Yesterday, I facilitated a group of business leaders attempting to drive innovation in supply chain practices. The last five years were tough for the group. With five serial years of Draconian cost-cutting efforts and downsizing, the team has been heads-down trying to survive. For many years, the focus was overcoming day-to-day hurdles. In addition, the company, for the first time in a decade, is struggling to grow. As a result, there has been little time for conferences, external training, or educational forums.
"We have too many planners. And even if we can afford the costs, we don't get good answers with our current forecasting processes," stated the supply chain leader on the phone. "I want to build outside-in processes, but I don't know what this looks like. Can you tell me what you mean by this statement?" My question to her was "Do you have the courage to upend the apple cart?" The essence of this discussion is shared in this post.
According to a report published by Market Research Engine, “The IT robotic automation market is expected to exceed more than US$ 4.95 billion by 2020 Growing at a healthy CAGR of more than 60.0% in the given forecast period 2016 to 2022.” A white paper by Redwood Software tempers that optimism by noting some executives remain skeptical about process automation primarily because the term “robotic” conjures up images of mindless machines.
I like this picture. It is an artistic view of robotics at work. As we approach Supply Chain 2030, and the autonomous supply chain, technologies and people will change dramatically. Factories will be run by one to two people, perhaps in their PJs from their living rooms. New positions, like robotic supervisors, will evolve and companies will need to adapt
"Leading computer scientists and technologists say the definition of 'computer' is again changing," writes Adrienne LaFrance (@AdrienneLaF).
Enterra Solutions® is proud to be one of the sponsors for the Supply Chain Insights 3rd Annual Supply Chain Summit. The theme for this year's Summit is: "Imagine: The Supply Chain That Could Be." The word "imagine" is powerful. It releases us from daily constraints. It stretches our thinking. It sparks our creative juices.