A Sustainable Approach to Supply Chain Management with GIS

Have you ever thought about the story of a product? It usually seems to be simple to purchase goods from supermarkets without considering the production and logistic steps as a consumer. What if we do want to analyze the details behind a product? How important is to use GIS to optimize the transportation costs of byproducts to produce a complete one?

GIS enables you to find out appropriate short ways for transportation of intermediate and finished products through the use of an interface between map manufacturing and supplier locations. The main aim is to optimize the energy costs by determining short possible ways and to minimize the delivery time of goods. These advantages are not just influential factors for production costs but also they are pretty important to satisfy customers effectively. So we can simply say that GIS has also a managerial side in the industry.

In the production processes, it is always essential to find out efficient optimization methods. Plants can produce a great amount of products but having huge stocks brings us nothing except for costs. As a result, efficient production plays a central role in saving natural resources. In connection with sustainability, reducing the repeated routes to deliver products gives us an important environmental aspect to protect the environment by minimalizing the CO2 emissions. It leads to maximum profit and minimum costs and makes companies and customers content at the same time. Thus we practice sustainable ways by maintaining also the resources for the future generations.

Through the route analysis with GIS, managers can make right decisions for their supplier locations and their factories. Hence, every aspect of delivering the products in the supply chain through GIS serves as a milestone for sustainability. Consequently, by maintaining the natural resources gives us the chance to manage the production and logistic processes more efficiently.

By Gözde Kuyumcu

References

http://www.esri.com/industries/supply-chain

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