Structural changes that force companies to reorganize and invest in the supply chain
The pandemic has played a catalyst role in accelerating the outburst of e-commerce, which is practical and sometimes even essential for some at-risk people who had to avoid going out shopping. The flows intensified and the e-tailer sites were sometimes overwhelmed by demand.
As it may be your case, these changes have compelled the e-tailers to invest in their supply chain, and to reorganize it, in search of more efficiency. Philippe Roger, of Orange Consulting, stated in the Journal du Net that today, “it has become essential to use technology to anticipate possible risks linked to the supply chain, to activate the right decision-making and thus strengthen the resilience of industrial processes."
Some have first transformed their sites into industrial sites with high technological value, to meet demand and succeed in maintaining quality collaboration between the various links in the logistics chain. If mechanization and robotization date from before the crisis, the deployment of these large “4.0” industrial projects has accelerated in recent months: according to Philippe Roger, “This key development is largely based on investments in IoT and big data in the industrial sector. These technologies go hand in hand with 5G and AI technologies, enabling the delivery of real-time data to optimize supply chain processes and open up new opportunities. "
Better collaboration between actors throughout the production chain, increased risk anticipation that can have a strong impact on production, increased productivity… Mechanization or robotization have other advantages: in warehouses, robots are now able to move around and perform tasks independently. They improve reliability, productivity and even the employee experience of companies that have passed this milestone.
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While your priority during this period of pandemic, a source of strong international tension on transport, is to find solutions to transport and receive your products, another subject has taken on more and more weight: that of the environment and corporate social responsibility (CSR) which has also been the subject of investments. Many companies have invested in order to improve their positioning in this matter. We note, for example, the proliferation of low-carbon logistics sites projects such as GEODIS, which has just announced the construction of a 130,000 sq.m. sustainable logistics campus in the Netherlands.
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