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5 Ways Alibaba Cloud is Helping the World's Supply Chain Issues

In this blog, we will explore how Alibaba Cloud is helping the world's supply chain issues in 5 ways.

Global supply chains stretch across multiple regions, supplying goods and services across continents. To work properly, a supply chain - global or local - needs IT infrastructure that automates the flow of information and resources.

The Covid-19 pandemic and other crises around the world have placed unprecedented pressure on the world’s supply chains. Demand for some goods and services has skyrocketed, whereas demand for others is continuing to diminish.

Many supply chains around the world are still struggling to adapt to these fluctuations, and this is leading to shortages in certain goods and services. To help overcome these challenges, businesses in various sectors are rethinking their supply chain strategies.

But what can they do to help ease supply chain pressures?

Alibaba Cloud is helping organizations to create harmony within their supply chains. Data-driven forecasting capabilities help cloud customers stay one step ahead, and end-to-end traceability is boosting transparency across the entire supply chain.

When it comes to supply chains, collaboration between entities is key. With Alibaba Cloud, information flows freely across global networks in a safe and compliant way. Let’s take a closer look at how we’re helping alleviate the world’s supply chain issues.

1. Providing AI-driven Insights

Data, when harnessed effectively, can have a hugely positive impact on supply chain efficacy. But without the right cloud platform, integrating and interpreting data from multiple sources can be difficult and time-consuming.

With Alibaba Cloud’s Data Analytics and AI solutions, juggling disparate systems is no longer necessary. Our solutions work together to streamline the data pipeline, enabling organizations to make quick and informed decisions about their supply chains.

Embedding data analytic capabilities into business processes, as opposed to treating them as a separate workflow, can benefit everyone in the supply chain. For instance, it helps those at the start of the chain to balance demands with supplies intelligently.

2. Streamlining Business Operations

There's always an abundance of valuable data flowing through supply chains. Data that comes from the ERP, as well as semi-structured and unstructured data from suppliers, third parties, sensors, logistics equipment and even social media.

Real time visualization can aid the sharing of information between links in the supply chain.

Alibaba Cloud helps organizations unlock value by providing them with the real-time insights required to optimise processes. It optimizes transportation monitoring and strategies with smart logistics planning enabled by IoT devices and an IoT management platform.

What’s more, Alibaba’s customers avoid upfront costs and the provisioning of expensive equipment by only paying for the resources they use.

3. Enabling Borderless Collaboration

Collaboration is weakened in supply chains when the technology that underpins transactions doesn’t allow for fast and effective feedback. On the other hand, end-to-end transparency and cross-organizational cooperation are indicative of a firm’s supply chain capabilities.

Alibaba Cloud’s Dedicated DingTalk enables real-time communication, joint operations, and collaboration across departments in a secure manner, while DataV allows enterprises to trace products in real time - from supply to production to distribution.

4. Ensuring Security and Compliance

Of course, we can’t talk about collaboration across supply chains without focusing on security. Alibaba Cloud comes with full-stack security products. No matter the industry, our cloud services comply with enterprise policies around the world, reducing supply chain risk.

When an organization signs up to Alibaba Cloud, we assess their business in order to create a security plan that suits their needs and supply chain. Currently, we block over 5 billion cyber attacks per day and fix well over 7 million vulnerabilities per year.

5. Maximising Connectivity through the Cloud

Alibaba works with organizations that manage cross-border supply chains, like EWE Global Express - an international multi-modal logistics company.

Like many international enterprises, EWE Global Express needs to be able to connect across borders and keep an expected level of network performance.

Connectivity for China and the Asia Pacific region posed a challenge. The lack of supply chain connectivity between Australia and China threatened to impede EWE’s growth trajectory, and the firm was experiencing a drop in the number of client orders as a result.

Global Supply Chain Acceleration

It was clear to EWE that it required infrastructure that could facilitate the flow of data between these two regions seamlessly. The Alibaba Cloud Enterprise Network (CEN) was the only vendor that could meet the organization’s unique set of supply chain needs.

EWE is the only Global Fulfillment Centre in Australia and is also Alibaba’s own logistics partner. EWE has helped us deliver a huge number of parcels, in particular for the renowned Double 11 Global Shopping Festival. You can find out more about how Alibaba Cloud can help you leverage the value of your supply chain here.

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