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Creating Our Future in the Present
By GARy FORGER
MHI MANAGING DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAl DEVElOPMENT
uilding the future doesn't always
come naturally to people. Too
often, we are harshly confronted
or otherwise assaulted by a changing
present before it registers that our future
will be different. And we need to do
something about it now.
Material handling and logistics are
not exempt from this. Fortunately, some
of the early detection work of what the
future holds for us has already been done.
In this column last time, the focus
was on the 10 disruptors that are presently altering the supply chain. From
the U.S. Roadmap for Material Handling
and Logistics, those 10 are:
2. Relentless competition
3. Mass personalization
5. Mobile and wearable computing
6. Robotics and automation
7. Sensors and the Internet of Things
8. Big data and predictive analytics
9. Sustainability, and
10. The changing workforce.
The trick now is to create the future.
To help with that, the Roadmap has
identified 10 core competencies that
are natural outcomes of the disruptors.
Those 10 core competencies are:
1. Total supply chain visibility
3. Sensors and the Internet of Things
4. Planning and optimization
6. High-speed delivery
8. Urban logistics
9. Technology and automation
10. Sustainability, and
11. The workforce of tomorrow.
You may have noticed that about half
of the core competencies are also disruptors. That's not an accident.
For instance, e-commerce is disrupting the supply chain as we speak. It is
also clearly a core competency for much
of retail and other businesses going
forward. But don't expect it to look the
same later this year. There are just too
many forces at work for a status quo to
have developed yet.
Even the digital supply chain is
changing rapidly. Take Apple's iTune
sales. They were off a little over 2 percent
in 2013 (surprise, surprise). Through the
first three quarters of 2014, the decline
was nearly 14 percent (didn't see that
coming). It's largely due to the rise of
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1
Total Supply Chain Visibilty
The Internet of Things
The Promise of the Physical Internet
Big Data’s Impact on Supply Chains
Industry Focus: The Aerospace Industry
Economic Market Analysis
Promat 2015 MHI Executive Summit and Annual Conference
Index of Advertisers
MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 1