This digital revolution and its groundbreaking effects on production and manufacturing have transformed supply chains across businesses and industries. Industry 4.0 has not only transformed the structure of supply chains, but it has also changed the way we view supply chains. Industry experts and market analysts have been observing a dramatic shift away from traditional sequential strategy hierarchies.
The 3+1 offerings can be viewed as a collection of key business and technology transformation imperatives.
The primary domains, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability Modeling, and Customer Channel Management : all three of these can be looked upon as powerful catalysts for organization-wide change.
A prime example of rapid and relentless evolution is supply chain management (SCM). New technologies and innovations have significantly boosted its capabilities, and SCM is now able to deliver a lot more than what was thought possible a few years back. Here is a look at some of the exciting new developments in the world of SCM.
A circular supply chain is one where organizations reduce waste at every stage, right from design and manufacturing to distribution and fulfilment. This approach shifts away from the standard pattern of produce, use and discard, and instead adopts one where the organization is acutely aware of the impact it is having on sustainability. It looks at the bigger picture and attempts to minimize perturbations to it.
Even with the best simulation data available, the most crucial business decisions come down to human intuition, emotions, and perceptions. Undoubtedly, business success necessitates an in-depth understanding of human behavior. Design thinking in combination with behavioral science has given rise to the concept of behavioral design.
Turn to Industry 4.0 proponents and they are likely to talk about a future made of cobots – collaborative robots — that coexist with human workers. In this world, they work together to achieve not just efficient production in smart factories, but also to ensure that the humans working alongside robots have a creative and fulfilling work life.
Bill Gates famously blogged: “We need an energy miracle… According to US government estimates, the world is going to need a lot more energy in the coming decades—an increase of 50 per cent or more between 2010 and 2040. But today, our biggest sources of energy are also big sources of carbon dioxide, which is causing climate change.”
Climate change is the new buzzword globally. Enterprises and consumers are looking at sustainable alternatives to protect the resources. One of the tallest industries that has leapfrogged into the Green Space is Information Technology (IT). Led by the top three vis. Amazon, Google and Microsoft, this sector is handholding large multi-continent corporations to MSMEs in their Green Compute journey.
Typically, sustainability means “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”- Ms.Gro Harlem Brundtland.