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Maps and Manufacturers: What’s the Big Deal?

Location has become increasingly important in every industry and to every person. This may seem like old news, but what’s new is how something as simple as a map is helping executives make more informed, strategic business decisions. What’s also worth exploring is how significantly the proliferation of geospatial technology is impacting the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing is one of the largest industries affected by the advent of mapping technology in part because these solutions deliver countless benefits to manufacturers. For example, executives within the manufacturing industry are now using maps to overlay supplier information with customer/distribution data. The ability to see which suppliers are low on inventory or track and communicate the whereabouts of assets in real-time is powerful for manufacturers. Insights like these help manufacturers determine exactly how much of a product they need to ship to certain suppliers. Manufacturers can also benefit from using geospatial technology in the case of a major storm or weather event, as using digital maps can help them ascertain which suppliers and distributors have been affected and may need more support.

Additionally, manufacturers are learning more about the demand for their supply by analyzing where a majority of their customer base is located. Understanding the “where” of data is extremely useful for manufacturers, as it can help drive decisions to open a new factory to accommodate those areas. Making such decisions is important and can deliver long term benefits; after all, opening a new factory near customers can ultimately lead to a decrease in transportation costs.

Implementing geospatial technologies provides your team with the tools they need to make better, more informed decisions. Whether it’s making strategic supply chain decisions, locating the ideal spot for a new factory or optimizing your sales force, mapping technologies are helping manufacturers gain deeper insights into data and take action more efficiently.

If you’re interested in learning more about how maps can help guide strategic decisions within your enterprise workflow, register for this free IndustryWeek webinar on October 30.

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