Digitisation in the supply chain: Five key trends
The annual Future of Supply Chain survey again shows that digitisation is dominating the discussion with big jumps in importance for a series of disruptive technologies. The 5 important trends emerging are 3D printing, Uberisation, disruptive technologies (including digital supply chain, machine learning, IoT), cloud computing and operational technology vs information technology.
The extreme, but realistic use case is virtual inventory for maintenance parts in capital equipment situations. Operational technology includes IoT to know what needs to be fixed, 3D printing or robotics to make the part and drones or Uberisation to deliver it (News Item SCM World, 18 November 2016).
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