It’s been a tremendous first year at supplychaingamechanger.com. Our goal has always been to share experiences and expertise. And in the second half of 2017 we had an ever increasing number of articles contributed by industry leaders all of whom have been very generous in sharing their intellect and insights.
Our readers and contributors come from all over the world. They include individuals new to Supply Chain as well as Industry leaders and everyone in between. And they work in many different industries and vocations. But they all have a common interest in Supply Chain, Operations, Business, Leadership, Change Management, Human Resources, Transformation, and Technology.
Most importantly they all have an interest in learning and sharing.
As we end this first year we wanted to publish our 2nd Top 10 List. Our first Top 10 List covered the Top blog posts from the first half of 2017 so our 2nd Top 10 List will cover the second half of 2017.
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So here is our 2nd Top 10 List of 2017…
Indirect Goods and Services are one of the highest expenditure areas in any company. Yet Indirect Procurement often takes a back seat to Direct Procurement. Indirect Procurement however is critically important to the day to day and long term success of a company. This article characterizes this importance as well as discussing the complexities of who is responsible for Indirect Procurement.
Technology has become a very large theme in the Supply Chain arena. Supply Chain 4.0 is the manifestation of all of these disruptive technologies. They will shape the Digital Supply Chain of the future! This infographic illustrates the varying technologies that are in play, the potential areas of the Supply Chain that will be advanced by those technologies, and the skills that the Supply Chain professionals of the future will need to lead this entire revolution!
Understanding Millennials is incredibly important! This infographic provided by Steve Hashman at The Cube Marketing helps Marketers understand the Millennial demographic and how to leverage this understanding to advance sales and growth. While the focus here is on Marketing an understanding of Millennials is essential for understanding the workforce, customers and suppliers.
7. Rise of the Warehouse Robots!
There is tremendous interest in technological advancements in Warehouses and Distribution Centres. This does not have to involve the expenditure of millions of dollars because there is a wide spectrum of technology which can be applied. This excellent article by Industry leaders Tompkins International is a great articulation of the state of Warehouse technology.
6. Black Friday is Almost Here! Last Minute Supply Chain Preparation!
In the lead up to our most recent Black Friday season companies everywhere were busy getting ready for the most hectic time of the year in the Supply Chain. While most of the work should have been done a long time ago there are still last minute checks and actions that can be taken to help ensure a successful season from a Supply Chain perspective. Individuals everywhere were looking for any last minute tips to help their cause.
Blockchain technology holds the promise of being able to better synchronize transactions throughout the Supply Chain. As such there is the potential for Blockchain technology to dampen the Bullwhip effect, which is the impact which occurs when there inefficiencies in the Supply Chain introduced with changes in customer demand up and down the chain. This guest blog provided by Jake Rheude at Red Stag Fulfillment is a great read.
4. Quantum Leap to the Top 10 Supply Chain Skills of the Future!
The advancements in technology will have significant ramifications for the Supply Chain skills of the Future! The days of paper, faxes, desk phones and dial up technology are long gone. As such the Supply Chain leaders of the future will have to develop and hone a set of skills that are conducive to understanding, utilizing, and shaping the new technological realities. And these Supply Chain leaders will shape the future of all of our lives!
3. Industry 4.0 – Smart Manufacturing of the Future (Infographic)
Since the phrase Industry 4.0 was coined in 2011 interest in the next evolution of technology has grown exponentially. This infographic and article provided by Rob Memery at 2Flow is a great depiction of the definition, history, elements, challenges, enabling technologies and blueprint for Industry 4.0 success.
The wildly popular game Farmville has been played by millions of people around the world. I started playing it a few years ago when my Granddaughter introduced me to Farmville. But in playing the game I realized that it was really a game that involved managing the Supply Chain of the Farm. Check it out! It is fun and addicting!
1. Industry 4.0 Ecosystem! (Infographic)
The evolution to Industry 4.0 represents the advancement of Robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and Technology of all kinds. The implications for Manufacturing, Operations, and the Digital Supply Chain of the future are significant. The fact that this was our Number 1 blog post in the second half of 2017 reflects the tremendous interest in technology and strategy development for the future!
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