Sustainability in the Supply Chain Capabilities Roadmap
The theme of getting started with some of the basic data building blocks was prevalent throughout the AAFA conference. While retailers and apparel brands recognize that the foundational work of gathering, validating, harmonizing, and cataloging data is not something around which they can build a PR campaign, they also acknowledged that this work is a critical first step. We advise including this key activity in a larger supply chain capabilities roadmap that includes sustainability as a key element. Collecting supplier and other relevant external data will provide a critical foundation that can improve capabilities for better responses to macroeconomic variables and disruptions, promote efficiencies throughout the supply chain, and position brands to meet current and future sustainability reporting requirements.
Mark Burstein of Logility has outlined a maturity curve that outlines key data requirements in this critical first step. Download the supply chain sustainability maturity curve here.
Those organizations that do not recognize this key first step will find themselves further “behind the eight ball” both competitively, as well as in their sustainability journey. Indeed, not having a solid grasp of detailed supply chain data will have far-reaching implications throughout the organization, including hampering the ability to take advantage of advanced technologies.
However, those that embrace taking the first fundamental step in their overall capabilities roadmaps that focuses on getting their supplier data in place will be much better positioned to react to external competitive threats and disruptions, achieve internal sustainability goals, and comply with new and future legislative requirements.