Where Are Your Specs and Artwork?

By now you’re probably aware of the risks to your packaging supply chain from natural disasters, trade disputes, supplier failure, production errors, and freight interruptions.

Did you know that automating your procurement operations can reduce and mitigate many of these risks?

Automating reduces the risk of errors and delays, improves your ordering times, and makes it easier to switch suppliers in case of an interruption. For starters, automating processes and communications makes it easier for your employees, stakeholders, and suppliers to do their work.

It also gives you visibility into your supply chain so you can anticipate changes, and it gives you the flexibility to respond to those changes efficiently without interrupting your continuity of supply.

To Get Started, Here Are a Few Steps You Can Take to Maximize Your ROI from Automation

Get on Top of Your Data
Identify, document, and track key processes and mission-critical data such as specs or artwork. You’ll gain visibility into your supply chain when this information is centralized, up-to-date and accurate. This will let you know when, where, and how to take action when a disruption occurs.

Investigate Management Platforms
The right platform will unify communications across your supply chain, automate and track workflows, and centralize your key data. It should also be able to manage the nuances of packaging procurement such as artwork approvals. A good platform will give you the flexibility to respond effectively to disruptions anywhere in your supply chain.

Choose What to Automate
Look at your procurement operations and select the key processes to automate. Look for processes with a high risk of error or delay, such as ordering, quality assurance, and specs/artwork approvals. Automating these processes significantly reduces these risks.

Engage Stakeholders
Bring your employees, suppliers, and partners onto your online platform so everyone is working with the same information. This improves collaboration and response times across your supply network, which means you’ll be able to respond quickly with the right resources if something goes wrong.

The Bottom Line

Automating your procurement operations can be a key component of your supply chain risk management strategy. It lets you track key processes, centralize critical data, and collaborate with stakeholders so you can anticipate and respond to risks rather than react to them.

Moving your procurement operations to a management platform may seem like a daunting task, but in the long run the investment will pay off in increased supply chain resilience and continuity of supply.

Craving more? Check out our last article: Automate Your Packaging Procurement to Reduce Risk

Start simplifying your packaging procurement today.

See for yourself how SourceHUB can make your workflows run smoother and reduce errors and delays. it’s easy to set up, there’s nothing to install, and please, put away your credit card. It’s free to start.
Get started
Sign up today for:
Single source of truth

No more dropped balls

Get everyone from marketing to manufacturing on the same page with online collaboration and approval tracking and keep processes on track.
40% faster artwork approvals

40% faster artwork approvals

Get all eyes on your artwork and specs right away to eliminate costly delays and get your product to market on time.
Build supply chain resilience

Build supply chain resilience

Get control of your specs so you can respond to supply chain interruptions by switching suppliers quickly and efficiently.