October 2018 | Commentary | Good Question

Good Question: What recent supply chain development will have the greatest impact on your job

Tags: Logistics, Supply Chain


Tariffs create global challenges. The United States has taken a strong position in dealing with fair trade, but we have felt the same strong efforts by many governments around the world.

Michael Ford
Chief Compliance Officer
BDP International


The digitalization of the supply chain will provide the single biggest boost to transparency in what is quite an archaic system.

Ben Tyrrell
Head of Global Business Development
MoveHub


The use of new IT such as automation/AI, analytics, and blockchain will revolutionize the way we work, by enabling new processes and operating models to help consumer goods companies redefine their linear value chains.

Mo Hajibashi
Managing Director and Supply Chain & Operations Global Consulting Lead
Accenture



The exponential growth in e-commerce and the labor shortage due to full employment demand greater efficiency from e-commerce fulfillment systems.

Rick Faulk
CEO
Locus Robotics


Importers are exploring options such as shifts in their supplier base to other countries, changing their designs so hard-to-source parts can be produced outside of the countries impacted by the trade war. Duty impact is now a much larger piece of the overall supply chain decision-making process.

Cedric Akion
Senior Vice President of Sales International Freight Forwarding
Ascent Global Logistics


As UPS and FedEx push to drive oversize shipments out of their networks by significantly increasing surcharges, shippers must look for alternative shipping options—forcing USPS and other carriers to build their networks in order to meet consumer demand.

Traci Doenitz
Senior Vice President, IT and Finance
Spend Management Experts


In order to improve supply chain performance, shippers need operational visibility to drive data-based decisions. Machine learning and AI will be the innovative technologies that accelerate transformational change.

Mark McEntire
Senior Vice President, Operations
Transplace


As more and more participants in value chains discover the bi-directional benefits of mutual transparency and real-time availability of critical data, blockchain technology will go from being a buzzword to be the undisputed enabler for competitive supply chain management.

Dr. Stefan Meyer
Chief Technology Officer
Ambrosus


The greatest impact is the disruption and uncertainty of safeguard tariffs. There is a spotlight shining on importer compliance requirements. Importers who work with a supply chain partner who is informed, agile, and flexible can better navigate this environment and gain options to mitigate long-term changes in global trade.

Ben Bidwell
Director of U.S. Customs
C.H. Robinson


E-commerce is growing exponentially, and the surge has led to a more complicated and fast-paced supply chain. To meet demand, we steeply increase our workforce by 20,000 seasonal hires to support our clients. We staff critical positions like customer care and fulfillment workers that are essential during holiday retail seasons.

Sean McCartney
Executive Vice President, Operations Services
Radial


Blockchain.

Andy Lukoff
President
Logistics Strategy and Solutions


Brexit.

David O'Shea
Logistics Team Leader
Teva Pharmaceuticals


Trade wars and tariffs.

Levent Yazici
Logistics Manager
Viessmann


AI and autonomous supply chain planning.

David McDermaid
Logistics and Material Supply Chain Leader
U.S. Army


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