In recent years, we have seen supply chain disruptions that we have not seen before. The pandemic sparked a series of problems that culminated in a full-blown supply chain crisis.
Amazon wants to put AWS technology to work and today the company announced a new supply chain solution at AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas.
AWS CEO Adam Selipsky spoke about the supply chain disruptions in today’s keynote. “Recent years have highlighted the importance of supply chain resilience, from baby food shortages to ships circling ports unable to unload, the disruptions are rife. Addressing supply chain issues around inventory is critical,” he said.
And that’s an area where the company wants to leverage its strengths with a new solution called AWS Supply Chain.
“Today, I am pleased to announce the preview of AWS Supply Chain, a new cloud application that improves supply chain visibility, delivering actionable insights to help customers mitigate supply chain risks and reduce costs. With AWS Supply Chain, you get a unified view of your supply chain data, ML-driven insights, recommended actions, and built-in collaboration capabilities so you can respond quickly to unexpected issues,” explained Selipsky.
Selipsky says the solution is designed to remove the complexity associated with managing this type of data. “First you connect your supply chain data from SAP, EDI or other sources such as warehouse management or order management systems with just a few clicks. Then, AWS Supply Chain automatically builds a data lake using ML models that are pre-trained to understand, extract and transform disparate incompatible data into a unified data model.”
You can then view your supply chain data on a map and drill down to specific locations to see where stock is and how to troubleshoot a particular location, all while communicating with supply chain managers across your organization using the same tool .
“AWS Supply Chain helps you reduce risk and lower costs by providing you with a unified supply chain and surface the best actionable insights, all at one price and with no upfront licensing fees,” he said – and he promised as is often the case with AWS announcements, this is just the beginning.
Over time, the company plans to add additional functionality and links. “And this is just the beginning. We continue to invest here and work to solve your toughest supply chain problems,” he said.
AWS Supply Chain is available in preview starting today.