The Impact of AI on Supply Chain Companies

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, September 24, 2019

An AI roadmap represents a portfolio of AI opportunities designed to meet short-term and long-term business strategic goals.

FREMONT, CA: In the last 30 years, the logistics industry has experienced a considerable shift: from a solely operational role to an autonomous leadership supply chain headed by a Chief Supply Chain Officer (CSO). Today in the supply chain management sector, the focus in on sophisticated planning processes such as an analytical application schedule or an integrated Sales and Operation business (S&OP), which are established in many companies.

AI is already impacting our lives as consumers and now boosting momentum in the logistics and supply chain management. AI offers contextual information for the supply chain that can be used for reducing operational costs and for managing inventories. Companies use AI and machinery to gain new perspectives into various fields, such as warehouse management, logistics, and supply chain management.

An AI Roadmap is a portfolio of AI possibilities focused on achieving short-term and long-term strategic company objectives. That is the first step toward a strong AI strategy, but not a comprehensive plan to transform the whole business around. Usually, the four pillars of smart AI implementation are considered to be: strategies, people and organization, data and technology, and governance.

AI revolutionizes organizational procedures not just by a modern concept, but also by analyzing large quantities of historical information and predicting future disasters like demand scarcity and excess in the supply chain.

Nowadays, customers live in a digital world and demand a seamless experience. If a customer doesn't get a seamless experience, they will undoubtedly move away. This means that the supply chain, which is optimized for customers to advance their stock, needs to be optimized for the customers. Supply chains are exposed to many uncertainties and risks.

AI alternatives are emerging for improving effectiveness and reduced operating costs for supply chain participants, whether by predictive maintenance in the plant, self-driving trucks in the logistics chain or automation in the shop. However, as with most sectors, there is a discrepancy about how to fully acknowledge AI’s importance in the supply chain.

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The first phase is to develop a roadmap: a portfolio of controlled AI possibilities that are prioritized for brief and long term strategic company objectives. Experimental learning is still critical for AI adoption, but an AI roadmap is a vital necessity. It enables supply chain operators to schedule and chooses the most excellent strategies for smart AI implementation. Unique AI opportunities are both practical and valuable. It deals with the AI prediction or choice, the data used, and how the output is used to produce meaning. For instance, AI systems can use data from manufacturing lines to forecast errors that require servicing or enhance analysis to answer questions in factory performance administration.

Once the focus of the work is specified, the companies need to teach the managers about the opportunities with AI and then train the employees accordingly. As the supply chain leads to a new height, decision-makers will increasingly need to take action to keep pace with it.


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