Supply chains are receptive and reactive to change, and will always flow to find the most efficient channels for distributions.
Just as supply chains established in the past have evolved and developed, the future for supply chains promises radical distribution choices.
Subsequent generations of customers in a global economy naturally define the future of supply chains.
The present prominence of the container box has coincided with a shift in manufacturing. Manufacturing wealth has been created within the eastern markets of China and, to a lesser extent, India. Recently this trend has been contracted by the tightening of stock control policies and a period of global austerity.
Headquarter functions have moved to forfeit an element of cost-production efficiency in order to obtain a margin of flexibility between the placing and delivery of customers’ orders.
This development has created an opportunity for near-sourcing; which has re-calibrated a portion of manufacturing in the west, generally in the Central, Eastern and Eurasian marketplaces.
Logistics is evolving along with increasingly sophisticated and technologically-driven consumer demands and market developments.
An ever-sophisticating generation of customers are engaging more with mobile technologies, such as apps and streaming media.
The interaction points between customers and retailers have likewise evolved: this evolution creates an ever-increasing demand for the supply chain itself to evolve and develop.
Created in response to customer desire, night-time deliveries, ‘click and collect’, lifestyle couriers and a range of bespoke logistical solutions are all growing in popularity
The concept of the responsive, seamless and universal ‘Omni-channel’ is now establishing itself, and is both allowing and persuading consumers to make purchase decisions on a number of levels at all times of day and night.
Created in response to customer desire, night-time deliveries, ‘click and collect’, lifestyle couriers and a range of bespoke logistical solutions are all growing in popularity and availability as we continue to establish ourselves as a 24 hour society within a 24 hour global economy.
People want their goods ‘now’. Customers are no longer willing to wait. Logistics has and continues to become a weapon for achieving and enhancing competitive advantage.
As larger and larger container ships are ordered and built, the future of supply and demand balances itself upon a coherent, sustainable and efficient supply chain.