How do you summarise the takeaways from 186 interactive roundtable discussions, more than a dozen keynote talks, two panel discussions and countless conversations at the coffee station? Here are my own highlights from the two days.
Mike Bristow, COO for manufacturing logistics at DHL, took to the main stage at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2019 to share insights from DHL’s latest edition of its Trend Radar, which captures the development of society, business and technology.
Today’s global value chains and the end-to-end processes that underpin them, from raw material extraction and processing through to consumer fulfilment and end-of-life disposal, reuse or recycling, have been built on a paradigm of localised production nodes and globalised flows.
Today, supply chain networks span the globe, with the digital revolution multiplying both opportunity and complexity. As a result, the combination of the need for speed and growing big data volumes can cause existing supply chain planning processes to overload.
The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges.
From entrepreneurial ventures through to multinationals, intellectual property is key for capturing the value of innovation, and a good IP strategy needs to be tied to, and will help deliver, business objectives.