Flow Illumination provides a detailed view of asset flows throughout your supply chain, to support your logistics operations management. Similar to a medical “MRI”, Flow Illumination lets you see areas in your supply chain that are functioning as expected, areas that have bottlenecks or exceptions, and trends and patterns of activities such as scheduled delivery windows, supply and demand forecasting, compliance requirements or unexpected weather events. In short, it helps our customers to move from “I think” to “I know” when managing their supply chain.
By attaching a supply-chain approved tracking device to CHEP’s pallets and containers, we can begin to track them as they move through the supply chain, thereby illuminating the flows of that supply chain. Each device is unique to that asset, thereby enabling us to identify where an individual asset is on a chosen timescale interval.
The true value of Flow Illumination is how we are then able to add a layer of rich context to this location data in BRIX. We can automatically cross-check each data ‘ping’ from the device against CHEP’s vast supply chain network knowledge. This allows us to identify what is at each location, the function that occurs there, and therefore identify whether that asset is where it should be, and how we can expect it to act next.
This unlocks a new layer of visibility for our customers to know how their supply chain is working – and more importantly, when it isn’t working as planned. When assets are found to be dwelling too long or have travelled to an incorrect location – we can flag it so that operational teams can address the problem before it gets worse. This saves our customers, and their customers, time and money, whilst providing reassurance and certainty in their supply chain visibility.
BXB Digital currently delivers Flow Illumination solutions across multiple regions globally through CHEP’s supply chains. From small scale engagements that are laser-focused at solving specific supply chain issues, up to large scale engagements designed to provide continuous and far-reaching visibility across entire supply chains.
You can read about one of our numerous Flow Illumination success stories in the caser study below: