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Common Challenges and Solutions in Aerospace Supply Chain Management

The pandemic has had a major impact on the aerospace and defense industry, affecting the aerospace supply chain in many unique ways that have left businesses with different challenges to overcome in the next few years.  

As production begins to ramp up again and new technologies come into the fold, aerospace and defense businesses may find it difficult to keep up and find the solutions they need to stay ahead of their competitors. 

Read on to learn more about the challenges aerospace businesses are facing today within their complex supply chain and the solutions available to overcome them. 

Aerospace Supply Chain Challenges 

Staying Up to Date on New Technologies 

Like many industries, the aerospace and defense industries can struggle to stay up to date with constantly changing technology that completely changes the way business processes are done. Stagnating with legacy systems or moving too slowly to adopt new technology can leave you at a competitive disadvantage now and in the future. 

To always have access to the latest and greatest technology available, and stay one step ahead of your competition, you need innovation experts whose job is to know what businesses need and how to implement the technology to help them.  

At Impact, our team of specialists are from many disciplines of business technology and are always looking for new ways to use technology to optimize and streamline processes. 

Rising Costs of Equipment and Materials Within an Aerospace Supply Chain

With the rising demand and rising costs, cutting unnecessary costs can make a big difference for aerospace businesses. With automation and other technologies, businesses can save money by: 

  • Reducing wasted supplies by automating replenishment orders
  • Minimize downtime due to breakdowns or part failures with preventative maintenance and proactive ordering of replacement parts 
  • Eliminate paper-based processes and digitize aerospace supply chain management 
  • Automate processes like data gathering, reporting, and analysis to free up human resources 

Warehouse and Supply Chain Management

With the rise of industry 4.0 and the industrial internet of things, managing warehouses, factories, and supply has become more automated and streamlined than ever before.  

Businesses that implement these new technologies can reap the benefits by reducing waste on supplies and taking advantage of a more transparent system for proactive repairs. 

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Additionally, the information gathered by more comprehensive data collection can give businesses more insights into their processes and operations to discover where they can be better optimized to increase productivity and efficiency. 

Maintenance and Potential Downtime 

A big challenge presented to businesses in aerospace and defense is having the right parts at the right time and in the right place. Doing this makes preventative maintenance easier which reduces the amount of downtime businesses experience day to day, ensuring that production never gets halted.  

Having more transparency in an aerospace supply chain by implementing new technology improves monitoring and reporting which helps businesses get a better understanding of their systems to make more informed predictions. This lets businesses predict when a part might fail or when a machine will need maintenance and order replacements before the need becomes critical. 

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Aerospace businesses can stay ahead of their needs and prevent unnecessary downtime by changing their supply chain approach from reactive to proactive. 

Demand for Industry Talent 

One challenge that businesses in many different industries are facing within their supply chain is finding and retaining top talent. A worker shortage can cripple business operations in many different areas, especially in aerospace and defense which requires specially trained, and in-demand, MBAs and specialists.

To combat this problem, businesses need to find and engage with the right potential applicants and improve employee experience through the use of new technologies and marketing strategies.  

Recruitment marketing is a subsection of digital marketing that focuses on finding talent and making sure your business is seen as a desirable place to work. By expressing your core values, establishing strong messaging, and positioning yourself where your target applicants are looking, you can improve how applicants view your brand and culture.

In Conclusion 

New and innovative technologies are constantly changing the way things work within an aerospace supply chain. By automating old processes, streamlining operations, increasing performance, and gaining additional insights, businesses can use these innovations to improve the way they operate. 

With the help of a managed service provider (MSP) like Impact, you can have access to a team of specialists who are always up to date on the newest trends and technology. We know exactly how to find the right technology and how to effectively implement it into your business. 

Explore more ways that the modern supply chain is changing and what technologies have become must-haves for businesses in our new eBook: What Does a Modern Supply Chain Look Like? Or, explore our collection of blogs, videos, and other helpful content on our Resource Center.