An excellent interview with a top exec in the forwarding field. Notice his comments near the end on the technology based new breed of forwarders coming from Silicon Valley and elsewhere.
His position is that shortly everyone will have the technology. It’s the rest of the business that is hard to replicate. Thus he sees much more consolidation ahead.
I tend to agree with his view– much of the new tech is simply more visibility of what’s going on in reality. That can, over time, be duplicated; though with substantial risk. Most of us know that IT projects have a 70% risk of unsuccessful implementation. This makes buying tech often look attractive. But people, particularly execs, tend to underestimate the difficulty of integrating tech into the existing business and tech processes. It’s a good story worth following, and will provide many object lessons for IT pros and scholars in the years to come.
Source: Analysis special: a Q&A with Panalpina board member Peter Ulber – The Loadstar
Posted in Advanced Computing, Logistics, Strategy, Supply Chains
Tagged analytics, computing, container shipping, forwarding, innovation, Logistics, mergers, supply chains
The white paper lays out stages of maturity for digital transformation (DX is the acronym now being used!). I’ve not seen that before, and I wanted to see when someone would come up with such a notion.
This white paper explores the connection between enterprise digital transformation and the necessary restructuring that results in the supply chain.
Source: Digital Transformation Drives Supply Chain Restructuring Imperative – Supply Chain 24/7 Paper
Here’s the white paper. You can also get it from the link above.
Not everyone thinks assembling big data is a good idea! Perhaps they have alternative facts.
I just subscribed to this source. Even though they do not disclose who they are, it might provide interesting information.
Labor-related concerns were cited by the Senate, but the project will likely move forward without the funding.
Source: FMC plan to develop pilot information portal fails to receive Senate funding | Supply Chain Dive
Posted in Advanced Computing, Logistics, Ports, Production Operations, Quantitative Methods, Supply Chains
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