This guest blog comes to us from Christina Morrison at Top10ERP.org
When we look at the top supply chain technologies to come, we see a ramped-up version of what we’ve been seeing consistently in the past five-plus years. There will be all sorts of digital innovations at play—drones, self-driving forklifts, virtual reality training! But while none of these technologies–collectively dubbed Industry 4.0–are new, we will see them used in all-new ways, with 2019 catapulting them into realms of higher accessibility
Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups will finally have the chance to implement some of the long-prototyped automation equipment and connected devices that have made waves at revolutionary factories like Amazon, Audi and LEGO. From procurement to inventory management, there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of supply chain innovation this year. Here are some of the things we’re most excited to see enter the game.
Prepare for Manufacturing to Be a Big Part of the Conversation
Since the advent of outsourcing and automation, manufacturing has been highly politicized. With more and more companies rolling out hyper-efficient models of production, we can almost guarantee that the debate will heat up as we brace ourselves for yet another election year. But we can’t ignore the sheer ingenuity and creativity born out of manufacturing. From this industry comes the pre-laid groundwork for many revolutionary innovations, making Industry 4.0 one of the biggest drivers of technological advancement within the global marketplace. We will continue to observe this sector to identify digital trends at large.