Trends: Are You Looking for What’s Coming?Article by apicsie, April 1, 2016
My most successful clients are constantly searching for what’s around the next corner. You cannot become complacent! Unfortunately, while you are resting on the sidelines, your competition will pass you by. Instead, be vigilant about looking for what is coming around the next corner and spotting trends.
A Supply Chain In a State of Flux
In supply chain, the world is constantly changing. Strikes occur. Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and the like are very hard to predict. Natural disasters strike. Political unrest is significant. Costs evolve, especially in comparison to one another. Imagine how complex things get with currency fluctuations! Countries struggle – just look at what’s been going on in China. Oil and gas prices can have a great impact. Just look at products and countries dependent on the oil industry. The products cost less to produce but the countries and companies with significant oil exports are struggling. And the list goes on…
There are also strategic changes taking place. Amazon has created quite the stir with immediate deliveries and a membership model. This has created havoc in the distribution industry as e-commerce has become a necessity which also drives completely different warehousing and fulfillment operations to maintain efficiency. The green and sustainability movement has created many new requirements as well. How about water? Talk about a hot topic in California!
APICS-IE Event to Examine Supply Chain Trends
What is next on the horizon? To be successful, you must keep up! Join APICS Inland Empire for our executive panel and networking symposium on “Emerging Supply Chain Trends” at Eagle Glen golf club in Corona on April 30th. We welcome members and non-members alike. You’ll walk away with new ideas from top executives and supply chain gurus. RSVP before it sells out.Tags: amazon, amazonian, APICS, APICS Inland Empire, Corona, distribution, Eagle Glen, eCommerce, fulfillment operation, spotting trends, supply chain, supply chain gurus, sustainability, trends, warehousing