Supply Chain Solutions for Manufacturing

Intelligent solutions to help streamline processes, prevent disruption, and optimize outcomes.

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You can’t afford interruptions: Delays can be disastrous.

You make the finest widgets in the world, made of the best material from world-renowned sources, and beaming with the finest of finishes. Business is booming. Your future looks grand…until a ferocious storm erupts in the Atlantic. 

Your raw materials are stuck on a ship. Orders go unfulfilled. And your market quickly shifts to a less expensive widget that comes in any color they choose – although it may crumble when the wind blows.

Maybe this isn’t real life, but it’s a real problem: whatever you manufacture, you depend upon many different materials from different suppliers who are widely dispersed and vulnerable to unexpected disruptions. Those disruptions wreak havoc with your organization, and the results can range from a minor reduction in productivity to all your factories sitting empty and idle. That’s why you need an intelligent supply chain that can predict and prevent unplanned interruptions in your supply chain.

You must prevent the ripple effect.

Many different situations can cause a domino effect across the factory floor and possibly affect the entire business ecosystem. Some may have ramifications that reverberate down to the customer and across to other product lines. That’s why you need end-to-end visibility of your entire supply chain, and with all of your partners regardless of size, location, or level of technology.

To help ensure continuous operations and the ability to satisfy customer demand, many in the manufacturing and industrial sector are searching for best-in-class supply chain management solutions.

Your industry challenges include:

  • Delayed shipments impact manufacturing plans
    • Customs delays at ports or border crossings
    • Inclement weather
    • Political disruptions
    • Other global events
  • Communicating with diverse and growing business partner community
  • Lack of visibility into inventory and critical parts
  • Errors in shipping and logistics
  • Costly downtime, delays, and outages
  • Compliance with regulations from multiple governments and authorities

Supply chain technology enables you to:

  • Anticipate delays and predict disruptions so you can take action
  • Mitigate external forces to ensure on-time delivery
  • Capitalize on AI and blockchain to make faster, more informed business decisions
  • Leverage the cloud to deliver scalable and reliable B2B transactions globally
  • Plan your inventory, and make adjustments as needed to prevent stockouts
  • Reduce errors and costs by automating document exchanges with small partners
  • Ensure compliance with government requirements
  • Shift to a cloud environment that allows you greater agility, security and scalability

An intelligent supply chain keeps the assembly lines humming when anomalies hinder normal procedures.

Lightwell offers supply chain services and solutions specifically tailored to the manufacturing industry. Drawing upon our own proprietary solutions and those developed by the supply chain experts at IBM, we create reliable, end-to-end processes that help you avoid factory slowdowns and work stoppages. Together, Lightwell and IBM deliver advanced capabilities that predict and prevent supply chain disruptions that could send ripples of inefficiency across your entire operations.

With extensive experience in the manufacturing industry, we know your challenges and we know how to resolve them. We’ve spent years helping organizations like yours work toward a seamless, digital supply chain that helps ensure that production schedules are maintained, and deliveries occur as planned.

Now, with the advent of AI, machine learning, and blockchain, we can make your complex global ecosystem function more efficiently, and with greater confidence.

Explore our comprehensive supply chain consulting services to learn how we can help. Learn about some of the supply chain solutions we can help you leverage and optimize them for your industry.

IBM Sterling Supply Chain Business Network

Connect with your business partners quickly and securely. Share real-time, accurate visibility with your entire retail supply chain. Leverage AI and blockchain technology to optimize processes and outcomes.


IBM Sterling B2B Integrator

This high-speed, high-volume, and highly secure collaboration engine accelerates B2B processes and partner transactions, and establishes more productive, promising collaborative relationships.


IBM Sterling Supply Chain Insights with Watson

Make faster, smarter decisions that help prevent supply chain delays and disruptions. This AI-powered solution provides comprehensive, end-to-end visibility and real-time insights that enable you to optimize the performance of your supply chain. Leveraging the power of AI, it helps to deepen visibility, proactively predict and mitigate disruptions, and reduce costs.


IBM Sterling Inventory Control Tower

This AI-powered solution enables your team to easily see and manage your inventory, wherever it is, and respond quickly to changing needs. It helps you detect and understand events that could impact your inventory, prioritize and resolve critical issues in real-time, take the right actions to prevent disruption, and leverage best practices to improve outcomes.


Lightwell B2B Visibility Portal

Lightwell B2B Visibility Portal provides unprecedented visibility into transactions, so you can see exactly what’s happening across your B2B operations and supply chain. This solution enables business users to identify and mitigate problems without the need for IT involvement.


Lightwell B2B Framework

Lightwell’s framework for IBM Sterling B2B Integrator – and other IBM solutions – eases implementation and boosts efficiency.  Lightwell B2B Framework delivers greater control, visibility, and insight across your supply chain network so you can make better, smarter decisions.

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IBM Business Transaction Intelligence

When you depend upon many supply chain partners throughout the world, you need a single, simple way to monitor the progress of your transactions. Get end-to-end insights in seconds with renowned AI and blockchain capabilities.


IBM Sterling Transaction Manager

Eliminate paper documents without requiring any process changes from your partners. This is particularly helpful with smaller business partners that have technological challenges.


IBM Document Conversion Services

Automate transactions with any supply chain partner, even if they’re using older manual processes. This solution translates non-structured documents like fax, email, and PDF into EDI or other electronic formats.


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