Everstream Analytics Helps Schneider Electric Transform its Supply Chain and Take Control of RiskEverstream Team
“Our deployment of Everstream Analytics has enabled the increased visibility which allows supply chain disruptions to be anticipated, communicated across the business and mitigation actions undertaken. This is an essential tool for Schneider’s seven regional Transport Control Towers.”
– Ciaran McAteer, Strategic Supplier Manager, Transport Strategy
“Everstream Analytics is allowing us to move from a reactive to a proactive approach to supply chain risk. Now we can anticipate issues, communicate more clearly internally and with our customers, and take action up front to prevent and mitigate delays.”
– Clara Beuttenmüller, Global Transport Transformation Team
Companies across the world rely on technologiesfrom Schneider Electric to manage energy and run processes in ways that are safe, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Meeting their needs calls for a lot of air freight and express shipping. Across its seven global regions, the company manages around 360,000 shipments every year, moving 40,000 tonnes of products between its 220 factories, 103 distribution centers and countless customers.
Schneider’s customers expect their orders to be delivered on time, in full and in perfect condition. In pursuit of that aim, the company is always looking for ways improve the performance of its global supply chain. That requires efficient networks, reliable processes and capable logistics partners. It also calls for a smart approach to risk management, so that in the rare but inevitable cases of delay or disruption in the supply chain, Schneider can respond rapidly to get things back on track – and reassure its customers that their critical equipment is on its way.
Everstream Analytics Solution
Its ongoing pursuit of excellence has led Schneider to embark on a comprehensive supply chain transformation, with the goal of significant improvements in efficiency, visibility and risk management. A key enabler of that transformation is DHL’s innovative, cloud-based Everstream Analytics platform, together with seven “control towers”, one for each of Schneider’s global supply chain regions: North America; South America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; India; China; The Pacific countries and East Asia Japan.
Each control tower uses a fully customized Everstream Analytics model to visualize and monitor Schneider’s supply chain in the region. The model incorporates the company’s own facilities, those if its key suppliers, and critical transport nodes like ports airports and distribution hubs. In total, the model maps more than 2000 points around the world.
Alongside the supply chain model, comprehensive ashboards show the status and location of every shipment currently in the network, including both those managed by DHL and by other logistics service providers. The system allows Schneider to continually monitor the performance of each regional supply chain, and an automated system alerts control tower staff and other relevant personnel if any shipments aren’t moving smoothly through the network.
Additionally, the control towers are all linked directly to DHL’s R360 Incident Monitoring service, which gathers data on potential supply chain risks from a wide range of internal and external sources, including traditional and social media, live transport data and observers on the ground. This data is fed into the supply chain model, providing staff with near-real-time information on any external events with the potential to cause delays or disruptions, and letting them know exactly which shipments might be affected.
– Support a wider transformation effort
by achieving complete visibility of supply chain performance in every region
– Move from a reactive to a proactive approach to supply chain risk management
– Improve response and communication around supply chain issues, both internally and externally
Everstream Analytics Solution
– Seven regional supply chain control towers, running Everstream Analytics’s cloud-based risk management platform
– A comprehensive model of Schneider’s supply network, including more than 2000 production facilities, distribution centers, transportation nodes and supplier sites
– Integrated dashboards showing the status of all shipments in the network
– 24/7 tailored real time incident monitoring
– Optimizing supply chain risk by assessing
current and potential supply chain locations
– Early warning of supply chain risk events
– Full transparency on which shipments have the potential to be affected by supply chain disruption, and the available mitigation options
– Improved risk assessment and contingency planning during supplier selection and network design
The monitoring system gives Schneider an invaluable early warning of disruption in its network. Instead of responding to an issue once it has occurred, staff can often take action up front – diverting shipments, organizing alternative transportation or warning customers of unavoidable delays. The greater agility enabled by this approach saves time – and money – for Schneider, its supply chain partners, and ultimately for its end customers too.
Powered by Everstream Analytics, Schneider’s supply chain control towers are giving the company unprecedented visibility into supply chain performance across each region, and allowing staff to intervene hours or even days earlier when incidents occur. For customers, that means even fewer delays, clearer communication, and greater confidence.
While Schneider’s initial investment in Everstream Analytics was based on the desire to improve visibility and risk management in transportation, the system is increasingly being adopted by other parts of the company too. In particular, Procurement and Network Design teams are making use of the platform’s Supply Chain Risk Assessment capabilities, which evaluates more than 20 risk categories, providing a quantitative assessment of any site’s overall risk exposure. Coded down to the street address level, this assessment helps Schneider to understand the potential vulnerability of current or future suppliers or transport nodes, helping it optimize inventory levels, supply strategy and contingency plans. Everstream Analytics gives Schneider the capability to optimize its supply chain not only on cost and lead-time, but also on the desired level of risk.