Major trends affecting supply chains in the future

Posted by Martin Verwijmeren on Sep 9, 2014 4:55:00 AM

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Many people talk about the transformation going to 2020. What are the opportunities and challenges that will affect the global supply chain? The International Supply Chain Summit Istanbul (ISCSI) points out the following trends:

  •       Delivering customers in the city with massive ongoing urbanization
  •       Changing demographics (ageing populations) and emerging markets
  •       Emergence of the ‘Internet of Things’, supply chain visibility and 3D printing
  •       Pending carbon taxation and looming scarcity of raw materials and fossil fuels
  •       Politically developments and possible trade barriers in 2020

Due to the global population growth the boost of energy consumption is inevitable. Oil reserves on Earth are becoming less and energy dependency will force professionals to look for other solutions. Think about sustainable and efficient usage of alternative energy sources. This will lead to new infrastructures, new roads, and new logistics activities. Besides, the market for “green” products is expanding due to the environmental awareness and changing consumer behavior.

According to Gartner, “Internet of Things” connected devices will reach 26 billion installed units by 2020, up from 0.9 billion in 2009. That 30-fold increase means an inevitable transformation that will alter how supply chains operate. It will also allow them to provide more efficient and more differentiated services to customers.

The commitment to innovation and the pursuit of optimization is having an impact on consumers’ loyalty.  In house efforts are becoming history whilst the “chain” is becoming more like a “network”. Transparency becomes a key factor. The improved end to end visibility (and knowledge corridor) results in advancements of speed, resilience, sustainability and a greater collaboration. Therefore we foresee that supply chain operations will become more important than ever because of:

  •       The assimilation of new technologies
  •       The evolving role of the internet
  •       A web based service economy
  •       Increased urbanization
  •       Growth of white collar population
  •       Growth in manufacturing and retail

We therefore believe that supply chains should evolve to a Customer Chain Control. This can be achieved by Shipping Orchestration and Service Optimization leading to Satisfied Customers.

If you are interested to dive into these future trends we are happy to invite you to the ISCSI at 17 and 18 September in Istanbul. As one of the main sponsors we can supply you with a free entrance ticket. We have ten tickets available on a FiFo basis. Should you not be able to come than please indicate your desire to get our comprehensive report. We will be happy to send it to you afterwards. I hope to see you in Istanbul!

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Topics: Supply Chain Trends





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