IN THIS CHAPTER
Looking at how technology is changing supply chains
Exploring automation of manufacturing and material handling
Preparing for drones and autonomous vehicles
With machines getting smarter, stronger, and faster every day, dealing with the rapid pace of innovation has become an important part of supply chain management. Many of the principles of supply chain management are built on assumptions about the capabilities of manufacturing and distribution processes. How much you can make, how far you can move it, and how much it will cost all depend on what technologies you use. New technologies are changing the way supply chains work, and will require supply chain managers to re-evaluate the best ways to plan, source, make, deliver, and return products in the future.
The problem with these new technologies is that it is hard to predict how quickly they will become available and how significantly they will impact a supply chain. In many cases, new technologies provide new ways to perform the same tasks we are already doing, but the technologies enable us to do those things better, faster, and cheaper. In other ...