Peter Jones, Managing Director and Founder of supply chain consultancy Prological is speaking at this year’s CeMAT conference on the convergence of supply chain enablers.
According to Peter Jones, today’s rapid period of transformation in supply chain is as significant as the advent of the computer and the impact of digitisation in the 1980-90s.
“The convergence of supply chains includes all of the traditional supply chain verticals from software to automation through to building design, energy production and storage along with manufacturing, imports, trucks, fuel and transport strategies,” Peter says.
According to Peter, there are four issues that are leading to dramatic changes in the supply chain operations worldwide. These are:
- The impact of COVID –supply chains were exposed for being much more fragile than previously thought and there is now a major focus on mitigating risk.
- Increase in automation uptake – from an economic perspective, automation is now far more accessible than ever before.
- Reduction in CO2 – there is a focus worldwide on reducing carbon dioxide and improving ESG.
- Changes in the labour market – a tight labour market makes it difficult to attract talent. A change in the way we design and create warehouses and a shift to creating places where people would like to work will be required in supply chain and operations environments.
“Supply chain integration is the domain of the world’s leading supply chain specialists today. In the next decade highly integrated supply chains will be normative to those still in play, while not keeping up will produce even greater cost and capability gaps between the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have nots’,” Peter tells MHD Supply Chain News.
Peter will be unpacking this story as well as providing some suggestions as to how to stay near the front of the field without over investing too early at CeMAT in Sydney at the end of this month.
If you’re attending CeMAT in Sydney, come along to Peter’s speech at 10AM on Wednesday 26 July.
For more information on Prological Consulting, click here.