How to Navigate the Tech Landscape to create End-to-End Supply Chain Capabilities

Supply chain leaders face increasing pressure from customer demands, regulations, and sustainability goals, making it necessary to have end-to-end supply chain capabilities. Adopting technologies like specification management make this possible, as it creates a single source of truth that enables businesses to balance innovation with operational excellence.

Posted on 
May 3, 2024
Matthew Wright
Founder & CEO, Specright
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In today’s climate, supply chain leaders are constantly being hit with extreme customer expectations, regulatory demands, and increased sustainability reporting. All of this adds pressure to think outside of the box, increase collaboration, and create a supply chain with end-to-end capabilities. Whether it’s something supply chain leaders are eager to jump on or not, the need to explore the implications of innovative technologies on their businesses is not something that can be denied. 

The Importance of End-to-End Supply Chain Capabilities

With all of these high demands, a shift in operating as an end-to-end supply chain becomes even more important. Rather than thinking in silos about how individual pieces of the supply chain can operate more effectively and efficiently, it is crucial to make sure your supply chain works together, resulting in getting everything right the first time. 

By having a fully integrated supply chain, your company will be able to have accurate information on all areas, such as packaging management, quality and risk management, new product development, and sustainability. So, when it comes time to report on any of this data, you will have those strong lines of communication and data visibility built into your organization.

How Technology Impacts End-to-End Supply Chain Capabilities

This shift to end-to-end supply chain capabilities exposes gaps in existing legacy systems that are not designed to handle the demands that are needing to be met nowadays. If there is not a solid process and understanding of your supply chain, it will be extremely difficult to implement any new technologies or support to lighten the burden of customer and regulatory expectations. This could include, but is not limited to, having outdated technologies that make it difficult to track data and keep up to date product information, a lack of communication with suppliers, and outdated versions of product specifications. 

However, certain technologies like Specification management and actionable Artificial Intelligence (AI) offer significant benefits that will increase end-to-end supply chain capabilities and provide a competitive advantage for your business. These new technologies will allow your organization to balance innovation for growth along with operational excellence. 

As a supply chain leader, engaging stakeholders, aligning with your IT team, and evaluating industry trends will greatly aid your efforts to utilize new and improved technologies to better your supply chain.

Where New Technology Can Benefit the Most in an E2E Supply Chain

Before implementing any new technology, it is crucial to evaluate the comprehensive benefits of the new system, and how it will continue to contribute to your business years down the road. In order to do this, you need to identify trends that will greatly benefit your end-to-end supply chain capabilities. 

One of these areas that spans all industries, and has been a recent topic of conversation is labeling and packaging data management. Labeling and packaging are essential components of supply chain operations, and it is necessary to ensure compliant packaging and label information on all products. If either of these are noncompliant, it could have detrimental effects with costly mistakes, including delayed product launches, poor customer experiences, and a waste of valuable products. 

Driven by sustainable packaging regulations and rising costs, this is not an area that will subside, it will only become more complex. This area of the supply chain is low hanging fruit to tackle. As the performance gap of these systems keeps growing, the need for modern technologies continues to arise. Modern, purpose-built Specification Management solutions manage content through granular data points, enabling visibility, modularity, and faster development cycles while maintaining accuracy. They also provide the basis to keep expanding upon other new tools and technologies, such as being equipped to make faster business decisions by using actionable AI. 

How Specright Can Help

While there is a diverse range of technologies for supply chain professionals to choose from, having a specification management platform is the basis of all your data, especially when it comes to labeling and packaging management. While technologies like generative AI are extremely useful nowadays, they can only be utilized if your data is correct. 

Specright’s Specification Data Management platform is built for this purpose of having accurate specification data across your supply chain. With its many capabilities, you can keep track of packaging and labeling specifications, as well as new product development, ingredient tracking, compliance and reporting which roll up into sustainability data, and more. A data management tool like Specright addresses the challenges of having up to date packaging data as well as analyzing and communicating this information across your supply chain.

Unlike legacy systems, Specright’s modern technology seamlessly integrates with other tools, through an Open API, such as ERP and PLM software,  Trustwell’s Genesis for nutrition labeling, as well as ISTA’s PackSight for packaging testing and TOPS for the palletization of these finished goods. Thus, instead of communicating back and forth with other team members and suppliers, all of the stages of the supply chain are handled within one system. This process transforms the supply chain, allowing you to achieve competitive advantages in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

With a complete set of accurate data, your company will be able to innovate quicker, be more compliant with new and existing regulations, cut out room for error, and take advantage of other new technologies. Having a strong foundation opens up many doors to implement new integrations and prevent issues before they can arise.


In today’s dynamic supply chain landscape, leaders face mounting pressures from evolving customer demands, regulatory requirements, and sustainability initiatives. Due to these challenges, it’s imperative for supply chain leaders to embrace innovation and cultivate an end-to-end supply chain model. By prioritizing collaboration and equal access to accurate data across all functions, businesses can ensure heightened  communication channels and increased visibility throughout the supply chain. Embracing modern technologies like specification management becomes essential for driving efficiency, speed to market, and success in a rapidly changing business environment.

If you are interested in more comprehensive knowledge on how adopting modern technologies can transform your supply chain, check out Gartner’s Top Innovative Technology Trends for End-to-End Supply Chain Capabilities. The Specright team would love to connect with you if you are ready to open the door to transforming your supply chain.


Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright is the founder & CEO of Specright, the first cloud-based platform for Specification Management. Specright has been recognized by Fast Company’s prestigious Most Innovative Companies list, named a Gartner Cool Vendor, and as one of the Top Places to Work by the OC Register and Built in LA. Wright is also a published author and his book, “The Evolution of Products and Packaging,”was named to the Amazon Hot New Release List for Industrial Relations Business and has a five star rating. 

Prior to founding Specright, Wright spent more than 25 years in the packaging industry, holding leadership positions at International Paper, Temple Inland, and rightPAQ — a packaging company he co-founded. He has also been involved in leading multiple M&A deals in the packaging industry, currently sits on the MSU School of Packaging and Industry Advisory Board and previously served on the Packaging Advisory Board at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

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