This project is in Seed phase lasting 6 to 9 months.
Supply Chains have demonstrated during the Covid-19 crisis, a poor ability to make efficient and responsive decisions to supply on time and in-full vital, but also basic, necessities. Even if there were some wonderful firefighting behaviors which have limited the detrimental impacts, the failure of the current Supply Chain decision-support tools is obvious. In addition, the world is now moving to a huge, deep and long economic crisis in numerous sectors. In such a context, companies will have to fight for surviving. They will necessarily work on eliminating wastes in their organizations. They will look for improving their cash flow abilities and therefore, the number of available resources will decrease. At a same time, variabilities on supply, production and demand will increase drastically. Definitively, the new normal for Supply Chains will become now instability. In such a situation, current Supply Chain management paradigms (long-term alliances, worldwide supply chains…), methods (MRPII, Kanban, DRP…) and decision-support tools (ERP, APS, TMS…) become obsolete as they have been designed to optimize performance in a stable world.
Consequently, it seems important to develop suitable Supply Chain decision-support tools that provide reliable guidance for decisions in order to to support company recovery. Therefore, the COSMOS project intends to work on framing and defining the requirements of the new needs for Supply Chain management decision support systems in one hand, and to expose through a dedicated marketplace a first set of concrete proposals (quick wins) based, notably, on previous and ongoing TUM and IMT research works on the other hand. The COSMOS project’s outcomings form a foundation to elaborate and develop digital decision support structure with focus on supply chain resilience.