A Supply Chain horizon for Millennials

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Past week, talking about the future of SCM with some colleagues from the industry, it came to my mind an article published by Supply Chain 24/7 in 2013 with the title: “10 Supply Chain Trends for the next 10 years”:

  1. Service chains will become more important than product chains.
  2. Companies will need to fully report corporate externalities.
  3. Supply chains must be designed to serve the “base of the pyramid”.
  4. Knowledge work and workers will become global in nature.
  5. SCM will have a standard certification process similar to that for CPAs.
  6. Product clock-speeds will determine the number and nature of the supply chains.
  7. Micro segmentation will be key to success.
  8. Technology to support SCM will primarly be “on tap”.
  9. Leaders will leverage social media in a closed loop feedback process.
  10. Artificial intelligence will be embedded in mainstream supply chain activities.

In the equator of the 10 years horizon we can see with retrospective that most of the trends are already facts, but by 2013 the Millennial generation was still in the puberty.

Nowadays we know that by 2020 Millennials, the future customer that will change the consuming of goods and services dramatically, will represent the 40% of the world working population.

What changes will introduce this in the global demand of goods, and how supply chains and stakeholders will have to evolve are perhaps two unresolved questions in the sector yet.

But by this newly 2018, Millennial is a better profiled generation:

  1. Millennials grew up in the digital experience.
  2. They are astute consumers.
  3. They will expect companies to know their individual needs.
  4. They will expect companies to personalize all experiences.
  5. Their consuming habit will shrink the product lifecycle a 50% by 2020 (from 2000 to 2010 product lifecycles experienced already a 50% down).

Service chains will be as important, if not more important, than the product chain.

Less lifecycle means a more regular product/service replacement.

Consequently, companies will be forced to streamline reverse logistics, and supply chain processes will depend more than ever on track inventory and shipments through the use of Trade Management Systems and a constant monitoring of their KPIs.

But a second important consideration is about Globalization. As businesses landscapes become more and more global, suppliers and competitors keep continuing expanding operations across the world.

In only 2 years, thanks to the modern transportation management, logistics capabilities and savvy IT systems, 60% of companies expect to source from more countries than they did in 2017 and in the same period 80% of manufacturers expect to have multi-country operations.

A recent intelligence published by ITV Corporation concludes that new scenario will require a new change of approach in many aspects, as a brooch to this post, here you have their very valuable conclusions:

  • Be aware about any opportunity for new optimizations as it may pop up, because optimization will bring reliable decision support for supply chain challenges such as network design, route mapping and load building.
  • When in doubt, simulate! Simulations will provide value by showing how solutions will play out in the real world.
  • Go for carrier quality.
  • Invest in 20/20 visibility.
  • Inspect product for exceptions before they reach the logistics phase from production phase.
  • Use damage claims as a source of insight to learn and lead to better performance.
  • Invest in modern IT systems to help your company to collect and analyze data -including mode, carrier and location- of exceptions.

Inspired in the article published by ITL Corporation: https://www.itlvn.com/news/333-hieu-suat-chuoi-cung-ung-vao-nam-2020.html

About ITL Corporation: Indo Trans Logistics Corporation™ is positioned as the premier regional solutions provider for Integrated Logistics, Aviation Services, Warehousing, Freight Management and Distribution in South East Asia, being listed for more than 10 consecutive years (2007-2017) as one VNR 500 enterprise – Top 500 Vietnam’s largest enterprises following the same selection criteria as FORBE’s FORTUNE 500.

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2018, the year towards Supply Chain Smartification

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The complexity of Supply Chain has been resulting in continuous upstream and downstream problems historically.

In a research published by Emerald Group, and recently quoted by Mr Tim Charlton – Senior Management Consultant at XAct Solutions – we find an interesting approach to the smartification key aspects of Supply Chain:

  1. Instrumented – Information is overwhelmingly being machine-generated, such as by sensors, RFID tags, etc.
  2. Interconnected – The entire supply chain, including business entities, assets, IT systems, products and other smart objects are all connected.
  3. Intelligent – They make large-scale optimal decisions to optimise performance.
  4. Automated – Much of the process flows are automated by using machines to replace other low-efficiency resources, such as labour.
  5. Integrated – Process integration involving collaboration across supply chain stages, joint decision making, common systems and information sharing.
  6. Innovative – Development of new value through solutions that meet new requirements, inarticulate needs, or even existing needs in better ways.

“The development of Smart Supply Chains has never been more paramount than now.”

“Academic literature has long advocated the notion that information is a critical component of successful supply chain practices. Given we execute our supply chain activities within a dynamic operating environment of continued uncertainty and disruptions, the development of Smart Supply Chains has never been more paramount than now”, remarks Tim Charlton in his article.

But the questions that you may be making yourself are whether the supply chains are ready to be smartified? will be a standalone process for my company or most likely involve a similar process from vendors and clients? is my organization prepared for such transformation from systems to employees?

Although obviously you may not have instant answers to all these questions, formulating openly throughout your ecosystem may be a good first step to help the right strategy to emerge.

Meanwhile what is unstoppable is the emerging of new pressures for finding the way to the sector’s mantra: cheaper, faster and better, and they way is no other than smartification.

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Sources

“Are Supply Chains Ready to be Smart?”
Tim Charlton
XAct Solutions

“Smart supply chain management: a review and implications for future research.”
Emeral Group Publishing Limited

Blockchain and Supply Chain Management

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Blockchain paradigm is changing the way many goods are transacted between business and in the markets.

This post brings you an executive comparative of the differences in key aspects between the traditional supply chain and a Blockchain-based supply chain, echoing an approach from the insightful article about Blockchain and SCM recently published by the expert in SCM transformation Mr Roy Sanjeev, Global Transformation Leader in Chevron | E&Y | ExxonMobil.

 Traditional Supply ChainSupply Blockchain
LedgersProprietary of every link. Available only for the owner.Shared between the links. Available to any link with credentials.
Information FlowIntermediated. Every link of the chain is a bottleneck for the information flow.Disintermediated. Information flows openly in a permissioned manner.
Assumed RiskIncreases in every link.Is reduced as more links adhere to the ecosystem.
AgilityEvery link increases trust erosion and technology integration costs.As links go Blockchain the trust increases and technology integration costs decreases.
Relationships between stakeholdersBilateral and chained.All connected.
NotarizationInformation of transactions needs to be verified as it flows from link to link, through the use of test certificates, bills of lading, letters of credit etc.Information of transactions across the ecosystem resides inside the Blockchain system as every transaction happens on a distributed ledger perfectly notarized.
Title transferEasy for any property whose ownership is controlled by the Blockchain.
TraceAuthenticity of transactions is compromised by the lack of open and trustworthy information provided by links.Transactions can be traced with authenticity throughout all the stakeholders.
IrrevocabilityTransactions may be contractually manipulated or distorted to suit one party, increasing the risk and untrust.Transaction histories are shared with the whole ecosystem and are always available, eliminating the chances of being hacked also eliminates the chances of being manipulated or distorted.
Smart-contractContracts agreed don't mean be complied with, so the focus is not only in the partnership but on compliance and the need to “check the checkers”.Smart Contracts can not be bypassed so there is no need to focus on compliance.
TruthMultiple sources of truth not always sync.
Single source of truth available to all actors in the ecosystem.
Audit TrailPartially and atomically recorder by every link related to its transactions with other links.Recording and bringing information from each and every transaction to all actors in the ecosystem.

“Leading experts are predicting the Blockchain technology adoption to be in the following chases (1) early adoption during 2016-2017 (2) Growth during 2018-2024 and (3) Maturity from 2025 and beyond. It is important for leading supply chain strategists to form a POV on the applicability of the Blockchain technology to their own supply chain from a strategy perspective”.  Roy Sanjeev.

Source: Referred article