lot of clients.
  • Traditionally, supply chains have been managed by people. In the future, a growing number of decisions will be automated.
  • This will increase operational speed and free up supply chain professionals to focus on more complex decision making.
  • This translates to a future where supply chains will be able to reduce waste, line shutdowns, etc.
  • Control towers today are built around helping clients mine data, look at it, and recognize gaps. It’s a reactive system.
  • Machine learning will provide you with real-time business insights to make better decisions proactively.

[17:29] Let’s get into the fourth pillar.

  • Successful businesses are moving away from traditional, asset-based supply chains to a managed services model.
  • Capital-intensive capabilities, such as warehousing, are outsourced to partners. In the future, it won’t only be physical processes that are outsourced.
  • As supply chain management depends more on cutting edge analytics, there will be a skill gap that is unable to be filled quickly enough.
  • A curated partner ecosystem means you’ll have to tailor it to what fits your purpose; using just any partner will not work.
  • You’ll build up a network of specialized partners who are within your supply chain and providing service to you.
  • The specialized partners will be relied on to bring more innovation into the fold.

[26:28] Tell us a little bit more about what you guys are doing at KPMG.

  • We are helping clients in three different facets: clients that are hurting from their business being stagnant, clients that are growing and need help future-proofing, and clients who need transformational change to become a leader in their space.
  • Our clients expect us to be thought-provoking for their business. They can’t afford to be stuck in the status quo.

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