10 Must-Read Supply Chain Blog Posts Of 2016

Wilson Zhu

Learning is a cumulative process. Every day, we gain new insight and build upon the lessons we’ve learned in the past. We then apply this ever-growing knowledge to improve our personal and professional lives.

In 2016, my colleagues and I dedicated countless hours to developing and publishing thought leadership aimed at educating readers on the latest innovations in supply chain. We tackled topics such as digital transformation, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, individualized products, and customer-centricity – all in an effort to help organizations optimize their current supply chain operations.

As we begin preparing similarly insightful content for 2017, we wanted to highlight some of our top-performing Digitalist blogs from 2016.

Our hope is that you consume this wisdom, combine it with the invaluable content we promise to deliver in the forthcoming year, and reimagine your supply chain for success in today’s ever-evolving digital economy.


Why 3D-Printed Food Just Transformed Your Supply Chain

It’s not surprising that 3D printing is revolutionizing the production process. For companies to successfully leverage 3D printing, it’s crucial that they reimagine their existing supply chain processes. Learn how the food industry could benefit from 3D printing, and find out which four key drivers are enabling 3D printing in the era of extended supply chain.

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Zara’s Agile Supply Chain Is The Source Of Its Competitive Advantage

Zara is among the brightest stars in the fast-fashion industry. With an agile supply chain in place, the company is able to adapt couture designs, manufacture items, and distribute products to stores a mere two to three weeks after they first appear on catwalks. Discover how Zara’s agile supply chain strategy differentiates the company from its competitors.

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How Your Supply Chain Can Drive Digital Transformation For Your Business [Infographic]

In order to meet today’s demand for customized products and personalized shopping experiences, it’s imperative that manufacturers begin transforming their supply chains with digital transformation. Explore how digitized extended supply chains can help your organization better align product design, manufacturing, and service to achieve the customer-centricity your business needs to thrive.

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Chief Supply Chain Officer: The Most Transformative Executive In The C-Suite

Fundamental drivers such as individualized products and customer-centricity are upending traditional supply chains. Find out how a chief supply chain officer who knows how to respond can transform your supply and demand networks as well as your company’s competitive position in the marketplace.

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4 Ways Digitalization Is Transforming R&D

The digital economy begins and ends with the customer. Customers are more empowered, so companies need to become more customer-centric. And nowhere is that more true than in R&D. From innovation, to production, to logistics, manufacturers are seeing their operations revolutionized by digital technologies. Take a look at four key ways digitalization is transforming R&D.

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How Digital Supply Chains Are Changing Business

Customer demands change. Supply disruptions occur. In order to succeed in today’s digital economy, your supply chain must be agile enough to respond to these ever-evolving circumstances. Learn how a digital supply chain can enable your business to adapt and react in real time, providing your enterprise with the opportunity to better serve its customers and separate from the competition.

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Omnichannel Leaders Widen The Gap Through Customer-Centricity

SCM World research shows an interesting correlation between the value of customer data and an organization’s omnichannel capabilities. Moreover, companies that possess “good” omnichannel processes and/or technologies tend to place a better emphasis on customer-centricity. Discover how omnichannel leaders leverage these strengths to improve omnichannel sales, fulfillment, returns, inventory visibility, and integrated planning.

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Creating A Customer-Centric Supply Chain

Today’s consumers are better connected, more informed, and, as a result, more demanding than ever. This is transforming the way businesses sense and shape demand, design and manufacture products, and deliver goods. Uncover the importance of driving business processes centered around consumers and their constantly rising expectations.

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Is Your Supply Chain Ready For The ‘End of Silicon’?

Think resource scarcity doesn’t apply to your business? Think again. Today’s most forward-looking manufacturers need to begin thinking about what we refer to as “the end of silicon.” Explore how your company can respond to potential resource scarcity throughout the supply chain.

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How Harley-Davidson And Other Companies Deliver Individualized Products

The concepts of assembly lines and mass production have remained vital in supply chain for well over a century. But to win in today’s digital economy, businesses must shun the technologies of yesteryear and embrace the innovations of today. Discover how you can digitize your existing supply chain operations and satisfy your customers with individualized products.

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Stay tuned to the Digitalist throughout 2017 for all the latest trends, developments, and emerging solutions impacting the world of supply chain. In the meantime, visit SAP to learn how an extended supply chain can help your business be more connected, intelligent, responsive, and predictive than ever before.

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About Wilson Zhu

Wilson Zhu is a Marketing Manager at SAP. He focuses on the topic of Digital Supply Chain and IoT. Follow him on Twitter: @thezhu.