Digital Disruption is Changing Supply Chains

Make no mistake, the digital supply chain is a reality. Markets are demanding not only efficiency but also agility and flexibility from modern supply chains. Digital is the key to that.

Best-in-class supply chains are successfully combining enabling technologies to drive superior performance. With a strategic focus and the courage to collaborate, they are creating digital capabilities that give them the competitive advantage they need to survive and thrive in today’s on-demand economy.

A digital ecosystem also creates cost savings, innovation and win-win opportunities along supply chains. That is what the latest issue of MHI Solutions is about.

Technology is the driver of this digital disruption in supply chains, but it’s not a single technology. The 2017 MHI Annual Industry Report will cover this trend and the technologies enabling it including:

–Predictive Analytics
–Robotics and Automation
–Sensors and Automatic Identification
–Wearable and Mobile Technology
–Driverless Vehicles and Drones
–Inventory and Network Optimization Tools
–Cloud Computing and Storage
–3D Printing

The 2017 report will debut at ProMat 2017, an event we are also previewing in this issue. ProMat is industry’s largest material handling and logistics show and conference that showcases over 850 leading solution providers.

ProMat is where manufacturing and supply chain professionals come to discover the latest solutions and establish partnerships with key suppliers. They also come to learn about important trends and connect with their peers in over 100 conference and networking sessions. The event will be held April 3-6 in Chicago.

ProMat 2017 will be the largest ProMat on record and, for the first time, the event will feature exhibits and education in both the South and North halls of McCormick Place.

The new North hall show floor will include Solution Centers on autonomous vehicles and drones and sustainable supply chain facility solutions. Learn more about ProMat 2017 starting on page 63.

While the transition to digital supply chains is complex, failure to act now will put your company at a severe disadvantage in the future. I hope you enjoy this issue, and that it inspires you to innovate, collaborate and continuously improve your manufacturing and supply chain operations.

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