The Intelligent Supply Chain: From Vision to Reality



Dr Leonard Heilig and Prof Stefan Voß


Editor's note: This paper is a real gem in the Linking the Supply Chain edition. Dr Leonard Heilig and Prof Stefan Voß have provided a paper on building our vision for the intelligent supply chain, outlining how we need to think about interconnectivity, blockchain, collaboration, resiliency and new customers and networks. So much of the future success of ports will be based around how they are planning to align with the intelligent supply chain, and this paper is one way our readers can ascertian the best approach.  

Faster, cheaper, safer, more transparent and reliable: whether products need to be delivered within the same city or across the globe, the requirements on today’s supply chains and freight transport networks are higher than ever before.

Driven by the rising opportuniti es of the current era of digitalizati on, complete industries strive to transform their business processes and redesign their business networks in order to keep up with competitors.

The intelligent supply chain combines modern technologies, such as blockchain and IoT, with intelligent decision-making and analytics capabilities in order to improve visibility and predictability, flexibility and customer interaction, interconnectivity and collaboration as well as risk awareness and resilience. Considering those four themes, the article discusses the characteristics of intelligent supply chains and how modern technologies and intelligence can be employed to realize visions…

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