What are the implications of accelerating manufacturing mechanisms on global trade?

Manufacturing mechanisms and global trade are evolving at an accelerating rate. This has huge implications for the supply chain management and logistics networks that enable and orchestrate them. Many of the legacy tools implemented to support these endeavors are unable to do so in an appropriate fashion.

This is because they were, in the main, designed for a world where operations and processes are linear, well defined and tolerant of latency. The ability of these systems to interoperate and collaborate on an ad-hoc basis with other systems has also proven to be inadequate in many cases.

Today, companies are looking for networked solutions that exhibit similar characteristics to the ecosystems that have evolved in the natural world. These natural systems have evolved to be both resilient and enduring. Within the supply chain, such ‘ecosystems’ are designed to co-exist and integrate with similar platforms and solutions across the globe. They work across functional silos and application boundaries, combining a mix of capability that used to be tightly defined according to function. e.g. WMS, TMS, OMS, etc.

Ti’s technology expert Ken Lyon, in partnership with Kewill, has written a whitepaper, Ecosystems and Evolution, which illustrates the advantages of this kind of platform and how it can support the needs of dynamic actors engaged in global manufacturing, trade and logistics. Lyon gives his view on supply chain management and logistics networks and how they can support the needs of dynamic organisations engaged in global manufacturing, trade and logistics.

Join us for a webinar discussing Ecosystems & Evolution.

On October 20, 2016, Ken Lyon and Kewill’s Chief Sales Officer, Daniel Vertachnik, are participating in a webinar to discuss the findings of the whitepaper. To join the webinar, register for free, here.

Source: Transport Intelligence, October 5, 2016

Author: Transport Intelligence