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TMX Transform whitepaper reveals AI transformations

Glen Borg, Head of Simulation at TMX Transform

Supply chain consulting company, TMX Transform, says its latest whitepaper reveals artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming supply chains and transforming operations across industries.

It notes 70 per cent of business implementations fail due to a lack of understanding, poor data quality, and a lack of total-business buy-in.

Dr Kim Oosthuizen, Head of Artificial Intelligence at SAP ANZ, and PhD in the business of AI; Aaron Ling, Founder and CEO of California-based transformation company LXOpt Ltd.; and Glen Borg, Head of Simulation at TMX Transform, were interviewed for the paper AI in Supply Chain: An Indispensable Ally.

Aaron Ling, whose previous roles include Head of Data at and senior data and analytics roles at Salesforce, emphasised that AI is not an off-the-shelf product or standalone entity – it must become an integral part of operations.

“AI is only as good as the entire organisation working behind it, requiring everything to work together – people, process, and technology,” says Aaron.

Dr. Kim Oosthuizen, whose 2022 PhD explored how AI transforms the retail value chain via a more iterative and data-focused approach, says AI can automate a staggering 60 per cent of existing work processes.

Glen Borg, former CEO of supply chain software company Dematic, urges businesses to direct their AI efforts towards “the points of difference that make a difference” so time, effort, and resources are spent wisely, and not wasted on ineffective or low-impact areas.

Key insights:

  • AI is not an off-the-shelf or “slap-on” product – it can fundamentally address, improve, and solve business problems.
  • Don’t become a statistic – 70 per cent of businesses fail when implementing AI. A holistic, top-down approach, training, trust, and quality data are essential.
  • Don’t implement AI for the sake of AI. Implementation demands a strategic and thoughtful approach applied to a specified business problem.
  • Beware the ‘Black Box’ mentality. Certain outputs of AI are challenging to interpret, raising concerns about accountability, ethics, and bias in AI decision-making. Combining AI with business intelligence (BI) is a good solution.
  • Meet Employee 2.0: AI can automate about 60 per cent of existing work processes. But Aaron Ling emphasises that AI does not reduce the value of human work: “All businesses are going to use AI – if we go back 20 years, we had bookstores, now we have Amazon. We had DVDs and Blu-Ray, and now we have Netflix.”
  • Waiting now equals a loss of competitive advantage. A top-down approach is needed – the support of leadership is required for AI success.

The paper also highlights how AI can significantly improve customer experience, operational costs, warehouse automation, demand planning, and inventory management in the supply chain. While the application and use cases vary, the value is regardless of industry.

To look at the whitepaper, click here

For more information on TMX Transform, click here.

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