Our top 10 list 2017! – Part 2

It’s been a great first year at supplychaingamechanger.com. Our goal has always been to share experiences and expertise. And in the second half of 2017, we had an ever-growing number of articles from industry leaders, all of whom were very generous in sharing their knowledge and insights. This is our second top 10 list of 2017.

Our readers and contributors come from all over the world. This includes people new to the supply chain, as well as industry leaders and everyone in between. And they work in many different industries and professions. But they all share a common interest in supply chain, operations, business, leadership, change management, human resources, transformation and technology.

Most importantly, they all have an interest in learning and sharing.

At the end of that first year we wanted to release our 2nd Top 10 list. Our first top 10 list covered the top blog posts from the first half of 2017, so our second top 10 list will cover the second half of 2017.

Thank you for your amazing, continuous support.

So here is our 2nd top 10 list of 2017…

10 Indirect Procurement – ​​It’s Time to Rise and Shine!

Indirect goods and services are one of the top spend areas in any business. However, indirect purchasing often takes a back seat to direct purchasing. However, indirect sourcing is vital to a company’s day-to-day and long-term success. This article characterizes this importance and discusses the complexities of responsibility for indirect procurement.

Indirect Procurement – It’s time to stand up and shine!

9. Supply chain 4.0! Disruptive Technologies = Digital Supply Chain!

Technology has become a very big topic in the supply chain arena. Supply Chain 4.0 is the manifestation of all these disruptive technologies. You will shape the digital supply chain of the future! This infographic illustrates the different technologies at play, the potential areas of the supply chain that will be advanced by those technologies, and the skills that the supply chain professionals of the future will need to lead this entire revolution!

Supply chain 4.0! Disruptive Technologies = Digital Supply Chain! (infographic)

8th. Why millennials are different and how marketers can target them! (infographic)

Understanding millennials is incredibly important! This infographic, provided by Steve Hashman of The Cube Marketing, helps marketers understand the millennial demographic and how they can use that understanding to drive sales and growth. While the focus here is on marketing, understanding millennials is essential to understanding the workforce, customers, and suppliers.

Why millennials are different and how marketers can target them! (infographic)

7. Rise of the camp robots!

There is tremendous interest in technological advances in warehouses and distribution centers. It doesn’t have to be a multi-million dollar investment as there is a wide range of technologies that can be applied. This excellent article from industry leader Tompkins International is a great articulation of the state of the art in storage.

Rise of the camp robots!

6. Black Friday is almost here! Last minute supply chain preparation!

Ahead of our most recent Black Friday season, businesses everywhere have been busy preparing for the busiest time of the year in the supply chain. While most of the work should have been done a long time ago, there are still last minute checks and actions that can be taken to ensure a successful season from a supply chain perspective. People everywhere were looking for last minute tips to help their cause.

Black Friday is almost here! Last minute supply chain preparation!

5. Blockchain technology is the antidote to the bullwhip effect!

Blockchain technology promises to better synchronize transactions across the supply chain. Therefore, there is potential for blockchain technology to mitigate the bullwhip effect, that is, the impact that occurs when supply chain inefficiencies are introduced with changes in customer demand up and down the chain. This guest blog provided by Jake Rheude at Red Stag Fulfillment is a great read.

Blockchain technology is the antidote to the bullwhip effect!

4. Quantum Leap to the Top 10 Supply Chain Skills of the Future!

Advances in technology will have a significant impact on supply chain capabilities of the future! Gone are the days of paper, fax, desk phone and dial-up technology. Therefore, the supply chain leaders of the future must develop and refine a set of skills conducive to understanding, utilizing and shaping the new technological realities. And these supply chain leaders will shape the future of all of our lives!

Quantum Leap to the Top 10 Supply Chain Skills of the Future!

3. Industry 4.0 – smart manufacturing of the future (infographic)

Since the term Industry 4.0 was coined in 2011, interest in the next technology evolution has grown exponentially. This infographic and article by Rob Memery at 2Flow is a great presentation of the definition, history, elements, challenges, enabling technologies and blueprints for Industry 4.0 success.

Industry 4.0 – smart manufacturing of the future! (infographic)

2. Farmville – It really is a supply chain game!

The extremely popular Farmville game has been played by millions of people around the world. I started playing it a few years ago when my granddaughter introduced me to Farmville. But as I played the game, I realized that it was really a game about managing the farm’s supply chain. Listen! It’s fun and addictive!

Farmville – It really is a supply chain game!

1. Industry 4.0 ecosystem! (infographic)

The development towards Industry 4.0 represents the advancement of robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and all kinds of technologies. The impact on manufacturing, operations and the digital supply chain of the future is significant. The fact that this was our No. 1 blog post in the second half of 2017 reflects the enormous interest in technology and strategy development for the future!

Industry 4.0 Ecosystem (Infographic)

Conclusion

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Originally published December 12, 2017.

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