Consumers and businesses alike are making decisions with a heavier focus on how long it will take for the product to get from A to B. In fact, companies are beginning to rely on 3D printing to stay competitive in certain markets. This seems like a "no-brainer" when you compare a typical supply chain model to the simplistic way 3D parts are produced.
It's no surprise that data driven decisions are continually being incorporated into decision making and management of processes throughout the supply chain. Big data will allow companies (shippers) to optimize the supply chain, increase visibility across organizations, and drive efficiency throughout the supply chain. Large logistics providers understand this and have more capacity to …
Product based companies looking to gain a competitive advantage are beginning to transform the "traditional" supply chain process. Some companies are further ahead than others, and we could talk about Amazon at length, but I'm talking about a shift in the traditional model, industry average and the status quo.
We often underestimate how important supply chain is to our daily lives. While it's not a surprise to supply chain managers, most consumers don't consider folks like Chris Ward, who are out there sourcing things like 80,000 cases of jalapenos for Church's Chicken so you can get peppers on the side with your combo meal.