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Magazine Archives

September-October 2017

September-October 2017

When it comes to the next generation of supply chain management, the future just may be now. That’s one of the conclusions reached by Greg Gorbach, an analyst at the research firm ARC Advisory Group, after surveying supply chain executives, including subscribers to Supply Chain Management Review, on the digitization of their supply chains. In “The Great Digitization of Industry,” Gorbach notes that while it may take years for the widespread adoption of new technologies such as machine learning, additive manufacturing, smart factories and advanced analytics to become commonplace, digitization across verticals is happening faster than many of us may have realized.
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September-October 2017

September-October 2017

When it comes to the next generation of supply chain management, the future just may be now. That’s one of the conclusions reached by Greg Gorbach, an analyst at the research firm ARC Advisory Group, after surveying supply chain executives, including subscribers to Supply Chain Management Review, on the digitization of their supply chains. In “The Great Digitization of Industry,” Gorbach notes that while it may take years for the widespread adoption of new technologies such as machine learning, additive manufacturing, smart factories and advanced analytics to become commonplace, digitization across verticals is happening faster than many of us may have realized.

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September-October 2017 Features

4
e-Tailing Update: Learn from Sears. Really!
Here is a sentence I never thought I would write: Sears may go out of business. Indeed, last April, The Wall Street...

14
The 2017 Supply Chain Top 25: Lessons from Leaders
In 2017, Gartner unveiled the 13th annual global Supply Chain Top 25, identifying supply chain leaders and highlighting their best practices for heads of...

24
Technology Spotlight: The Great Digitization of Industry
While it’s easy to dismiss the “great digitization” of industry as hype, it is already happening faster than expected. In this...

30
Wal-Mart’s Omni-channel Synergy
When it comes to online and offline distribution, Wal-Mart has chosen synergy over integration. Other brick-and-mortar retailers can learn from Bentonville’s...

34
Is Your Supply Chain Ready for Additive Manufacturing?
Additive manufacturing and 3D printing promise to simplify manufacturing, reduce inventories, and streamline operations. But, to determine when and how to apply...

38
How to Build a Supply Chain Champion
Want to avoid striking out? Supply chain managers can learn plenty from Theo Epstein’s 5R approach to building a championship baseball...

49
Meet the Not-So-Average Supply Chain Millennials
Forget the stereotypes you’ve heard about Millennials in the workplace. New research from SCMR, APICS and APQC finds that the next...

56
The Robots are Ready for Work
It’s still early stages, but Rochester Drug Cooperative is proving that mobile robotic piece picking can get the job done in...

63
Time to take a broader view
Organizations may improve their supply chain planning by re-evaluating or adopting three high-level practices.

66
“You can get anything you want at Alexa’s restaurant”
Emerging digital technologies foreshadow a future where you can “get anything you want.”

68
6 Ways Big Data is enhancing the global supply chain
As global supply chains become more complex and customers more demanding, the race is on to develop software applications that can effectively...

77
Data is the New Oil: Managing financial and credit-related risk
Today’s global supply chains are fraught with financial- and credit-related risks. Here’s how software and online information platforms can help...

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