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INF.- Digital Supply Chains: Increasingly Critical for Competitive Edge

This seventh edition of A.T. Kearney’s European Excellence in Supply Chain Management study is dedicated to the future role of digitalization in global supply chain networks. This study, conducted with the business school WHU, reveals that supply chain managers of leading European companies expect the most important digitalization levers in the next three years to be rather traditional topics such as IT integration (an area where 70 percent of supply chain managers are planning significant or high investments), more comprehensive use of data (more than 50 percent expect big-data analytics to have a clear impact on reducing outbound inventories), and paperless processes. Interestingly, newer technological advances such as 3D printing, robots, and smart labels are expected to be less relevant over the short term. Managers investing in digitalization, nevertheless, have high hopes to improve decision making and to achieve increased flexibility, lower cost, and lower risk. As a result of digitalization, they also clearly plan to reduce employment in operational logistics areas, while slightly  increasing staff for tactical and strategic supply chain...

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